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Blogs and the RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 22, 2006

Blogs and the RTI Act

Using the Right To Information Act to find out if and why the GOI has blocked blogs in India.

I have been unable to read any blog on blogspot.com or on typepad.com for the last few days. It seems that the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India has blocked these sites. This allegation is based on the information given by people on the Reliance, MTNL and Spectramind helplines. For more in-depth coverage, read this:

Mridula’s Blog

If true, this is highly undemocratic. We are not in China or Pakistan. We are in India. We will be ruled by the laws of democracy. I may have a solution. Encourage as many people as possible to apply under the Right to Information Act 2005 to ascertain the true reasons behind this block.

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The process is simple.

 

Step 1:Take a piece of paper, address it to the concerned Public Information Officer (PIO). In this case, I believe it is the PIO, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications. His address is:

Shri B.B.Bahl,
Joint Director and PIO (RTI)
Office of PIO (RTI)
Room No 1016 Electronics Niketan
Department of Information Technology (DIT)
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
6, CGO Complex, New Delhi
Tel: 011-24301116
Fax: 011-24363099Email: pio.dit_hq@mit.gov.in

 

Step 2: Draft a simple letter, for example, with the subject reading like this:

SUB: Request to Information Regarding the Blocking of Internet domains: blogspot.com, typepad.com and geocities.com

and a body asking the following (feel free to add anything more):

I would like to use the Right To Information Act to ascertain the following:

  1. Has there been a directive issued by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology to block the domains http://www.blogspot.com, http://www.typepad.com and http://www.geocities.com?
  2. If so, why has this block come into force?
  3. Why have these particular domain names been specifically blocked?
  4. When will this block cease to exist?
  5. If no such directive has been issued, why are these websites being blocked?
  6. Who is responsible for ensuring that Indian citizens have the freedom to access these websites?
  7. What form of redressal does an Indian citizen have to ensure that these websites are no longer blocked?

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Under the Right to Information Act, 2005
YOU ARE NOT COMPELLED TO GIVE A REASON FOR YOUR REQUEST

You simply ask the questions and they must answer within 30 days

 

Step 3: Include your name and your full postal address at the end of the letter. This is extremely vital so that the PIO can respond to your request. The information will be sent to you via post.

 

 

Step 4: Go to your nearest post office. A list of post offices accepting RTI applications is given here:

http://www.indiapost.gov.in/rtimanual16a.html

 

Step 5: Submit your application and pay Rs.10 at one of the eligible Post Offices and ensure that you get your receipt. This is once again vital as proof of your application. Make copies of your application for your future reference.

 

 

Step 6: Come home, and wait for the response. Allow 5 days for the Post Office to deliver the application to the PIO concerned, and 30 days after that for the PIO to respond to you. So in a total of 35 days, the PIO MUST RESPOND.

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::: UPDATE :::

 

You can download a draft Word Document of an RTI Application here. Enter your name and address at the end of it and simply print it and follow the instructions above.

 

This isn’t very difficult, time consuming or expensive. And it will ensure our rights as citizens are maintained. Leave a comment if you have any questions. I’m filing the RTI Application myself tomorrow morning. Please inform everyone concerned about this procedure. It will help us get rid of this ridiculous ban.

 

The Government cannot block a website for no reason, and certainly not one which we use to express ourselves.

 

Update: You can read about what you could to help here:

 http://groups.google.com/group/BloggersCollective

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Chennai Right to Information

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 2, 2006

Do you get tired of people complaining about how inefficient, unaccountable and corrupt our public authorities are, but do nothing about it?

http://chennairti.blogspot.com

Do you want to play your part in effecting a transparent and accountable government without having it disturb your daily life?

Can you spend two hours a week volunteering from home/work/beach/coffee-shop?

Yes? The initiative proposed here might interest you. Read on

http://chennairti.googlepages.com/

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RTI blogs – In a modern democracy, good governance is essential.

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006

 In a modern democracy, good governance is essential. Among the chief characteristics of good governance are transparency and accountability, elements that can be best ensured only when information is available abundantly and as speedily as possible.

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… Send As SMS. BlogThis! India Right To Information … while attributing responsibility, it went beyond the hierarchy of officials appointed under the RTI to give information …

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Right to Information – Master key to good governance

https://right2information.wordpress.com/

In a modern democracy, good governance is essential. Among the chief characteristics of good governance are transparency and accountability, elements that can be best ensured only when information is available abundantly and as speedily as possible.

https://right2information.wordpress.com/

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