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TRANSPARENCY: Supreme Court forms panel for guidelines on government advertisements showing politicians … ‘Corruption costs EU over $162 billion a year’ …

ISupreme Court forms panel for guidelines on government advertisements showing politicians
Illegal immigrants can ‘buy’ Aadhaar for Rs 500: Sting operation
US online spying threatens democracy, Google’s co-founder Larry Page says
Delhi Police to start anti-graft helpline number
Parties to face heat for false poll promises
Getting married? Be ready to spend a fortune on tent mafia
‘Corruption costs EU over $162 billion a year’

Frauds ripped public sector banks of Rs. 23,000cr
CBI writes to Law Minister expressing reservations over Lokpal
Lokpal ‘flaw’ puts CBI under CVC in some graft cases
Lokpal Bill demonstrates govt commitment in bringing transparency, says Manish Tewari
Rs 22,000 crore bribe paid on roads every year
RBI asked to share money laundering details with probe agencies
Soon, you may land in prison for offering a bribe
Government goes slow on shielding convicted netas
SC delivers series of verdicts political parties find unpalatable
SC: Can’t tell accused who whistleblower is
Website invites citizens to name and shame bribe-takers
Govt website gives access to 3,500 govt data banks

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* The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (14.01.2014)
* The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Rules, 2013 (15.12.2013)
* The Companies Act, 2013 (30.08.2013)
* The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (03.06.2013)
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Supreme Court forms panel for guidelines on government advertisements showing politicians  Economictimes.indiatimes.com
23 Apr, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today set up a committee for framing guidelines to prevent misuse of public funds by the government and its authorities in giving advertisements in newspapers and television to get political mileage. …

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Illegal immigrants can ‘buy’ Aadhaar for Rs 500: Sting operation   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 25, 2014
NEW DELHI: UPA government’s much-hyped Aadhaar card is available for a payment even to illegal migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to a sting operation by investigative website Cobrapost. …  

US online spying threatens democracy, Google’s co-founder Larry Page says   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 20, 2014
VANCOUVER: Google co-founder Larry Page on Wednesday condemned US government snooping on the internet as a threat to democracy. …

Delhi Police to start anti-graft helpline number   Indianexpress.com
March 17, 2014
The Vigilance department of the Delhi Police will soon have its own helpline, which will function  the same way as the anti-corruption helpline initiated by  the AAP government in January this year. …

Parties to face heat for false poll promises   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 23, 2014
NEW DELHI: Political parties and their leaders must now be prepared to face action for making false promises or misleading voters through please-all manifestos in the run-up to the polls. …  

Getting married? Be ready to spend a fortune on tent mafia  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 17, 2014
NEW DELHI: Booking a wedding venue for a night in northwest Delhi’s Netaji Subhash Place can cost as much as a German luxury car. Not officially—DDA’s rate for the vacant 10,000-square metre plot is only Rs 77,000—but then you can’t get the venue through an official or legitimate channel. …

‘Corruption costs EU over $162 billion a year’   Hindustantimes.com
February 05, 2014
Corruption costs Europe $162 billion a year, or around one percent of economic output, according to the first ever report on graft in the 28-nation European Union by the executive European Commission. The report published on Monday places the EU, often portrayed as one of the globe’s cleanest regions, in an unflattering light. Among businesses, belief is widespread that the only way to succeed is through political connections and almost half of the companies doing business in Europe say corruption is a problem for them. …

Frauds ripped public sector banks of Rs.23,000cr  Hindustantimes.com
January 30, 2014
Public sector banks have cumulatively lost a massive sum of Rs. 22,743 crore due to cheating and forgery in the last three years alone, HT has found through a right to information RTI) reply.
Indian Overseas Bank is the worst hit with a loss of Rs. 3,200 cores as against State Bank of India (SBI) which lost Rs. 2,712 crore. …

CBI writes to Law Minister expressing reservations over Lokpal  Thehindu.com
January 14, 2014
CBI has written to the Law Minister expressing reservations over the new provisions introduced through Lokpal where the agency will have to take the nod of Central Vigilance Commission before filing chargesheets in cases referred by the anti-corruption watchdog.
CBI officials were taken aback after a provision was brought in the Lokpal Bill by amending the CVC Act which said that in cases of corruption by group ‘C’ and ‘D’ officers, referred by the CVC, CBI will have to present its final report before the panel, agency sources said. …

Lokpal ‘flaw’ puts CBI under CVC in some graft cases   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 3, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Lokpal Bill was passed by Parliament a fortnight ago and signed by the President last week, but the CBI has now pointed out a flaw in it saying that the agency will not be able to file chargesheets against Group C and D officials without consulting the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) as the government has taken away its powers under CrPC through the Lokpal law. …

Lokpal Bill demonstrates govt commitment in bringing transparency, says Manish Tewari  Dnaindia.com
Dec 18, 2013
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Wednesday said the passing of the Lokpal Bill demonstrates the commitment of the UPA Government to bring in transparency in administration.

“I think that the journey which started with the passing of Right to Information (RTI) Act in 2005, has taken a step forward after the passing of Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill today,” Tewari said. …

Rs 22,000 crore bribe paid on roads every year  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 25, 2013
NEW DELHI: Corruption on Indian roads by enforcement agencies is an open secret. Now, a study conducted across a dozen major transport hubs covering over 1,200 truck drivers has revealed that in 60% cases, cops and officials extort money from truckers by stopping them without giving a reason. …

RBI asked to share money laundering details with probe agencies  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 30, 2013

NEW DELHI: An Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on money laundering has asked RBI to compulsorily share with CBI and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) all its inspection reports against banks which have been found dealing in unaccounted cash transactions. …

Soon, you may land in prison for offering a bribe  Hindustantimes.com

September 13, 2013

Giving a bribe will soon be as much an offence as accepting it under changes planned to the country’s anti-corruption law. The government also proposes to hold corporate leaders accountable for such acts of their employees. …

Government goes slow on shielding convicted netas  Hindustantimes.com

September 06, 2013

Faced with a lack of political unanimity and wary of going against popular sentiment, the government on Friday decided against rushing through the bill to reverse the Supreme Court judgment which disqualifies MPs/MLAs convicted for any offence punishable with over two years in jail. …

SC delivers series of verdicts political parties find unpalatable  Hindustantimes.com

September 07, 2013

As India heads towards the next general election, political parties are finding it difficult to cope with a slew of Supreme Court verdicts that aim to change the rules of the game.

Coming in quick succession, the orders – ranging from seeking transparency in the functioning of political parties to what they can promise voters, and who they can field – have squeezed their manoeuvring space. …

 

SC: Can’t tell accused who whistleblower is

Aug 23, 2013

NEW DELHI: In what is sure to encourage whistleblowers, the Supreme Court has ruled that identity of persons who tip off anti-corruption agencies about corrupt deals of bureaucrats can never be revealed to the accused facing prosecution under Prevention of Corruption Act. …

Website invites citizens to name and shame bribe-takers

Aug 9, 2013

MUMBAI: An online campaign that was launched on Thursday calls citizens to name and shame bribe-takers by reporting them on a public forum. Voluntary organization Janaagraha announced the launch of a website named ‘Maine Rishwat Di’ where people can anonymously post their encounters with corrupt officials. …

Govt website gives access to 3,500 govt data banks

Aug 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: General public can now access over 3,500 government data banks on a single website having a wealth of information, ranging from beneficiaries under various schemes to industrial output numbers. …

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SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook date turns bloody: Man shoots woman, then kills self …

Facebook date turns bloody: Man shoots woman, then kills self
Columnist: Facebook users hand over their privacy
Faces of Facebook: View yourself among 1.2 billion Facebook users on visual timeline (and other visualisation tools)
Govt bans teacher-student bonding on social networks
Cyber trail helps nail thief who taunted victims on Facebook
No arrest for posts on social sites without senior cops’ nod, Supreme Court says

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Facebook date turns bloody: Man shoots woman, then kills self  Fayobserver.com
Apr 20, 2014
JABALPUR: A 22-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar shot dead his virtual girlfriend here who he met on Facebook after finding out she was actually a married middle-aged woman and attempted to commit suicide. He later died in hospital. …

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Columnist: Facebook users hand over their privacy   Fayobserver.com
February 16
Imagine a place in which residents publicize daily, sometimes hourly, the most intimate details of their lives: the status of their personal relationships, their political opinions, religious beliefs, vacation plans, job woes, physical ailments, financial problems, family squabbles and even their sobriety (or lack thereof). … 

Faces of Facebook: View yourself among 1.2 billion Facebook users on visual timeline (and other visualisation tools)  Dnaindia.com
Oct 1, 2013
Faces of Facebook is a new interactive tool developed by ‘creative’ technologist Natalia Rojas that uses Facebook’s API to display a chronological collage of 1.2 million profile photos
A new website showcases profile photos of Facebook users, 1.2 billion of them, in an interactive clickable collage. Visit the website, Faces of Facebook (www.thefacesoffacebook.com), and the first thing that shows up is a sea of black and white dots (like noise on analog TV known as static), each signifying a Facebook profile that pops up when your mouse hovers over it. …

Govt bans teacher-student bonding on social networks  Hindustantimes.com

September 07, 2013

To protect children from various forms of abuse, the Delhi government has drawn up elaborate guidelines for educational institutes. The guidelines say teachers must not have any relations with students on social networking sites.  …

Cyber trail helps nail thief who taunted victims on Facebook  Times of India

Aug 5, 2013

Suvabrata Sanyal, 25, was so chuffed with himself following a Rs 25-lakh heist he had pulled off in April, he sent Facebook friend requests to the elderly couple he had robbed.

That one online activity was enough for the police, who by then had hit a dead end in the probe, to pick up his cyber-trail and arrest him at his Kolkata house on Friday. …

No arrest for posts on social sites without senior cops’ nod, Supreme Court says 
May 16, 2013
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that no person should be arrested for posting objectionable comments on social networking sites without taking prior permission from senior police officials.
The apex court, which refused to pass an order for a blanket ban on the arrest of a person for making objectionable comments on websites, …
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CONSUMER FORUM: Bank’s clerical error shatters student’s UK dream …

Bank’s clerical error shatters student’s UK dream
Axis Bank told to pay Dipika Rs. 5 lakh for faulty service
Hospital to Pay Rs 2L to Kin of Patient for Deficient Treatment
Record Rs 6cr payout for lift accident in Delhi
Consumer court can help in cooperative issues
Forum orders mobile company to pay Rs 5k to consumer over inflated bills
Sellotape in 7 biscuit packet costs Parle Rs 60,000
Bank penalized for staff’s cancelled cover
SC orders Kolkata hospital to pay Rs 5.96 crore for medical negligence
Axis Bank told to pay customer over Rs 4.94 lakh
Consumer forum imposes fine of 5k on chief post master for deficiency of service
Illegal bills: DJB to compensate air force man
Air India to pay 1.07 lakhs to passenger for cancelled flight
Mumbai college to refund pupils for false MBA course claim
Pune consumer forum asks builder to pay up
A suit-able penalty: consumer forum fines tailor for negligence
Missed connecting flight? Airlines to bear the brunt
Consumer forum asks ICICI to pay Rs 28 lakh
Airtel, Sunil Mittal asked to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to subscriber
NCDRC bench fines Sahara Rs 50K for not keeping record
Consumer forum can use forensic examination to settle disputes
Forum orders builder to pay 80k to complainant
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Bank’s clerical error shatters student’s UK dream    Dnaindia.com
12 April 2014
Consumer forum imposes Rs.1 lakh fine on SBI for ruining catering student’s career …

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Axis Bank told to pay Dipika Rs. 5 lakh for faulty service   Thehindu.com
March 24, 2014

A District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum on Monday directed  Axis Bank to pay squash champion Dipika Pallikal a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh and costs of Rs.5,000 for deficiency in service.

Hospital to Pay Rs 2L to Kin of Patient for Deficient Treatment  Outlookindia.com
New Delhi | Feb 13, 2014
Government-run Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and its two doctors have been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs two lakh as compensation to the son of a patient for deficiency in her treatment.
The South District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II observed that the hospital and its two doctors – R K Modi and Gorpayle – failed to inform the woman’s family that she was in a serious condition when admitted and they also did not turn up in time to give medical aid when her situation worsened. …  

Record Rs 6cr payout for lift accident in Delhi   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 28, 2014
MUMBAI: The Nation Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission directing a payout of a record Rs 5.90 crore compensation to the next of kin of a Delhi man who died in a lift mishap a decade ago has given a great boost to the cause of several consumers and lawyers fighting similar battles between the city’s consumer forums. …

Consumer court can help in cooperative issues   Indiancooperative.com
16 January 2014
Not many members of cooperative societies were aware that District Consumer Forum is a speedier and economical source of redressal of their grievances. These Fora provide speedy justice within a time bound period. The Act prescribes a period of 30 days for Opposite Party for filing a reply, with the leeway of one extension of 15 days. …  

Forum orders mobile company to pay Rs 5k to consumer over inflated bills   Mumbaimirror.com
Dec 4, 2013
The district consumer forum recently asked a mobile service provider to pay Rs 5,000 to a diamond merchant as compensation for slapping a Rs 58,000 mobile bill on him eight years ago.
Dharmesh Shah, a diamond merchant from Opera House was in for a rude shock when his trip in Belgium in 2006 turned out to be more expensive than he anticipated. …

Sellotape in 7 biscuit packet costs Parle Rs 60,000  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 13, 2013
MUMBAI: Parle Products Pvt Ltd will have to pay Rs 60,000 as compensation to an Andheri man who found a piece of sellotape inside a Parle Monaco biscuit packet worth Rs 7. A district consumer forum took into consideration a report submitted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). …

Bank penalized for staff’s cancelled cover Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 28, 2013
MUMBAI: The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed a bank to pay an insurance amount of Rs 5 lakh with a compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh to the widow of an employee killed in a bike accident in Vashi in 2006. …

SC orders Kolkata hospital to pay Rs 5.96 crore for medical negligence Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 24, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday awarded a whopping Rs 5.96 crore as compensation to be paid by Kolkata- based AMRI Hospital and three doctors to a US-based Indian-origin doctor for medical negligence which led to the death of his wife in 1998. …

Axis Bank told to pay customer over Rs 4.94 lakh  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 6, 2013

PUNE: The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commision has directed private sector Axis Bank to pay a Pune-based customer Rs 4.94 lakh for a cheque that was credited to another account. The commission has also directed the bank to pay the customer interest at the rate of 9% per year on the amount which would have been credited to his account if the cheque had realized on time according to procedure. …

Consumer forum imposes fine of 5k on chief post master for deficiency of service

Aug 25, 2013

KANPUR: The Consumer Protection Forum, KanpurNagar, on Friday ordered chief post master, Kanpur Nagar, to pay Rs 5,000 to complainant within 30 days of the order for deficiency of service.

Complainant Ashok Kumar Pandey had moved the Forum claiming that he lost an opportunity to land a job and earn his bread and butter owing to the deficiency of service. His application form for a job in Barrage Nirman Khand-II, irrigation department, Phoolbagh, was rejected due to delayed delivery. …

Illegal bills: DJB to compensate air force man  Hindustantimes.com

New Delhi, August 19, 2013

The apex consumer forum has directed Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to pay Rs. 30,000 compensation to Air Chief Marshal (retd) OP Mehra, a former governor of two states, for raising illegal water bills. …

Air India to pay 1.07 lakhs to passenger for cancelled flight  Ndtv.com

August 14, 2013

New Delhi: Air India’s unexplained cancellation of a flight to Dubai has led to the Delhi Consumer Commission ordering it to compensate the affected passenger Rs.1.07 lakh for not making alternate arrangements for 11 days.

Commission President Barkat Ali Zaidi and Member Salma Noor accepted the plea of Deepak Kumar Chaudhary, a Delhi resident employed in Abu Dhabi, that the airline’s failure to fly him to his destination cost him his 11 days’ wages.…

Mumbai college to refund pupils for false MBA course claim

Jul 27, 2013

MUMBAI: A consumer forum has penalized a college in Kandivli for duping 10 students by falsely claiming that its MBA course was recognized by Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou). …

Indian Railways to pay Rs. 2 lakh to doctor for luggage stolen in 1996  Hindustan Times

New Delhi, July 23, 2013

Indian Railways has been asked by the apex consumer commission to pay Rs. 2.01 lakh compensation to a lady doctor whose luggage was stolen while travelling by the UP Kushinagar Express in 1996.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) held the Railways liable to compensate the woman for theft of her luggage, saying there was failure on the part of the ticket checker to ensure that no intruders entered the reserved coach she and her daughter were travelling in. …

Pune consumer forum asks builder to pay up  Dnaindia

Jul 22, 2013

Pune District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum chief VP Utpat and member SM Kumbhar have directed city builder to pay Rs51,000 to a dental surgeon who complained that she was not allotted office space even after paying the booking amount.

The builders have been asked to pay the complainant a 10 per cent interest on the amount from April 2008 to date – within six weeks of the order – plus a compensation of Rs10,000 and Rs 2,000 suit charges. …

A suit-able penalty: consumer forum fines tailor for negligence Hindustan Times

17/7/2013

If you ever had your expensive clothes ruined by an indifferent tailor or the dry cleaner, this may come as good news.

The Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Forum has penalised a cloth shop whose in-house tailor spoilt the suit cloth purchased by a Navi Mumbai resident in September 2008 for his son’s wedding. …

Missed connecting flight? Airlines to bear the brunt  Times of India

Jul 14, 2013

MUMBAI: In a relief to fliers, the national consumer commission has held that it is the airline’s responsibility to schedule your itinerary in such a way that you don’t miss connecting flights on the same airline. The national commission directed Jet Airways to pay Rs 75,000 and refund the tickets’ cost to a senior citizen couple who missed their connecting flight from Mumbai to Hong Kong in 2010. …

Consumer forum asks ICICI to pay Rs 28 lakh  Indian Express

Jul 11 2013

Chandigarh: The UT States Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed the ICICI Bank Ltd to refund to two residents an amount of 26 lakh along with a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for mental agony and physical harassment and cost of litigation to the tune of Rs 25,000. …

Airtel, Sunil Mittal asked to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to subscriber  Economic Times

11 Jul, 2013

NEW DELHI: Bharti AirtelBSE 3.31 % and its promoter Sunil Mittal have been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs 1.5 lakh as compensation to a subscriber, who was not able to avail the free trips he was entitled to on buying connections of the telecom company. …

NCDRC bench fines Sahara Rs 50K for not keeping record  Hindu

June 27, 2013

Sahara India has been slapped with a fine of Rs 50,000 by the apex consumer commission for failing to put in place a proper accounting system to keep track of the money invested by people in one of its schemes.

“It is indeed a sad state of affairs where the petitioner was taking money for the scheme launched by them (Sahara) for the benefit of the customers and they failed to put in place a proper accounting system to support this scheme,” the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) said. …

Consumer forum can use forensic examination to settle disputes  Business Standard

June 23, 2013

A consumer forum has to follow a summary procedure for the adjudication of complaints. But at times, the authenticity and credibility of the evidence is challenged as fabricated. In such a situation, sometimes, a consumer forum refuses to weigh a complaint on the grounds that it involves adjudication of complicated facts. It, instead, asks the parties to approach the regular civil court. This is incorrect. …

Forum orders builder to pay 80k to complainant  Times of India

Jun 22, 2013

MARGAO: The South Goa district consumer disputes redressal forum (CDRF) directed Master Builders to pay a sum of 80,000 to the buyer of a flat, who complained that the leaking roof had rendered the flat uninhabitable. …

Rs 1.15L relief for former Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University student  Times of India

Jun 22, 2013

HYDERABAD: A city-based consumer court has directed Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, to pay Rs 1.15 lakh as compensation to a former B Tech student who lost an academic year due to the negligence of his college management and the university. …

Dentist makes airline pay for losing baggage

Jun 22, 2013

PANAJI: South Goa’s district consumer forum has ordered Deccan Aviation and Kingfisher Airlines to jointly cough up compensation to the tune of 89,010, after they lost the suitcase of a Margao-based lady dentist in 2008. …

Builder penalized for not delivering flat on time  Times of India

Jun 17, 2013

GURGAON: The State Consumer Redressal Commission, Haryana has penalized a Delhi-based builder for not delivering a flat to a Gurgaon resident.

Earlier, the complainant, MC Goel, had approached the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (DCDRF), which had ordered the builder, GTM Builder and Promoters Private Limited, to pay Rs 20,000 as compensation for delaying possession of a flat. …

SBI credit card firm asked to pay Rs 12,000 for deficient service  DNA

Sunday, Jun 16, 2013

The complainant, Dr Sara Varughese, had alleged that the subsidiary firm of SBI had assured her the credit card issued to her would be free for lifetime, but when her card was renewed an annual fee was charged from her.

A consumer forum has directed SBI Card and Payment Services Ltd to pay Rs12,000 as compensation to a customer for putting her name in CIBIL’s defaulters list despite an assurance that the annual fees of her credit card would be free for lifetime. …

Consumer court orders Ahmedabad school to refund wrongfully held fees  Times of India

Jun 15, 2013

AHMEDABAD: An Ahmedabad-based school has been directed to refund the entire amount of Rs 50,000 charged as admission fees along with interest to a parent who had claimed the refund after withdrawing the admissions of both his sons on 10th May 2010 without them attending even a single session of the academic calendar.

According to the case filed with consumer disputes redressal forum (CDRF), Dharmesh Shah had paid admission fees for both his sons at Somlalit School. …

DDA to pay Rs 2L to flat applicant  TOI News

May 31, 2013

NEW DELHI: The negligence of the DDA that cost an applicant an opportunity to own a flat of his own has invited a penalty of Rs 2 lakh from the top consumer court.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission pulled up DDA for failure to send a demand letter to Vas Dev, a government employee living in Punjabi Bagh, thus, denying him an opportunity to deposit money for upgrading his flat from the middle income group (MIG) to the self financing scheme (SFS). …

India Post pay 1,000 Rs fine for delaying Speed Post letter  Onindia News

May 29, 2013

New Delhi, May 29: A Speed Post letter that crawled to its destination and cost an unemployed man the chance of a job has earned the postal department the wrath of India’s top consumer court, which pulled it up for deficiency in service and ordered payment of compensation.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission dismissed the pleas of head post master in Rajasthan’s Alwar town and post master of Jaipur’s Sitapura Industrial Area seeking a reduction in the Rs.20,000 penalty imposed on them and said: “We feel that Rs.20,000 can in no way compensate the respondent for the lost opportunity.” …

Consumer fora can initiate ‘contempt of court’ as well

May 27, 2013

Subject: Allahabad high court rules that consumer forums can also initiate contempt proceedings.

Backdrop: There are several rulings that consumer fora are not courts, but are quasi judicial tribunals for redressal of grievances. The Consumer Protection Act provides for its own hierarchy of appeals. Administrative control is exercised by the National Commission over the State Commissions, which in turn oversee the functioning of the District Forums under them. Because of this, it is believed that the Contempt of Courts Act is not applicable to the consumer fora. …

Bharti Infotel threatens customer, fined Rs 50,000 TOI News

May 24, 2013

NEW DELHI: Bharti Infotel has been directed by a consumer forum to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to a customer for making threatening calls to pay internet bills which were raised despite his request for disconnection of the service.

The South West District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum observed that the act of the telecom major amounted to not only deficiency in service but also unfair trade practice and for that the customer needs to be reasonably compensated. …

Ahmedabad-based doctor wins case against insurance company  TOI News

May 18, 2013

AHMEDABAD: Consumer Education & Research Society (CERS) recently came to the rescue of a harassed consumer when a lady doctor from Ahmedabad was denied reimbursement for an eye surgery by her insurance company.

As per the case details, Dr Diksha Sawant (name changed on request), a resident of Bopal area of the city, had purchased a health insurance policy from The Oriental Insurance about 20 years ago and it was renewed every year since then. …

Wronged under Right To Info? Just sue govt  HT News
May 17, 2013
The right to information (RTI) law can be used to sue the government for inadequate service if it can be proved in a consumer court that the delay in providing information caused loss.

This was the view of three different consumer courts who awarded compensation to right to information users for delay saying that the applicants were consumers of the government since they paid a fee and furnishing information within 30 days was, therefore, a service. …

Airtel to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation to customer

May 13, 2013

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs 10,000 to one of its customers as compensation for providing faulty internet connection.

The East District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said the telecom major had provided deficient service to its customer, a Delhi-based lawyer, as its internet connection was not fully operational. …

Consumer forum orders Vodafone to pay compensation to doctor  Business Line

Mumbai, May 11, 2013

Holding Vodafone India guilty of deficiency in service, Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has upheld a lower court order which asked the service provider to pay Rs.20,000 compensation and Rs 5,000 costs to a doctor for failing to stop unsolicited commercial communications.

“Vodafone had failed to discharge its obligation and acted with imperfection, shortcoming or inadequacy in the nature and manner of purpose, which is required to be maintained by it under the regulations,” observed S R Khanzode and Dhanraj Khamatkar in their order yesterday. …

Consumer court relief for credit card fraud victim

May 06, 2013

The Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Forum has held a nationalised bank guilty of deficiency in service for failing to verify if the signature of a customer matched that on the transaction slip before clearing payment towards a fraudulent credit card transaction. …

Consumer panel reverses order to pay Rs 15,000 to resident

May 3, 2013

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (CSCDRC) has set aside the order of the Bilaspur district forum directing the Oriental Insurance Company to pay Rs 15000 to a resident whose insured vehicle was stolen. The forum had also directed the company to pay Rs 2000 towards mental harassment and cost of litigation to the complainant.

Rajkumari Agarwal stated in her complaint that her husband, Vinod Agarwal was the owner of hero Honda splendour motorcycle and had obtained comprehensive insurance from the Oriental Insurance Company for one year from September 2009- September 2010. …

State consumer court awards 6-month jail to Tata Motors MD

May 02, 2013

Failing to comply with its orders, the state consumer disputes redressal commission, Chandigarh, has awarded six months’ imprisonment to managing directors of Tata motors and Hind motors.

The orders came while disposing of the execution application filed by Manmohan Lal Sarin, a resident of Sector 4, Chandigarh. Irked over the “contumacious defiance”, the consumer commission awarded six months imprisonment to the managing director of Tata Motors Limited, Mumbai, Karl Slym, and managing director Hind Motors Ltd, Chandigarh, Ashish Mohan Gupta. …

Doctors in dock for giving anaesthesia, causing death

Apr 29, 2013

MUMBAI: Dubbing a doctor a “quack” for administering anaesthesia despite not being qualified to do so, the state consumer commission has observed that no doctor can do a specialized job if he or she does not have the necessary qualification. …

Can’t challenge consumer forum orders in HC: Supreme Court  Times of India

Apr 29, 2013

Subject: Consumer forum’s order cannot be challenged in a writ petition

Backdrop: The Consumer Protection Act offers a three-tier redressal mechanism for resolution of consumer disputes. The Act provides a comparatively simpler, inexpensive and speedy mechanism for settlement of consumer grievances. If a party is not happy with an order, it can file an appeal before the next level tribunal, constituted under the Act.

Sometimes certain manufacturers, traders and service providers try to bypass the statutory channel of appeals. …

Delhi hospital asked to pay Rs. 60,000 for medical negligence  Ndtv.com

April 25, 2013

New Delhi: A city-based hospital has been directed by consumer forum to pay Rs. 60,000 as compensation to an accident victim, for taking X-ray of his uninjured leg and recommending that neither of his legs required any treatment.

The New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum held Jaipur Golden Hospital guilty of medical negligence and expressed displeasure over the hospital’s “attitude” of describing the incident as a “clerical mistake”. …

Bank bounces cheque, told to pay customer Rs 10k

Apr 22, 2013

BANGALORE: The KG Road branch of Vijaya Bank was ordered to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation and Rs 1,000 as litigation cost to an SB account holder for bouncing a cheque issued by the latter to another party, despite the amount being available in his account.

The order was passed by Bangalore IV Additional District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Bangalore Urban district, on April 12, based on a complaint from a senior citizen and veterinary (wildlife) consultant, Dr NK Rai, 71, against the bank. …

Forum directs builder to pay Rs 1.30L as damages

Apr 16, 2013

MARGAO: The South Goa consumer disputes redressal forum (SGCDRF) has, in an order passed recently, directed Narendra Kerkar, a builder, to pay compensation of 1.30 lakh to Satyawati Usgaonkar from Margao, towards compensation for not giving possession of the flat booked by Usgaonkar.

According to the complaint, Usgaonkar booked a flat admeasuring 76 sq m on the second floor of the building constructed by Kerkar at Fatorda for a total consideration of 6 lakh. …

Errant builder told to pay over Rs.50 lakh to flat applicant  HT News

April 09, 2013

Delhi Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission member Salma Noor and Member (Judicial) V.K. Gupta held R.S. Builtwell and its director guilty of deficiency in service and gave them time till April 30 to refund the entire cost of the 1,248.05 sq.ft. flat, with interest, and compensation to complainant Arun Patwal, a resident of Janakpuri in west Delhi. …

Forum tells medical centre told to pay R5 lakh for death due to negligence  HT

April 03, 2013

The district consumer disputes redressal forum has asked local Vardaan Medical Centre to pay Rs. 5 lakh penalty to a Hoshiarpur family for the death of a woman allegedly due to negligence in performing a fibroid surgery. Balwinder Singh, a resident of Manjhpur village, Hoshiarpur, husband of deceased Davinder Kaur, her father-in-law Swaran Singh and mother-in-law Nirmal Kaur had lodged a complaint under Section 12 of the Consumer Protection Act on July 10, 2008, against Vardaan Medical Centre surgeon Dr Lakhwinder Singh, gynaecologist Dr Sonia Kamboj, owner Dr Vareesh Kumar and anaesthetist Dr Monika Goel. …

Report medical negligence cases to consumer court: Dr R Ramnarayan

Apr 02, 2013

A young woman and mother of two, Shailaja has been reduced to a completely vegetative state reportedly because of an anaesthesia overdose she underwent while in for a surgery. Today, she cannot eat, speak or move. She is completely immobile, all because her family say an overdose of anaesthesia. What should happen in such cases of medical negligence? Dr R Ramnarayan, a top neurosurgeon who has offered his help to Shailaja joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue. …

Insect in edible oil bottle, Rs 1L for man 7 years later

Mar 23, 2013

MUMBAI: The South Mumbai District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed an edible oil manufacturing company and a store to pay Rs 1.05 lakh compensation to a south Mumbai man who found a fly in a 500ml bottle he purchased for Rs 28.80 in 2005.

The forum said: “All the parties involved were responsible for supplying the contaminated edible oil manufactured and sold to the complainant and caused him financial loss and mental agony.” …

Builder asked to pay Rs 2cr for failure to hand over homes TOI News

Mar 17, 2013

MUMBAI: In one of the highest payouts in a consumer complaint in recent months, the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered a builder to pay a total of Rs 1.97 crore in compensation to 82 complaints, after they never received possession of residential premises booked in Thane in 1997. …

Insurance firm asked to pay fine for denying mediclaim  TOI News

Mar 16, 2013

LUCKNOW: The district consumer disputes redressal forum has come to the rescue of a woman who was denied mediclaim by an insurance company. The forum has ordered the company to pay more than Rs 1.5 lakh as compensation to the complainant. …

Bank ordered to pay Rs 15k for debiting Rs 30k  TOI News

Mar 15, 2013

MUMBAI: The state consumer disputes redressal commission, while upholding a district forum order, directed HDFC Bank’s credit card division to pay Rs 15,000 compensation to a woman, after it debited Rs 30,681 from her account to pay her credit card dues.

The panel held that on the basis of evidence placed on record, it was proved that the woman, Radha Agwekar, did not give the bank her consent to exercise any such authority. …

Forum fines tour operator Rs. 2L for overcharging Sion resident  HT News

Mumbai, March 15, 2013

In a ruling that will be welcomed by package-tour travellers, the South Mumbai District Consumer Forum fined a tour operator Rs. 2 lakh for charging a Sion resident Rs. 8 extra per euro, and then threatening to cancel his Europe tour mid-way if he did not cough up an additional sum.

Naren Sanghvi had booked a tour in June 2010 for himself and his wife by paying Rs. 3.4 lakh. He was billed at the rate of Rs. 63 per euro, while the prevailing rate at the time was Rs.55. …

Compensation for loss of vision during cataract surgery

Mar 15, 2013

AHMEDABAD: A consumer court in Vadodara has asked a charitable trust to pay Rs 2 lakh towards damages to those who had lost their eyes due to doctors’ negligence during cataract surgery in 2009. …

Doctor ordered to pay Rs 2 lakh as damages to patient HT News

Mar 12, 2013

KANPUR: District consumer protection forum on Monday directed a child specialist, Dr RC Gupta, to pay Rs 2 lakh to complainant Prince, son of Santosh Kumar, within 30 days.

The complainant had sought a sum of Rs 19 lakh as damages caused by the wrong treatment given by Dr Gupta. …

UPSIDC ordered to give possession of plots

Mar 3, 2013

KANPUR: The consumer protection forum, Kanpur Nagar on Saturday directed Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC ) to execute the lease deed of allotted plot numbers G-16 & G-17 (area 900 sq metres) in favour of the petitioner and give possession to the complainant within 30 days of the order. …

Consumer Court asks builder to refund Rs. 4 lakh

Feb 28, 2013

The Gurgaon district consumer forum on Tuesday ordered a city-based real estate developer to refund the full amount to the complainant for not delivering the plot as per the time frame fixed. The complainant is yet to get the plot.

Satish Sharma, the complainant and a resident of Friend’s Colony, Gurgaon, filed a case in the district consumer forum claiming that he had paid the developer more than Rs. 4 lakh in March 2009 for a developed plot in Kothputli, Rajasthan. …

IRCTC fined Rs 10 lakh for selling soft drinks above maximum retail price Times of India

Feb 27, 2013

NEW DELHI: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been slapped with a fine of Rs 10 lakh by a consumer forum here for selling soft drinks above the maximum retail price (MRP) to two customers.

The New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum imposed “punitive compensation” of Rs 5 lakh each in two separate cases against IRCTC, a subsidiary of Indian Railways, and said being a government corporation, “it is not expected to be deficient in such matters and cannot come down to level of private dealers”. …

Doctors left mop in patient’s belly

Feb 20, 2013

AHMEDABAD: Two doctors forgot a napkin-size mop inside a patient’s stomach during surgery. Five years later, a consumer court has asked them to pay compensation money to the victim’s family.

A Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Ahmedabad (additional) has ordered Dr Manubhai Pipalia and Dr Chintan Patel to pay Rs 2.1 lakh to widow and two minor kids of Tribhuvan Chauhan, who passed away in December 2009 due to illness. …

Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation fined Rs 5 lakh for overcharging Times of India

Feb 18, 2013

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) was told to pay Rs 5,10,000 for overcharging a consumer by Rs 3. Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum took note of the “unfair and restrictive” practice of overcharging passengers and justified high penalty keeping in view “the gravity and scale of gain by overcharging in 24×7 railways operation all over India”. …

District consumer forum orders HSBC Bank to pay Rs 25,000 for deficiency in service

18/02/2013

The consumer forum directed the bank to issue a no-dues certificate to Delhi-resident Vinay Chola and to reconsider a fresh card for him. The forum also awarded him compensation of Rs25,000 towards litigation charges and harassment caused to him

The New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to pay Rs25,000 as compensation to one of its former credit card holders for not getting his name removed from a defaulters list even after he cleared all his dues….

Lady falls from chair at SBI, gets Rs 50,500 as damages Times of India

Feb 17, 2013

PANAJI: The Goa state consumer disputes redressal commission has directed the State Bank of India, Margao branch, to pay Rs 50,500 as compensation to an elderly woman who fell down and fractured her hand while sitting on a swiveling chair at the bank….

MTNL has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs15,000 as compensation to an advocate

Feb 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: State-owned telecom firm MTNL has been directedby a consumer forum here to pay Rs 15,000 as compensation to an advocate whoseapplication for shifting of his landline phones was “arbitrarily”rejected bythe service provider on account of non-availability of cable….

BA to pay Rs. 1 lakh for baggage loss

New Delhi, February 10, 2013

British Airways has been directed by a consumer forum to pay Rs. 1 lakh to a passenger for the loss of his baggage when he had travelled to London from New Delhi in 2008. The New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed payment of the amount to Ramesh C Bhargava, saying the deficiency was admitted by the airline, and therefore the complainant should be compensated….

Surgeon to pay for ‘incomplete’ prescription

Jan 29, 2013

MUMBAI: The country’s top consumer commission has held a Delhi doctor guilty of “limited medical negligence” for verbally advising, instead of prescribing in writing, the use of eye drops to a patient who lost his vision following its prolonged application.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission on January 16 upheld an order of the Delhi consumer commission that directed Dr Vivek Pal to pay the patient, Delhi-based Devinder Singh Gupta, compensation of Rs 50,000….

Provide flat or pay Rs 30 lakh, consumer forum tells DDA

Jan 22, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has been directed by a state consumer commission here to provide a flat to one of its allottees or pay him Rs 30 lakh for selling the unit allotted to him to someone else.

The Delhi State Consumer Commission said the confirmation amount demanded by the DDA from the allottee was “false and fictitious” as the demand related to a flat which was “non-existent”.

“The question of complainant not complying with demand does not, therefore, arise. There has been default in the performance of the contract by respondent (DDA) and they are therefore liable to pay (back) the amount received…and to provide another flat to him or pay him compensation….

Insurer, transport company told to pay Rs 41 lakh to accident victim’s kin

Jan 13, 2013

THANE: The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here directed an insurance company and a private transport agency to jointly pay Rs 41 lakh compensation to a widow who lost her husband and here close relatives in a road accident on the Pune-Bangalore highway in November 2003.

The judgement issued by district judge NB Dhayatadak recently has far-reaching implications considering that scores of innocent people who are victims of rash driving or road rage by other motorists can now claim compensation for the irreparable damage to them and their families….

Retired man wins interest on deposit

Jan 8, 2013

AHMEDABAD: When a retired man deposits money in a government institution for a certain period, and on maturity, instead of having the principal returned with interest, he’s asked to return the interest paid, he faces a crisis.

Dinesh Parikh was in exactly this situation, but won his money back with help from a consumer protection agency. Consumer Education & Research Society (CERS) helped Parikh fight and win back the amount along with interest, through an order from a consumer forum….

Forceps in belly killed woman, son gets Rs 15 lakh

Jan 7, 2013

NEW DELHI: In September 2010, a 46-year-old woman died after the doctors treating her forgot to remove sponge forceps during the gallbladder operation. Expressing that the amount of compensation “is too low for a human life” and that “it cannot compensate the vacuum created by the death of the mother of the complainant”, a district forum has asked Kamaal Nursing Home and Hospital to pay the complainant Rs 15,00,000.

Stating that it’s “deeply hurt the way the doctors had performed the operation”, Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (Northeast district) said the complainant not only lost his mother but also spent a hefty amount for the treatment at two hospitals…

Bank panel fined for holding sum

Jan 7, 2013

CHANDIGARH: Withholding the maturity amount along with interest, even after completion of stipulated time period, has proved dear for the State Bank of India Staff Association (SBISA) as consumer disputes redressal forum has held it guilty of being deficient in services.

Besides, the forum has also imposed a fine on SBISA. Gurpreet Kaur, a resident of Mohali, had moved the forum against SBISA and its secretary. “I had deposited Rs 1,62,000 by way of three FDRs (fixed deposit receipt) with the SBISA, Chandigarh, through its secretary Varinder Thakur….

Moolchand Hospital fined for botching up surgery

New Delhi, January 07, 2013

The Delhi State Consumer Redressal Commission has ordered Moolchand Hospital to pay a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to a woman for botching up a surgery intended to cure spinal tuberculosis 13 years ago. The incident left her permanently crippled.

“The complainant has amply established the case of deficiency in service and medical negligence on the part of Moolchand Hospital which made her handicapped for life,” said a bench of justice Barkat Ali Zaidi (president of the commission) and member V K Gupta.

“We can visualise the anxiety of the complainant and her husband thinking about their future and of their child on account of the physical handicap she suffered…

Consumer court awards man Rs 9.44 lakh after bank fraud

Jan 6, 2013

MUMBAI: Upholding a district forum order, the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission ordered Citibank to pay Rs 9.44 lakh to a man, after Rs 6 lakh was fraudulently withdrawn from his account with an ATM card which he did not even possess.

Marine Drive resident Ratilal Israni had a savings account with the bank. In December 2006, when he received his monthly statement from the bank, he noticed that between November 22, 2006 and December 5, 2006, Rs 6 lakh was shown as withdrawn using an ATM card. Israni contended that he never had an ATM card relating to his saving bank account….

HDFC held guilty of unfair trade practice, to pay Rs. 15K

December 30, 2012

HDFC Bank has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs. 15,000 to one of its customers for showing her credit card dues as unpaid despite her having paid and settled it.

Relying on the bank statements and other documents submitted by woman customer Anita Singh, South West District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said the total amount stood paid off and held the bank guilty of indulging in unfair trade practice.

“In view of documentary evidence placed on record by the parties, we feel satisfied that the grievance as expressed by complainant in her complaint is justified and her allegations of deficiency-in-service stand fully established against the opposite parties (HDFC Bank employees)….

Refund interest amount to resident, HC tells HUDA

Dec 26, 2012

The Punjab and Haryana high court has come to rescue of a Gurgaon resident, who challenged the HUDA’s decision to charge interest for the plot which had not been allocated.

The court has recently ordered the authorities (HUDA) to refund the amount, which has been deposited by the petitioner towards interest, since he has not got physical possession of the plot….

Builder asked to pay couple Rs. 2 lakh for violating flat sale agreement

Mumbai, December 06, 2012

The Maharashtra State Consumer Commission last week directed a developer to pay compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to a Thane-based couple for cancelling their booking of a flat after the couple refused to pay Rs. 1,000 per square feet more than the booking rate. “This is the best example of how the common man is exploited by builders,” the bench of presiding member SR Khanzode and member Dhanraj Khamatkar said while holding Nirmal Lifestyle Private Limited guilty of deficiency in service and of adopting unfair trade practice.

Dharmesh Jain, chairman and managing director of Nirmal Lifestyle declined to comment, but said they have decided to challenge the order before the National Consumer Commission….

Airline penalised for serving non-veg

Chandigarh, October 19, 2012

aeroplane Etihad Airways Head Office, New Delhi, has been penalised by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for serving non-vegetarian food to a vegetarian person.

The court has directed the airways to pay Rs. 50,000 to complainant Ramandeep Kaur, a resident of Hoshiarpur, for causing her mental agony, tension and trauma by serving her non-vegetarian food. The airways had also been directed to pay litigation cost of Rs. 15,000 to her.

In her complaint, Ramandeep stated that she had booked airline tickets through American Travel and Tours Private Limited for onward and return journey from New Delhi to Sydney. The flight departed on November 24, 2011, from New Delhi to its first destination Abu Dhabi and seat number 21-A was allotted to her. After her stay in Abu Dhabi, the plane was changed for the rest of journey to Sydney and she was allotted seat number 38-K in Travellers that flight. Read more.

Citi Bank official to pay Rs. 15L for leak of account details

New Delhi, October 08, 2012

A Citi Bank branch manager in New Delhi has been ordered by the Delhi State Consumer Commission to pay Rs. 15 lakh as compensation to a credit card holder for leaking his account details to a third party. The State Consumer Commission awarded the damages saying the supply of credit card statement details of the card holder to a third party is a “violation of confidential relationship” between the bank and its customer and “betrayal of trust.”

“It appears that in the case, the copies of account of the complainant were produced before the civil court. Such accounts are universally treated as confidential account and are not supposed to be supplied to any one without prior approval of the account holder…”. Read more.

Builder asked to pay consumer Rs. 87.3 lakh

Mumbai, October 07, 2012

The Maharashtra state consumer commission has directed a builder to pay Rs. 87.3 lakh to a Vile Parle family for failing to handover a ready flat of 625-sq-ft carpet area as booked by the family in 2003. The state commission held that Gharonda Construction Private Limited was guilty of deficiency in service and of adopting unfair trade practice for failing to handover a ready flat to Samta Wadi-resident Harshvadan Vyas and his family members despite receiving Rs. 31.5 lakh towards consideration of the flat in Yogi Smruti on Park Road in Vile Parle.

In 2003, Vyas and his family members had booked the flat and had paid a total amount of Rs. 31.5 lakh to the builder. The builder had agreed to handover possession of the ready flat by May 2004. Read more.

16 yrs later, airline fined for cargo delay

New Delhi, October 07, 2012

Sixteen years after Kuwait Airways failed to deliver a handicraft consignment of Rajasthan Art Emporium on time, the national consumer panel has ordered the international airline to pay over Rs. 25 lakh to the emporium. Terming it “negligence”, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) directed Kuwait Airways to pay Rs. 20 lakh as compensation and an additional Rs. 5 lakh towards harassment, mental agony and cost of litigation.

“…facts and circumstances clearly establish negligence, inaction and passivity on the part of the opposite party No 1 (Kuwait Airways),” an NCDRC bench, headed by Justice JM Malik said. Read more.

Buyer to be refunded R9.68L charge for ‘defaulting’

Mumbai, September 22, 2012

The consumer forum has directed a builder to refund a flat buyer Rs9.68 lakh charged as penal interest for defaulting on payment for his flats. The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has also directed Runwal Developers Private Limited to pay Dinesh Hegde (the complainant) interest at the rate of 9% per annum on the amount and Rs.25,000 towards litigation costs.

Hegde had booked two flats in a project at Kurla, proposed by Runwal Developers. The developer and Hegde executed the sale agreement in May 2005.

The developer was to hand over ready flats to Hegde by October 2006, but construction got delayed and the building was completed only by April 2008. Read more.

Builders of botched projects cannot withhold refunds

Mumbai, June 17, 2012

The builder cannot withhold money of a flat purchaser when the construction is unlikely to finish or is unauthorised, the district consumer forum held while finding the developer guilty of deficiency of services. The forum has asked the builder to return the money with interest.

The forum was hearing a complaint filed by a Chembur couple – Bharat Jani and his wife Vilas. In the complaint filed in 2006, they alleged that the Tilak Nagar Sahyog Cooperative housing society was allotted a plot in Chembur on lease of 99 years. The society was to develop the plot through a builder for residential purposes. Accordingly, the society entered in to an agreement with the builder, Mahalaxmi Bindu Developers, to construct a three-storied building. Read more.

Cargo firm to pay for goods damage

June 06, 2012

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered a prominent cargo carrier to pay a compensation of Rs. 63,000 to a Jaipur resident for damage caused to his household goods while it was being transported by air to Mumbai.

“The petitioner, as a cargo carrier, was obliged to take proper care and ensure that no damage was caused to the consignment,” a bench of Justice RC Jain and Justice SK Naik said, dismissing an appeal filed by M/S Gati Limited against the order of the Rajasthan State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. Read more.

Bad construction: You can now move consumer court

May 21, 2012

Does the roof of the dream flat you just bought leak or are its walls already developing cracks? You can now sue the builder under the Consumer Protection Act.

The Supreme Court (SC) has said a private developer selling a flat to a consumer can be defined as a service and thus falls under the Act. Advocates say that now flat owners can get speedier justice through consumer courts, instead of approaching a cooperative court or high court.

While hearing a petition filed by a construction company, a division bench of justice TS Thakur and justice Gyan Sudha Misra after going through its earlier judgements of the apex court held that “if a builder of a house uses substandard material for construction or makes false or misleading representations about the condition of the house, then it is denial of a facility or benefit of which a consumer is entitled to claim value under the Act.” Read more.

Builders must pay for delay in possession

New Delhi, August 28, 2010 – HT News

In recent months, I have received a large number of highly distressing mails from consumers on the harassment that they are facing at the hands of builders. In most of these cases, the consumers are senior citizens who have sunk in a large chunk of their savings and are unable to get back their money or the promised flat.

In one particular case, for example, where the builder has not given possession even three years after the promised date, the consumer is being offered a refund of only 50 per cent of the money paid by him on a ‘take it or leave it’ basis. In another case, the builder not only delayed handing over possession, but insisted on the consumer signing on a back-dated possession letter. He was even threatened that if he refused to sign on the dotted line, he would not get possession at all.

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RAILWAYS: Mobile and Desktop APP on Windows 8.0 for National Train Enquiry System (NTES) Commenced; Railways to pay for rogue elements, wrong tickets …

Railways to pay for rogue elements, wrong tickets
No Change in Refund Rules Pertaining to Cancellation of Confirmed Train Tickets
E-Wallet Scheme Launched by IRCTC

IRCTC launches online booking of retiring rooms
Delhi cops bust railway online booking scam
Train catering charges hiked by up to Rs. 50
IRCTC launches Windows Phone app for e-ticketing
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Formation of National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC)
Railways launches ticketing through SMS
Railways tightens ticket refund rules
Railways to Launch Ticket Booking through Non-Internet based Mobile Phones from July 1
Railways to cancel e-tickets booked by agents between 8am to 12 noon

Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets Reduced to 60 Days
Separate Reservation Counters for Women and Physically Challenged
Revision of Tatkal Charges for Train Journeys to be from 1st April 2013 onwards

Revised Clerkage Charges and Cancellation Charges for Train Journeys from April 1
Reservation Fee and Supplementary Charge for Superfast Trains and Withdrawal of Enhanced Reservation Fee from 1st April 2013
Relief for ID proof in sleeper class
Pay in multiples of Rs.5 for your train ticket
Train Running Information Facility Expanded to Cover All Trains
Levy of Service Tax on Railway Passengers Travelling in AC Classes/First Class from October 1
IRCTC to launch deposit scheme for faster bookings
New Norms for Tatkal Reservation
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Mobile and Desktop APP on Windows 8.0 for National Train Enquiry System (NTES) Commenced
April 23,2014
A new mobile app and desktop app on Windows 8 platform for train enquiry as an enhancement to National Train Enquiry System (NTES) has been developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the IT wing of Indian Railways in consultation with and support from Microsoft. NTES is the backend system which provides information to the public about train running on near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (www.trainenquiry.com), mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, face to face enquiry and Display Boards at stations. The NTES app is now available for download and public use from today onwards i.e. 23rd April 2014. As the first step the App has been started for Windows 8.0 and subsequently the app will be developed for other mobile platforms.
A new interface of NTES website along with Mobile version was launched in September 2013 earlier which received wide appreciation by the travelling public and has been quite useful in meeting the requirements of passengers.
A strong need was felt for launching the mobile app with richer user interface keeping in view the current technology trends and which can be downloaded on the device and comfortably made use for train running related enquiries.
·  To download the app, go to windows store and search for NTES app. App will be listed. Select NTES app and click to install.
·   Link  also has been provided on NTES website (www.trainenquiry.com andenquiry.indianrail.gov.in) to download the app.
The current Mobile application has the following main features:-
“Spot your train” – This query offers information about a train. Current running status, expected time of arrival/expected time of departure (ETA/ETD) at the queried station can be easily known through this query.
“Live Station” – This query has been given to replicate the display boards at station. One can see the trains expected to arrive/depart at any station in next 2 or 4 hours.
“Train Schedule”-This provides complete schedule of a train with all public stoppages enroute and schedule arrival/departure at the station, distance and day count.
“Trains between Stations” – One can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations over Indian Railways.
“Cancelled Trains”  - This query displays all trains marked as cancelled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains which are cancelled through entire route as well as trains which are cancelled on partial route.
“Rescheduled Trains” -This query displays all trains marked as rescheduled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains’ rescheduled timings.
“Diverted Trains” – This query displays all trains marked as diverted on Indian Railways.
CRIS, has constantly been involved in taking new initiatives and developing various applications for Railway users and interfaces for general public to provide quality information about train running and other services with enhanced user experiences. Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri D.P.Pandey while reviewing the IT projects with MD/CRIS and other officers of Railway Board and CRIS on 22nd April, 2014 appreciated the Mobile app developed by CRIS and expressed his hope that the app will be well received by mobile users and will certainly add great value to the services.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Railways to pay for rogue elements, wrong tickets Thehindu.com
April 22, 2014
Failure in preventing unauthorised entry in reserved train compartments and issuing wrongly-dated tickets has once again landed the Railways in trouble and it would be coughing up more money as compensation to harassed passengers.
The Ministry of Railways has been directed by the New Delhi Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum to pay Rs.75,000 in compensation to …

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No Change in Refund Rules Pertaining to Cancellation of Confirmed Train Tickets
New Delhi, Feb 24, 2014
A section of media have published news regarding changes in the Railway Refund Rules. In this regard, the Ministry of Railways  clarifies that there has been no change in the Refund Rules which have been notified in June 2013 and have been brought into force with effect from 1st July, 2013. According to the notified refund rules, passengers on a confirmed ticket can avail refund upto 50% of the fare provided the ticket is cancelled within 2 hours of the departure of the train.
For the purpose of clarification, the refund rules relating to cancellation of unused confirmed reserved tickets are summarized here below:-
i.            if the ticket is presented for cancellation more than forty eight hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train, a minimum per passenger cancellation charge shall be deducted at the flat rate of rupees one hundred and twenty for air-conditioned first class/executive class, rupees one hundred for air-conditioned-II tier/first class, rupees ninety for air-conditioned III-tier/ 3 economy/air-conditioned chair car, rupees sixty for sleeper class and rupees thirty for second class.
ii.            if the ticket is presented for cancellation between forty eight hours and upto six hours before the scheduled departure of the train, cancellation charge shall be twenty five per cent of the fare subject to a minimum of the cancellation charge.
iii.         if the ticket is presented for cancellation within six hours before departure and upto two hours after the actual departure of the train, the cancellation charge shall be fifty per cent of the fare subject to a minimum of the cancellation charge.
iv.        No refund shall be granted on the reserved ticket if it is surrendered for cancellation after two hours of the actual departure of the train.
Passengers may continue to avail refund of confirmed tickets under the above rules as there is no change in the Refund Rules.
Again the refund rules relating to cancellation of Unused waitlisted or RAC tickets are summarized here below:-
If a Waitlisted/RAC ticket is presented for cancellation, refund of fare shall be admissible after deducting the clerkage as per following:-
a.   The ticket is presented for cancellation up to three hours after the actual departure of the train irrespective of the distance.
b.   The passenger may get the tickets cancelled from any PRS counters or the designated current counters.
c.    No refund of fare shall be granted on RAC ticket /Waitlisted ticket after three hours of the actual departure of the train.
d.    In case no current counters are available at journey originating station for night trains leaving between 21.00 hours and 06.00 hours(actual departure, refund shall be admissible at the station within first two hours after the opening of reservation office.
e.      In remote and hill areas as identified by the Zonal Railways with the prior approval of the General Managers and print in their Time Tables for train leaving between 1900 hours and 0600 hours (actual departure) refund shall be admissible at the station within first two hours after the opening of reservation/booking office, in case there is no reservation counters/booking office/ current counters available in that area.
Similarly, the refund rules relating to cancellation of e-tickets and Tatkal Tickets have also been notified which are effective from July 1, 2013.
Further, under special circumstances like bandhs or agitations or floods, etc. where the passengers could not reach the reservation counters or stations for cancellation of tickets, a TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt) shall be issued to the passenger upto three days after the scheduled departure of the train and the passengers may apply for refund of fare within ten days from the scheduled commencement of journey to the Chief Commercial Manager (Refunds), of the Zonal Railway concerned. The refund application shall then be considered on its merits based on the circumstances of the case.
Commercial circular no. 6 of 2014 dated 21.2.2014 is an internal circular seeking to remove the inconsistency between the computerised application (based on earlier circular of 2004) and the notified refund rules. Under this circular of 21.02.2014, CRIS has been advised to make requisite changes in the computerised PRS application so that the computerised application is aligned and made consistent with the Refund Rules and to ensure that the refunds are issued in accordance with the notified rules.
Passengers shall continue to get refunds across the counters for all waitlisted and confirmed tickets as per refund rules provided such refunds are sought within the prescribed time limits.
(courtesy: pib press release).         

E-Wallet Scheme Launched by IRCTC
Feb 20, 2014
E-wallet Scheme has been launched by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking of the Ministry of railways, to make the payment process fast and to reduce transaction failures due to bank payment related problems. Under this scheme, user can deposit money in advance with IRCTC which can be used as a payment option along with other payment options available on IRCTC website for paying money at the time of booking tickets. This scheme is available for PAN verified user only.
Names of all the passengers booked on a fully waitlisted e-ticket are dropped at the time of preparation of reservation charts and fare is refunded automatically. In this regard, there is no difference between e-tickets booked through E-wallet scheme or those booked through other payment options available on website www.irctc.co.in.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
(Source: pib press release)

IRCTC launches online booking of retiring rooms   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 18, 2014
ALLAHABAD: Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched online booking of retiring rooms at railway stations. This will give tech-savvy railway passengers a new channel of booking retiring rooms in addition to the existing method of manual booking. …

Delhi cops bust railway online booking scam  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 5, 2013
NEW DELHI: The railways may have plugged holes in its ticket booking system, but crooks still manage to devise ways to find loopholes in it. Delhi Police recently came to know of a crafty modus operandi after busting a racket selling tickets and arresting two of its key members, including the mastermind who claimed to have sold tickets to 4,000 people in a span of three years.

Train catering charges hiked by up to Rs. 50  Hindustantimes.com

October 11, 2013

Close on the heels of a hike in passenger fares, the railways on Friday announced an increase in catering charges for premier trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. …

Revision in Fare of AC Classes of Duronto Express Trains at par with Rajdhani-Shatabadi Express from October 10

Oct 05, 2013

Ministry of Railways has decided to further revise the fares of AC classes of Duronto Express trains at par with Rajdhani-Shatabadi Express for comparable classes. There shall be no change in the fares of sleeper class and non-AC chair car classes of Duronto Express. The new changes in fares of Duronto Express shall come into force w.e.f. 10th October, 2013 in the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rate, the difference in fare and other charge will be recovered for journeys undertaken on or after 10th October, 2013 either by TTEs on the trains or by the booking/reservation offices before the commencement of journey by passenger. The detail revised fare table is available on the Indian Railways website namely www.indianrailways.gov.in.
(Source: pib press release)

IRCTC launches Windows Phone app for e-ticketing

Sep 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched a new application for Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices to facilitate the users with a new channel of booking e-tickets in addition to the existing portal.

The new IRCTC App, developed in collaboration with Microsoft, is expected to enhance access to its existing e-ticket portal. …

Ticketing Through Non-Internet Based Mobile Phones

Aug 08, 2013

A pilot project of ticketing through non-internet based mobile phones has been launched by IRCTC on Ist July 2013. The salient features of the scheme are as follows:-

· There is no need of internet at any stage, viz. booking, payment, cancellation etc.
· The user gets ticket details Short Messaging Service (SMS) instantly.
· SMS along with Photo Identity Card in original can be used to travel, no printout of the ticket is required.

The steps taken to popularize the booking of tickets through non-internet based mobile phones through SMS mode are as follows:

· Publication in leading newspapers.
· Distribution of brochures about SMS booking.
· Sending details of the scheme through e-mail to all registered users of IRCTC.
· Display of message on the website of IRCTC.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Formation of National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC)

New Delhi, July 11, 2013

The Union Cabinet today approved constitution of National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC) under the Companies Act, 1956 with initial seed capital of Rs.100 crore as per Company Act, 1956 for designing, developing, implementing, financing, operating and maintaining Regional Rapid Transit system (RRTS) in National Capital Region (NCR) to provide comfortable and fast transit to NCR towns and meet the high growth in transport demand. This company may form subsidiary companies for implementing each corridor.

The seed capital of Rs. 100 crore shall be contributed as follows:-

Central Government
Ministry of Urban Development : 22.5%
Ministry of Railways : 22.5%
National Capital RegionPlanning Board : 5.0%

State Government

Government of NCT Delhi : 12.5%
Government of Haryana : 12.5%
Government of RajasthanGovernment of UP : 12.5%12.5%

The three prioritized corridors, as per recommendation of the Task Force, to be taken up by NCRTC initially are as follows:

No.

RRTS Corridor

Length (km)

Daily Ridership
(in lakhs)
2016              2041

1

Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat

111

3.77             9.83

2

Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar

180

6.9              15.1

3

Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut

90

5.7              11.4

TOTAL

381

The actual cost, financing plan, RRTS alignments, real estate development, financing through Transit Oriented Development, etc. will be firmed up and frozen in the DPRs of these projects while processing proposals for each corridor for sanction subsequently. The DPRs are under finalization.

The NCRTC shall be set up within two months after approval of the Cabinet. NCRTC is proposed as the implementing agency for taking up the RRTS project in the NCR. It is envisaged to undertake design construction, operation and maintenance of the RRTS project on a similar pattern as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). It will cover the States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Background

The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) had prepared a `Functional Plan on Transport for NCR-2032`, which recommended eight RRTS Corridors to connect important towns of the NCR with a high speed rail based commuter transit system.

A Task Force set up by the Planning Commission for the RRTS for the NCR in its meeting held in December, 2009 proposed the construction of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called NCRTC, for the implementation of a comprehensive integrated multi-modal sub­urban commuter transportation system for the NCR, to start with a corpus of Rs.100 crore.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in June, 2011 by the Government of India, the NCRPB and the State Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana. Rajasthan and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) for the formation of the NCRTC.
(Source: pib press release)

Railways launches ticketing through SMS  Times of India

Jun 29, 2013

NEW DELHI: The railways on Friday launched SMS-based ticketing with two dedicated numbers — 139 and 5676714 — for the service. …

Railways tightens ticket refund rules  Times of India

Jun 26, 2013

NEW DELHI: You can no longer cancel a train ticket 24 hours before your journey and still claim a full refund.

The railways ministry, which comprehensively revised ticket refund rules on Tuesday, said the move was aimed at stopping touts from selling cancelled tickets at high prices at the last moment and at giving waitlisted passengers a little extra time to comprehend whether they could undertake their journey. …

Railways to Launch Ticket Booking through Non-Internet based Mobile Phones with Effect from 1st July 2013

New Delhi, June 17, 2013

With an aim to further facilitate the passengers, Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC),a public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Railways, will be launching a pilot project of ticketing through non-internet based mobile phones with effect from 1st July 2013. This will enable people using non-internet based mobile phones to easily access Railway ticketing services through SMS/IVRS/USSD. The scheme is user-friendly, secure and also eco-friendly, as no print out is required.

Indian Railways has continuously endeavored to improve the ease and access of ticketing. The e-ticketing initiative of Indian Railways has been one of the most passenger-friendly initiatives of Indian Railways. In order to further expand the reach of ticketing, the Minister of Railways had made a Budget announcement regarding launch of ticketing through mobile phones was announced in the Railway Budget. The objective was to tap the potential of mobile phone market in India and thereby facilitate the common man, by providing him any-where any-time and hassle free booking option.

The salient features of this new scheme to be operationalised on1st July, 2013 are:

• There will be a dedicated number on which SMS can be sent.
• No need of internet at any stage viz. booking, payment, cancellation etc.
• One has to register the mobile number with IRCTC as well as one’s bank. The Bank (one time password) for authorization of payment.
• The passenger has to type the train number, destination, journey date, class and passenger details like name, age and gender on the SMS box.
• The sender will receive transaction ID and then make payment through sending another SMS by typing PAY followed by the transaction ID, MMID as received from the bank and password.
• On successful booking of ticket, message will be sent to the user by IRCTC which will suffice as valid authority to travel along with photo ID card in original.
• Cancellation of tickets can also be done through the cancellation option available.
• The scheme will be on pilot basis and will not be available during the 8 am – 12 pm for booking ARP/Tatkal/General tickets.
(Source: pib press release)

Railways to cancel e-tickets booked by agents between 8am to 12 noon

May 16, 2013

LUCKNOW: Railways has asked passengers not to buy e-tickets from agents between 8am and 12 noon as the agents are not allowed to book tickets through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website between this duration every day.

The time slot is reserved for ordinary passengers. Passengers found travelling on general or ‘tatkal’ tickets booked by agents during this time slot will face problems as railways will cancel such tickets and also take action against them under the Railway Act. …

Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets Reduced to 60 Days from Existing 120 Days from Tomorrow, i.e. 1st May 2013

New Delhi, April 30, 2013

The Ministry of Railways has decided that the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking reserved train tickets will be reduced from existing 120 days to 60 days (excluding the date of journey) from tomorrow i.e. 1st May 2013. The details are as below:-

I. With effect from 01.05.2013, the ARP will be of 60 days (excluding the day of journey) and booking will be done accordingly. However, all the bookings done upto 30.4.2013 under the ARP of 120 days will remain intact.
II. Cancellation of the booking made beyond the ARP of 60 days will, however, be permitted.
III. There will be no change in the case of certain day time express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express etc. where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force.
IV. There will also be no change in the case of limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.
(Source: pib press release)

Separate Reservation Counters for Women and Physically Challenged

New Delhi, Apr 26, 2013

Separate reservation counters are earmarked for ladies, senior citizens, former Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, physically handicapped, accredited journalists, freedom fighters, if the ticket demand per shift is not less than 120 tickets. In case, there is no justification for earmarking of exclusive counter for any of these categories of persons including ladies/physically challenged persons, one or two counters depending upon total demands are earmarked for dealing with the reservation requests of all these categories of persons.

Instructions are also there that at those reservation offices which have not been computerized and where separate counters are not in existence for ladies, female passengers should not be compelled to join the general queues and be attended to separately at the same counter as for general passengers.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
(Source: pib press release)

Revision of Tatkal Charges for Train Journeys to be Effective From 1st April 2013 Onwards
March 26, 2013

As per announcement made in the Railway Budget 2013-14, it has been decided by the Ministry of Railways to revise Tatkal charges. These charges will be applicable for journey starting from 01.04.2013 onwards. Now, the Tatkal charges will be realized @ 10% of basic far for reserved Second (2S) class and 30% of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as given below:-

Class to Travel Minimum Tatkal Charges (in Rs.) Maximum TatkalCharges (in Rs.)
Reserved Second Sitting (2S) 10 15
Sleeper 90 175
AC Chair Car 100 200
AC-3 tier 250 350
AC-2 tier 300 400
Executive 300 400

(Source: pib press release)

 

Revised Clerkage Charges and Cancellation Charges for Train Journeys to be Effective From 1st APRIL 2013
March 26, 2013

The revision of Clerkage Charge and Minimum Cancellation charge was announced in the Railway Budget 2013-14. The revision will come into effect on tickets cancelled on and after 1st April 2013. The details of the revision are as under:-

(1) Clerkage Charges

 

Class Clerkage charge in case of cancellation of waiting list and RAC tickets (in Rs.)
Existing Revised
Second (Unreserved) 10 15
Second (reserved) 20 30
AC Chair Car 20 30
AC-3 Economy 20 30
AC-3 Tier 20 30
First Class 20 30
AC-2 Tier 20 30
AC First 20 30
Executive 20 30

(ii) Cancellation Charges:

Class Minimum cancellation charges in case of cancellation of confirmed tickets (in Rs.)
Existing Revised
Second 20 30
Sleeper 40 60
AC Chair Car 60 90
AC-3 Economy 60 90
AC-3 Tier 60 90
First Class 60 100
AC-2 tier 60 100
AC-First 70 120
Executive 70 120

(Source: pib press release)

Reservation Fee and Supplementary Charge for Superfast Trains and Withdrawal of Enhanced Reservation Fee to be Effective from 1st April 2013
March 26, 2013

It has been announced in Railway Budget 2013-14 for revision of Reservation Fee, Supplementary charge for Superfast Trains & withdrawal of Enhanced Reservation Fee. The revision will come into effect on tickets issued on and after 01.04. 2013 The details of these reservations are as under:-

(i) Reservation Fee:-

Class Revision Fee (in Rs.)
Existing Revised
Second 15 15 (No change)
Sleeper 20 20 (No Change)
AC Chair Car 25 40
AC-3 Economy 25 40
AC-3 Tier 25 40
First Class 25 50
AC-2 Tier 25 50
AC First 35 60
Executive 35 60

(i) Supplementary Charge for Superfast Trains:-

Class Supplementary Charge for Superfast Trains(in Rs.)
Existing Revised
Second 10 15
Sleeper 20 30
AC Chair Car 30 45
AC-3 Economy 30 45
AC-3 Tier 30 45
First Class 30 45
AC-2 Tier 30 45
AC First 50 75
Executive 50 75

(Source: pib press release)

Relief for ID proof in sleeper class (South East Central Railway)

Jan 12, 2013

NAGPUR: In a relief to passengers, the railway administration has decided that passengers who booked tickets through public reservation system (PRS) counters at the stations for sleeper class and second class can now also travel with photocopy of ration card or nationalized bank pass book having photo attached as identity proof.

The South East Central Railway (SECR) officials informed the rule will be effective from January 15, 2013. The photocopy of the two documents should be attested by a gazetted officer or chief reservation supervisor or station manager….

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Pay in multiples of Rs.5 for your train ticket

Mumbai, January 12, 2013

For nearly 75 lakh Mumbaiites dependent on suburban trains, the recent fare hike announced by railway minister PK Bansal will end up pinching their pockets more than they expected. Instead of the present practice of rounding off the ticket rates to nearest rupee, the railways have decided to round it off to multiples of Rs5.

This means, if the revised fare is Rs12, it will be rounded off to Rs15. Similarly, if the revised fare is Rs26, it will now be Rs30.

First-class commuters will have to pay Rs1 to Rs4 more and suburban commuters will pay Rs2 to Rs3 more in addition to the revised fare. In case of second-class commuters, the fare will be rounded off to immediate lower multiple of Rs5 if the last digit is 1 or 6….

Condition of Carrying Identity Card Extended to All Classes of Reserved Train Tickets Including Reserved Second Class and Sleeper Class

The New Provision will Come into Effect from 1st December 2012

Nov 30, 2012

The Move Aims to Facilitate the Travel of Bonafide and Legitimate Passengers and to Reduce the Scope for Misuse of Reserved Ticketing System by Unscrupulous Elements/Middleman

The List of Prescribed Proofs of Identity has been Expanded to Cover More Variety of Photo Identity Cards for the Convenience of the Passengers

In a major initiative to further facilitate the travel of bonafide and legitimate passengers and to reduce the scope for misuse of reserved ticketing system by unscrupulous elements/middlemen, the Ministry of Railways has decided to extend the condition of carrying original proof of identity during train travel on reserved tickets issued through Passenger Reservation System (PRS) for all reserved classes including ‘Reserved Second Class (2S)’, ‘Sleeper Class (SL)’, ‘III Economy Class (3E)’ and ‘First Class (FC)’. This change in policy will come into effect from tomorrow i.e. 1st December 2012.

Further, the Ministry of Railways has also decided to expand the list of prescribed proofs of identity to include photo identity cards having serial numbers issued by public sector undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal Administrations and Panchayat Administrations.

The expanded list of the prescribed proofs of identity for undertaking journey on Tatkal ticket and other reserved classes will now be as follows:

1. Voter Photo identity card issued by Election Commission of India.

2. Passport.

3. PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department.

4. Driving Licence issued by RTO.

5. Photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government which include the following:

(i) Pension Pay Order s(PPO)

(ii) Ration Card with photographs

(iii) Senior Citizen cards

(iv) Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards

(v) ESI cards (with photograph) issued for taking treatment in ESI dispensaries.

(vi) CGHS Cards (with photograph) issued to individual family members of Central Govt. employees.

6. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students.

7. Nationalized Bank Passbook with photographs.

8. Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph.

9. Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”.

10. Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.

In this way, the new provision to be effective from 1st December, 2012 will be as follows :-

“Any one of the passengers booked on a PNR for undertaking journey in any reserved class on Indian Railways has to produce any one of the above mentioned prescribed proofs of identity in original during the journey failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. The existing provision of the Tatkal scheme where the passenger is required to show the same original proof of identity as indicated on the ticket shall continue.”

It may be mentioned that presently only the following categories of passengers travelling in reserved classes have to produce original proof of identity during the journey:-

· Passengers travelling on e-tickets.

· Passengers travelling on Tatkal tickets.

· Passengers undertaking journey in AC classes on the tickets issued through the computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) {except in III Economy -3E class}.

With the new provision, coming into effect from tomorrow i.e. 1st December 2012 the condition of carrying one of the prescribed identity cards in original has now been extended additionally to other classes of travel namely – Reserved Second Class (2S), Sleeper Class(SL), III Economy Class(3E) and First Class(FC) also.

The above change in the policy is aimed at facilitating the travel of bona fide and genuine passengers and simultaneously to check the scope for travel on transferred tickets. It is also considered that the proposed change shall also be useful from the security point of view.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

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Train Running Information Facility Expanded to Cover All Trains

Oct 4, 4012

To provide accurate train running information to the public, the Indian Railways has expanded the train running information facility. Now the information on the running of ,b>all trains is available at www.trainenquiry.com.

Similarly this facility is available through SMS on 139. To avail this SMS facility, following procedure is to be adopted:

Type SPOT and send it to 139

Earlier, train running information of only selected 36 important trains (Shatabdi, Rajdhani & Duronto) were available at website www.simran.in and through SMS on 9415139139. Now, the information about all trains will become available on www.trainenquiry.com.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Levy of Service Tax on Railway Passengers Travelling in AC Classes/First Class from October 1

Sep 30, 2012

No Service Tax to be Levied on Tickets Issued Prior to 1st October 2012
In Case of Cancellation of Tickets Issued on or after 1st October 2012, the Applicable Amount Including Service
Tax to be Refunded by Railways

In compliance of the provisions contained in Finance Bill 2012 and subsequent notifications issued by Ministry of Finance, the Service Tax in case of railway travel will be levied on the fare of passenger services in the following classes from tomorrow, i.e. 1st October 2012:-

(i) AC First Class, (ii) Executive Class, (iii) AC-2 tier Class, (iv) AC-3 tier class, (v) AC Chair Car class, (vi) AC Economy class and (vii) First Class.

Since an abatement of 70% has been permitted on passenger services by Ministry of Finance, the Service Tax will be charged on 30% of total fare including reservation charge, development charge, superfast surcharge which would be calculated as follows:-

1. Service Tax of 12% will be charged on 30% of fare (equivalent to 3.6% on the total fare)

2. Education Cess of 2% on Service Tax will be added (equivalent to 0.072% on total fare) and

3. Higher Education Cess of 1% on Service Tax will also be added (equivalent to 0.036% on total fare)

4. Total Service Tax implication will be (i)+(ii)+(iii)=3.708% on the total fare.

On Concessional value tickets, service charge will be levied @ 3.708% of the total fare actually being paid by the passengers.

Through a subsequent corrigendum issued by M/o Railways, it has been clarified that the Service Tax would be collected on the tickets issued/bookings made on or after 01.10.2012. Service Tax is not livable on tickets issued prior to 01.10.2012 and hence will not be collected on board the trains.

In case of cancellation of tickets booked by the passengers on or after 01.10.2012, the applicable amount including refundable Service Tax amount will be refunded by Railways as per Railway refund rules and Finance Ministry guidelines.

The amount of Service Tax collected from passengers will be deposited with the Ministry of Finance as per prescribed procedure. Finance Departments of Zonal Railways have been instructed for proper accountal and remittance of Service Tax amount to the Government.

(Courtesy: pib pess release)

IRCTC to launch deposit scheme for faster bookings

Aug 30, 2012

MUMBAI: Booking a ticket through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website is set to get easier and faster if the IRCTC’s plans to set up a rolling deposit scheme (RDS) work out. Pradeep Kundu, joint general manager, public relations, IRCTC, said, “Under the scheme, a user can deposit money in advance with the IRCTC and use RDS from the available payment options on the IRCTC website for paying for their tickets.” Read more.

New Norms for Tatkal Reservation

Aug 17, 2012

Indian Railways have taken various measures to facilitate access to general as well as Tatkal reservation by common man. Accordingly, more than 2900 computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) locations have been opened and facility of booking through internet has also been provided. However, during peak rush periods when the demand outstrips the availability, some cases of black marketing of railway tickets by touts come to notice at the time of surprise inspections and preventive checks conducted at reservation offices. During the period from April 2012 to June 2012, large numbers of checks were conducted during which 930 unauthorized agents/touts were apprehended/prosecuted. In order to reduce the scope of cornering of tickets by touts and also to balance the load on the computerized PRS as well as on internet, with effect from 10.07.2012, the timing of opening of reservation of Tatkal tickets has been changed to 1000 hours on the previous day of journey instead of 0800 hours as per earlier provision. These changes have resulted in even distribution of load on PRS and internet and better availability of Tatkal as well as general tickets on the opening days of reservation on internet.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

New Tatkal rules from today: Sales start at 10 am

Jul 10, 2012

NEW DELHI: Amid increasing complaints about misuse of the Tatkal scheme, the railways has introduced a slew of measures that will come into effect from Tuesday.

Under the revised scheme, passengers can book Tatkal tickets from 10 am instead of 8 am.

No authorized agents, including those of IRCTC, will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 10 am to 12 pm over the counter as well as on the internet. Read more.

10 जुलाई, 2012 से तत्‍काल टिकट की बुकिंग का नया समय

नई दिल्ली, जुलाई 9, 2012.

रेल मंत्रालय ने तत्‍काल योजना के तहत टिकट की बुकिंग में सुधार करते हुए बुकिंग का नया समय तय किया है, जो कल यानी 10 जुलाई, 2012 (मंगलावार) से लागू हो हो जाएगा। तत्‍काल टिकट की बुकिंग में किए जाने वाले संशोधन के अनुसार टिकटों की बिक्री 10 बजे सुबह से होगी। पहले टिकटों की बिक्री आठ बजे सुबह से होती थी। इसके अलावा गाड़ी जिस स्‍टेशन से शुरू होती है, वहां से तत्‍काल टिकट की बुकिंग गाड़ी चलने के एक दिन पहले हुआ करेगी।
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How to make your passwords more secure  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 24, 2014
NEW YORK: If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it’s that passwords don’t offer total protection. …

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Heartbleed portends larger security threats  Washingtonpost.com
April 14, 2014
TENS OF MILLIONS of Americans have been affected by the theft of their personal information in the digital age. In a recent major data breach at Target stores, numbers and names were taken from about 40 million customers, and many millions more suffered compromises in other personal information such as e-mail addresses or phone numbers. …

Websites affected by Heartbleed: Change your Gmail, Facebook and Yahoo passwords today  Tech.firstpost.com
11 Apr 2014
As you may know by now Heartbleed has pretty much given the Internet its biggest scare. The security flaw allows potential attackers to get passwords, credit card information, and other information that’s usually encrypted. … 

The ‘internet of things’ will be bigger than the smartphone, tablet, and PC markets combined   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 15, 2014
The numbers being forecast for the internet of Things (IoT) are truly mind-boggling.
BI Intelligence finds that the number of everyday and enterpries devices that will soon be connected to the internet — from parking meters to home thermostats — will be huge. … 

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says US government threat to internet    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com     
Mar 14, 2014
NEW DELHI: In a strongly-worded post, Mark Zuckerberg on Friday hit out at the US government over the alleged surveillance and monitoring of web users by the National Security Agency (NSA).
“I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behaviour of the US government. …

6 awesome things you can do with your gmail ID   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 19, 2014
Everyone has a Google account, and most of us tend to use it only for e-mails. A few others might probably be active on Google+ and YouTube… perhaps, even use the Google Drive service. But did you know that this single ID could be put to other amazing uses? Ashutosh Desai tells you about… 

FAQ: What is ‘net neutrality’ and what is its future after US court ruling?  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 16, 2014
On January 14, a court in the US struck down some rules meant to protect net neutrality. There has been much outrage over the issue. Some say this is the end of the internet as we know it, whereas others claim that nothing is going to change. So, what is net neutrality and why this issue is important enough to spark such strong reactions. …

5 Things you should never reveal online   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 26, 2013
You may love being online, but that doesn’t mean you can reveal all. Here are somethings that should be kept under wraps:
Intimate photos or videos: Something that you post in the heat of the moment may come back to haunt you many years later. …

End of Windows XP: 34K bank branches to be hit  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 12, 2013
NEW DELHI: Over 34,000 branches of Indian public sector banks would become vulnerable as the popular Windows XP operating system would no longer be supported by Microsoft in about 150 days, shows a study conducted by the software giant. …

In cyber extortion, pay ransom to unlock PC  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 10, 2013
MUMBAI: Extortion is thriving in cyberspace, with malicious software denying users access to their computers or files until they pay a ransom. Last month, a senior executive from Pune found himself shut out of his personal computer and all data stored on it by ‘ransomware’. …

Malicious software Ransomware out to hold your computer to ransom  Dnaindia.com

Oct 23, 2013

A new malicious software restrains the user from accessing his computing device till a sum is paid through internet.

Forget Phising, Ransomware is the new threat in the virtual world of computing devices. It can rob you of your precious money. Ransomware is a malicious software designed to block access to a computing system until a sum of money is paid through a web gateway. …

Dalit scholar booked for Facebook post on suspension of Durga Shakti  Ibnlive.in.com

Sep 06, 2013

Alleging harassment by UP authorities, dalit scholar Kanwal Bharti, booked for alleged objectionable Facebook post on suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakhti Nagpal, claimed the police had sought cancellation of his bail in the case at the behest of a state minister.

Objectionable content: Supreme Court refuses to stay 36-hr rule  Financialexpress.com

New Delhi, Aug 16 2013

The Supreme Court on Friday justified rules framed by the Centre mandating websites to remove objectionable post within 36 hours from networking sites after receiving a complaint and refused to stay it.

A bench of justices H L Gokhale and J Chelameswar said a holistic view needs to be taken on it as the impact of any objectionable post on websites is huge and it can spread all over the country. …

UP cops arrest dalit writer for Facebook post criticizing UP govt on Durga Nagpal issue  Times of India

Aug 6, 2013

LUCKNOW: Dalit thinker and writer Kanwal Bharti was on Tuesday arrested by the police in Rampur district for an alleged provocative post on Facebook criticizing Uttar Pradesh government and senior minister Azam Khan on the issue of suspension of IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal. …

PayPal accidentally credits man $92 quadrillion

Jul 17, 2013

NEW YORK: Oops! PayPal, the online money-transfer company, has accidentally credited a man in Delaware a whopping $92,233,720,368,547,800, making him by far the richest man in the world. …

Delhi Metro asks cyber crime cell to probe ‘leaked’ intimate clips  Hindustan Times

July 09, 2013

A day after Hindustan Times carried a report on how alleged CCTV clips of couples getting intimate on near empty Delhi Metro trains had been posted on pornnography sites, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday approached the cyber crime cell of Delhi Police.

DMRC has asked the Delhi police to ascertain if the footage was indeed from the footage recorded in CCTVs installed on its trains. …

Caught in the Act  Hindu

June 26, 2013

IT Act could boomerang on the woman who claims to have filmed the MLA ‘sexually abusing’ her

The woman who has accused Angamaly MLA Jose Thettayil and his son Adarsh Thettayil of sexually abusing her could be booked under the Information Technology Act, 2000, say legal experts. …

Govt goes after porn, makes ISPs ban sites  Times of India

Jun 26, 2013

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to put a blanket ban on several websites that allow users to share pornographic content.

In an order dated June 13, department of telecom (DoT) has directed internet service providers (ISPs) to block 39 websites. Most of them are web forums, where internet users share images and URLs to download pornographic files. …

Hidden camera in women’s hostel lands girl in police custody

Jun 13, 2013

KOCHI: A second-year MBA student was detained here for allegedly video-recording her roommates on the sly. She later emailed the visuals containing nudity to her boyfriend in the UK, police said on Wednesday.

Police said they were interrogating the 23-year-old and her arrest was not yet recorded. …

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RTI: RTI activist externed from 5 districts; Madras HC hikes fee for info under RTI Act from 10 to 100 …

RTI activist externed from 5 districts
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Information commission compensates four applicants with Rs 1.15 lakh
Make all information sought by Vilas Baravkar public, demand RTI activists
Be Caesar’s wife, publish marks to rule out suspicion: Madras high court tells TNPSC

RTI Process gets Further Boost with the Introduction of ‘e-Indian Postal Order’ for all by the Department of Posts
Babudom stifling RTI, PIL in SC says
Centre takes path-breaking decision to protect whistleblower
Wife has right to know husband’s salary: CIC
Now, city to have RTI ‘katta’
Civil society recommends rejection of Parliamentary Committee report on amendment of RTI Act
RTI activist gets compensation for delay in information
Activists slam exclusion of political parties from ambit of RTI Act
Ensure proper mechanism to handle RTI pleas: CIC to UGC
HC Pulls Up Maharashtra for Not Complying With Its Order

Activist moves CIC against NALCO for denying information
NHAI too blocks inspection of files under Section 4 of RTI Act
Now, you can get info under RTI without revealing your identity
Can’t provide RTI information, it is secret’
Created by telegram, IB finds itself standing on thin legal ground
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Father-in-law can’t access phone records under RTI: High court
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O.M. dated 13.02.2014 – Electronic Indian Postal Order – extension of service to Indian Citizens residing in India
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Decision dated 07.01.2014 – Ms. Jyoti Seherawat Vs. Home (General) Department, Govt. of Delhi - CIC: Wife has right to know husband’s salary.
* Decision dated 07.01.2014 – Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal Vs. Ministry of Coal - CIC has, inter alia, decided the Department of Posts is to apprise the Commission regarding the present status with regard to the issuance of RTI stamps.
* O.M. dated 08.01.2014 – Order dated 20.11.2013 of Calcutta High Court in Writ Petition No.33290 of 2013 in the case of Mr. Avishek Goenka Vs. Union of India regarding personal details of RTI applicant
* Decision dated 24.12.2013 – First Appellate Authority (RTI), PAO (Ors), BEG, Roorkee, Uttarakhand – Broad outcome of investigation into tax evasion complaint to be disclosed
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Decision dated 27.08.2013 – Shri Subhash Chandra Agrawal Vs. Ministry of Home Affairs (Full Bench Decision) - CIC has, inter alia, suggested to issue RTI stamps of the denomination of Rs.10/- by the Deptt. of Posts and to consider designating all 25,464 Departmental Post Offices to accept RTI applications and the requisite fee.
Decision dated 05.08.2013 – Subhash Chandra Agrawal & Dr. M. Haroon Siddiqui Vs. IFFCO (Full Bench Decision) - IFFCO is not a Public Authority
Decision dated 04.07.2013 – Lt. Col. (Retd.) R. Bansal Vs. Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO) (Full Bench) – AWHO is a Public Authority.
Decision dated 03.06.2013 – Shri S.C. Aggarwal, Shri Anil Bailwal Vs. Parliament of India (Full Bench Decision) - Political Parties covered under RTI Act

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RTI activist externed from 5 districts  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 15, 2014
RAJKOT: A resident of Sutrapada town of Gir-Somnath district, who used right to information (RTI) act to expose corruption in a government school, has moved the Gujarat high court (HC) after being handed down an “unusually stringent” punishment of externment. …

Recent Judgements >>>  Sections 8(1)(e) and 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005 – Delhi High Court Judgement dated 08.11.2013 – UPSC Vs. Pinki Ganeriwal
>>> Sec. 8(1)(j) – Delhi High Court Judgement dated 31.10.2013 – Union of India Vs. Anita Singh. SC Judgment dated 03.10.2012 – Girish Chandra Deshpande Vs. Central Informtion Commissioner & Ors.
>>> Section 18 - Hon’ble Delhi High Court has decided: “… it is expected that the Commission henceforth will decide the complaints on merits instead of directing the CPIO to provide the information which the complainant had sought.” -  Delhi HC Judgement dated 28.10.2013 – J.K. Mittal Vs. Central Information Commission and Anr.

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Madras HC hikes fee for info under RTI Act from 10 to 100  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 12, 2014
CHENNAI: Seeking information under the Right to Information Act from the Madras high court has become expensive, as applicants have to pay 100 to get information from the court. … 

Information commission compensates four applicants with Rs 1.15 lakh  Dnaindia.com
3 April 2014
The state information commission has compensated four RTI applicants with a whopping Rs1.15 lakh. The compensation was for the harassment they went through when the public authorities did not part with the information they had sought under the Right to Information Act.
The orders for the same were given on April 1, March 19 and 14. All the orders were given by state chief information commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad. …

Make all information sought by Vilas Baravkar public, demand RTI activists  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
March 27, 2014
A day after the suicide of Pune-based activist Vilas Dattatreya Baravkar, RTI activists in Mumbai and other parts of the state have written to the state information commission pointing out security issues related to them. …

Be Caesar’s wife, publish marks to rule out suspicion: Madras high court tells TNPSC   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 12, 2014
CHENNAI: Noting that Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion, the Madras high court on Wednesday directed the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) to make public the marks secured by all candidates who wrote the Group-II examination in November 2012. …

RTI Process gets Further Boost with the Introduction of ‘e-Indian Postal Order’ for all by the Department of Posts
New Delhi, Feb 13, 2014
‘Locality-Based Pin Code Search Directory’ and Value Addition to ‘e-Post Service’ also Launched’
India Post (Dept. of Posts) here today launched electronic Indian Postal Order (e-IPO) for Indian Citizens living in India. Earlier last year the Department had launched the e-IPO on 22nd March, 2013 for Indian Citizens living abroad across the globe to facilitate them for paying online fee for seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005. e-IPO is a facility to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically for paying RTI fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal https://www.epostoffice.gov.in or India Post web-sitewww.indiapost.gov.in. After paying the fee on-line one just need to annex the print-out of the receipt to the RTI application. Launching the service, Smt. P. Gopinath, Secretary, India Post, said that this has been achieved through a concerted and coordinated effort of her Department, N.I.C. and the Department of Personnel and Training. She generated the FIRST e-IPO for Indian Citizens living in India on the occasion and presented it to an RTI activist.
Under this service, the applicant needs to register at e-Post Office portal of India Post https://www.epostoffice.gov.in or through India Post web site www.indiapost.gov.in (where a link for e-Post Office has been provided) to create his/ her profile for the first time. Both Debit and Credit cards of any Bank powered by Visa/ Master can be used for this purpose.
            Smt. P. Gopinath also  launched two other services on the occasion: (i) Locality-based Pin Code Search Directory and (ii) Value addition to e-Post service.
            ‘Locality Based Pin Code Search Directory’ will facilitate the public to locate Pin Code up to locality level for usage of correct Pin Code on their mail articles thereby helping in expediting mail processing. This facility can be accessed through India Post web-site.
Presently, ‘e-Post’ facilitates the customer to send their messages to any address in India with a combination of electronic transmission and physical delivery through a network of almost 1,55,000 Post Offices.  In addition, corporate customers can also avail e-Post facility at special rates and other value additions. Today the following value additions to the e-Post service has been done:
(i)         Many to One : This facilitates sending of same ePost message from many senders to one recipient on recipient’s email box; and
(ii)        One to many  : This facilitates sending of same ePost message from a sender to multiple recipients on recipient’s email inbox.(Source: pib press release)

Babudom stifling RTI, PIL in SC says   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 13, 2014
NEW DELHI: A man seeking land registration details in a village through Right to Information Act was asked to pay a fee in excess of Rs 21 lakh. When a below poverty line person put up an RTI query on distribution of food grains under PDS, he was told to deposit Rs 2,000 to get the information.
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Centre takes path-breaking decision to protect whistleblower   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 1, 2014
NEW DELHI: After insulating officers of three premier All India Services — IAS, IPS and IFoS — from political interferences in the matter of transfers, the Centre has now come out with a path-breaking decision to protect the interest of whistleblowers who had to face adverse remarks or lesser grade in their ‘annual performance appraisal’ report just for taking on high and mighty in the system on corruption issues. …

Wife has right to know husband’s salary: CIC   Hindustantimes.com
January 19, 2014
Wives of government servants have a “right” to know salary particulars of their husbands and these details should also be made public by their offices as mandated under suo motu disclosure clause of the RTI Act, the Central Information Commission has held. …

Now, city to have RTI ‘katta’  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 1, 2014
PUNE: For years the word katta (roadside hangouts) has been synonymous with the city’s chatty culture. Now, civic activists will add a new dimension to it by starting Right to Information (RTI) kattas where citizens will get free guidance on the RTI Act and assistance to file applications. …

Civil society recommends rejection of Parliamentary Committee report on amendment of RTI Act  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 30, 2013
LUCKNOW: Civil society has recommended rejection of Parliamentary Committee report on amendment of RTI Act. The amendment was made in the RTI Act by the Parliament. It proposed to keep political parties outside RTI ambit. The proposal has now been approved by the Parliamentary Committee. …

RTI activist gets compensation for delay in information Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 28, 2013
RAJKOT: Taking Kodinar Taluka Development Officer (TDO) to task for delaying information sought under Right to Information (RTI), Gujarat Information Commission (GIC) has asked him to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to the applicant Deepak Mori from the Taluka Panchayat funds. A fine of Rs 15,000 has also been imposed on TDO S B Devdhar. …

Activists slam exclusion of political parties from ambit of RTI Act  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 20, 2013
NEW DELHI: RTI activists strongly condemned the parliamentary standing committee report excluding political parties from the ambit of the Act, describing it as an act of “arrogance” and “tragic”.
The parliamentary committee in a report has said that political parties did not come under the definition of “public authorities” and so could not be brought within the Act’s ambit.

Ensure proper mechanism to handle RTI pleas: CIC to UGC   Business-standard.com
December 16, 2013
Irked by the poor handling of RTI petitions at University Grants Commission, the CIC has directed the UGC chief to ensure that a proper mechanism is evolved for better implementation of the transparency law by the country’s higher education regulator. …

HC Pulls Up Maharashtra for Not Complying With Its Order   Outlookindia.com
Dec 09, 2013
The Bombay High Court today pulled up the Maharashtra government for not fully complying with its earlier order to submit a list of allotees or their family members who have been allotted houses twice or multiple times from the Chief Minister’s discretionary quota. …

Activist moves CIC against NALCO for denying information   Freepressjournal.in
Dec 03
Bhubaneswar: An Odisha activist Tuesday said he has moved the Central Information Commission against state-run aluminium maker Nalco for denying him information under the Right to Information Act. …

NHAI too blocks inspection of files under Section 4 of RTI Act   Moneylife.com
28/11/2013
Though information was procured instantly from NHAI regarding action after the Neera River deaths, the officer insisted on writing an application under Section 6 of the RTI Act.
The unique part of Nav Bharat Nagarik Manch’s agitation on Wednesday morning was inspection of files under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Nav Bharat Nagarik Manch held a demonstration in front of the NHAI office before procuring documents under RTI. …

Now, you can get info under RTI without revealing your identity  Hindustantimes.com
November 20, 2013
In a move to protect whistle-blowers in the country, a division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday ruled that a petition under the Right to Information (RTI) Act can be made by using only a post box number without giving the name and address. …

‘Can’t provide RTI information, it is secret’  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 20, 2013
RAJKOT: Gujarat Information Commission (GIC) has declined to oblige a Right to Information (RTI) applicant who sought information about police actions and police videography footage of a religious procession in which participants brandished swords in the city in 2010. …

Created by telegram, IB finds itself standing on thin legal ground  Hindustantimes.com

November 14, 2013
A telegram sent at the end of the nineteenth century by a British Raj official was all it took to set up what is now India’s premier internal intelligence agency, Intelligence Bureau (IB).
This information accessed under the RTI Act shows the agency is standing on thin legal ground like Central Bureau of Investigation, which was declared invalid by a Gauhati High Court order that was later stayed by the Supreme Court. …

Delhi High Court orders CIC to decide RTI complaints on merit  Indianexpress.com
Nov 10 2013
The CIC cannot leave the disposal of complaint filed by an RTI applicant on the public authority as it is obligatory for the panel to decide on merit of the plea, Delhi High Court has held.
Hearing a complaint filed by an activist, Justice V K Jain said it was obligatory for the Central Information Commission to decide a complaint on its merit instead of simply directing the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) to provide information which the complainant had sought. …

Father-in-law can’t access phone records under RTI: High court  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 27, 2013
NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court has shot down attempts by a senior citizen to procure call and SMS details of his estranged daughter-in-law under the RTI Act.

Justice V K Jain on Friday set aside a Central Information Commission (CIC) directive to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to furnish the records to the applicant, Yashpal. …

MSEDCL faces Rs25K fine for delay in RTI reply  Dnaindia.com

Oct 26, 2013

State Information Commission (SIC) has fined Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) public information officer (PIO) of Rs25,000 for 13-month delay in giving reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query.
A resident of Archana Aboli Apartments in Shivajinagar had filed an RTI with MSEDCL over a doubt that some residents of his society were using electricity for commercial purpose. …

Fine for delay in information under RTI  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 26, 2013

KANPUR: Chief information commissioner (CIC), Uttar Pradesh, Ranjeet Singh Pankaj, on Friday, imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on additional deputy superintendent of police MP Verma for delay in providing information and not complying with the orders of information commission. …

‘RTI applicants must mention why they need info’  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 22, 2013

MUMBAI: The state gazetted officers’ federation on Monday demanded the Right to Information (RTI) Act be immediately amended to halt its misuse.
“We feel that it’s high time to review the act,” G D Kulthe, general secretary of the federation, told TOI. …

‘All you need is paper, Rs 10 and some common sense’  Times of India

Oct 20, 2013

HYDERABAD: Sixty-six years post India’s independence, the system of democracy in the country is no more for the people, of the people or by the people. The only way to change this is by empowering citizens through educating them about their right to question the government, said activist Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu who conducted a series of workshops on the Right to Information (RTI) Act organised by The Times of India on Saturday. …

Government declines info on sexual harassment cases against babus  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: The government has declined to share information on complaints of sexual harassment against IAS officers, saying it was exempted from disclosure.

The Ministry of Personnel has cited a Supreme Court judgement, instead of any clause of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, to deny information in response to a query filed under the transparency law. …

BSNL man loses pension for exposing Dayanidhi Maran’s illegal telephone exchange  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 3, 2013

CHENNAI: The whistleblower, who exposed the secret telephone exchange set up by former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran at his Boat Club residence in Chennai, was a BSNL subdivisional engineer, whose pension has now been stopped on disciplinary grounds. …

Govt mulls RTI immunity to all 1,444 parties  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 30, 2013

NEW DELHI: In order to shield six national parties from the RTI Act, the government decided to extend the immunity to no less than 1,444 registered political parties as it felt excluding only “recognized” entities would create an anomalous situation. …

IT dept demands PAN details in return for RTI info  Dnaindia.com

Sep 18, 2013

Strange but true. The Bangalore Income Tax department has sought the Permanent Account Number (PAN) of an applicant for replying to a Right to Information (RTI) query seeking details of an online monitoring system initiated early this year to track movement of illegal money.

The applicant is “required to furnish the PAN to enable the public information officer to furnish the information” read the reply dated September 9, 2013, from the Centralised Processing Centre (CPC), Bangalore. …

HC strips Andhra Pradesh of its four information commissioners  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 13, 2013

HYDERABAD: Describing the state government’s approach in appointing four information commissioners as whimsical, arbitrary and devoid of laid down procedures, the AP High Court on Thursday set aside the appointments and directed the state to conduct the selection process afresh and appoint new commissioners in six weeks time. …

Forgot your deposit? Postal department will ring a bell  Hindustantimes.com

September 12, 2013

Post offices in the next few months may be expected to inform a large number of people, who have forgotten about their deposits, about the unclaimed money in around 2.49 crore accounts across the country. Many people like 62-year-old housewife Krishna, who had forgotten about Indira Vikas Patra deposit in a post office in Gurgaon will benefit by the move. …

Personal details cannot be disclosed under RTI: Bombay High Court

8 Sep, 2013

MUMBAI: Under RTI, disclosure of personal information in respect of service record, income tax returns and assets of an individual is illegal unless it is necessary in larger public interest, the Bombay High Court has ruled. …

O.M. dated 14.08.2013 – Disclosure of personal information under the RTI Act, 2005

To see a copy of the CIC (Full Bench) landmark order dated 03.06.2013 on political parties, click here.

Deepak Sandhu takes oath as new Chief Information Commissioner  Dnaindia.com

Sep 5, 2013

President Pranab Mukherjee today administered oath of office to Deepak Sandhu who became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission.

A former Indian Information Service officer of 1971 batch, Sandhu has served at many key positions like Principal Director General (Media and Communications) Press Information Bureau, Director General DD News, Director General (News) All India Radio before taking over as Information Commissioner in 2009. …

Consider issuing RTI stamps: CIC tells Department of Posts  Business-standard.com

Sept 05, 2013

The Central Information Commission has asked the Department of Posts to look into the viability of issuing special RTI stamps for fee purpose following complaints of some fee-related problems.

It has also directed all public authorities to accept demand drafts, banker cheques or Indian Postal Orders (IPOs) payable to their accounts officers as RTI fees and ensure that “no instrument shall be returned” by them on the ground that these have not been drawn in the name of a particular officer. …

Erred in order on RTI panel heads, SC says   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 4, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday admitted that it had erred by directing the government to appoint only retired apex court judges and high court chief justices as heads of information commissions at the central and state levels. …

Can’t disclose complaints, action taken against officer: Govt  Zeenews.india.com

Aug 23, 2013

New Delhi: The information with regard to complaints made against any officer and action taken on it are “personal” in nature and cannot be made public under Right to Information (RTI) Act, the government has said.

“The Central Information Commission in one of its decisions has held that information about the complaints made against an officer of the government and any possible action the authorities might have taken on those complaints, qualifies as personal information within the meaning of provision of Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in a recently issued circular. …

Probe missing files, digitalise paperwork  Newindianexpress.com

23rd August, 2013

The case of missing coal files has been turning murkier and murkier and the government’s response sillier and sillier. Now the government says the files went missing because of the manner in which they were kept. The British can be accused of many things but not for an improper system of file maintenance. …

SC: Can’t tell accused who whistleblower is  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Aug 23, 2013

NEW DELHI: In what is sure to encourage whistleblowers, the Supreme Court has ruled that identity of persons who tip off anti-corruption agencies about corrupt deals of bureaucrats can never be revealed to the accused facing prosecution under Prevention of Corruption Act. …

PMO won’t release files on Netaji’s widow, daughter  Indianexpress.com

Aug 15 2013

The Prime Minister’s Office has turned down an RTI appeal seeking access to letters written by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s widow Emilie Schenkl and daughter Anita Bose Netaji’s to the government and said releasing the secret files may upset relations with foreign countries.

The PMO reply came in response to an appeal filed under RTI Act by Chandrachur Ghose, who runs the website www.subhaschandrabose.org, and is writing a biography of the leader. …

Activists to move court if Parliament approves changes in RTI Act  Ibnlive.com

Aug 13, 2013

Activists working to promote Right to Information (RTI) Act on Monday said they will move court if Parliament gives its nod to amendments in the transparency law aimed at providing immunity to political parties from providing information. A bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act and negate a Central Information Commission (CIC) order to this effect. …

RTI ‘nails’ Narendra Modi on pre-poll promises  Hindustan Times

August 10, 2013

The Opposition Gujarat Parivartan Party on Saturday called chief minister Narendra Modi’s pre-poll promise a sham, claiming that RTI documents have nailed his lies regarding financial packages to each district.

“We had sought details from each district collector regarding the special financial package the chief minister had announced for their respective districts as part of his Sadbhavna Mission. …

Online Application of RTI

New Delhi, Aug 08, 2013

Government of India has started a RTI online web portal whereby Right to Information (RTI) applications can be filed online by Indian citizens, including those who are living abroad. The detailed procedure in filing of on-line RTI applications is as under:-

An Indian citizen can file RTI application online through RTI online web-portal, having url www.rtionline.gov.in. The prescribed fee for RTI application can also be paid online through a payment gateway of State Bank of India by way of internet banking of State Bank of India and its associate banks and by using debit/credit cards of Master/Visa. This facility at present is available only for 37 Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

This was stated by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in written reply to a question by Dr. Janardhan Waghmare and Sh.N.K.Singh today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Computerise complaint system: CIC to Delhi’s civic agencies  Indian Express

Aug 06, 2013

The Central Information Commission has directed the three municipal corporations in the national capital to undertake a time-bound programme for computerisation of complaints registration and disposal process. …

Probe against babu for giving confidential info under RTI  Times of India

Aug 5, 2013

MUMBAI: A former key home department official is facing a departmental inquiry for revealing confidential information under the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

S B Pawaskar had allegedly furnished confidential information pertaining to the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA) following an RTI request from an activist, said an official. …

Change in RTI Act gets Cabinet nod, parties exempted  Indian Express

Aug 02 2013

The Cabinet Thursday approved amendments to the Right to Information Act (RTI) to ensure political parties are not categorised as public authorities, a move that nullifies the directive of the Central Information Commission (CIC) to bring them under the transparency law. …

Howzzat? CAG seeks exemption from RTI  Dnaindia

Aug 1, 2013

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had approached the Lok Sabha secretariat seeking exemption from the RTI Act much before its reports on the coal block allocation and the Commonwealth Games were leaked.

In its request, the national auditing agency sought exclusion of records and documents, used for preparing final report, from the RTI Act, according to the minutes of the Audit Advisory Board’s (AAB) meeting. …

Army housing body comes under RTI Act, rules CIC  Times of India

Jul 31, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled that the Army Welfare Housing Organization is an extension of the Army and comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.

“We hold that the AWHO, though on paper a separate entity, is nothing but an extension of the Army by virtue of being under the all pervasive control of senior serving Army officers, including the AG. We, therefore, hold that the AWHO is public authority under… the RTI Act,” the commission said. …

Govt’s moral teacher (CVC) doesn’t practise what it preaches  Dnaindia.com

Jul 31, 2013

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is stonewalling information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act on a high profile corruption case involving a top official from the ministry of defence (MoD) and a couple of cabinet ministers. …

Vigilance officers did seek RTI exemption  Times of India

Jul 31, 2013

PANAJI: Officials of the vigilance department had moved a proposal to exempt the department from coming under the purview of the Right to Information Act. …

Madras HC stays CIC’s notice to BCCI over RTI Act  HT

July 26, 2013

The stay was granted by justice KK Sasidharan while passing interim orders yesterday on a petition by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) challenging the CIC proceedings. …

Disclose probe reports on Rajiv Gandhi’s killing, CIC tells government  Times of India

Jul 17, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has allowed a plea by Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Perarivalan directing the government to provide inquiry reports related to the former PM’s death. The Commission has asked for reports by Justice MC Jain and Justice JS Verma Commissions to be made public and also pulled up the home ministry for delaying their response. …

To see a copy of the CIC’s relevant decision dated 10.07.2013, please click here.

‘Disclose communication between PM, CJI on RTI’

Jul 10, 2013

NEW DELHI: Central Information Commission has asked the Supreme Court to provide communication exchanged between the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the issue of RTI. …

HUDA to chargesheet PIO for negligence

Jun 28, 2013

CHANDIGARH: A state public information officer (SPIO) of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), posted at Hisar, is facing a major departmental penalty for not providing information to a noted RTI activist, Manoj Karwasra, as Hisar divisional commissioner has ordered a charge sheet against the officer for his “sheer negligence”.

Karwasra wanted information about action on his complaint filed against a few HUDA officials, who allegedly did not provide complete information to police during a probe into an FIR lodged against him in 2012. …

Action sought against officer for ignoring RTI plea  Zeenews

June 08, 2013

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission has recommended disciplinary action against an officer-in-charge for ‘wilfully’ disobeying its order to provide information under the RTI Act, 2005.

The OC of Sangram police station in Kurung Kumey district, who is also the public information officer, did not furnish information sought by an old and illiterate villager, official sources said on Saturday. …

Blow for transparency: The CIC’s move to apply the RTI Act to political parties is a master stroke

Jun 5, 2013

The Central Information Commission (CIC) deserves three cheers for its decision to bring six national political parties under the purview of the Right to Information Act. It is a significant and tangible move forward in a debate that has been stalled time and again over several decades: how to ensure inner-party democracy and transparency in the way parties collect funds and spend them. …

To see a copy of the CIC’s Full Bench Decision dated 03.06.2013, click here.

Political parties come under RTI, rules CIC TOI News

Jun 4, 2013

NEW DELHI: Lifting the cloak of secrecy from sources of funding of political parties and their expenditure the central information commission (CIC) has ruled that they are public authorities who now need to respond to RTI queries within six weeks.

Political parties on Monday lost the battle to stay out of RTI purview and keep their donors secret after the commission in a 54-page order said six national parties — Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP — have been substantially funded, even if indirectly, by the central government. …

To see a copy of the CIC’s Full Bench Decision dated 03.06.2013, click here.

Govt simplifies e-filing of RTI pleas

Jun 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: Filing RTI applications will now become easier with the government extending e-filing of petitions to more departments and enabling people to pay through web-based payment gateway. After launching the facility for department of personnel and training (DoPT) recently, this will be extended to nearly half a dozen departments including road transport and highways ministry on June 3. …

All non-sensitive files to be computerised to facilitate RTI applicants

Dec 21, 2011

New Delhi. The Government proposes to computerize all non-sensitive files so as to reduce the burden of RTI applicants. The Government of India, in recognition of the long-felt need for efficiency in Government processes and service delivery mechanisms, has included e-Office as one of the Mission Mode Projects (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The e-Office MMP is aimed at introducing the concept of Less Paper and efficient Offices in all the Government of India Offices. The broad objectives of e-Office are as below:

a) To improve efficiency, consistency and effectiveness of government responses.
b) To reduce turnaround time and to meet the demand of the citizen charter.
c) To provide for effective resource management to improve the quality of administration.
d) To enhance transparency and accountability.
e) To provide cost effective and environment friendly e-storage facility.

The project was launched at three pilot locations, namely, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, e-Governance Division of Department of Information Technology and Training Division of Department of Personnel & Training in September, 2010.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office, Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

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DIVORCE/MAINTENANCE: Children born of live-in relationships are legitimate, Supreme Court says …

Children born of live-in relationships are legitimate, Supreme Court says
Refusal to have sex during honeymoon is not cruelty: Bombay high court

No divorce as estranged couple still had sex, Bombay high court rules
Are you financially ready for a divorce?
A fine balance: Rich NRI asked to pay Rs 50L to ex-wife who earns 65k per month
Denying sex to spouse is ground for divorce: HC
Pre-marital sex ‘immoral’, no religion permits it: Court
Hindu married to non-Hindu can’t get divorce under Hindu Marriage Act: Bombay high court
If married man walks out of relation, live-in partner not entitled to relief: SC
Live-in relationship neither a crime nor a sin: SC
Depriving wife of sex is cruelty, Mumbai court rules
Treat second wife as legally wedded for maintenance claims: Supreme Court
Wife’s refusal to quit job no reason for divorce: HC
Adultery is not cruelty, Supreme Court says
Now, women will get share of husband’s inherited property on divorce
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If you have casual sex, you are legally married
Live-in relations and alimony Muslim widow can go to family court: Bombay high court
Madras HC clarifies pre-marital sex verdict, objects to criticism
Row over Madras HC’s ruling on live-in relations
High court rejects plea for wife to undergo check-up for HIV

Muslim marriage is a civil contract, rules high court
Husband to pay Rs 1.5 lakh as maintenance to wife, orders Bombay High Court
HC relief to husband from paying maintenance
Immediate divorce if sex is totally absent, rules Kerala high court
‘Ex parte divorce decree by foreign court invalid: HC
No maintenance if partner knew man is already married’
Pay hike proves dear for divorcee
Arrest warrant if can’t pay maintenance: Bombay high Court
Quash marital cases if couple mend ties: SC
No HC relief to husband who avoided paying maintenance
In-laws must maintain widow: Bombay HC High court orders
NRI to pay over Rs. 11.6 lakh as maintenance
No children, no marriage, rules High court

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Children born of live-in relationships are legitimate, Supreme Court says  Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Apr 24, 2014
NEW DELHI: Giving an important clarification on live-in relationships, the Supreme Court has said that if a man and woman “lived like husband and wife” for a long period and had children, the judiciary would presume that the two were married. …

Refusal to have sex during honeymoon is not cruelty: Bombay high court Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Mar 9, 2014
MUMBAI: Refusal to have sex with a life partner during honeymoon does not amount to cruelty, the Bombay high court has ruled while setting aside a family court judgement dissolving the marriage of a couple on this ground. … 

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No divorce as estranged couple still had sex, Bombay high court rules   Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Mar 5, 2014
MUMBAI: A Malad resident’s plea for divorce from his doctor wife who had left her matrimonial home 16 years ago was thrown out by the Bombay high court after it came to light that the couple was having a sexual relationship even while the husband’s plea for separation was pending. …

Are you financially ready for a divorce?    Economictimes.indiatimes.com
24 Feb, 2014
When Asha Shashidhar and her husband decided to part ways after 10 years of marriage, she did not demand her share in the assets which belonged to both of them. “He let me keep our child, so I let him keep all the assets, including the house we had jointly purchased,” she says. …

A fine balance: Rich NRI asked to pay Rs 50L to ex-wife who earns 65k per month   Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Feb 12, 2014
MUMBAI: A family court has ordered a US-based Indian heading a consultancy firm to pay his city-based former wife alimony even though she herself works and earns Rs 65,000 a month. …  

Denying sex to spouse is ground for divorce: HC   Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Jan 22, 2014
MUMBAI: Willfully denying sex to one’s spouse without any reason is mental cruelty and is a reason for divorce, the Bombay high court has ruled.
Five years after Girgaum resident Shailesh Sharma married Naina, the HC upheld the divorce order granted by a family court on the grounds that his wife treated him cruelly by denying sexual relations and also sending him and his family behind bars on a false complaint of dowry. …

Pre-marital sex ‘immoral’, no religion permits it: Court   Deccanherald.com
New Delhi, Jan 5, 2014
Pre-marital sex is “immoral” and against the “tenets of every religion”, a Delhi court has said while holding that every act of sexual intercourse between two adults on the promise of marriage does not become rape.
Additional sessions judge Virender Bhat also held that a woman, especially grown up, educated and office-going, who has sexual intercourse on the assurance of marriage does so “at her own peril”. …

Hindu married to non-Hindu can’t get divorce under Hindu Marriage Act: Bombay high court  Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Dec 28, 2013
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has held that a Hindu married to a non-Hindu in accordance with Hindu rituals cannot seek divorce under the Hindu Marriage Act.
Accordingly, a bench headed by Justice VK Tahilramani upheld a family court order which rejected a petition filed by Niranjani Roshan Rao, a Hindu, seeking divorce from husband Roshan Pinto on the ground that he was a Christian at the time of marriage and was professing the same religion till today. …

If married man walks out of relation, live-in partner not entitled to relief: SC  Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Nov 29, 2013
NEW DELHI: Check the man’s marital status before going in for a live-in partnership was the loud signal from the Supreme Court which ruled that Domestic Violence Act could not be invoked by a woman in a live-in relationship with a married man, especially if she knew his marital status. … 

Live-in relationship neither a crime nor a sin: SC   Hindustantimes.com
November 28, 2013
A woman in an adulterous relationship cannot claim maintenance from her partner under the domestic violence act as the law protects only a live-in relationship that is “in the nature of marriage”, the Supreme Court has ruled. A bench headed by justice KS Radhakrishnan said the ambit of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 – which for the first time recognized a man-woman relationship outside wedlock – did not cover live-in relationships in general. …

HC directs man to return jewellery gifted to ex-wife Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Nov 9, 2013

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has directed a Vile Parle resident to return the jewellery he had gifted to his former wife at the time of their wedding as it was a part of her streedhan. …

Depriving wife of sex is cruelty, Mumbai court rules  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 6, 2013
MUMBAI: Depriving a woman of physical relationship and suspecting her character amounts to cruelty, a local court has held while granting divorce to a 27-year-old woman.

Treat second wife as legally wedded for maintenance claims: Supreme Court  Indiatoday.intoday.in
October 19, 2013
The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a woman, duped into marrying a person who was already having a subsisting marriage, would not be affected by the Hindu Marriage Act and would be treated as a legally wedded wife for the purpose of claiming maintenance. …

Wife’s refusal to quit job no reason for divorce: HC   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 5, 2013
MUMBAI: The failure of a wife to take job transfer to her husband’s city, even if promised before marriage, does not constitute ‘cruelty’ for which divorce can be sought, the Bombay high court has ruled. The court was hearing the case of a Mumbai man seeking divorce from his wife of 17 years. It dismissed the husband’s plea as well as his Pune-based wife’s plea seeking restitution of conjugal rights. …

Adultery is not cruelty, Supreme Court says  Times of India
Sep 10, 2013
NEW DELHI: Merely being “intimate” with another woman is not sufficient ground for a man to be held guilty of inflicting cruelty on his wife on the charge of failing to discharge his marital obligations, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday. …

Now, women will get share of husband’s inherited property on divorce  Times of India Jul 17, 2013

NEW DELHI: A wife will have a share in her husband’s inherited or inheritable marital property on divorce, though the exact quantum of the compensation has been left to the discretion of the judge, according to a legislation that was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. …

India: If you have casual sex, you are legally married  Globalpost June 30, 2013

The Madras High Court ruling has far-reaching consequences for young couples living on a tumultuous sexual landscape.

NEW DELHI — In India, there’s no sex without marriage — literally, according to a new court ruling.

“Any couple who choose to consummate their sexual cravings, then that act becomes a total commitment with adherence to all consequences that may follow,” the Madras High Court ruled in a recent palimony case in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. …

Live-in relations and alimony Newindianexpress 26th June 2013 07:24 AM

The ongoing debate on the Madras High Court judgment ordering alimony to a victim of desertion in live-in relation is more like the legendary six-blind-men-and-elephant analysis. The discourse has got reduced to asking whether it was not just to order alimony to an unjustly deserted woman. The critical point missed is that when a court renders a judgment, it sets legal precedent for all cases of desertion in live-in relations. …

Muslim widow can go to family court: Bombay high court  Times of India Jun 22, 2013

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday ruled that the family court has jurisdiction to hear a widow and her five children’s petition for maintenance under the Muslim Personal Law from the heirs of her deceased father-in-law.

Justice Roshan Dalvi heard a petition by the heirs of Alam Khan (name changed) challenging a family court order, which held that it had jurisdiction to hear the maintenance plea of Afsana Begum (name changed) and her children, who had staked claim to her deceased husband’s share. …

Madras HC clarifies pre-marital sex verdict, objects to criticism  HT News June 19, 2013

The Madras High Court on Monday took strong objection to criticism of its verdict holding sexual relations between a woman and man of marriageable age, prior to tying the knot, as “a valid wedding” and stoutly defended the order saying it “protected Indian culture and welfare of women.” …

Row over Madras HC’s ruling on live-in relations Jun 19, 2013

CHENNAI: The Madras high court did not issue a blank cheque when it said on Monday that marriage meant ‘consummation of sexual interaction’ between a man and woman of marriageable age, with or without the rituals. …

High court rejects plea for wife to undergo check-up for HIV Jun 15, 2013,

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday upheld a family court (FC) order rejecting a man’s plea to direct his wife to undergo a medical check-up as he strongly suspected her to be HIV positive. The court said it was “absurd” for him to say it was in the interest of his wife to go in for early detection. …

Muslim marriage is a civil contract, rules high court Jun 9, 2013 KOCHI: Uncoupling the institution of marriage from sacred or religious connotations conveniently used to deny women their due, the Kerala high court has ruled that Muslim marriage is primarily a civil contract to legalize sexual intercourse. In the same vein, the court held that denying a woman her conjugal rights for an extended period amounts to “cruelty”. … Husband to pay Rs 1.5 lakh as maintenance to wife, orders Bombay High Court  Indian Express May 28 2013

A man cannot escape from paying maintenance to his wife by lying about his income and trying to portray himself as being poor, the Bombay High Court observed while upholding the Rs 1.50 lakh maintenance awarded to a woman and her daughter by the family court.

Justice Roshan Dalvi was hearing an appeal filed by a man challenging the family court order directing him to pay maintenance of Rs one lakh to his wife and Rs 50,000 to their daughter. …

HC relief to husband from paying maintenance  TOI News May 18, 2013 MUMBAI: A man who was directed by the family court to pay maintenance to his wife even though it had dismissed his plea for divorce has got relief from Bombay high court which has stayed the order. A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice F M Reis decided an application in a pending appeal filed by Subhash Ganguly (name changed) challenging the apex court’s February 21, 2013 order, … Immediate divorce if sex is totally absent, rules Kerala high court May 2, 2013

KOCHI: Divorce can be granted immediately after marriage if there is absolute lack of sex between husband and wife, the Kerala high court has held.

This order was given by a division bench comprising of Justices TR Ramachandran Nair and AV Ramakrishna Pillai while considering a petition filed by a couple from Alappuzha district. …

Ex parte divorce decree by foreign court invalid: HC

Apr 25, 2013

NEW DELHI: In what can have serious implications for divorces involving NRIs, Delhi high court has held that a divorce obtained by an NRI from a foreign court without the spouse’s submission to the jurisdiction of that court is invalid.

The court has also held that a divorce granted by a foreign court on the ground of “irretrievable” breakdown of marriage is not recognised under the Hindu Marriage Act and the dissolution of marriage cannot be valid. …

‘No maintenance if partner knew man is already married’ Apr 18, 2013

NEW DELHI: While the Supreme Court in its landmark judgment broadened the scope for women to claim maintenance, even in a live-in relationship, a trial court has said the interpretation would not be applicable when the woman entered into a relationship knowing that the man is married. …

Pay hike proves dear for divorcee Apr 11, 2013

MUMBAI: Got a salary hike? Pay more maintenance to your estranged wife and child, the Bombay high court told a Mumbai resident. A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice F M Reis increased the monthly maintenance that Nilesh Jasani would have to pay to his wife Sheela and their minor son from Rs 40,000 to Rs 70,000 since his salary had increased by Rs 1 lakh. …

Arrest warrant if can’t pay maintenance: Bombay high Court

Apr 5, 2013

MUMBAI: A non-bailable arrest warrant can be issued against a man who fails to pay maintenance ordered under the Domestic Violence Act, the Bombay high Court has ruled.

“The provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code relating to maintenance as also the Domestic Violence Act which are beneficial legislations for protection of women such as the wife in this case are required to be construed so as to benefit those persons for whom they are enacted,” said Justice Roshan Dalvi. …

Quash marital cases if couple mend ties: SC Mar 16, 2013

NEW DELHI: Cases filed by women against in-laws for harassment and cruelty under Section 498A of Indian Penal Code, which under law could not be compounded, can now be quashed if the spouses kiss and make up and resume conjugal relations, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday. …

Madras high court objects to calling child ‘illegitimate’ Mar 16, 2013

CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Friday objected to the use of the term ‘illegitimate child’, saying it would deeply impact a child’s mind and cast a stigma, thereby impeding the child’s future prospects. The court made the observation while settling a family dispute and ruling that a woman is eligible for maintenance even if the man she married already had a wife and had hidden those details from her. …

No HC relief to husband who avoided paying maintenance Feb 25, 2013

MUMBAI: Bombay high court has refused relief for a husband who wanted a change of judge hearing his plea for divorce just because he was directed to pay maintenance to his wife.

Justice Roshan Dalvi heard petition by the husband challenging rejection of his plea to transfer proceedings from one judge to another by the Family Court’s principal judge citing lack of power as well as on merit….

In-laws must maintain widow: Bombay HC Feb 23, 2013

MUMBAI: A widowed woman has a right to be maintained by her father-in-law after her husband’s death, the Bombay high court has ruled. Twelve years after Mumbai resident Seema Shah was allegedly driven out of her matrimonial home by her in-laws after her husband died, the high court has granted her a reprieve—it said that she has a right in not only the property left by her deceased husband Jayantibhai Shah, but also that owned by her father-in-law….

High court orders NRI to pay over Rs. 11.6 lakh as maintenance New Delhi, February 07, 2013

Nearly 13 years after he parted ways with his wife within days of their marriage, a non resident Indian has been directed to pay her over Rs. 11.6 lakh as total maintenance for 44 months of separation till she remarried.

Justice ML Mehta said it would be “just and reasonable to award the plaintiff (woman) maintenance of $500 per month (Rs 26,500 approx)” and interest over the amount.

In her plea for maintenance, the woman had sought $1200 per month….

No children, no marriage, rules High court Jan 8, 2013

KOCHI: On Monday, justices Pius C Kuriakose and C K Abdul Rehim of the Kerala high court made the significant ruling that a man’s refusal to have children amounted to cruelty and was sufficient cause for granting divorce to his wife. The Thiruvananthapuram family court had granted divorce to Florence George but had refused to concede the larger underlying crime.

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Inter-caste marriage, an awkward proposal?
British Indians seek legal protection from caste system
Steady rise in inter-caste marriages involving dalits
Youth fails to get caste certificate, ends life
Dalit women narrate heartrending stories at public hearing
Dalit author wages war against discrimination through literature
Minor girl made to do 500 sit-ups for refusing to clean teacher’s toilet
Dalit killed, 40 hurt for unfurling tricolour in Bihar village
Caste bar on marriages became entrenched 2000 years ago, genetic study finds
Workplace biases still rampant in India: Survey
Student beaten to death by classmates
Don’t arbitrate on cases filed under SC/ST Act: SP to cops
Dalit entrepreneurs fight prejudices to build business
Allahabad High Court orders probe against principal
Knot scared: Rajasthan dalit groom defies threats, rides horse
Ostracized family moves Gujarat high court
Caste curses Dalit, tribal children to life of slavery beyond borders

Scared dalit boy skips school on opening day
NHRC notice to HRD Ministry on discrimination against Dalit students
Over 260 mn victims of caste-based discrimination
When development triggers caste violence
Marry outside one’s caste in Himachal, get Rs 75,000
4 lakh Dalits in UK to benefit as govt outlaws caste discrimination
Capitalism Vs Caste
Govt defends caste, religion, region names of Army units
Dalits await reopening of Mariamman temple in Uthamapalayam

जातिवाद-मुर्दाबाद,हिन्दू एकता जिंदाबाद
Dalit professor alleges harassment by colleague, students
Rs 50, 000 incentive for inter-caste marriages
No escape from caste prejudice even in UK
Caste still a bar in sanctorum
Maha Kumbh: Dalits take part in ritual bathing, mark the dawn of a new tradition
Appointment of Dalit cook creates a ruckus at school in Mangalore
Dalit family ostracized for singing bhajan
Caste, conversion and contestation at Jaipur literature festival
Manifesto to end caste: Push capitalism and industrialisation to eradicate this pernicious system
The development divide
Religion, caste, controversy and the Marathi sahitya sammelan
Bank apologises to Dalit hero, credits award money
Sectarian poison
Social equality at core of Hindu philosophy
For 200 Million Indians, a Life Steeped in Discrimination
Caste and Gender Based Discrimination Under Mid Meal Scheme (MDMS)
End caste, religion barriers in Army recruitment: PIL
The quiet grip of caste
Report says caste, gender discrimination rampant

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Haryana’s biggest khap panchayat scripts history, allows inter-caste marriages  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 21, 2014
CHANDIGARH: Scripting history by bringing about changes in the norms pertaining to marriages, Haryana’s biggest khap panchayat called by Satrol khap in Hisar on Sunday gave a go-ahead to inter-caste marriages that have in the past triggered bloody killings in the state and surrounding regions. …
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Madras University deletes controversial dalit text from syllabus   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 23, 2014
CHENNAI: University of Madras on Saturday decided to remove ‘Thunbakkeni’, a 75-year-old short story by revolutionary writer Pudhumai Pithan from its Tamil curriculum after complaints that certain references were derogatory to dalits. In August 2013, a petition had been filed in the Madras high court saying the story would hurt dalit sentiments. An official said the decision followed complaints from many quarters. “The controversial story may be replaced with another text by the same writer,” he said. …   

Of How They Caste Away All Odds  Newindianexpress.com
09th February 2014
Milind Khandekar’s Dalit Millionaires narrates  the hard-won success stories of fifteen entrepreneurs who belonged to the constitutional category called Scheduled Castes, known as Dalits in general parlance.
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Inclusion of Jains as a minority community under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992
New Delhi, Jan 20, 2014
The Union Cabinet today gave its approval forinclusion of Jains as a minority under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 and the Attorney General through the Ministry of Law and Justice has opined that this would be neither be illegal nor unconstitutional. The Cabinet approved the inclusion of Jains in the list of notified minority communities under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 pending the outcome of court cases in addition to the five communities already notified as minorities under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.These communities are Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Zoroastrians (Parsis).
Background:
Under Section 2(c) of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992, five religious communities; Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis are declared as minority communities through a Government Notification issued in October 1993. Thereafter, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has been receiving regular representations and RTI applications for inclusion of Jains as a minority community under this Section.
(Courtesy: pib press release)   

Inter-caste marriage, an awkward proposal?   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 12, 2013
Ritwik Ganguly’s love for bhapa Ilish (steamed Hilsa fish), like most Bengalis, goes beyond the ordinary while his fiancee, Charu Iyer, a Tamil Brahmin, who has had a strict vegetarian upbringing, is distanced from the likes of such foods. …

British Indians seek legal protection from caste system Cbc.ca

Up to 200,000 Indian immigrants are considered dalits, formerly known as untouchables

Oct 25, 2013

Tens of thousands of Indian immigrants in Britain are demanding legal protection from caste discrimination, saying Old World prejudices are being allowed to flourish in the West.

Britain’s Indian community — the largest minority group in the country, with some 1.5 million members — is well established, successful and intertwined into the country’s social fabric. …

Multiplicity of ‘gotras’ may delay Jat survey  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: Identification of Jats has just got complicated with Haryana and Madhya Pradesh reporting around 315 ‘gotras’ of the caste group, a reason that has delayed the survey to study the community’s socio-economic profile. …

Steady rise in inter-caste marriages involving dalits  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 19, 2013

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra has notched a four-fold increase in inter-caste marriages involving dalits, a figure that points to liberalizing social values if not a radical makeover.

The growing inter-caste marriages in Maharashtra tie in with the jump in national figures. …

Youth fails to get caste certificate, ends life   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 14, 2013

BHOPAL: Unable to procure a caste certificate for over 18 months to appear in a police recruitment drive, a 23-year-old dalit youth allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos pills.

The youth was admitted to a private hospital after he consumed the pills on September 11 where he succumbed on Friday. Police said deceased Rajpal Kaithal, was a resident of Narela Shankari. …

Dalit women narrate heartrending stories at public hearing

Sep 9, 2013

AJMER: A family tried to force abortion on a woman just because her husband suspected her of having an illicit relationship with someone. The woman was forcefully taken to Chaksu hospital of Jaipur district but she fought for her right and she later gave birth to the baby but lost her family. The semi-literate woman is now fighting for her rights in the court and she is worried about the future of her baby. …

Dalit author wages war against discrimination through literature

Aug 26, 2013

CHENNAI: Noted Marathi dalit writer Sharan Kumar Limbale first became conscious of his identity the night his father, who belonged to an upper caste, tried to rape his mother.

“My father never acknowledged I was his son. One evening when he showed up at our doorstep I was excited thinking he had come home for good. Little did I realise he had returned to get back at my mother for claiming I was his son,” said Limbale, who was seven years old at the time.  …

Minor girl made to do 500 sit-ups for refusing to clean teacher’s toilet  Hindustan Times

August 18, 2013

State SC/ST Commission on Sunday lambasted the district education department and Betma police for showing leniency to superintendent of the government girls’ hostel who allegedly punished a minor girl. …

Dalit killed, 40 hurt for unfurling tricolour in Bihar village  Times of India

Aug 17, 2013

SASARAM: A dalit villager was stoned to death and at least 40 people were injured, eight of them seriously, as a 500-strong mob of upper caste men attacked them for defying their diktat of not to unfurl the tricolour in front of a temple of Sant Ravidas at Baddi village in Rohtas district, 160km from Patna, on Independence Day. …

Caste bar on marriages became entrenched 2000 years ago, genetic study finds  Times of India

Aug 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: In a fascinating study of how different types of populations mixed in India, scientists have found that there were three stages of intermixing. …

Workplace biases still rampant in India: Survey  Moneycontrol

Aug 06, 2013

Corporate India is yet to adopt the concept of equal opportunity in its true sense, as 1 in every 2 employee said they experienced one or the other kind of discrimination during the process of recruitment and at work, says a survey.

According to a study by TeamLease Services, the Indian workplace is largely accommodating but discrimination still exists on various grounds, especially while hiring. …

Student beaten to death by classmates  Times of India

Jul 28, 2013

ALWAR: A 17-year-old student was beaten to death by his classmates and their friends in full public view in Alwar district when he refused to give his pen to one of the accused during classes on Friday.

People from Dalit community, to which the victim belonged, pelted stones at Kotkasim police station in Alwar and placed his body on the road in protest. …

Don’t arbitrate on cases filed under SC/ST Act: SP to cops  Times of India

Jul 21, 2013

MADURAI: Don’t arbitrate to force a compromise and settle cases filed under Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, police officials in the district were told by Madurai superintendent of police V Balakrishnan. Officials must file a chargesheet along with statements of compromise from both the parties if they agree to and leave it for the courts to settle the case, he said, while speaking at a workshop on SC/ST Act, organised for DSP rank officials and members of district SC/ST Act monitoring committees, on Saturday. …

Dalit entrepreneurs fight prejudices to build business  Times of India

Jul 21, 2013

BANGALORE: Raja Nayak’s teenage life was played out on the streets of Wilson Garden selling surplus export garments from Tirupur at half the price. Today, Nayak, 52, runs a diversified business of over Rs 50 crore and drives a Merc to work. …

Allahabad High Court orders probe against principal  Times of India

Jul 17, 2013

ALLAHABAD: Taking a serious note of alleged ill treatment and discrimination meted out to the children of lower castes by principal of a primary school, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday directed the District Magistrate and District Education Officer, Allahabad to initiate inquiry against her on the complaint made by the petitioner and other villagers. …

Knot scared: Rajasthan dalit groom defies threats, rides horse  Times of India

Jul 14, 2013

AJMER: A dalit groom rode a horse for his marriage procession defying threats from upper caste villagers for the first time under tight police security at Neemada village in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district on Friday night. Dalits are not allowed to ride a horse especially for marriage processions.

Ranjeet Singh Berwa’s family had sought police help after the villagers had threatened him against riding a horse for his marriage procession. …

Ostracized family moves Gujarat high court

Jun 21, 2013

AHMEDABAD: A family from Padhar community from Surendranagar district has moved Gujarat high court alleging ostracization from his community. The family has sought all appropriate directions from the court so that its members can lead life in dignified manner. …

Caste curses Dalit, tribal children to life of slavery beyond borders  Indian Express

17th June 2013

Caste discrimination and exploitation of Dalit children are not confined to villages alone as some members of the dominant communities force them into bonded labour in savory and confectionary units run by them in many parts of north India.

Recently, Vadugapatti village near Usilampatti was in the news when a Class VI Dalit boy was forced to carry footwear on his head through a caste Hindu street. …

Scared dalit boy skips school on opening day  Indian Express

11th June 2013

Arun Kumar, the Dalit boy, who was paraded with footwear on his head through a Caste Hindu street in Vadugapatti, did not attend the school when it reopened on Monday

While social activists claimed that boy refused to go to school fearing that Caste Hindu students might ridicule him, district administration official said that his mother Nagammal had decided to send him to school only after 10 days. …

NHRC notice to HRD Ministry on discrimination against Dalit students  Hindu

June 6, 2013

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken a very serious view of the alleged rampant caste discrimination against Dalit students in various educational institutions in the country, which led to 18 such students committing suicide in the last four years. The Commission issued a notice to the Secretary of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development seeking a report on the incidents within four weeks.

It also referred to a media report, which alleged fierce caste based discrimination and violence against Dalit students in the Patna University hostel earlier this year. …

Over 260 mn victims of caste-based discrimination  Zeenews

May 25, 2013

United Nations: More than 260 million people across the world are still victims of human rights abuses due to caste-based discrimination, a group of independent experts appointed by the UN warned on Saturday and asked South Asian countries to strengthen legislation to protect them.

“Caste-based discrimination remains widespread and deeply rooted, its victims face structural discrimination, marginalisation and systematic exclusion, and the level of impunity is very high,” the group of experts noted. …

When development triggers caste violence Hindu News

May 08, 2013

The educational and economic development of Dalits is seen by the backward castes as a challenge to the social order, as recent incidents in Tamil Nadu show.

On the evening of November 7, 2012, a crowd numbering over 1000 people burst into three Dalit settlements in Dharmapuri, north-western Tamil Nadu, and laid them waste. Over a period of several hours, they looted, smashed and burned. …

Marry outside one’s caste in Himachal, get Rs 75,000 TOI News

May 4, 2013

SHIMLA: While ‘khap panchayats’ in Haryana continue to frown on inter-caste and sub-caste marriages and punish those who do so, marrying outside one’s caste is ever so profitable in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh – it’ll get couples all of Rs 75,000.

To prompt young men and women to break the caste barrier, the cabinet headed by CM Virbhadra Singh has enhanced the inter-caste marriage incentive from Rs 25,000 to Rs 75,000. It’s given to couples where one of the spouses belongs to a Scheduled Caste. …

4 lakh Dalits in UK to benefit as govt outlaws caste discrimination  Firstpost

Apr 26, 2013

London: Caste discrimination is to be outlawed in the UK, as the government today took a U-turn after its policy was rejected by the House of Lords for a second time, bringing much cheer to about 400,000 Dalits in the country.

Amendments tabled by Business Secretary Vince Cable in the House of Commons state that the Equality Act will “provide for caste to be an aspect of race”. …

Capitalism Vs Caste: How market economy can sweep away centuries of caste discrimination Economic Times

17 Apr, 2013

“Ho to tum Dilli se saheb, per soch badi chhoti hai” (You might be from Delhi, but you are narrowminded ), jeers Prashant Patil. Aged 28, Prashant is upset about being asked what makes a Patil woman work on dalit farmland.

“Caste ka chashma utar kar dunia dekho” (See the world without the blinkers of caste), he counsels. …

More: Capitalism versus caste: A new order based on the market can sweep away centuries of caste discrimination

Govt defends caste, religion, region names of Army units

Apr 12 2013

Defending Army regiments named on the basis of caste, region and religion, the Centre Thursday contended the naming was based on historical reasons and had nothing to do with discrimination. …

Dalits await reopening of Mariamman temple in Uthamapalayam Indian Express

April 12, 2013

Dalits living in and around Uthamapalayam near Vellakovil here are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the village’s Mariamman temple, which was closed down two years ago following clashes between caste Hindus and Dalits.

Caste Hindus had restricted Dalits from entering the place of worship, triggering constant friction between the two groups.

The decision to reopen the temple follows a Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO)-led inquiry into the issue. …

जातिवाद-मुर्दाबाद,हिन्दू एकता जिंदाबाद

April 11, 2013

 

 

हमारे देश के और विदेश के कई लोग हम भारतीयों को कई भागों मे बांटे हैं सुर-असुर, आर्य-अनार्य, सूरन-बेलन, देवता-दैत्य परंतु खुशी की बात यह है की इसका कोई भी ठोस प्रमाण नही है कुछ लोग आर्यों को देशी तो कोई विदेशी मानते हैं पर ठोस प्रमाण इसके भी नही है।

Dalit professor alleges harassment by colleague, students  The Hindu

March 24, 2013

An assistant professor at Benaras Hindu University (BHU) has lodged a police complaint against a fellow professor and six students, alleging that they had, over a period of time, sexually harassed her, and passed lewd and casteist remarks on her.

BHU Journalism and Mass Communications assistant professor S. Nerlikar, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste community, alleged that Sisir Basu, the ex-head of the department, harassed her for the last two years and instigated some male students to pass lewd remarks about her. …

Rs 50, 000 incentive for inter-caste marriages

Mar 22, 2013

KOLKATA: In order to encourage inter-caste marriages, the state government has decided to increase the incentive for couples from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000, from April, said backward class welfare minister Upen Biswas. New campaigns on the issue will also be launched, he added.

The state government in order to encourage inter-caste marriage will be increasing incentive for the couples from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 from April. …

No escape from caste prejudice even in UK

Mar 16, 2013

LONDON: If you happen to be of Dalit origin, or from the so-called lower castes, migrating out of India may not help you escape discrimination. India’s infamous caste system has reared its ugly head in the United Kingdom.

School children from the lower castes have been taunted with casteist slurs like “bhangi” and “chamar” from other Indian school children of a higher caste. …

Caste still a bar in sanctorum Hindu News
March 6, 2013
12 priests of the nearly 40 temples under its Vaikom group belong to the non-Brahmin community
Harish Kumar, a member of the Ezhava community, who was stopped from performing pooja at the Perum Thrikkovil temple at Udayamperoor near here on Monday is among the growing tribe of people from non-Brahmin communities taking up priestly duties. …

Maha Kumbh: Dalits take part in ritual bathing, mark the dawn of a new tradition

Feb 10, 2013

Allahabad: It’s the beginning of a new tradition at the ghats of the Ganga. Around 100 manual scavengers from Rajasthan are taking a dip in its holy waters, washing away centuries of discrimination. Among them is 35-year-old Usha Chomar. As she offers her prayers to the mighty river, she says she was at first hesitant to come here. …

Appointment of Dalit cook creates a ruckus at school in Mangalore

Feb 8, 2013

In a case of caste-based discrimination, upper-caste schoolchildren of a government school near Belthangady were prevented by their parents from having midday meal after they were informed that a Dalit cook worked there on Friday afternoon.

Of the 43 children at the Surya Primary School, Nada village, 15 students were pulled out by their parents, all reportedly from upper castes, before the mid-day meal was served at the school, said Lokesh C., Block Education Officer, Belthangady….

Dalit family ostracized for singing bhajan

Jan 26, 2013

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Betul SP and the collector seeking explanation on the alleged incident of a dalit family being ostracized for singing bhajan at a function organized by members of the upper caste.

The incident took place on December 15 last year, following which the upper caste people of Mathni village allegedly issued a diktat directing villagers to cut off ties with tailor Rajesh Kumar Uvnare and his family….

Caste, conversion and contestation at Jaipur literature festival

Jan 25, 2013

JAIPUR: Coming down heavily on the caste structure in Hindu religion, author KanchaIlaiah today advocated adopting the Buddha’s ideology as a way to achieve secularism in the country, generating a lively debate among the fellow panelists at the Jaipur literature festival here.

Religious conversion, caste structure within religions and position of dalits after conversion were the main talking points of the session titled “God as a Political Philospoher: Dalit Perspectives on Buddhism,” where Ilaiah engaged with author Ajay Navaria and poet Nirupama Dutt…

Manifesto to end caste: Push capitalism and industrialisation to eradicate this pernicious system

Jan 23, 2013

In Bhadawn village, a social revolution seems to have been accomplished. Bhadawn falls in Azamgarh district of east Uttar Pradesh. Thanks to the growing mechanisation of farming, landlords are deploying harvesters for the paddy crop as well. Those working on the machines refuse grain as wages. As a result, grain as wages has been replaced by cash.

Upper caste landlords controlled dalits’ lives by deploying several methods. Limiting dalits’ food choices was one such ploy; they had to eat what they got as wages. “I feed you” would be a constant reminder of their servitude and undermine their self-esteem. But with cash in hand, dalits in Bhadawn have accessed multiple forms of freedom — and the village`s story is echoed in large swathes of eastern Uttar Pradesh….

 

The development divide

Jan 19, 2013

Despite years of sustained efforts, caste-based discrimination still persists at ground level.

In 2002, The Hindu Sunday Magazine published an article ‘A Statement of Self Confidence’ by Dr. Meena Radhakrishna, which discussed new strategies and partnerships being formed by the National Conference of Dalit Organisations (now the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations or NACDOR), to combat caste atrocities and empower Dalits in a globalised economy.

“Come, together let us transform this world,” ended the article,…

Religion, caste, controversy and the Marathi sahitya sammelan

Jan 14, 2013

“Marathi sahitya sammelans have always been strongly religion and caste-based, right from the first one in 1878, organised by Justice Mahadeo Govind Ranade,” observes author and journalist Samar Khadas. “Mahatma Jyotiba Phule declined an invite to the sammelan when Ranade refused to let him speak of caste-based discrimination and untouchability.”

Wondering aloud about the relevance of mythological symbols like Saraswati or Parshuram being worshipped at the sammelan, he asks how its any different from a practice in a state run on Shariyat. “In my visit to Pakistan, I saw all dos — academic, literary or otherwise — beginning with Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim. How is what we’re doing in ‘secular’ India any different?”…

Bank apologises to Dalit hero, credits award money

January 13, 2013

Things seem to be finally looking up for Banwasi Musahar, the Dalit education crusader from western Bihar’s Kaimur district who has been repeatedly harassed by local bank officials over a Rs.100,000 cheque awarded to him by HT. On Saturday, after a series of HT reports on his plight,

the Ramgarh branch of Bank of India (BoI), credited Rs.100,186 to the 58-year-old’s zero-balance account.

RN Lal, deputy zonal manager (Patna) BoI, said the interest was for delayed payment. He also said that while lapses were being investigated, the branch manager who had dealt with Banwasi had retired on December 31.

The new manager, Vinay Shekhar Das, said Banwasi had been given a “regret letter for the anguish caused to him”….

 

Meira kumar Emotional speach on Caste system

Sectarian poison

Jan 9, 2013

A quarter of a century after building a base with Vanniyar exclusivism, and failing to broaden it with Tamil nationalism, Pattali Makkal Katchi founder Dr S. Ramadoss tries to cobble up an anti-Dalit front in a desperate attempt to overcome political isolation.

It is a truism that societies by their very nature are discordant. This is particularly true of India, which has persisted with rigid hierarchies and structured inequalities. The framers of the Constitution were conscious of this and the dangers of the caste monster stalking India and stifling its development as an inclusive modern society devoid of disparities and discrimination….

Social equality at core of Hindu philosophy

January 2, 2013

A Hindu view of human rights and dignity – V

Herbert Spender, the great apostle of individual freedom, says that the position of women supplied a good test of the civilisation of the people. In Bharat, women have always occupied a position of very high esteem. Professor HH Wilson says, “It may be confidently asserted that in no nation of antiquity were women held in so much esteem as amongst Hindus.” (Mill’s History of Bharat, Vol. II)

God in Hinduism is Ardha Nareeswara in form and gender-free when formless….

For 200 Million Indians, a Life Steeped in Discrimination

Dec 17, 2012

One in six Indians — approximately 200 million people in all — is born a Dalit. From the day a Dalit is born, life is predestined. Caste discrimination seeps through social symbols, practices and traditions, dooming Dalits to a lifetime of inequity and a position on the lowest rung of Indian society.

The few jobs Dalits are allowed to do demand the most from their bodies and give them the least in return. This allows those high in the caste order to live a life in which Dalits cost little and depend upon the upper caste for their economic survival. A tradition of melting caste and occupation together means that for most Dalits, work is not an escape out of poverty, but a purgatory….

Apex court stays made snana order

Dec 15, 2012

BANGALORE: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the November 8 Karnataka high court order allowing the modified made snana ritual.

The state government had submitted to the high court that it would modify the controversial practice at Kukke Subrahmanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district….

Caste and Gender Based Discrimination Under Mid Meal Scheme (MDMS)

Dec 14, 2012

Independent Monitoring Institutes have been engaged to monitor the Mid Day Meal Scheme and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan as per the defined Terms of Reference. The Monitoring Institutions have reported about caste discrimination in some districts in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Gujarat and Karnataka. Central teams were deputed in the 2nd week of August 2012 to these States to investigate into the matter. The teams did not come across any discrimination except in one school in district Boudh in Odisha. The matter was taken up by this Ministry with the Government of Odisha for taking immediate remedial action. The State Government have placed the Headmaster of the school under suspension and initiated disciplinary action against the Sub-Inspector of Schools. The District Administration has been instructed by the State Government to ensure social equity in all the schools.

The Govt. has made it clear that discrimination in the MDMS is unacceptable and has issued guidelines to the States to take preventive and corrective measures to ensure that discrimination does not occur, and is firmly dealt with if it does. The States/UTs have formed Committees/Samities with members from the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes to inspect preparation and distribution of food. Similarly, priority is given to these communities in the recruitment of cook-cum-helpers. About 45% of the engaged cook-cum-helpers are from SC and ST communities.

The MDM guidelines lay down that on an average 25% of schools should be inspected every quarter by the State Government officers belonging to different departments at the District, Sub-Division, Tehsil/Taluka, block and other suitable levels. In addition, the Review Missions consisting of representatives of the Central Government, the respective State Government, the UNICEF and the Office of Supreme Court Commissioner are also monitoring the Scheme. Similarly, 41 independent Monitoring Institutions such as the Dr. PM Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Odisha, the NKC Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, the IIT Chennai and the Visva-Bharati University etc. also monitor this aspect.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor in Rajya Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

End caste, religion barriers in Army recruitment: PIL

Supreme Court seeks opinion of Solicitor General on the issue

New Delhi, December 10

The Supreme Court today sought the assistance of Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman in adjudicating a PIL that has sought abolition of recruitments in the Army on the basis of caste, religion and region which was part of the divide and rule strategy of the British to prevent the emergence of national loyalty among service personnel or a monolithic integrated Indian Army.

A bench comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra asked the PIL petitioner, IS Yadav who is a doctor running a nursing home in Haryana, to hand over a copy of his petition to the SG and posted the matter for further hearing at a later date…

The quiet grip of caste

November 28, 2012

Some time ago I visited a Dalit hamlet in Rewa district. It was hemmed in on all sides by the fields of upper-caste farmers, who refused to allow any approach road to reach the hamlet. There were short roads inside the hamlet, but they stopped abruptly at the edge of it. The hamlet felt like an island, surrounded by hostile territory. I wondered whether any other country still cultivated such absurd and monstrous practices as the caste system.

Report says caste, gender discrimination rampant

New Delhi, Mon Nov 26 2012

More than 180 schools serving the mid-day meal (MDM) across five states have allowed caste or gender based discrimination over the last two years, a status report of discrimination in schools has said.

Forty-one independent monitoring institutes (MI) have submitted reports to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry about instances of discrimination and untouchability in 186 schools across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. …

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Hindu converted to Islam doesn’t lose backward class status: Madras HC
SC upholds Centre’s decision to include Jats in OBC
Government notifies Jat reservation, but OBC Commission raises red flag
Cabinet Approves Amendment to Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014
Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes for 13 States and three UTs
58 Communities Have Been Proposed by 7 States for Inclusion in Scheduled Tribes List
SC tells government to decide on post reservation in AIIMS
Parties in Punjab decry exclusion of Jat Sikhs from reservation
HC tells central govt offices to verify details for caste validity
‘HC stays verdict on plea against quota in jobs

‘Bandbaja’ stir at social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe’s residence
Centre not keen on including jat ‘gotras’ in OBC list
Levelling the playing field
Supreme Court orders Centre and states to implement 3% quota for disabled
Khaps oppose inclusion of jats in OBC list
UP govt restrained from giving reservation to ‘adequately represented’ classes
AIIMS told to appoint on quota
Govt draws flak over delay in quota for faculty in AIIMS
Govt files review petition against SC order rejecting caste-based quota in AIIMS
SC order on reservation gets flak in Lok Sabha
Khan revives minority sub-quota bid, wants entire 4.5% for Muslims
Revision of Income Criterion to exclude Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from list of OBCs
Reservation for Physically Handicapped Persons

Inclusion of Caste in SC List

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RECENT ORDERS/CIRCULARS

* Hon’ble Supreme Court has, inter alia, directed the Centre and the State Governments to take steps to treat transgender persons as socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and extend all kinds of reservation in cases of admission in educational institutions and for public appointments.-  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of Indian and others
* O.M. dated 31.03.2014 – Guidelines for providing certain facilities in respect of PWDs who are already employed in Government for efficient performance of their duties 
* O.M. dated 20.03.2014 – Computation of reservation- implementation of the judgment in the matter of Union of India Vs. National Federation of Blind & Ors (info to be furnished by 27.3.14)
* Resolution dated 04.03.2014 – Inclusion of ‘Jat’ caste in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in some States
* NCBC D.O. letter dated 26.02.2014 – NCBC Advice regarding rejection of the request for inclusion of ‘JAT’ caste or community in the Central List of OBCs in some States
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O.M. dated 25.02.2014 – Issue of Compendium of instructions on reservation for ex-servicemen
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O.M. dated 19.02.2014 – Grant of Transport Allowance to Central Government Employees – Extension of benefit of Transport Allowance at double the normal rate to Deaf and Dumb employees
* Resolution dated 17.02.2014 – Amendments & modifications in the Central List of Other Backward Classes
* O.M. dated 14.02.2014 – Reservation for PWDs – Computation of reservation – Supreme Court judgement in the case of Union of India & Ors. Vs. National Federation of Blind & Ors.
* O.M. dated 14.02.2014 – Guidelines for providing certain facilities in respect of persons with disabilities who are already employed in Government for efficient performance of their duties
* O.M. dated 14.02.2014 – Guidelines regarding change of cadre of IAS Officers appointed against vacancies reserved for Physically Handicapped (PH) category
* O.M. dated 13.02.2014 – Representation of SC, ST, OBC, Minorities and Women on Selection Boards/Committees

* O.M. dated 23.01.2014 – Brochure on reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs in services
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* O.M. dated 21.01.2014 – Identification of Scientific and Technical posts in terms of DOPT’s O.M. dated 23.06.1975, along with O.M. dated 23.06.1975
* O.M. dated 08.01.2014 – Identification of jobs or posts for persons with disabilities – review thereof
* Hon’ble Bombay High Court has directed to give benefits of reservation to PWDs in the matter of promotion to posts in the IAS by applying the O.M. dated 29 December 2005 and subsequent Office Memorandum consistent with the aforesaid judgment dated 8 October 2013 of the Supreme Court. - Bombay HC judgement dated 04.12.2013 – National Confederation for Development of Disabled & Anr.
* Reservation for PWDs – O.M. dated 03.12.2013 – Reservation for Persons with Disabilities – Computation of Reservation – Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement in the matter of Union of India & Anr. Vs. National Federation of Blind
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Transgenders socially, economically backward: SC  Indiatvnews..com
15 Apr 2014
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said that transgenders should be treated a third category and would be considered as socially and economically backward classes and as such entitled to job reservation. …  

Hindu converted to Islam doesn’t lose backward class status: Madras HC  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 10, 2014
CHENNAI: The Madras high court has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to instruct its officials to issue backward class (BC) community certificates to people who embrace Islam, categorically saying that a BC member would get all the benefits meant for BCs even after conversion to Islam. …

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SC upholds Centre’s decision to include Jats in OBC
April 09, 2014
New Delhi: In a major boost to the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to put a stay on its notification to include Jats in central list of OBCs in nine states.
The apex court, while passing the order, said, “We are prima facie satisfied that there is material to take the decision to include Jats in the OBC category.” …   

Government notifies Jat reservation, but OBC Commission raises red flag   Dnaindia.com
8 March 2014
Even after facing vociferous opposition from Congress party’s Muslim leaders for extending poll eve reservations to Jats, the government on Friday went ahead notifying their inclusion in the central OBC list. The cabinet at a special meeting on Sunday had extended reservation facilities to Jats in nine states.  The notification mentions that Muslim Jats in Gujarat are also included in the central list, but in other states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi, there is no mention of communal identity.

Jats get quota, Rahul doesn’t get his way on ordinances   Hindustantimes.com
March 02, 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee’s reluctance to support its ordinance route forced the cabinet on Sunday to drop its plan to sidestep Parliament to enact anti-corruption laws being pushed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. …

Cabinet Approves Amendment to Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014
New Delhi, Feb 7, 2014
The Cabinet on 6 February, 2014 approved the proposal of the Department of Disability Affairs to incorporate amendments in the proposed Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, which are:-

- Definition of person with disability in terms of interaction with barriers also;
- High support needs person enabled to take independent and inform decision also;
- Definition of low vision will be notified by the Government;
- The appropriate Government to take necessary steps to ensure reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities;
- No person with disability will be discriminated on grounds of disability;
- Appropriate Governments to ensure that the persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others, in all aspects of life to have equal rights as any other person before law;
- Recognizing legal capacity of person with disability, limited guardianship would be the norm, to enable the person with disability to take joint decision with legal guardian;
- Person with disability would also have the right to appeal against the decision of appointment of legal guardian;
- Disability Certificate to be valid across the country;
- Educational institutions funded and recognized will have to provide inclusive education for children with disability;
- The appropriate Governments to constitute to expert committee with representation of persons with disabilities for identification of posts for Government employment for persons with disabilities;
- Review period shortened from 5 years to 3 years in case of identified posts;
- 5 per cent vacancies reserved for persons with disabilities will be computed against the total number of vacancies in the cadre strength;
- National Commission and State Commission will have power to exempt any post in an establishment from the purview of reservation for persons with disabilities;
- For greater coverage and employability in Government sector, the appropriate Governments to prescribe relaxation for upper age limit for employment of PwDs;
- National Commission shall formulate and enforce regulations.
(Source: pib press release)


Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes for 13 States and three Union Territories
New Delhi, Jan 30, 2014
The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for making amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in respect of 13 States (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) and three Union Territories (Chandigarh, Delhi and Puducherry) by way of inclusion / correction / deletion of castes/communities according to  advices received from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The amendments will notify 115 changes recommended by the NCBC.
The proposed changes will enable persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail benefits of reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions according to existing policy. They will also become eligible for benefit under various welfare schemes, scholarships, etc. being administered by the Central Government, which are at present available to persons belonging to the OBCs.
Background:
The NCBC was set up in pursuance to the Supreme Court judgement in the Indira Sawhney case.   As per the NCBC Act 1993, Section 9 (“Functions of the Commission”) states that:-
i.    The Commission shall examine requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists and tender such advice to the Central Government as it deems appropriate and;
ii.    The advice of the Commission shall ordinarily be binding upon the Central Government.”
The NCBC has been tendering advice to the Central Government from time to time. A total of 30 Notifications have been issued so far and till date, a total of 2343 “entries” (an “entry” means a caste, including its synonyms, sub-castes etc.) have been notified in the Central list of OBCs for 24 States and six Union Territories. The last such notification was issued on 08.12.2011. Since then, many more advices for inclusion/ deletion of castes/ communities and correction in the existing list of OBCs, have been received from the NCBC.
(Source: pib press release)
More: Brochure on Reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs, 2014 >> Click here.

58 Communities Have Been Proposed by 7 States for Inclusion in Scheduled Tribes List
New Delhi, Jan 30, 2014
The government has received proposals from seven states for inclusion of 58 communities in Scheduled Tribes list by December 2013. Highest number of 39 communities have been proposed by Assam followed by Sikkim with 11 communities and Jharkhand with 4 communities. Proposed the government after due examination has referred the proposals to Registrar General of India.
The approved modalities for deciding claims for inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications in the orders specifying Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes lists are only those proposal which have been recommended and justified by the concerned State Government/UT Administration and concurred with by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) are considered for amendment of the legislation.
(Source: pib press release)   

SC tells government to decide on post reservation in AIIMS   Zeenews.india.com
January 16, 2014
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said it was for the central government to decide whether there should be reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in super speciality posts in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as the court declined to revisit its July 2013 judgment. …

Parties in Punjab decry exclusion of Jat Sikhs from reservation  Thehindu.com
Dec 25, 2013
The recent move by the Union government to provide reservation to the Jat community in Central government jobs under the Other Backwards Classes quota has created ripples in Punjab’s fragile political scenario, as “Jat Sikhs” do not figure in the proposal. …

HC tells central govt offices to verify details for caste validity   Indianexpress.com
Dec 05 2013
In a bid to regulate caste validation of central government employees, the Bombay High Court last month had directed central government offices to give details of the caste verification of their employees recruited in SC/ST category. These offices have been asked to file an affidavit by February 10, 2014. …

HC stays verdict on plea against quota in jobs  Indianexpress.com
Nov 27 2013
The Allahabad High Court Tuesday reserved its judgment on a petition demanding that reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Scheduled Castes (SCs) in state government jobs should be stopped as these categories were already well-represented in these jobs.
A single judge bench of Justice Sudhir Agrawal reserved the judgment after conclusion of arguments of both the parties. …

‘Bandbaja’ stir at social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe’s residence Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 31, 2013
YAVATMAL: OBC Sanghatna has proposed to stage a dharna at the residence of social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe on Saturday to protest against the anti-OBC attitude of the state government.

Centre not keen on including jat ‘gotras’ in OBC list  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 29, 2013
NEW DELHI: The Centre has urged Haryana to withdraw its note which said even the ‘gotras’ allied to Jat community should be considered for OBC tag, a demand that has further complicated the seemingly intractable issue and threatens to upset the Congress’s political deadline. …

Levelling the playing field  Thehindu.com

Oct 16, 2013

The latest Supreme Court ruling on the rights of persons with disabilities has struck down an arbitrary proviso in current government policy that had become an impediment in the mandatory reservation of three per cent of jobs for this important section of the population. In disposing of an appeal from the Union of India, the court has pronounced that the quota should be computed uniformly across all grades of employment, thereby removing a discrepancy in the 2005 government order. …

Supreme Court orders Centre and states to implement 3% quota for disabled  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: In a landmark order, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prised open significant employment opportunities for the disabled by directing the Centre and states to implement within three months an 18-year-old law mandating 3% reservation for such persons in government jobs. …

More: SC Judgment dated 08.10.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. National Federation of the Blind & Ors.

Khaps oppose inclusion of jats in OBC list  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 7, 2013

NEW DELHI: Heads of Khap panchayats of several states were among hundreds of people belonging to Other Backward Castes who assembled at Jantar Mantar on Saturday to protest against the recent government proposal to include Jats in the central OBC list and give them the benefit of reservation. …

UP govt restrained from giving reservation to ‘adequately represented’ classes

Oct 3, 2013

ALLAHABAD: Allahabad High Court today restrained the Uttar Pradesh government from providing reservation facility to “adequately represented” classes in recruitment of close to 40,000 constables in the civil police, the Provincial Armed Constabulary and the fire service. …

AIIMS told to appoint on quota  Times of India

Sep 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: Following an uproar in Parliament in the recent session, the health ministry has asked AIIMS to continue with reservation in appointments to faculty posts, contrary to a apex court judgment. …

Govt draws flak over delay in quota for faculty in AIIMS  Times of India

Sep 4, 2013

NEW DELHI: Political parties, including JD(U), SP, BSP and DMK, on Tuesday lodged a strong protest against the government’s slow response in bringing the Constitutional amendment bill to negate a Supreme Court order against reservation for faculty in super speciality section in the AIIMS. …

Govt files review petition against SC order rejecting caste-based quota in AIIMS  Times of India

Aug 15, 2013

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the July 19 judgment in which the apex court blocked caste-based reservation in faculty appointments in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and other super specialty hospitals. …

SC order on reservation gets flak in Lok Sabha  Hindu

Aug 5, 2013

The recent Supreme Court judgement on reservation on Monday came in for criticism in the Lok Sabha with members claiming that it would hit hard 80 per cent population of the country comprising SC, ST and Backwards.

The judgement disallowing reservation in promotion in the faculty of AIIMS also saw members expressing concern over the erosion of Parliament’s supremacy and demanding urgent amendment to the Constitution to annul the apex court verdict. …

Khan revives minority sub-quota bid, wants entire 4.5% for Muslims  Times of India

Aug 5, 2013

NEW DELHI: Minority affairs Rahman Khan has argued that 4.5% reservation for minorities, which has been struck down by a court, can be revived by narrowing its focus to Muslims.

In a note to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the minister said the sub-quota of 4.5% for minorities under the 27% OBC reservation hit the roadblock because it smacked of being a religious quota aimed at minorities. …

Revision of Income Criterion to exclude Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from list of other Backward Classes (OBCs)

May 16, 2013

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for increase in the present income criterion of Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country, for excluding Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from the purview of reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The new income criterion will be Rs. 6 lakh per annum. The increase in the income limit to exclude the Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and would enable more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits extended to OBCs in government services and admission to central educational institutions.

This would bring about equity and greater inclusiveness in society. The Department of Personnel and Training and the Ministry of Human Resource Development would issue necessary orders to this effect.
(Source: pib press release)

Reservation for Physically Handicapped Persons

New Delhi, May 07, 2013

Section 2 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) (PwD) Act, 1995 stipulates “Disability” means-

(i) Blindness;
(ii) Low vision;
(iii) Leprosy-cured;
(iv) Hearing impairment;
(v) Loco motor disability;
(vi) Mental retardation;
(vii) Mental illness;

As per Section 2 (t) of the PwD Act, persons with disability means a person suffering from not less than forty percent (40 percent) of any disability as certified by a medical authority.

As per Section 33 of the PwD Act, 1995, every appropriate Government shall appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than three percent for persons or class of persons with disability of which one per cent. each shall be reserved for persons suffering from-

(i) Blindness or low vision;
(ii) Hearing impairment;
(iii) Loco motor disability or cerebral palsy, in the posts identified for each disability:

Provided that the appropriate Government may, having regard to the type of work carried on in any department or establishment, by notification subject to such conditions, if any, as may be specified in such notification, exempt any establishment from the provisions of this section.

As per Section 39 of the PwD Act, 1995, all Government educational institutions and other educational institutions receiving aid from the Government, shall reserve not less than three per cent seat for persons with disabilities.

Government has issued instructions that such persons should be provided reservation in all Groups of identified posts in the matter of direct recruitment and in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts identified in the matter of promotion. Vide O.M. dated 26th December, 2012, Government has issued instructions to ensure that Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) get a fair opportunity in consideration for appointment to an identified post

The Government has finalized a Draft Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill proposing reservation of not less than 5% of the posts for the PwDs.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri P. Balram Naik in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
(Source: pib press release)

Inclusion of Caste in SC List

New Delhi, May 07, 2013

Rajak [not Rajak (Washerman)] has been specified as a Scheduled Caste in relation to the State of Bihar.

The Government of Madhya Pradesh vide their letter dated 14.07.2006, had recommended notification of Rajak (Dhobi) caste as a Scheduled Caste throughout the State of Madhya Pradesh. The proposal was processed in accordance with the approved modalities. The observations of the Registrar General of India (RGI) in the matter have been communicated to the Government of Madhya Pradesh vide this Ministry`s letter dated 08.03.2007, for appropriate action at their end.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri P. Balram Naik in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
(Source: pib press release)

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Recent Judgements   
Hon’ble Supreme Court has, inter alia, directed the Centre and the State Governments to take steps to treat transgender persons as socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and extend all kinds of reservation in cases of admission in educational institutions and for public appointments.-  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of Indian and others
Child Care Leave SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – Kakali Ghosh Vs. Chief Secretary, A&N Administration & Ors.
Reopening of the inquiry qua charge sheet after 30 years or so would not serve any purpose -
SC Judgment dated 29.01.2014 – State of Maharashtra Vs. Vijay Kumar Aggarwal & Anr.
Punishment must be given according to charges –
SC Judgment dated 03.01.2014 – Ishwar Chandra Jayaswal Vs. Union of India & Ors.
An employee, sacked following disciplinary proceedings, cannot seek reinstatement as a “matter of right” after acquittal from a criminal court on the same charges
- SC Judgement dated 28.11.2013 – State of West Bengal & Ors. Vs. Sankar Ghosh
Courts can’t order recovery after quashing appointment
SC Judgment dated 01.11.2013 – Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha Vs. Dhobei Sahoo & Ors. Transparency in Services (Minimum fixed tenure, recording of oral directions/instructions, etc.)SC Judgment dated 31.10.2013 – T.S.R. Subramanian & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors. Reservation for PWDs – SC Judgment dated 08.10.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. National Federation of the Blind & Ors. Indiscipline – Misbehaviour – SC Judgment dated 24.09.2013 – Davalsab Husainsab Mulla Vs. North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation Charge-Sheet & Annexures must be signed by the Disciplinary Authority on each page – CAT Judgement dated 27.02.2012 – C. Punnusamy Vs. Union of India & Ors.
No recovery of the excess amount paid to the employees due to erroneous pay fixation done by the authorities - SC Judgment dated 16.12.2008 – Syed Abdul Qadir & Ors. Vs. State of Bihar & Ors.
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Supreme Court Judgements – Subject-Wise
High Court Judgments
CAT Judgements

Supreme Court Judgements – Subject-Wise

ACRs * Denial of Reasonable Opportunity – Bias * Departmental Inquiry to be conducted in the preferred language of the employee * Disciplinary action for lapses while discharging judicial/quasi-judicial functions * Disciplinary Authority/Power to Institute Disc. Proceedings* Ex Parte Inquiry * Exoneration in departmental proceedings ipso facto would not result into quashing of the criminal prosecution * In case of minor penalty, due promotion to be granted in accordance with the rules * Indiscipline – Misbehaviour * Leave Rules – Child Care Leave * Natural Justice * Pension and Gratuity * Promotion – RRs * Recovery * Reinstatement – Salary * Reopening of the inquiry qua charge sheet after 30 years or so would not serve any purpose * Reservation * Seniority – Ad Hoc Service * Sexual Harassment at Workplace * Simultaneous Proceedings * Transparency in Services (Minimum fixed tenure, recording of oral directions, etc.) * Unauthorized Absence * Unconditional Apology * Uncategorized

ACRs

  SC Judgment dated 23.04.2013 – Sukhdev Singh Vs. Union of India and Others (148.9 KiB, 758 hits)

Denial of Reasonable Opportunity – Bias

  SC Judgment dated 18.10.2000 – Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. Vs. Girja Shankar Pant & Ors. (54.2 KiB, 364 hits)

Departmental Inquiry to be conducted in the preferred language of the employee

  SC Judgment dated 01.05.2013 – Mithilesh Kumar Singh Vs. Union of India & Others (30.8 KiB, 472 hits)

Disciplinary action for lapses while discharging judicial/quasi-judicial functions

  SC Judgment dated 27.01.1993 – Union of India Vs. K.K. Dhawan (46.1 KiB, 350 hits)

Disciplinary Authority/Power to Institute Disc. Proceedings 

  SC Judgment dated 15.10.2012 – UCO Bank & Ors. Vs. Sushil Kumar Saha (227.4 KiB, 382 hits)

Ex Parte Inquiry

  SC Judgment dated 14.01.2013 – State Bank of India and Ors. Vs. Narendra Kumar Pandey (216.6 KiB, 290 hits)

Exoneration in departmental proceedings ipso facto would not result into quashing of the criminal prosecution

  SC Judgment dated 31.08.2012 – NCT of Delhi Vs. Ajay Kumar Tyagi (99.8 KiB, 349 hits)

In case of minor penalty, due promotion to be granted in accordance with the rules

  SC Judgment dated 30.07.2013 – DHBVNL, Vidhyut Nagar, Hisar & Others V. Yashvir Singh Gulia (163.7 KiB, 418 hits)

Indiscipline – Misbehaviour

  SC Judgment dated 24.09.2013 – Davalsab Husainsab Mulla Vs. North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (223.4 KiB, 522 hits)

Leave Rules
Child Care Leave

  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – Kakali Ghosh Vs. Chief Secretary, A&N Administration & Ors. (186.4 KiB, 23 hits)

Natural Justice

  SC Judgment dated 18.03.2013 – Nirmal J. Jhala Vs. State of Gujarat & Anr. (442.3 KiB, 483 hits)

Pension and Gratuity can not be denied without the authority of law 

  SC Judgment dated 14.08.2013 – State of Jharkhand & Ors. Vs. Jitendra Kumar Srivastava & Anr (242.4 KiB, 426 hits)

Promotion – RRs

  SC Judgment dated 23.08.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. Shri G.R. Rama Krishna & Anr. (170.4 KiB, 420 hits)

Punishment to be commensurate with Articles of Charge

  SC Judgment dated 03.01.2014 – Ishwar Chandra Jayaswal Vs. Union of India & Ors (169.2 KiB, 402 hits)

Recovery
Courts can’t order recovery after quashing appointment 

  SC Judgment dated 01.11.2013 – Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha Vs. Dhobei Sahoo & Ors. (316.0 KiB, 331 hits)

No recovery of overpayment of salary in higher scale if there was no misrepresentation made by the appellant/employee

  SC Judgment dated 16.12.2008 – Syed Abdul Qadir & Ors. Vs. State of Bihar & Ors. (163.4 KiB, 231 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 19.09.1994 – Sahib Ram Vs. State of Haryana and Ors. (11.0 KiB, 75 hits)

Reinstatement – Salary

  SC judgement dated 22.08.2012 – R.S. Misra Vs. Union of India and Others (177.9 KiB, 976 hits)

Reopening of the inquiry qua charge sheet after 30 years or so would not serve any purpose

  SC Judgment dated 29.01.2014 – State of Maharashtra Vs. Vijay Kumar Aggarwal & Anr. (186.1 KiB, 115 hits)

Reservation
Reservation for PWDs

  SC Judgment dated 08.10.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. National Federation of the Blind & Ors. (330.9 KiB, 317 hits)

Reservation for Transgender Persons

  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of Indian and others (525.2 KiB, 40 hits)

Seniority – Ad Hoc Service

  SC judgement dated 22.08.2012 – State of Haryana & Others Vs. Vijay Singh and Others (65.3 KiB, 941 hits)

Sexual Harassment at Workplace

  SC Judgment dated 19.10.2012 – Medha Kotwal Lele and Others Vs. Union of India and Others (264.3 KiB, 318 hits)

Simultaneous Proceedings
An employee, sacked following disciplinary proceedings, cannot seek reinstatement as a “matter of right” after acquittal from a criminal court on the same charges 

  SC Judgement dated 28.11.2013 – State of West Bengal & Ors. Vs. Sankar Ghosh (184.7 KiB, 370 hits)

Transparency in Services (Minimum fixed tenure, recording of oral directions, etc.)

  SC Judgment dated 31.10.2013 – T.S.R. Subramanian & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors. (290.3 KiB, 446 hits)

Unauthorized Absence

  SC Judgment dated 15.02.2012 – Krushnakant B. Parmar Vs. Union of India & Anr. (163.4 KiB, 278 hits)

Unconditional Apology

  SC Judgment dated 29.07.2013 – Lucknow K. Gramin Bank (Now Allahabad, UP Gramin Bank) & Anr. Vs. Rajendra Singh (217.8 KiB, 209 hits)

Uncategorized

  SC Judgement dated 19.08.2011 – State of UP & Ors. Vs. Luxmi Kant Shukla (149.9 KiB, 555 hits)

  SC judgement dated 01.03.2011 – State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur Vs. Nemi Chand Nalwaya (51.3 KiB, 410 hits)

  SC judgement dated 27.08.2010 – Union of India & anr. vs. Bhaskarendu Datta Majumdar (118.7 KiB, 1,597 hits)

  SC judgement dated 18.08.2010 – Union of India & ors. vs. P.C. Ramakrishnayya (152.7 KiB, 1,212 hits)

  SC Judgement dated 13.08.2010 – State of M.P. vs. Harishankr Bhagwan Tripathi (93.7 KiB, 730 hits)

  SC Judgement dated 12.08.2010 – M.A.A. Annamalai vs. State of Kerala & another (158.4 KiB, 697 hits)

  SC judgment dated 15.02.2008 – Union of India Vs. Dattatray son of Namdeo Mendhekar & Ors (12.8 KiB, 2,555 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 19.12.2008 – Roop Singh Negi Vs. Punjab National bank & Ors. (128.8 KiB, 889 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 29.10.1971 – Union of India Vs. Sardar Bahadur (34.2 KiB, 806 hits)

High Court Judgements
Indebtedness

  Delhi High Court Judgment dated 21.12.2012 – G.C. Verma Vs. UOI and Ors. (47.7 KiB, 265 hits)

  Punjab & Haryana High Court Judgement dated 15.07.2011 – Lachhmi Narain Gupta & others Vs. Jarnail Singh and others (176.8 KiB, 275 hits)

CAT Judgements
Charge-Sheet & Annexures must be signed by the Disciplinary Authority on each page

  CAT Judgement dated 27.02.2012 – C. Punnusamy Vs. Union of India & Ors. (18.9 KiB, 522 hits)

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