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TRANSPARENCY: UPA pressured me to drop names from CAG reports: Vinod Rai …

UPA pressured me to drop names from CAG reports: Vinod Rai
Another ex-judge backs Justice Katju, alleges ‘political influence’ in high court appointment
Appointment of Lokpal may get delayed: Prasad
Supreme 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
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* The Foreign Contribution (Acceptance or Retention of Gifts or Presentations) Rules, 2012 (11.08.2014)
* The Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 (14.07.2014)
* The Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2011 (12.05.2014)
The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013
* The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 (15.02.2014) 
* The Authentication (Orders and other Instruments) Rules, 1958 (As on MHA website – 19.01.2014)

* 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)
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UPA pressured me to drop names from CAG reports: Vinod Rai    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 24, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Congress leadership is headed for a fresh spell of embarrassment with former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai making the damning disclosure that UPA functionaries deputed politicians to get him to leave out names from the auditor’s reports on Coalgate and Commonwealth Games scams. …

Another ex-judge backs Justice Katju, alleges ‘political influence’ in high court appointment    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jul 22, 2014
NEW DELHI: Former law minister HR Bhardwaj, who served from 2004 to 2009, on Monday admitted that a district judge who was appointed as additional judge of Madras high court in 2003 and was later confirmed despite adverse intelligence reports, had significant political backing. …

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Appointment of Lokpal may get delayed: Prasad     Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 22, 2014
NEW DELHI: The appointment of a Lokpal may take some time as the government needs to bring rules framed by the previous UPA government in conformity with the Act governing the watchdog, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said. …

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. …

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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SERVICES: Bureaucrats in a fix over valuing family jewels …

Bureaucrats in a fix over valuing family jewels
The Modi way: Government issues list of 19 dos and don’ts for civil servants
‘No proposal to raise retirement age of govt employees’
Soon, a website for contact information of all govt officials
Modi effect: Delhi government servants have to clock in on time, stay back late and even give up holidays
PM promises to change selection process of babus
No file should go through more than 4 layers: Cabinet secretary to departments
Longer working hours for bureaucrats likely
Employees To Get Pension Payment Order Soon After Retirement
Graft charge no bar for promotion: Centre
Post Lokpal, asset details of govt officials to be on Web
Facebook, Twitter barred for government employees for official communication
CGHS: 11 corporate hospitals get notices
Credit to CGHS Beneficiaries in Empanelled Private Hospitals to Continue
Government mandates 7th Pay Commission to revise salaries
Online Filing of Performance Appraisal Report for IAS Officers Introduced

Sanction of Pension Simplified and Streamlined
Central govt employee strike hits postal services in Chhattisgarh
Two-day strike: Govt warns employees of consequences
Two more attempts for all categories of candidates in UPSC’s civil services exams
Government sets up seventh pay commission
2-year fixed postings for IAS, IPS and forest service

DoPT training manual wants babus to use humour to defuse stressful situations
Tainted bureaucrats to get UPSC advice before punishment
FIR against six Army officers for harassing junior
Bank employees to go on strike on Jan 20 & 21
Easy to fix honest officer: High Court
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Bureaucrats in a fix over valuing family jewels    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 1, 2014
NEW DELHI: For the past few weeks, a senior IAS officer has been trying to convince his wife to share details of all the jewellery she has acquired over the years. But the missus has refused to cooperate, saying she is not covered by the Lokpal or government rules. …

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The Modi way: Government issues list of 19 dos and don’ts for civil servants   Post.jagran.com
08 Aug 2014
New Delhi: Unswerving in its endeavors to live up to its pre-poll promise of providing a good and effective governance to the country, Narendra Modi-led NDA government has amended the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968 to include a 19-pount guidelines for civil servants. The move aims at ameliorating the ‘much-maligned’ reputation of the Indian bureaucracy. …

‘No proposal to raise retirement age of govt employees’    Zeenews.india.com
July 16, 2014
New Delhi: There is no proposal to increase the age of retirement of central government employees from existing 60 to 62 years, the government said Wednesday. …

Soon, a website for contact information of all govt officials    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 29, 2014
NEW DELHI: Soon, people may be able to get details of officials and junior staff of central government departments and even the public sector units (PSUs) under them at the click of a mouse. …

Modi effect: Delhi government servants have to clock in on time, stay back late and even give up holidays   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 23, 2014
NEW DELHI: There aren’t too many people taking long, leisurely lunches at Delhi Gymkhana Club these days. And fewer out on the greens at Delhi Golf Club, even allowing for the blistering summer heat. …

PM promises to change selection process of babus    Hindustantimes.com
New Delhi, June 09, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to radically change the way senior bureaucrats are selected for key posts in the Union government after hearing a litany of complaints from secretaries in all government departments last week.

No file should go through more than 4 layers: Cabinet secretary to departments  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 7, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Cabinet secretary has asked government departments to become more nimble in decision-making — by reducing the number of layers that a file passes through to four at the most and referring disputes to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) or the Cabinet secretariat. …

Longer working hours for bureaucrats likely  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 5, 2014
NEW DELHI: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi setting a hectic pace for his ministers, babudom is abuzz with talk of a possible review of working hours for central government offices as well. …

Employees To Get Pension Payment Order Soon After Retirement  Siliconindia.com
May 20, 2014
New Delhi: In order to check delay in disbursal of pension, the Centre has decided to give Pension Payment Order (PPO) to all central government employees at the time of retirement along with their other dues. …
Relevant Govt. Order/Circular >>> 
O.M. dated 07.05.2014 – Simplification of pension procedure – submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers 

Graft charge no bar for promotion: Centre  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 29, 2014
NEW DELHI: Employees facing probe or penalty in corruption charges can be considered for promotion by a departmental promotion committee (DPC), the government said on Monday. …
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O.M. dated 28.04.2014 – Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion – role of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC)

Post Lokpal, asset details of govt officials to be on Web   Hindustantimes.com
March 30, 2014
The government will seek comprehensive information about all properties, investments and liabilities from every government official and place it on a website once the new anti-graft ombudsman, the Lokpal, starts functioning.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has circulated a new disclosure format which seeks details of movable, immovable and liquid assets of every government official. …

Facebook, Twitter barred for government employees for official communication  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 26, 2014
NEW DELHI: The central government told the Delhi High Court that it will issue an advisory prohibiting government employees from accessing social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter through officials systems and networks. …

CGHS: 11 corporate hospitals get notices   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
March 20, 2014
Deny medical services despite assurances of clearing pending bills on priority basis. The hospitals continued to deny medical services despite assurances from MOHFW authorities on taking steps to clear pending hospital bills.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) officials have served show cause notices on eleven corporate hospitals in Hyderabad for denying cashless or credit facilities to the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries. The hospitals include, Medwin Hospital, KIMS, three branches each of Yashoda, Apollo and the Care Group. …  

Credit to CGHS Beneficiaries in Empanelled Private Hospitals to Continue
New Delhi, March 19, 2014
There have been reports in the Media that private hospitals on the panel of CGHS are denying credit facilities to the eligible CGHS beneficiaries for delay in settlement of hospitals bills. Lower package rates and inadmissible deductions etc. have also been reported to be the other reasons for withdrawal of agreed cashless /credit facilities.
24 out of 407 Private hospitals empanelled under CGHS decided unilaterally to discontinue credit facility to the eligible categories of CGHS beneficiaries. Show Cause Notices stand issued to these Hospitals and the empanelment of five Hospitals has been suspended for a period of six months or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
In this regard, the CGHS beneficiaries are advised not to be guided by misleading information as most of the private hospitals are continuing to extend the cashless facilities to the CGHS beneficiaries. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will ensure that the CGHS empanelled private hospitals continue to extend cashless /credit facilities to the eligible CGHS beneficiaries in compliance with the terms and conditions as laid down in the Memorandum of Agreement signed by them with CGHS. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has already taken special steps for clearance of pending hospital bills on a priority basis and the pendency of bills is almost cleared.
CGHS has already invited bids for revision of package rates through a transparent tender process, where the last date for submission of bids was 16th March, 2014. Steps are underway to conclude the tender process early.
(Source: pib press release)   

Government mandates 7th Pay Commission to revise salaries  Economictimes.indiatimes.com   
Mar 1, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Cabinet today gave mandate to the 7th Pay Commission for revising salaries of over 50 lakh central government employees and remuneration of 30 lakh pensioners.
The move comes ahead of general elections due in April-May. …

Online Filing of Performance Appraisal Report for IAS Officers Introduced
New Delhi, Feb 27, 2014
The Government has introduced the system of online filing of Performance Appraisal Report (PAR) for IAS officers from the current assessment year i.e. 2013-14. The software developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for this purpose was launched by Shri V Narayanasamy, Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office here today. It would be operational for use by the officers posted in State as well as Central Ministries/ Department from the last week of March,2014.
The online filing of Performance Appraisal Report will bring more probity and transparency in the recording of PAR, avoid loss of PARs during transition; ensure better monitoring and timely completion of PARs and easy and immediate access to the PARs by the authorized users.
The software has been developed after feedback from all the stakeholders viz., States, Central Ministries/Departments through a series of meetings with Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, GAD/Personnel Departments and Joint Secretary(Admn.) of all Central Ministries/Departments. Some of the important features of the software are as follows:
The above software would be linked to the Executive Records available on DoPT’s website indicating the name of the officer, the State where attached, present posting, etc.
(a) Thus, the form would be pre-populated with existing information already available in the Executive Record Sheet and only details like reporting, reviewing and accepting authorities, based on the work flow for each officer would have to be filled up by GAD Department in the State/JS(Admn.) at the centre before sending it to each officer online.
(b) The software has an inbuilt system of generating auto-alerts which would go to the concerned officers with whom the PAR would be pending for more than the specified time and thus would ensure better monitoring of the writing of PAR.
(c) Each officer would have to digitally sign the report before forwarding it to appropriate authority.
(d) It would also have the facility of uploading summary of medical reports, certificate of training, academic courses, appreciation letters, etc.
(e) The software would have an in-built security mechanism to ensure that nobody can tamper with the data available in it.
(f) For e-filing, each officer/authority involved in the work flow is required to be issued a Digital Signature Certificate(DSC) which is the digital equivalent of physical or paper certificate for authentication. The DSC being a pre-requisite for online filing of PAR, the majority of officers posted in States as well as in Central Ministries/Departments have already been issued the DSC dongle.
To familiarize the State GAD/Admn. Division at the centre with the operations and functioning of the software, Training workshops are being organized by the NIC. The following help resources to the States and Central Ministries/Departments are also being provided:
User Manuals on ‘ePAR’ and DSC Installation
(a) Troubleshooting Guide;
(b) On line Interactive Tutorials; and
(c) Support Portal to provide feedback/queries related to software.
(d) The ceremony was attended by senior Government officials including Secretary (Personnel), Establishment Officer & Additional Secretary, DG, NIC and other officers of DoPT.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Sanction of Pension Simplified and Streamlined
New Delhi, Feb 24, 2014
As a part of a larger mandate of streamlining and simplifying the sanction of pension and payment process, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has taken steps towards minimizing delays in sanction and disbursement of pension, and making the process more transparent.
The objective is to simplify the forms as well as to do away with the requirement of submission of affidavit and to accept all information and documents on the basis of Self certification. 26 forms under CCS Pension Rules (1972) have been reviewed and modified where necessary. The revised forms have been posted on the website of the Department www.persmin.nic.in.
The Department proposes to dispense with the requirement of a number of nomination forms for various benefits like GPF, CGEGIS, arrear of Pension and commutation of Pension by the employees. Instead, an employee will be required to fill up only one Nomination Form during the service and another nomination Form at the time of retirement. Amendment to the Forms and relevant rules in this respect would be notified by the Department very soon.
Revision of Forms under General/Contributory Provident Fund Rules, Extraordinary Pension Rules and Commutation of Pension Rules is under process. The Department is also reviewing the Rules with a view to reducing the time prescribed for sanction of pension from the current 24-30 months to a more reasonable 12 months.
An online pension sanction and payment tracking system ‘Bhavishya’ has been launched, initially in 15 Ministries. This will enable retiring government servants to themselves track progress of sanction of pension and other retirement dues against the time lines prescribed.
(Source: pib press release)
See the relevant orders/circular >>> Notification dated 20.02.2014 – Amendments to the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 – Substitution of Forms 3,5,7,8,10 to 14,18 to 22 and 24 (enclosed with letter dated 20.02.2014)

Central govt employee strike hits postal services in Chhattisgarh    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com   
Feb 12, 2014
RAIPUR: Working in various government departments, including the Postal and Income Tax, were hit as employees, primarily group C and D, joined the two-day strike called by the Confederation of Central government Employees and Workers to demand higher salaries and inclusion in Seventh Pay Commission. …

See >>> O.M. dated 10.02.2014 – Notice for strike by the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers on 12th and 13th February, 2014

Amendment Rules >>> Notification dated 28.01.2014 – Amendment to the Indian Administrative Service (cadre) Rules, 1954 * Notification dated 28.01.2014 – Amendment to the Indian Forest Service (cadre) Rules, 1966 * Notification dated 28.01.2014 – Amendment to the Indian Police Service (cadre) Rules, 1954 

Two-day strike: Govt warns employees of consequences  Business-standard.com
February 10, 2014
The Centre today warned central government employees of consequences, including deduction of wages and disciplinary action, in case they took part in a two-day strike from Wednesday, which has been proposed by their union. …

Two more attempts for all categories of candidates in UPSC’s civil services exams   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 10, 2014
NEW DELHI: Conceding the demand of civil services aspirants for more time to adapt to the changes effected in the Civil Services examination pattern in March 2013, the government on Monday approved two additional attempts for all candidates with effect from the current year. …
To see the DOPT’s Note, please click here.

Government sets up seventh pay commission  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 5, 2014
NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday set up a four-member seventh central pay commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur. …

2-year fixed postings for IAS, IPS and forest service   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 31, 2014
NEW DELHI: Exactly three months after the Supreme Court directed the Centre to insulate civil servants from political pressure by giving them a fixed tenure, the government has amended the rules governing IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officers to assure them at least two years in a given posting. …  

DoPT training manual wants babus to use humour to defuse stressful situations   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 20, 2014
TIMES VIEW
Yes, service with a smile
The central government’s personnel department has prepared a manual to guide bureaucrats in ways to enhance their competency, of which one aspect is the use of humour to lower tension. Generally speaking, sensitive use of humour is an effective way to lighten a tense situation. … 

Tainted bureaucrats to get UPSC advice before punishment  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 8, 2014
NEW DELHI: Bureaucrats facing disciplinary proceedings must now be served a copy of the advice tendered by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to the disciplinary authority, before the latter issues its final order of penalty. …

Sacked for taking few rupees illegally, senior citizen gets relief from Supreme Court after 23 years  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 7, 2014
NEW DELHI: Twenty three years after a railway employee was dismissed from the job for allegedly taking meagre payments of less than Rs 50 in exchange for issuing fitness certificates to colleagues, Supreme Court has set aside the removal of the man, now 75 years old, saying that the penalty had shocked its conscience. …

FIR against six Army officers for harassing junior  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 30, 2013
NASIRABAD (AJMER): Acting on a court order, Rajasthan police have registered an FIR against six Army officers for harassing a junior officer and trying to prove him to be mentally ill after he raised his voice against the misappropriation of funds. …

Bank employees to go on strike on Jan 20 & 21  Business-standard.com
December 24, 2013
Bank employees across India are to go on a two-day strike on January 20 and 21, followed by further strikes in February and March 2014.

The decision was taken at a high power committee meeting of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) held in Hyderabad on Monday. …

Easy to fix honest officer: High Court
Dec 22, 2013
CHENNAI: The Madras high court has directed the Union revenue secretary to probe the circumstances shrouding the sensational arrest of suspended additional director general of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) C Rajan in a corruption case in March last year.
“The object of the Prevention of Corruption Act is not only to prevent corruption among public servants, but also to prevent the harassment of honest among them,” observed Justice V Ramasubramanian on Friday while passing orders on a petition filed by Rajan. …

‘Dead’ man back, but wife allowed to keep his job  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 22, 2013
CHENNAI: It was more of a riddle than a legal battle. Railway employee Abdul Saleem went missing in 2002, leaving behind his wife Nayeeda Begum and two young children. Begum lodged a complaint with police. After seven years, as Saleem remained untraced, Section 108 of the Evidence Act was invoked and he was declared as ‘presumed dead’
. …

Cabinet proposal soon to constitute 7th Pay Commission  Thehindu.com
Dec 19, 2013
The central government is likely to constitute the 7th Pay Commission for revising the salaries of its over 50 lakh employees before the start of process of next general elections due in May, 2014.
“The Finance Ministry is working out a Cabinet proposal for constitution of the 7th Pay Commission which could be taken up for consideration in the next couple of weeks,” a source said. …

Married daughters too entitled for job on father’s death: HC   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 7, 2013
MUMBAI: In an important judgement, the Bombay high court has ruled that a married daughter is equally entitled to a government job on compassionate grounds on father’s demise. …

After 29 years, man acquitted of stealing Rs 57   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 3, 2013
KANPUR: Some times justice delayed is not merely justice denied but downright cruel. Wrongly accused of pocketing Rs 57.60, postman Umakant Mishra remained suspended from his government job for nearly 30 years. …

Bank can’t fire employee for nudity in closed room, Bombay high court observes  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 2, 2013
MUMBAI: An employer cannot question what his employee does inside a closed room, observed Bombay high court recently while restraining State Bank of India from filling a top executive level position. …

Shield for bureaucrats: SC fixes tenure, bans oral orders from politicians  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 1, 2013
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday gave honest bureaucrats a Diwali gift they will treasure. The court ruled that officials must enjoy security of fixed tenures and also record any oral orders issued by political bosses on file so that culpability for executive action is clearly established. …
Relevant Supreme Court Judgement >>> SC Judgment dated 31.10.2013 – T.S.R. Subramanian & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors..
More: The Indian civil service still rests on a frame built by the British

Gmail, Yahoo may be banned in government offices by year-end Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 29, 2013

NEW DELHI: Wary of cybersnooping, the government could ban e-mail services such as Gmail and Yahoo for official communications by December this year in a move to safeguard its critical and sensitive data. …

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. …

Ex-staff can’t represent union: HC  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 20, 2013

CHENNAI: Political parties may no longer be able to control employees’ unions and compel them to participate in strikes and protests sponsored by them if a proposal by the Madras high court takes effect. The court has suggested to the law commission and ministry of labour and welfare to amend the Trade Union Act to stop outsiders, including former employees, from being members or office bearers of employees’ trade unions. Currently, employees’ unions in several establishments are headed by non-employees, mostly representatives of political parties. …

CVC to give postings related vigilance clearance ‘online’  Zeenews.india.com

October 10, 2013

New Delhi: In a first, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has decided to give vigilance clearance to senior government officials for their empanelment or promotion through an online system.

Officials said the move was aimed at reducing time limit from present about three months to less than 30 days. …

Govt starts operation clean-up, 3 IAS officers shown the door  Hindustantimes.com

September 30, 2013

The first big attempt to chop off the dead wood in the higher echelons of the Indian civil service has started.

Three IAS officers face the axe for incompetence under a rule pushed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year to weed out non-performing officers of the three All India Services (AIS): the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS). …

Govt reluctant, but IPS association learns to stand up against oppression  Hindustantimes.com

September 15, 2013

The Centre may be unwilling to stand up for its All India Service (AIS) officers posted at the state-level but the officers are finally learning to stand up for themselves.

In an unusually blunt representation, the Indian Police Service (Central) Association has accused the states of using suspensions to edge out upright officers acting against vested interests or deflect adverse public reaction from the state government. …

No designer blouses, jeans for women employees in Karnataka: State govt  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 15, 2013

BANGALORE: Drape yourself in nine yards or cover yourself from head-to-toe is what the Karnataka government is willy-nilly telling its women employees. A September 12 circular on the subject of “provocative” clothing at the workplace proscribed jeans, designer blouses and blouses that allow cleavage peeks or are held by spaghetti straps, strings or knots. Men were barred from trotting into work in jeans and T-shirts. …

Complementary ticket for spouse, free upgrade, etc.  Hindustantimes.com

September 08, 2013

Taxpayers not only end up paying for the travel expenses of a bureaucrat every time he packs his bags for a foreign jaunt, but also for the official’s spouse under a dubious government rule that has survived all austerity drives for more than a decade. …

Coming soon, email dos & don’ts for government employees  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 5, 2013

NEW DELHI: In order to safeguard critical data, government is likely to come out with an e-mail policy in two months to ensure that all its employees use only official service for communication. …

‘Pension cannot be denied without authority by law’

September 01, 2013

Treating a citizen’s right to receive pension and gratuity as right to property, the Supreme Court has ruled that no government employee can be deprived of this right even if departmental or criminal proceedings are pending against him. …

Cyberspying: Government may ban Gmail for official communication

Aug 30, 2013

BANGALORE/NEW DELHI: The government will soon ask all its employees to stop using Google’s Gmail for official communication, a move intended to increase security of confidential government information after revelations of widespread cyberspying by the US. …

Change in Selection Process for Appointment

Aug 29, 2013

It has been approved in principle, to consider a few changes in the scheme of selection process for recruitment to the promotion quota of various cadres of All India Services. As per the existing regulations, the assessment of the suitability of a candidate is made on the basis of his service records. As per the revised scheme, it is proposed to assess the candidate on the basis of four components i.e. ‘Written Examination’, ‘Length of Service’, ‘Assessment of Performance Appraisal Reports’ and ‘Interviews’.

The above decision was taken after consulting the State Governments and the concerned Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs i.e., the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Forest). Further, to implement the scheme, necessary amendments in the concerned rules/regulations are necessary. The State Governments & the CCAs concerned have been consulted on this aspect also. The Central Government has received certain objections from different quarters, such as that the new scheme will be detrimental to the interests of senior state services officers, the officers belonging to the categories of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes; it would also undermine the element of experience viz-a-viz academic knowledge and would be against the larger public interest as the officers would prefer studying in place of doing public service, etc. The inputs received in this regard from the State Governments and other quarters will be kept in view in firming up the regulations.
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SOCIAL MEDIA: Girl kills self over Facebook harassment; 3 precautions that you should take on social media …

Girl kills self over Facebook harassment
3 precautions that you should take on social media
Bank officer’s marriage cancelled after ‘friend’ posts photos on FB
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
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Girl kills self over Facebook harassment    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 26, 2014
KOLKATA: Cyber bullying has snuffed out yet another young life. A 17-year-old schoolgirl committed suicide on Tuesday night after one of her friends uploaded a morphed picture of her on a social networking site. …

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3 precautions that you should take on social media
Jun 23, 2014
I n 2010, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, predicted that “every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites”. …

Bank officer’s marriage cancelled after ‘friend’ posts photos on FB    Thehindu.com
May 10, 2014
A bank officer’s marriage was cancelled at the last minute after her ‘friend’ posted her photos on the Facebook account of the bridegroom at Karkhana in the city on Friday. … 

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. …

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: Sold goods can always be returned, rules consumer forum in Mumbai …

Sold goods can always be returned, rules consumer forum in Mumbai
Gratuity rows fall under purview of consumer forums
Forum tells travel portal to refund Rs 90,000
Gulf Air asked to pay Rs 20 lakh to man who lost job
Airline told to pay Rs 3 lakh for boarding pass goof
Late delivery costs postal dept Rs 50k
Non-speaking order can’t sustain under law:Consumer Commission
Consumer forum penalises Dena Bank for failing to return loan documents
Consumer forum asks courier firm to pay Rs 42,500 for late delivery
Consumer fora can not entertain motor accident claims: NCDRC
Rs 4 lakh for failed sterilization
Shop fined Rs 50 lakh for charging Rs 75 extra on drink
Menstruating woman denied toilet, ‘inhuman’ railways fined
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
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Sold goods can always be returned, rules consumer forum in Mumbai    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 3, 2014
MUMBAI: In an order sure to boost consumer rights, the state consumer commission on Wednesday ruled in favour of a man who took on a clothing showroom for forcing on its customers the illegal condition that “goods once sold cannot be returned or exchanged”.

Gratuity rows fall under purview of consumer forums   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jul 19, 2014
MUMBAI: A consumer forum has held that disputes relating to employee gratuity fall within its purview. …

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Forum tells travel portal to refund Rs 90,000    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 23, 2014
CHENNAI: Quashing the ‘erroneous’ order of a district forum, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission directed online travel portal, MakeMyTrip to return Rs 90,000 to a senior citizen who had booked a Europe tour package. …

Gulf Air asked to pay Rs 20 lakh to man who lost job  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 13, 2014
NEW DELHI: Six years after he lost a “well-paying job” in Doha because Gulf Air did not allow him to board their flight as they failed to understand his visa documents because they were in Arabic, a district consumer forum has asked the airline to pay a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the man. …

Airline told to pay Rs 3 lakh for boarding pass goof  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 11, 2014
CHENNAI: Four years after officials detained a woman passenger and confiscated her passport at Abu Dhabi airport, because Etihad Airways had entered a wrong name on her boarding pass, a consumer court here asked the UAE flag carrier to pay her compensation of Rs 3 lakh. …

Late delivery costs postal dept Rs 50k  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 8, 2014
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has upheld the decision of a forum asking the postal department to pay Rs 50,000 to an ex-serviceman for late delivery of his application to the Western Railway Recruitment Cell. …

Non-speaking order can’t sustain under law:Consumer Commission  Business-standard.com
May 26, 2014
Delhi State Consumer Commission has set aside a district consumer forum’s order asking an insurance company to settle a claim in a car accident case, saying that it had not given any reason and “a non-speaking order” cannot sustain under the law. …

Consumer forum penalises Dena Bank for failing to return loan documents  Dnaindia..com
22 May 2014
The Central Mumbai district consumer redressal forum has penalised Dena Bank after the bank failed to hand over the consumer’s agreement documents even after the complainant repaid the loan amount. The forum directed the bank to hand over the documents and asked it to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation for the mental agony the complainant went through. The forum also asked the bank to pay an additional Rs 2,000 towards litigation cost. …

Consumer forum asks courier firm to pay Rs 42,500 for late delivery  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 19, 2014
Papad, biscuits, potato chips and sweets these were the items Mala sent to her daughter in Tianjin, China, by courier. However, by the time her daughter her received the parcel of homemade delicacies, it was just a box of rotten food. …

Consumer fora can not entertain motor accident claims: NCDRC   Indiatvnews..com
18 May 2014
New Delhi: The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has granted relief to Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) from paying Rs 65,000 to a complainant saying consumer fora do not have the jurisdiction to entertain claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents. …

Rs 4 lakh for failed sterilization  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 6, 2014
AHMEDABAD: Inspired by the government slogan of ‘Hum Do, Hamare Do’, 40-year-old Madhu Solanki, a farm labourer, opted for family planning operation. …

Shop fined Rs 50 lakh for charging Rs 75 extra on drink  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 5, 2014
CHENNAI: That October morning in 2009, a vendor at Chennai airport decided to make an extra Rs 75. Five years later, he may be poorer by Rs 50 lakh. …

Menstruating woman denied toilet, ‘inhuman’ railways fined  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 4, 2014
MUMBAI: A consumer forum has held Western Railway guilty of deficiency in service for not providing free and accessible toilets for women commuters. The forum directed WR to pay Rs 25,000 in compensation to an advocate, who was humiliated and abused following her request to use the railway staff toilet at Dadar station after she started menstruating on a local train in 2007. …

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 …

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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Cyber-crime cases jump 1033% in a year, Kolkata youths at risk    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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KOLKATA: The death of the young 17-year-old student due to cyber bullying might be an extreme case but cyber crimes are on the rise in this city that a recent TCS study has claimed is addicted to Facebook — an high of 85% of teens have an account there. …

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NEW YORK: If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it’s that passwords don’t offer total protection. …

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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
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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).
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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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Dearness Allowance (DA) & Bonus to Govt. employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners

2014
Central Government Employees/Pensioners
* O.M. dated 07.05.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.01.2014
* O.M. dated 28.04.2014 – Clarification on increase in certain allowances by further 25% as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowances w.e.f. 1.1.2014
* O.M. dated 22.04.2014 – Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2014 to employees of Central Govt. and Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay as per the 5th CPC
* O.M. dated 09.04.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners, family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.01.2014
* O.M. dated 27.03.2014 – Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.01.2014
* O.M. dated 27.03.2014 – Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.01.2014(हिन्दी में).
Railway Employees
* Letter dated 22.04.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.01.2014
* Letter dated 28.03.2014 – Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised rates effective from 01.01.2014.
2013
Central Government Employees/Pensioners
O.M. dated 17.10.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.07.2013.
O.M. dated 07.10.2013 – Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.7.2013 to employees of Central Govt. and Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay as per the 5th CPC
O.M. dated 03.10.2013 – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad hoc bonus) to Central Government employees for the year 2012-13 – Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies
O.M. dated 03.10.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2013
O.M. dated 27.09.2013 – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus ( ad hoc bonus) to Central Government employees for the year 2012-13
O.M. dated 25.09.2013 – Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2013.
Railway Employees/Pensioners
Corrigendum dated 31.12.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.07.2013.
Letter dated 29.10.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.07.2013.
Ministry of Railways letter dated 25.09.2013 – Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2013
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Release of additional installment of dearness allowance to Central Government employees and dearness relief to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2014
New Delhi, Feb 28, 2014
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.01.2014, in cash, but not before the disbursement of the salary for the month of March 2014 at the rate of 10 percent increase over the existing rate of 90 percent.
Hence, Central Government employees as well as pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 100 percent of the basic with effect from 01.01.2014. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.
The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both dearness allowance and dearness relief would be Rs. 11074.80 crore per annum and Rs. 12920.60 crore in the financial year 2014-15 ( i.e., for a period of 14 months from January 2014 to February 2015).
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Centre to hike dearness allowance by 10% for second time, will make it 100%   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 2, 2014
NEW DELHI: Centre is likely to announce next month a hike in dearness allowance by 10 per cent to 100 per cent, benefiting about 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners. …

Govt approves 10% dearness allowance hike, to benefit 80 lakh government employees, pensioners   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 20, 2013

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday approved a proposal to hike dearness allowance to 90% from existing 80%, a move that would benefit about 50 lakh central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners. …

Govt to hike DA by 10%; benefit 80 lakh employees and pensioners  Zeenews.india.com

September 01, 2013

New Delhi: Ahead of festival season, Central Government will this month announce a hike in dearness allowance to 90 percent from existing 80 percent, benefiting about 50 lakh central employees and 30 lakh pensioners.

According to official source, dearness allowance hike will be 10 percent and would be effective from July 1, this year. …

Payment of D.A. to the employees of Central Govt. / Railways / Central Autonomous Bodies at revised rates effective from 01.01.2013

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* O.M. dated 02.05.2013 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners and family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.01.2013

Earlier orders on Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief

O.M. dated 25.10.2012 – Dearness Relief to Govt. pensioners in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.7.2012
Circular dated 18.10.2012 – Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees for 2011-2012
O.M. dated 15.10.2012 – Rates of DA from 1.7.2012 to employees of Central Govt. and Central Autonomous Bodies drawing pay in pre-revised scale of 5th CPC
O.M. dated 10.10.2012 – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad hoc Bonus) to Govt. employees for 2011-12 – Extension of orders to autonomous bodies
O.M. dated 28.09.2012 – Payment of D.A. to Central Govt. employees-Revised rates effective from 1.7.2012
O.M. dated 04.10.2012 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners and family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2012

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RTI: Delhi High Court directs CIC to decide complaint against Sonia Gandhi in 6 months …

Delhi High Court directs CIC to decide complaint against Sonia Gandhi in 6 months
Change the way ACRs are prepared: CIC to Delhi Education Dept
CIC imposes Rs 25K fine on Delhi’s Bar Council secretary
Principal fined Rs 25,000 for delaying information to applicant
Maharashtra state information commission body fines PIO for not providing details related to Ramdas Athavale
RTI activist burns to death in car, family cries murder
Disclosing identity of UPSC interviewers may be harmful: HC
Students can get answer sheets for Rs 2 per page: HC
RTI activist externed from 5 districts

Madras HC hikes fee for info under RTI Act from 10 to 100
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
More …

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* Decision dated 20.08.2014 – Dr. Srinivas Vyas Vs. Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College & Hospital, GNCTD, New Delhi – “The Commission recommends the respondent authority to prepare a consolidated report of the appellant’s RTI applications and upload the same in their website, showing it as a case of misuse of RTI.”
* Decision dated 25.06.2014 – Mr. R.C. Jain Vs. Delhi Transport Corporation, GNCTD, Delhi - CIC advised the DOPT the framing of the guidelines for prevention of abuse of the RTI Act, 2005
* Decision dated 19.06.2014 – Lt. Gen. S.S. Dahiya (Retd.) Vs. CPIO, Appellate Authority, Air Hqrs., Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi - Air Force Sports Complex is a Public Authority under the RTI Act, 2005.
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Decision dated 21.05.2014 – Mr. Patel Shankarlal Ambalal Vs. CPIO & Supdt. of Post Offices, Godhara - The mere pendency of investigation is not sufficient justification by itself for withholding the information.”
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Decision dated 15.05.2014 – Shri Hardeep Singh Sawhney Vs. Rajya Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi - Additional information can not be sought at the appeal stage.
* Decision dated 24.04.2014 – Shri Dipak J. Gandhi Vs. Supreme Court The public authority is not bound to compile information as per the format of the applicant.
* Delhi High Court Judgement dated 20.02.2014 – Union of India Vs. Praveen Gupta - The impugned order dated 13th October, 2011 imposing penalty on the PIO was set aside..
* 27.03.2014 – Report of the National Workshop on RTI held on 09.01.2014
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O.M. dated 14.03.2014 – RTI Web Portal for online filing of RTI applications 
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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
* O.M. dated 28.11.2013 – Guide on the Right to Information Act, 2005
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DOPT’s Compilation of OMs & Notifications on RTI Act, 2005 (25.10.2013).
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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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Delhi High Court directs CIC to decide complaint against Sonia Gandhi in 6 months   Dnaindia.com
27 August 2014
The Delhi High Court has directed the Central Information Commission to decide in six months a complaint against Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the issue of non-compliance of transparency panel’s directions that the party was answerable under the RTI Act. …

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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Change the way ACRs are prepared: CIC to Delhi Education Dept   Zeenews.india.com
June 01, 2014
New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the Education Department of Delhi Government to change the way Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) are prepared so that it does not become “a tool of harassment and corruption”. …

CIC imposes Rs 25K fine on Delhi’s Bar Council secretary  Business-standard.com
May 21, 2014

Taking exception to non compliance of its order to appear before it and failure to provide information under RTI Act, the central information commission has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Delhi’s Bar Council secretary. …

Principal fined Rs 25,000 for delaying information to applicant  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 18, 2014
BHOPAL: In a first case of imposing full penalty on an officer for not providing information, MP State information commission (SIC), after its re-constitution, penalized a public information officer (PIO) with Rs 25,000 on Saturday. The applicant had moved an appeal twice seeking details. … 

Maharashtra state information commission body fines PIO for not providing details related to Ramdas Athavale  Dnaindia.com
2 May 2014
After asking Mhada to take disciplinary action against one of its officers last September, the state information commission has fined a public information officer (PIO) Rs10,000 for not providing an applicant information related to RPI leader Ramdas Athavale. …

RTI activist burns to death in car, family cries murder Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 3, 2014
GREATER NOIDA: An RTI activist who relentlessly pursued and exposed corrupt land deals was found dead in suspicious circumstances late on Thursday night. …

Disclosing identity of UPSC interviewers may be harmful: HC   Business-standard.com
Disclosure of names, addresses and qualification of selection commission members would ‘endanger life and physical safety’ of those experts
April 27, 2014
The possibility of a failed candidate attempting to take revenge on the selection commission members of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) cannot be ruled out, said Delhi High Court as it agreed that disclosing their names will “expose them to danger”. …

Students can get answer sheets for Rs 2 per page: HC  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 26, 2014
NEW DELHI: In an order that would help students across the capital, the Delhi high court held that a student can obtain copies of answer sheets by paying Rs 2 per page, in line with the RTI Act, instead of the amount asked by the educational institution. …

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. …

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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Court Judgements On Service Matters

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Recent Judgements   

DOPT O.M. No. 36012/23/96-Estt.(Res) dated 22.7.1997 regarding lower qualifying marks, lesser standard of evaluation for SC/ST candidates for reservation in promotion is declared illegal. – SC Judgment dated 15.07.2014 – Rohtas Bhakhar & Others Vs. Union of India and Another
The charge sheet/charge memo having not been approved by the disciplinary authority was non est in the eye of law
SC Judgment dated 05.09.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. B.V. Gopinath

The order of dismissal passed by the Superintendent of Police dispensing with the inquiry was totally unsustainable and has been annulled.  SC Judgment dated 13.05.2014 – Risal Singh Vs. State of Haryana & Ors.
… the order of compulsory retirement is not to be treated as a punishment and carries no stigma.” – Bombay High Court Judgement dated 07.05.2014 – Mahesh Prabhakar Kamat Vs. Kamba Transport Corporation Ltd., Goa, & Others
■ The Supreme Court has struck down a single directive provision which barred CBI from investigating corruption charges against joint secretary and above rank officers without prior permission of the Centre. –
SC Judgment dated 06.05.2014 – Dr. Subramanian Swamy Vs. Director, Central Bureau of Investigation & Anr.
Report – Analysis of Cases Disposed of by the CAT (As on DOPT website – 17.04.2014)
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
Quasi-Judicial Authority-Administrative Authority-Natural JusticeSC Judgment dated 18.03.2013 – Nirmal J. Jhala Vs. State of Gujarat & Anr..
SC Judgment dated 29.04.1969 – A.K. Kraipak & Ors, etc. Vs. Union of India & Ors..
■ ‘Inordinate delay in conducting inquiry can be a valid ground for quashing the charges’ - Delhi High Court Judgement dated 02.07.2012 – Union of India & Anr. Vs. B.A. Dhayalan
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 * Charge-Sheet * 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 * Investigation of Corruption Charges against against JS and above rank Officers * Major Penalty without Inquiry * Natural Justice – Quasi-Judicial Authority – Administrative Authority * 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, 952 hits)

Charge-Sheet
The charge sheet/charge memo having not been approved by the disciplinary authority was non est in the eye of law.

  SC Judgment dated 05.09.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. B.V. Gopinath (289.7 KiB, 236 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, 509 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, 582 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, 488 hits)

Disciplinary Authority/Power to Institute Disc. Proceedings 

  SC Judgment dated 15.10.2012 – UCO Bank & Ors. Vs. Sushil Kumar Saha (227.4 KiB, 455 hits)

Ex Parte Inquiry

  SC Judgment dated 14.01.2013 – State Bank of India and Ors. Vs. Narendra Kumar Pandey (216.6 KiB, 374 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, 515 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, 677 hits)

Indiscipline – Misbehaviour

  SC Judgment dated 24.09.2013 – Davalsab Husainsab Mulla Vs. North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (223.4 KiB, 698 hits)

 Investigation of Corruption Charges against against JS and above rank Officers

  SC Judgment dated 06.05.2014 – Dr. Subramanian Swamy Vs. Director, Central Bureau of Investigation & Anr. (477.7 KiB, 214 hits)

Leave Rules
Child Care Leave

  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – Kakali Ghosh Vs. Chief Secretary, A&N Administration & Ors. (186.4 KiB, 206 hits)

Major Penalty without Inquiry

  SC Judgment dated 13.05.2014 – Risal Singh Vs. State of Haryana & Ors. (173.8 KiB, 266 hits)

Natural Justice
— Quasi-Judicial Authority-Administrative Authority-Natural Justice

  SC Judgment dated 18.03.2013 – Nirmal J. Jhala Vs. State of Gujarat & Anr. (442.3 KiB, 654 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 29.04.1969 – A.K. Kraipak & Ors, etc. Vs. Union of India & Ors. (51.4 KiB, 109 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, 581 hits)

Promotion – RRs

  SC Judgment dated 23.08.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. Shri G.R. Rama Krishna & Anr. (170.4 KiB, 719 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, 731 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, 584 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, 497 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 19.09.1994 – Sahib Ram Vs. State of Haryana and Ors. (11.0 KiB, 156 hits)

Reinstatement – Salary

  SC judgement dated 22.08.2012 – R.S. Misra Vs. Union of India and Others (177.9 KiB, 1,088 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, 293 hits)

Reservation

  SC judgment dated 15.02.2008 – Union of India Vs. Dattatray son of Namdeo Mendhekar & Ors (12.8 KiB, 2,675 hits)

  Supreme Court judgment dated 13.12.1999 – Indira Sawhney Vs. UOI (84.2 KiB, 216 hits)

  Supreme Court judgment dated 10.2.1995 – R.K. Sabharwal & Ors. Vs. State of Punjab & Ors (34.6 KiB, 281 hits)

DOPT O.M. No. 36012/23/96-Estt.(Res) dated 22.7.1997 regarding lower qualifying marks, lesser standard of evaluation for SC/ST candidates for reservation in promotion is declared illegal.

  SC Judgment dated 15.07.2014 – Rohtas Bhakhar & Others Vs. Union of India and Another (201.2 KiB, 323 hits)

— Reservation for PWDs and Other Judgements

  SC Judgment dated 08.10.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. National Federation of the Blind & Ors. (330.9 KiB, 412 hits)

  SC judgment dated 15.02.2008 – Union of India Vs. Dattatray son of Namdeo Mendhekar & Ors (12.8 KiB, 2,675 hits)

  Supreme Court judgment dated 13.12.1999 – Indira Sawhney Vs. UOI (84.2 KiB, 216 hits)

  Supreme Court judgment dated 10.2.1995 – R.K. Sabharwal & Ors. Vs. State of Punjab & Ors (34.6 KiB, 281 hits)

Reservation for Transgender Persons

  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of Indian and others (525.2 KiB, 258 hits)

Seniority – Ad Hoc Service

  SC judgement dated 22.08.2012 – State of Haryana & Others Vs. Vijay Singh and Others (65.3 KiB, 1,106 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, 383 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, 712 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, 604 hits)

Unauthorized Absence

  SC Judgment dated 15.02.2012 – Krushnakant B. Parmar Vs. Union of India & Anr. (163.4 KiB, 374 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, 367 hits)

Uncategorized

  SC Judgement dated 19.08.2011 – State of UP & Ors. Vs. Luxmi Kant Shukla (149.9 KiB, 619 hits)

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  SC judgement dated 27.08.2010 – Union of India & anr. vs. Bhaskarendu Datta Majumdar (118.7 KiB, 1,659 hits)

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  Bombay High Court Judgement dated 07.05.2014 – Mahesh Prabhakar Kamat Vs. Kamba Transport Corporation Ltd., Goa, & Others (149.6 KiB, 158 hits)

Delay in conducting departmental inquiry

  Delhi High Court Judgement dated 02.07.2012 – Union of India & Anr. Vs. B.A. Dhayalan (304.0 KiB, 188 hits)

Indebtedness

  Delhi High Court Judgment dated 21.12.2012 – G.C. Verma Vs. UOI and Ors. (47.7 KiB, 297 hits)

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  Bombay HC judgement dated 04.12.2013 – National Confederation for Development of Disabled & Anr. (132.5 KiB, 279 hits)

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CAT Judgements

  Report – Analysis of Cases Disposed of by the CAT (As on DOPT website – 17.04.2014) (655.3 KiB, 162 hits)

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  CAT Judgement dated 27.02.2012 – C. Punnusamy Vs. Union of India & Ors. (18.9 KiB, 837 hits)

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Telephone/Mobile: WhatsApp suffers outage a day after handling 64 billion messages … Complaints/Grievance Redressal Mechanism

WhatsApp suffers outage a day after handling 64 billion messages
Are You Making These 10 Dangerous Smartphone Mistakes?
iPhone catches fire in teenager’s pocket
Free Roaming Services
M
obile Number Portability (MNP) Requests Further Increase and Approach the 105 Million Mark
Some patients discreetly record doctors’ advice
How to Find Your Missing Phone

Smartphones cause rise in myopia: Surgeon
Now talk to friends on WhatsApp with new Voice Messages feature
TRAI issues the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2013
Fingerprints may soon be needed to get SIM cards
‘Free’ roaming comes into effect from July 1, Airtel & Idea lead charge
Bharti Airtel, Google join hands to provide free Internet
Illegal phone tapping penalty may be hiked to Rs 2 crore from Rs 1 lakh
TRAI prescribes measures to control unsolicited calls

Guidelines for New Mobile Connections
Call Centres for Mobile and Landline Telephones
Complaints/Grievance Redressal Mechanism for Telephone/Mobile Phone/Internet Users in India
Regulation of Unsolicited Calls on Mobile Phones
Phone Tapping

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WhatsApp suffers outage a day after handling 64 billion messages  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 2, 2014
NEW DELHI: WhatsApp earlier in the day suffered a service disruption, with users facing frequent delays in sending and receiving messages. This comes just a day after the company handled 64 billion incoming and outgoing messages. …

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Are You Making These 10 Dangerous Smartphone Mistakes?  Gottabemobile.com
02/04/2014
If you own an iPhone or Android smartphone odds are you are making at least one of these dangerous mistakes that can put your personal information or details at risk. …  

iPhone catches fire in teenager’s pocket   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 1, 2014
NEW DELHI: Apple is in the news yet again, and not for the right reasons this time. A 13-year-old girl in Maine, US suffered first- and second-degree burns as her iPhone spontaneously caught fire while in her pocket. …   

Free Roaming Services
New Delhi, Dec 13, 2013
One of the objectives of the New Telecom Policy – 2012 is to work towards ‘one nation – free roaming’. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said that as per the provisions of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Act, 1997 as amended from time to time, TRAI prescribes tariffs for telecommunication services in India. Taking into consideration the declared intent of the New Telecom Policy – 2012 for roaming charges, TRAI undertook a comprehensive consultation process to prescribe roaming charges. TRAI had decided not to mandate the implementation of a system in which the calling party pays for a national roaming call in view of  the high costs and operational complications involved and had also concluded that it may not be feasible to remove charges for the incoming call while on national roaming. Further, as a result of a comprehensive consultation process, TRAI issued 55th amendment to Telecom Tariff Order (TTO) 1999 on 17.06.2013, which came into effect from 01.07.2013. This amendment brought about the following changes in the tariff regime for national roaming service:
(i)                 The ceiling tariffs prescribed by TRAI in the year 2007 were Rs.1.40 per minute for outgoing local calls and Rs.2.40 per minute for outgoing STD calls while on national roaming.  These ceilings have been reduced to Re. 1.00 per minute and Re. 1.50 per minute respectively.  Similarly, the ceiling tariffs for incoming calls while on national roaming have been reduced from Rs.1.75 per minute to Re. 0.75 per minute.  Tariffs for outgoing SMS while on national roaming, which were earlier under forbearance have now been capped: outgoing SMS-local at Re. 1.00 per SMS and outgoing SMS-STD at Rs; 1.50 per SMS. Incoming SMS will remain free of charge.
(ii)            Special Tariff Vouchers (STVs) and Combo Vouchers with the benefits of national roaming have been allowed to provide flexibility and convenience to the customers.
(iii)           The service providers have been mandated to offer special tariff plans for roaming. The subscribers can avail partially free roaming, or fully free roaming in lieu of payment of fixed charges, by subscribing to the corresponding tariff plan.
All the wireless access service providers including BSNL and MTNL have implemented the tariff for national roaming in accordance with the reduced ceilings prescribed through the 55th Amendment to Tariff Order (TTO), 1999. All the service providers have launched special tariff plans for roaming. Some of the service providers have launched special tariff vouchers and combo vouchers for national roaming.
While the reduced ceiling tariffs for national roaming service would benefit all the users, special tariff vouchers and combo vouchers would be beneficial for infrequent roamers. On the other hand, special tariff plans would benefit the frequent roamers.
(Source: pib press release)

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Requests Further Increase and Approach the 105 Million Mark
New Delhi, Dec 13, 2013
As per the latest data reported by the service providers, by the end of October 2013 about 104.79 million subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number (MNP requests). In the month of October 2013 alone, 2.30 million requests have been made for MNP! In MNP Zone-I (Northern & Western India) maximum number of requests have been received in Rajasthan (about 10.44 million) followed by Gujarat (about 9.09 million) whereas in MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (about 12.06 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (about 9.52 million).
(Source: pib press release)

Some patients discreetly record doctors’ advice  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Oct 26, 2013

CHENNAI: Most patients waiting outside doctors’ cabins use their phones to text, surf the internet, and post messages. Now, some of them have started using their phones to record conversations with doctors to be doubly sure of the advice, but the practice, often done without the doctor’s consent, has ruffled physicians. …

How to Find Your Missing Phone  Gizmodo.in

Aug 24, 2013

Oh boy, now you’ve done it. Not only are you supremely hungover from last night’s rager, but your phone is nowhere to be found. Could you have left it at the bar, in a cab, in the gutter somewhere? Who knows! But don’t panic, there’s a host of apps that do. Here’s how to find your phone when it goes missing. …

Smartphones cause rise in myopia: Surgeon  Dnaindia.com

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013

smartphones have made our lives easier, there is a flip side too — they cause vision impairment, says a leading laser eye surgeon.

Femalefirst.co.uk reports that Surgeon David Allambym has revealed that smartphones have caused cases of myopia (short-sightedness) among young Britons to surge. …

Now talk to friends on WhatsApp with new Voice Messages feature  Firstpost.com

Aug 8, 2013

Popular messaging app WhatsApp has introduced Voice Messages for users across platforms that will allow users to send recorded messages to their contacts. The introduction comes on the day the service crossed 300 million monthly active users. …

TRAI issues the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2013 for corporate mobile numbers

July 24, 2013

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has issued the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2013.

After implementation of Mobile Number Portability, the Authority had received complaints from the subscribers of corporate mobile numbers that their porting requests have been rejected by the donor operators under the category “Contractual Obligation” for want of permission/authorization from the company/ corporate for porting such numbers.The Authority examined the complaints, and a need was felt to have a porting process for corporate mobile numbers where the users of mobile numbers are from the organisation, who is the owner of such mobile numbers.

Accordingly, TRAI placed draft Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations 2013 on its website www.trai.gov.in for consultation of the stakeholders. Based on the stakeholder’s comments and TRAI’s own analysis, TRAI has issued the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fifth Amendment) Regulations.

Salient features of this amendment are as following:

1. Upto 50 corporate mobile numbers of a service provider can be ported to another service provider through letter of authorization from the authorized signatory of the corporate mobile numbers, in a single porting request

2. These amendments will become effective 90 days from today as the Telecom Service Providers and MNP service providers will require time to carryout required changes in their system.

3. Considering the activities involved and number of mobiles to be processed in single porting request, 48 hrs have been allowed for forwarding the porting request by the Recipient Operator, for corporate mobile numbers whereas 24hrs remain unaltered for individual porting requests.

For any clarification/information, Shri Sanjeev Banzal Advisor (Networks, Spectrum and Licensing) may be contacted at Tel. No.+91-11-23210481,Fax No. +91-11-23212014.(Source: pib press release)

Fingerprints may soon be needed to get SIM cards

Jul 3, 2013

NEW DELHI: Noting that even the mandatory physical verification system doesn’t prevent SIM cards to fall into wrong hands, the home ministry has asked the department of telecommunication (DoT) to explore an option of making it compulsory for cellphone service providers to take fingerprints or any other biometric feature of the subscriber, akin to Aadhaar, before activating the mobile numbers. …

‘Free’ roaming comes into effect from July 1, Airtel & Idea lead charge

Jul 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: Telecom majors Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular today announced ‘free’ roaming packs, paving the way for cheaper roaming across India. Other operators are expected to follow suit soon. …

Bharti Airtel, Google join hands to provide free Internet  Indian Express

Jun 27, 2013

Bharti Airtel and Google on Wednesday announced the launch of Free Zone powered by Google, which will give Airtel mobile customers access to mobile web search and feature-phone-friendly versions of Gmail and Google+ in India.

The first page of a website linked from search results is provided at no data cost. Free Zone aims to put the web in the hands of more people and empower first time Internet users with several useful services of the Internet. …

Illegal phone tapping penalty may be hiked to Rs 2 crore from Rs 1 lakh

May 30, 2013

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT), aiming to strengthen the framework for checking unlawful interception of phones, has suggested a steep rise in fine for illegal phone tapping to Rs.2 crore, from Rs 1 lakh at present.

The agencies allowed to tap phones, for their investigations and surveillance actions, include the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). …

TRAI prescribes measures to control unsolicited calls  Hindu News

May 28, 2013

Are you fed up with unsolicited commercial calls asking you to invest in some holiday club or take a retirement pension plan of an insurance company? Now there will be a major relief for all those who get such calls with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India prescribing some deterrent punishment for such calls.

The TRAI recently issued The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference (12th Amendment) Regulations, 2013, prescribing further measures to tighten the framework for controlling the menace of Unsolicited Commercial Communications (UCC). …

Guidelines for New Mobile Connections

March 13, 2013

Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued revised instructions to Cellular Mobile Telephone Service and Unified Access Services Licensees vide letter dated 09.08.2012 on verification of Mobile Subscribers after review of existing instructions. New instructions are aimed at improving customer verification compliance. These instructions inter-alia prescribe the following:

(i) A passport size photograph should be pasted on the Customer Acquisition Form (CAF) and the documents as proof of identity and proof of address of the subscriber should be attached with the CAF.

(ii) The person at the Point of Sale has to get the CAF duly filled and signed (in case of illiterate person thumb impression) by the subscriber with date. The authorized person at PoS has to record in the CAF that he has seen the subscriber and matched the photograph attached on the CAF with the subscriber and verified his copies of documents of proof of address and proof of identity attached with the CAF with the original and has to put his signature on the CAF & all attached documents.

(iii) The mobile connection is to be activated only after the requirement of filling up CAF and copies of documentary proof as per requirement have been fulfilled by the customer and the subscriber details have been updated in the subscriber database of the Licensee and the employee of licensee has verified the same.

(iv) After activation of SIM also the subscriber is to be tele-verified by the Licensee.

As far as retailers are concerned, they are contractors of the licensees and these instructions are not addressed to the retailers.

The detailed instructions dated 09.08.2012 are available at DoT website at http://www.dot.gov.in/as/2012/DOC181012.pdf

In these instructions, apart from the penalties prescribed in other instructions issued form time to time, the following additional provisions of penalty have inter-alia been made in these instructions:

(i) In case, the Licensee fails to intimate about the disconnection to TERM Cell within 7 days of disconnection, a penalty of Rs. 3000/- per connection per week or part thereof shall be levied.

(ii) If it is detected that the number was not actually disconnected on or before the date of confirmation/disconnection, then a penalty @ Rs. 1000 per day from the date of intimation to the Licensee to the date of actual disconnection shall be levied in addition to the penalty for non-disconnection.

The following provisions have inter-alia been re-iterated in these instructions regarding point of sale/ franchisees in case of forged document cases:

(i) Police complaint/ FIR shall be lodged by the Point of Sale (PoS)/Franchisee against the subscriber in case forged documents are submitted by the subscriber and originals are also forged.

(ii) Licensee shall lodge FIR/ Complaint against the subscriber and Franchisee/PoS in case of failure of PoS/Franchisee in lodging complaint/FIR against subscriber.

(iii) The Licensee shall lodge the compliant / FIR against the Franchisee/ point of sale and financial penalty shall also be imposed in case forgery has been done by point of sale/ franchisee.

(iv) In case action as above is not taken by the Licensee or Licensee itself is involved in forgery, Telecom Enforcement Resource & Monitoring (TERM) Cell of DoT shall lodge Complaint/ FIR against Licensee. Penalty shall also be imposed on all such forged cases.

(v) Where it is found that the act of issuing connections was done by PoS using the document of some other subscriber or any person, or the documents were forged by the franchisee/PoS, the concerned PoS/franchisee may be terminated by the Licensee in addition to lodging of complaint / FIR against it. Other Licensees shall also terminate/ not appoint any such PoS.

In the new instructions, some additional safeguards have been made in the interest of national security. There does not seem any provision leading to undue hardship to consumers.

This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for C&IT in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Call Centres for Mobile and Landline Telephones

Feb 22, 2013

Call centers are being set up by the Telecom Service Providers across the licensing service area for catering to the queries/complaints of their mobile and landline customers. The Telecom Service Providers have informed that their call Centre capacity is adequate for the current call volumes. The deployed call Centre agents are proficient in vernacular languages so that they can understand and resolve subscriber’s complaint(s) in their own language.

Further, for Redressal of complaints of telecom subscribers, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has prescribed the framework through the Telecom Consumers Complaint Redressal Regulations, 2012. This regulation provides for the following:

(i) Every Service provider has to establish a complaint Centre for Redressal of complaints and for addressing service requests of its consumers. The service provider is also free to set up one or more complaint centers, which may be common or separate for the various services provided by it.

(ii) The complaint center shall deploy sufficient number of employees at its complaint centers to meet the quality of service parameters specified by the TRAI from time to time.

(iii) The Complaint Centre shall be accessible to its consumers through a “Consumer Care Number” having sufficient lines or connections.

(iv) The complaint centre shall also be accessible through the network of other service providers by earmarking a specific number.

(v) The first level in the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) shall provide for language selection.

(vi) Every service provider shall also establish General Information Number for providing information to customers. In case general information is provided on toll free basis, the same can also be provided on the consumer care number.

Further, TRAI’s Standards of Quality of Service for Basic Telephone Service (Wireline) and Cellular Mobile Telephone Services Regulations, 2009 provide for the following quality of service parameters for assessing the performance of service providers relating to response time the customer for assistance:

(i) Accessibility of Call Centre [Benchmark ≥95%] and

(ii) Percentage of calls answered by the operators (voice to voice) within 60 seconds [Benchmark ≥90%].

As per the Performance Monitoring Report for Basic Service (Wireline) for the quarter ending 30th September 2012 and for Cellular Mobile Telephone Services for the quarter ending 31st December 2012, the service providers are generally meeting the benchmark for the parameter accessibility of call Centre. However, some of the service providers are not meeting the benchmark for the parameter Percentage of calls answered by the operators (voice to voice) within 60 seconds.

This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for C&IT a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Complaints/Grievance Redressal Mechanism for Telephone/Mobile Phone/Internet Users in India

July 8, 2011 : Dtf.in : Updated on Nov 27, 2011.

The Department of Telecommunications (Government of India) have provided Complaints/Grievance Redressal Mechanism for Telephone/Mobile Phone/Internet Users in India. The details of their existing mechanism, as published by them on their website, are given below.

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

PG CELL

1.      Indian Telecommunication Sector has undergone a major process of transformation through significant policy reforms, particularly beginning with the announcement of NTP 1994 and was subsequently re-emphasized and carried forward under NTP 1999. Driven by various policy initiatives, the Indian telecom sector witnessed a complete transformation in the last decade.  As of now, Department of Telecommunications is mainly performing the role of licensor and policy maker. As per licensing conditions:

“Any dispute, with regard to the provision of SERVICE shall be a matter only between the aggrieved party and the LICENSEE, who shall duly notify this to all before providing the SERVICE.  And in no case the LICENSOR shall bear any liability or responsibility in the matter. The Licensee shall keep the Licensor indemnified for all claims, cost, charges or damages in the matter.”

2.1    Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, (www.trai.gov.in) an  independent legal entity,  was established to regulate the telecommunication services and discharge the various functions, two of them are as follows :-

2.1.1   To ensure compliance of terms and conditions of license which includes customer service, Quality of Performance, Tariff also apart from other conditions;

2.1.2   To lay down the standards of quality of service to be provided by the service providers and to ensure the quality of service and to conduct the periodical survey of such service provided by the service providers so as to protect interest of the consumers of telecommunication services;

2.2    TRAI has notified the various Directions / Regulations/Guidelines  to the service providers to address the major issues related to consumers including but not limited to the  following:

2.2.1   Telecom Consumers Protection and Redressal of Grievances Regulation, 2007 on 4th May 2007 which provides for speedy, effective and inexpensive redressal of grievances of consumers by the services provider.

2.2.2   Quality of Service (code of practice on metering and billing accuracy) Regulation, 2006 on 21st March 2006; for protecting the interest of consumers relating to metering and billing.

2.2.3   Quality of Service (time period of resolution of billing complaints, refund of dues/security deposits to consumers, rectification of calls, rebate in rent for delayed rectification of faults etc.) of Basic and Cellular Mobile Telephone Services, Regulations on 1st July 2005 and reviewed thereafter on 20th March 2009.

2.2.4   Direction on 16th September 2005 regarding not to offer / market / advertise in a manner that is likely to mislead the consumers.

2.2.5 Guidelines to Telecom Service Providers regarding Collection of dues by outsourced agencies engaged by them on 16th November 2007; for addressing the concerns of consumers relating to collection of dues.

The compliance of above Directions / Regulations is monitored by TRAI.  Whenever deficiencies/violation of TRAI Orders / Directions / Regulations are noticed, TRAI takes up the issue with the concerned Service Provider for remedial action. However, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act 1997 does not envisage redressal of individual complaints by TRAI. The compilation of the measures taken by TRAI to protect consumer’s interest is available at the TRAI’s website http://www.trai.gov.in/ConsumerInterest.asp

3.         Telecom services are being provided in the country by government PSUs viz. MTNL/BSNL & Private Operators.  These companies are having their own consumer grievances redressal mechanism which is primarily responsible for redressal of all types of complaints of their consumers. The Nodal Officer at headquarter level in respect of PSUs , are:

BSNL: Shri Rajveer Sharma, G.M (Coordination) BSNL Corporate Office Statesman House, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi-110001.

Contact No. 011-23717055 Fax No. 011-23312021 e-mail id gmcdn@bsnl.co.in

MTNL : Shri D.C.Gupta, G.M (Operations) MTNL, Corporate Office, Mahanagar Door Sanchar Bhawan, J.L.Nehru Marg, Minto Road, New Delhi.

Contact No.011-23236812 Fax No. 011-23234900 e-mail id   gmoco@bol.net.in

All the complainants have to approach to their service provider for redressal of their grievances in the first instance through Three Tier Institutionalized Grievances Redressal Mechanism” of the concerned Service Provider; www.trai.gov.in./serviceproviderslist.asp established by it under Telecom Consumer Protection and Redressal of Grievances Regulations, 2007 (3 of 2007) of TRAI. The three tiers/levels are

3.1         Call Centre of concerned Service Provider.

3.2         Nodal Officer of concerned Service Provider.

3.3         Appellate Authority within the company of Service Provider.

4.      However, in case the grievance is not redressed after exhausting all above three levels (3.1 to 3.3) of the concerned Service Provider as per prescribed procedure, the individual complainant without prejudice to his right to approach an appropriate Court of Law may approach Public Grievance Cell of Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110 001 along with documentary evidence for non-redressal of his grievance at concerned Service Provider level :

(a) By hand      :  Information & Facilitation Counter, Sanchar Bhawan, 20,Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001.

(b) By Post  : Public Grievances Cell, Deptt. Of Telecom, Room No. 518,Sanchar Bhawan,20,Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001.

(c ) Through FAX :  FAX No. 011- 23357777

(d)  Through Phone : Phone No. 011- 23356666

(e)  By Web Portal  :www.pgportal.gov.in

4.1    The complaint so received is forwarded to the concerned service provider with a direction to take appropriate action and to inform the complainant regarding the action towards the redressal of the grievance.

4.2    The grievance is to be redressed by concerned service provider only. PG Cell of DoT acts only as a facilitator in the redressal process  and is not vested with any power to penalize the service provider for not redressing the grievance to the satisfaction of the complainant or for delay in redressing the grievance.

5.        In case complainant is not satisfied with the decision taken by service provider or delay in redressal of grievance at any point of time /stage in the above process (3 & 4), the complainant is free to approach  an  appropriate court of law/ any other appropriate forum against the service provider in view of Para 1 above.

STRUCTURE OF PG CELL

Designation of PG Officer

Name  of                  officer       

Tel.No.

FAX.No.

Postal address

Dy.Director General(PG) Shri S.S.Singh 011-23372131 011-23372605 1210,Sanchar Bhawan,20 , Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001

Director(PG)

Shri R.K.Singh     011-23710537 011 23712350 1207,Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001
DE(MOC CELL) Shri P.K.Jain 011-23036606 011- 23357777 518,Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001
AD(PG-I) Shri R.S.Rana 011-23355941 011 23752224 12th Floor,Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001
AD(PG-III) Shri M.L.Sindhi 011-23036717 011 23372582 12th Floor,Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001
AD(PG-IV) Shri V.K.Sethi 011-23036934 011 23372582 12th Floor, Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001

Director(PG) is available for visitors on every Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. to 01:00 P.M.

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Regulation of Unsolicited Calls on Mobile Phones

Nov 25, 2011

New Delhi. Shri Milind Deora, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed Rajya Sabha today in written reply to a question that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued “the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010” on 1st December, 2010 with the objective to provide an effective mechanism for curbing Unsolicited Commercial Communications. All the provisions of the said regulation have come into force from 27th September, 2011. Prior to coming into force of this regulation, on an average 47454 complaints were received per month. (March 2010 to March 2011). The number of complaints has come down after implementation of this regulation with effect from 27th September, 2011. As per the data on Unsolicited Commercial Communications (UCC) complaints lodged by customers with Access Providers, a total of 5979 complaints were lodged by telecom customers from 27th September to 15th November 2011.

As per the provisions of the regulations, the telecom customers have to register with their service providers for registration in National Customer Preference Registry. No complaints have been received regarding the Access Providers refusing registration to new customers with the National Customer preference Registry as intimated by TRAI.
(Courtesy: pib press release)

Phone Tapping

Aug 17, 2011

Interception of telephone conversation is a permissible activity under Section 5 (2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 wherein on the occurrence of any public emergency, or in the interest of the public safety, the Central Government or a State Government or any officer specially authorized in this behalf by the Central Government or a State Government after proper satisfaction issues authorization to the concerned notified agencies to intercept/tap telephones in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of State, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of an offence duly recording the reasons thereof. The procedure of such authorization is well laid in Rule 419A of the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951 as amended from time to time in 1999 and in 2007.

Rule 419A provides for a robust oversight mechanism.

Based on the information received from Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed Lok Sabha in written reply to a question.

(Courtesy: pib press release)

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Of How They Caste Away All Odds
Inclusion of Jains as a minority community under Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992
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

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Rs 21,000 fine for interacting with dalits in a Punjab district: Report  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 12, 2014
PATIALA: Already in news for allegedly organizing a boycott of dalits, upper caste community of Baupur village in Sangrur district had announced that penalty of Rs 21,000 would be imposed in case any member interacted with a dalit in the village, revealed a draft report of an independent fact finding team which visited the village last month. …

Dalit boy killed over ‘affair’ with upper caste girl  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 30, 2014
AHMEDNAGAR/PUNE: A 17-year-old dalit boy was allegedly murdered and hanged from a tree over his love affair with a minor girl from an upper caste at Kharda village in Jamkhed taluka of Ahmednagar on Monday. …

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Casteism still exists in civil service, says officer  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 28, 2014
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior civil servant and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University vice chancellor B Ashok has alleged that dalit and backward class officers in the Kerala cadre of IAS still suffer discrimination from a section of higher officials who belong to upper class. …

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. …

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.
The uniqueness and significance of achievements of Ashok Khade, Kalpana Saroj, Bhagwan Gawai, Sanjay Kshirsaar, J Bhingardevay
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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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