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Internet: What is net neutrality and why it is important? …

What is net neutrality and why it is important?
How offline internet could make the web more accessible to India’s telecom user base
Internet will ‘disappear’, says Google boss Eric Schmidt
Woman alleges ‘indecent’ proposal by ex-husband
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What is net neutrality and why it is important?   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 13, 2015
If you like the current state of the internet, you should know about net neutrality. If you are not aware of it, don’t worry. …

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How offline internet could make the web more accessible to India’s telecom user base   Economictimes.indiatimes.com
3 Feb, 2015
Last December, when Google started offering YouTube videos in the offline mode — downloaded online, but watched offline — it opened up a whole new and perhaps even strange way to experience the internet — offline. …

Internet will ‘disappear’, says Google boss Eric Schmidt   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 23, 2015
DAVOS, Switzerland: Google boss Eric Schmidt predicted on Thursday that the internet will soon be so pervasive in every facet of our lives that it will effectively “disappear” into the background. …

Woman alleges ‘indecent’ proposal by ex-husband   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 21, 2015
HYDERABAD: Alleging that her ex-husband had posted her nude videos and photographs on the internet in collusion with his family members, a 24-year-old woman lodged a complaint with the office of the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), South Zone, on Tuesday. …

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CASTE: Dr. Ambedkar: Maker of Modern India; Revisiting The Caste Question …

Dr. Ambedkar: Maker of Modern India
Revisiting The Caste Question
HC orders issue of notices to govt officials
All sections must take part in caste census’ Caste census sparks of row
Villagers shun techie for marrying lower caste girl
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Dr. Ambedkar: Maker of Modern India   Countercurrents.org
01 April, 2015
Dr. BabaSaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was born in an untouchable caste which was deprived of all social, educational, religious and political rights. …

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Revisiting The Caste Question   Countercurrents.org
27 March, 2015
How is modern form of caste in contemporary times? Nicholas Dirks had argued on colonial power knowledge complexes instrumental in reifying it within bureaucratic structures and discourses. …

HC orders issue of notices to govt officials   Business-standard.com
March 9, 2015
Madras High Court bench here today ordered issue of notice to state government officials on a PIL seeking to implement the Tamil Nadu Government Order to remove the “caste suffix” from the names of the streets and towns, passed 37 seven years ago. …

All sections must take part in caste census’   Thehindu.com
March 08.2015
The Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (Ambedkarvada) has asked all the deprived sections of society to actively participate in the caste census beginning from April 11 in the State. …

Caste census sparks of row   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 27, 2015
BENGALURU: Karnataka government’s first-ever caste census since the days of the British Raj has run into controversy even before it has begun. …

Villagers shun techie for marrying lower caste girl   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 21, 2015
MUMBAI: Three years back, a Dombivli-based software engineer who married a girl from a lower caste following a college romance, found that he and his family had been ostracized back home in their Vaghiware village in Ratnagiri district. …

Government launches scheme to support entrepreneurs from Scheduled Caste community   Economictimes.indiatimes.com
16 Jan, 2015
NEW DELHI: In a bid to encourage budding and existing entrepreneurs from Scheduled Castes, the government today launched a scheme under which members of the reserved community will be offered concessional finance to start new business ventures. …

India bright spot in global economy; caste bias a concern: World Bank   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com Jan 11, 2015 GANDHINAGAR: World Bank on Sunday said India can grow at 6.4 per cent in 2015 and accelerate further next year, but cautioned that an enduring “bias” on the basis of caste and other factors can impede prosperity. …

Racism everywhere: President Obama was mistaken for waiter and valet    Firstpost.com Dec 18, 2014 Washington: He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes. …

Casteism exists in India, let’s not remain in denial    Hindustantimes.com December 05, 2014 The editor, a liberal man, is taken aback by my question. “I don’t hire people on the basis of their caste but their ability,” he informs me when I ask how many Dalits he has in his newsroom. …

Supreme Court junks HC order on caste-based census    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com Nov 8, 2014 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday rescued the Centre from the prospect of carrying out a caste-based census — an exercise that could have led to a controversial reworking of quotas for other backward classes (OBCs). …

TN dalit boy’s seniors slash his wrist for wearing watch    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com Sep 5, 2014 MADURAI: A 16-year-old dalit boy was allegedly attacked and his wrists slashed by his non-dalit seniors in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar district on Wednesday night because he wore a wrist watch to school….

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. …

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. …

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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”….

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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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SPORTS: Sania Mirza becomes No 1 in World doubles rankings …

Sania Mirza becomes No 1 in World doubles rankings
Badminton superstar Saina Nehwal first Indian woman to become World No. 1

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Sania Mirza becomes No 1 in World doubles rankings   Dnaindia.com
Monday, 13 April 2015
“Two years ago, I told myself that I want to become World No. 1, win a Grand Slam title (in women’s doubles) and also win the WTA Finals …

Badminton superstar Saina Nehwal first Indian woman to become World No. 1   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 29, 2015

NEW DELHI: The feel-good factor is back. Indian sports fans, who were feeling a little low after India’s exit from cricket World Cup, have got a reason to celebrate now: badminton superstar Saina Nehwal is world No.1. …

Sarita Devi reacts: Happy that I can participate in Olympics, thank Sachin Tendulkar for support   Hindustantimes.com

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

2015
Central Government Employees/Pensioners

* MOF O.M. dated 10.04.2015 – Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Govt. employees-Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2015
* MOF O.M. dated 01.04.2015 – Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Govt. employees-Revised Rates effective from 1.1.15-Fake Order/Instructions-Clarification reg. >>> DA Orders

2014
Central Government Employees/Pensioners
* O.M. dated 20.10.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.07.2014 > O.M. dated 29.09.2014 – Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Govt. pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2014 >>> Pension – Rules/Orders
* O.M. dated 25.09.2014 – Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.7.2014 to employees of Central Govt. and Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay as per the 5th CPC * O.M. dated 23.09.2014 – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad hoc bonus) to Central Government employees for the year 2013-14 – Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies O.M. dated 23.09.2014 – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad hoc bonus) to Central Government employees for the year 2013-14 – Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies (हिंदी में)> O.M. dated 18.09.2014 – Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2014 * O.M. dated 16.09.2014 – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad hoc bonus) to Central Government employees for the year 2013-14 * O.M. dated 16.09.2014 – Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad hoc bonus) to Central Government employees for the year 2013-14(हिंदी में) * 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 1.1.2015
Apr 07, 2015
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.01.2015 at the rate of six percent increase over the existing rate of 107 percent.
Hence, Central Government employees as well as pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 113 percent of the basic pay with effect from 01.01.2015. 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 DA and DR would be of the order of Rs. 6762.24 crore per annum and Rs. 7889.34 crore in the Financial Year 2015-16 ( i.e. for a period of 14 months from January 2015 to February 2016).
This will benefit 48 lakh government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.
(Source: pib press release)

Government approves 7% DA hike; raises it to 107% from July 1
Sep 4, 2014
NEW DELHI: Government today approved 7 per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA), taking it to 107 per cent of basic pay, a move that will benefit around 30 lakh central employees and 50 lakh pensioners including dependents. …

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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). (Courtesy: pib press release)

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

* To access a copy each of the orders issued by the Ministry of Finance / Railway Board , please click here. * 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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Right to Information (RTI) – Rules/Notifications/Circulars/Guidelines (Subject-Wise)

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Note:- CIC has launched helpline facility at 011-61117555. Dialling this number you would get the status of the receipt by name, by diary number / diary year and by Complaint / Appeal file number.

Notice on the Homepage of CIC website (January, 2013)
“The Commission in its meeting dated 8.1.2013 decided that no action would be taken on the communications received as appeal against decisions of State Information Commissions since the Commission is not the Appellate body over the SICs. Further, such communications would be sent for weeding out within 2 weeks of its receipt in the Commission.”

1. The Right to Information Act, 2005 – Rules/Notifications/Orders/Circulars (Recent)
2. The Right to Information Act, 2005 – Rules/Notifications/Guides/Orders/Circulars (Subject-Wise)
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. The Right to Information Act, 2005 – Rules/Notifications/Guides/Orders/Circulars (Chronological)
(i)
Instructions/Circulars issued since 01.01.2010, (ii) Instructions/Circulars issued up to 31.12.2009, (iii) Guides/Guidelines issued by Government up to 31.12.2009, (iv) RTI-related Rules/Instructions, (v) RTI Rules, (vi) RTI Act/Amendment Acts and related Acts, (vii) Selected Decisions of CIC,
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Court Judgments

SIGNIFICANT DECISIONS / JUDGEMENTS
* CIC Decision dated 31.03.2015 on Appeal from Shri Shantaram Vs. New India Assurance Co. Ltd., Mumbai – The Commission directed the FAA, Life Insurance Corporation to issue instructions to all the Divisional Offices for charging correct premium in this regard under intimation to the Commission.
* CIC Decision dated 19.03.2015 on Appeal from Mr. Dharampal, Gurgaon Vs. CPIO & Supdt. of Post Offices, Gurgaon – The Commission directed the department to compensate the appellant by an amount of Rs.1000/- for the inconvenience and detriment caused to him. [Section 19(8)(b)].
* CIC Decision dated 19.03.2015 on Appeal from Dr. Ram Kumar, Jaipur Vs. Controller of Communication Acts, Deptt. of Telecommunications, Shimla – The basic protection afforded by virtue of the exemption from disclosure enacted under Section 8(1)(j) cannot be lifted or disturbed unless the petitioner is able to justify how such disclosure would be in ‘public interest’. [Section 8(1)(j)]
* Office of the Attorney General of India is a public authority within the meaning of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. –  Delhi High Court Judgment dated 10.03.2015 – Subhash Chandra Agrawal Vs. Office of Attorney General and R.K. Jain Vs. Office of Attorney General of India * CIC Decision dated 03.03.2015 on Appeal from Mr. Baladevan Rangaraju Vs. PIO, Delhi Commission for Women, GNCTD, New Delhi (Non-Disclosure Agreement, Section 10)
* CIC Decision dated 02.03.2015 on Appeal from Dr. Amal Kumar Bhattacharya, Vadodara Vs. Medical Council of India, New Delhi (Voluminous Records, Section 10)
* CIC Decision dated 26.02.2015 on Appeal from Shri Anbuvendhan, Chennai Vs. the CPIO, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, New Delhi [Section 5(4)]
* CIC Decision dated 20.02.2015 on Appeal from Suresh Chander Gupta Vs. Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi - The Commission directed the CPIO of MoEF to, inter alia, perform their obligation under Section 4(1)(c) and 4(1)(d) of RTI Act, 2005, and to furnish the reasons for formulating the policy of not imposing any restrictions and instead permitting the DDA to go ahead with unrestricted installation of Mobile Towers in the lands of DDA, in spite of recommendations against. The Commission also recommended the Chief Minister’s Office and office of Lieutenant Governor to probe into the reasons for ignoring these vital reports and their recommendations about the adverse effects of EMF from Mobile Towers and also to inform the people as to what measures they would initiate in response to the recommendations of the Inter Ministerial Group or if they have rejected the recommendation, the reasons and grounds for the same. (Sections 4(1)(c)&(d)/Disclosure of Reasons)
* CIC Decision dated 18.02.2015 on Appeal from Shri Shyam Mohan Parashar, Faridabad Vs. Dte. of Training and Technical Education, Delhi - “The Commission directed the respondent authority to furnish information to the appellant as to the reasons for denial of Selection Grade to him as they are bound to give the same under Section 4(1)(c.) …” (Section 4(1)(c)/Disclosure of Reasons) * Decision dated 05.02.2015 on Complaint from Shri Pradeep Sharma Vs. Social Welfare Officer (respondent) - “The Commission reiterates that the Bar Council of Delhi should initiate proceedings against the complainant for alleged misconduct of sending a blank paper as RTI application and causing wastage of public money and time of Public Authority.” (Misuse of RTI/Action against Complainant)Decision dated 03.02.2015 on Complaint from Shri Roshan Lal Vs. Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Delhi – “The Commission after hearing the submissions made directs the PIO to obtain the information from the Society and furnish the same to the Complainant within thirty days of receipt of this order.” (Section 18) * CIC Decision dated 02.02.2015 on Complaint from Shri Roshan Lal Vs. Deptt. of Health & Family Welfare, GNCTD, Delhi - “The Commission, therefore, directs the respondent authority to inquire into the complaint of the complainant and provide the action taken report on the same within 30 days from the date of receipt of this order.” (Section 18) * CIC Decision dated 02.02.2015 on Appeal from Shri SKT Sherman Vs. RCS, GNCTD, New Delhi “The Commission also advises the appellant not to file repeated RTI applications which are aimless and useless. The Commission also advises the respondent authority not to share any personal information of the officers with the people like the appellant without invoking Section 11 of the RTI Act.” (Abuse of RTI) * CIC Decision dated 02.02.2015 on Appeal from Dr. Satya Prakash, Delhi Vs. Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi - “The CPIO is directed to provide to the Appellant copies of such agreements, if available on the records of the public authority, by severing any information of a personal nature concerning the advocates, such as their personal address, bank account and income tax details etc., under Section 10 of the RTI Act.” [Section 10] * CIC Decision dated 30.01.2015 on Appeal from Shri N.B. Deshmukh, Thane Vs. CPIO Air India Ltd., Mumbai - The Commission cautioned the FAA to strictly follow the RTI regime while disposing of appeals and pass a speaking order, after taking due cognizance of merits of each case. * CIC Decision dated 27.01.2015 on Appeal from Shri Harsh Vardhan Nayyar, New Delhi Vs. NDMC, New Delhi - “… names, addresses and phone nos./email addresses of all plaintiffs cannot be provided to the appellant as the same is third party information u/s 8(1)(j), the disclosure of which serves no larger public interest. … .. the appellant has neither suffered any detriment nor is there any public interest in seeking the information. Therefore, his plea for award of compensation is not accepted.” * Copy of Minutes of the CIC Meeting dated 13.12.2011, reg. norms for according priority to appeals/complaints filed before the Commission (As on CIC website-01.02.15) * CIC Decision dated 21.01.2015 on Appeal from Ms. Harpreet Kaur Vs. Delhi Subordinate Selection Board, Delhi - “… the candidate with regard to his/her own answer sheet can obtain the copy of the same as a matter of right, but with regard to the answer sheet of third party, unless the candidate is able to show that large public interest is involved, the same cannot be furnished unless the candidate from whom it is sought for permits the same.” The Commission, therefore, directed to follow the procedure for supplying third party information U/S 11 of RTI Act, by seeking the opinion of the third party and taking a final decision by the PIO in this respect. [Sections 3, 8(1)(j), 11 and 19(3)]  * CIC Decision dated 16.01.2015 on Appeal from Sh. Subhash Chandra Agrawal Vs. Department for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC, GNCTD, Delhi - “The Commission require the Chief Secretary of Delhi and Union Cabinet Secretary to disclose their policy on this issue under Section 4 of Right to Information Act and also inform the appellants about their proposed steps to implement recommendation of Lokayuktha of Delhi in effectively preventing photo publicity of the political rulers.” * CIC Decision dated 14.01.2015 on Complaint from Sh. Subhash Chandra Agrawal Vs. National Green Tribunal, New Delhi - The Commission recommended change of officer to be designated as FAA. * CIC Decision dated 08.01.2015 on Complaint from Ms. Sakshi Jain Vs. GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi [Sections 7(9), 18 & 20] * Decision dated 07.01.2015 on Appeal from Shri S.N. Shukla, Lucknow Vs. Department of Justice, Govt. of India, New Delhi - The CIC has directed the Law Ministry to disclose the Cabinet note about the decision to establish a National Judicial Appointments Commission, saying that such documents are not secret and should thus be made public. * CIC Decision dated 17.12.2014 – Mr. Francis Assis Fernandes, Indore Vs. CPIO & Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices, Ujjain [Sections 8(1)(e), 8(1)(j)] * Delhi HC Judgement dated 04.12.2014 – The Registrar, Supreme Court of India Vs. Commodore Lokesh K. Batra and Ors. - Hon’ble Delhi High Court: “I find no infirmity with the impugned order in so far as it directs that the records may be maintained in a manner so that the information regarding the period for which the judgments are pending after being reserved, is available with the petitioner in future.” [Sections 4(1)(b), 7(9) and 19(8)(a)(iv)] * Madras High Court Judgement dated 17.09.2014 – PIO-Registrar (Admn.), High Court, Madras Vs. Central Information Commission, New Delhi & another - “… … the first respondent-Commission clearly erred in passing the impugned order in this Writ Petition, directing the petitioner to furnish the details to the second respondent as well as sending a tabular statement listing all the complaints and representations received from the second respondent.” [Section 2(f)] * CIC Decision dated 01.12.2014 – Attar Singh Kaushik Vs. Education Deptt., GNCTD, Delhi - CIC: “The Commission after hearing the submissions made directs the PIO to conduct an inquiry u/s 18(2) of the RTI Act to find out reasons and officer responsible for delay in payment of remuneration to the Appellant for nearly three years, for initiating disciplinary action against such officer. …” * CIC Decision dated 25.11.2014 – Mr. R.K. Jain Vs. Department of Legal Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi - CIC: “The Appellate Authority is cautioned not to dismiss any appeals without reading the contents of the appeals or hearing the parties.” * CIC Decision dated 10.10.2014 – Sarla Verma Vs. Delhi Jal Board - “The Commission … … recommends the Public Authority to treat the RTI application as a complaint and as a regulatory initiate action against the persons who had installed nonfunctioning meters.” * Madras High Court Judgement dated 17.09.2014 – PIO-Registrar (Admn.), High Court, Madras Vs. Central Information Commission, New Delhi & another - “… … the first respondent-Commission clearly erred in passing the impugned order in this Writ Petition, directing the petitioner to furnish the details to the second respondent as well as sending a tabular statement listing all the complaints and representations received from the second respondent.” * CIC 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.” * CIC 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 * CIC 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. * CIC 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.” * CIC 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. More … CIC Decisions

1. THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 – RULES/NOTIFICATIONS/ORDERS/CIRCULARS (Recent)

* DoPT Circular dated 17.03.2015 – Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act-seeking comments from public regarding
* O.M. dated 17.02.2015 – Guidelines for Public Information Officers/FAAs for supply of information and disposal of first appeal respectively – reiteration of
* Copy of Minutes of the CIC Meeting dated 13.12.2011, reg. norms for according priority to appeals/complaints filed before the Commission (As on CIC website-01.02.15)
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Circular dated 14.01.2015 – Introduction of postal stamps as RTI fee/cost – seeking comment from public regarding
* O.M. dated 11.11.2014 – Report of the Committee to evolve model formats for RTI Replies
* O.M. dated 10.11.2014 – Guidelines on Internship for Undergraduates or graduates pursuing 5-year integrated course/Bachelor’s degree in Law under the CSS relating to RTI Act
* O.M. dated 21.10.2014 – Uploading of RTI replies on the respective website of Ministry/Department Regional Workshop on the theme Implementation of RTI Act -Problems faced and Roadmap for the future to be organised by HIPA, Gurgaon on 4th December, 2014 (As on DOPT website – 21.10.2014) * O.M. dated 07.10.2014 – RTI online Certificate Course conducted by the Department of Personnel and Training * O.M. dated 22.09.2014 – Guidelines on implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 – Compliance of * O.M. dated 22.08.2014 – Guidelines for grants to ATIs and SICs under the various components of the CSS on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Govt.-RTI Act-2014-15 * O.M. dated 14.08.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II (Last date up to 01.09.2014) * O.M. dated 30.07.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II (Last date – 15.08.2014) * O.M. dated 10.07.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II (Last date – 25.07.2014) * O.M. dated 07.07.2014 – Financial assistance for setting up RTI Cell in Public Authority  * O.M. dated 28.05.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II * CIC’s Check List for Second Appeal under Section 19 of the RTI Act, 2005 and the RTI Rules, 2012 (As on CIC website – 05.05.2014) * 27.03.2014 – Report of the National Workshop on RTI held on 09.01.2014 * O.M. dated 14.03.2014 – RTI Web Portal for online filing of RTI applications * O.M. dated 27.02.2014 – Extension of date for applications for grant of four Fellowships in RTI up to 10.03.2014 More: RTI Orders/Circulars

2. THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 – RULES/NOTIFICATIONS/GUIDES/ORDERS/CIRCULARS (Subject-Wise)

20 years old information * ACRs * Annual Reports of CIC * Behaviour with Information Seekers * Best Practices on RTI * Central Point for receiving applications * Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) * CIC Orders/Instructions * Compendium on RTI Act * Complaint to CIC * CPIOs / CAPIOs * Definition of Information * Disposal of First Appeal / Appeal Rules * Fellowship * File Notings * Format for Giving Information * Format for RTI Replies * Guidelines for PIOs/FAAs * High Court Judgements * Implementation of RTI Act, 2005 / RTI Cells * Internship for Undergraduates/Graduates * Inventory of Public Authorities * Maintenance of Records / Suo Motu Disclosure – Section 4 of the RTI Act * National Workshop * Non-Implementation by Public Authorities * Online RTI Returns * Instructions for filing online RTI returns (31.5.2011) * Payment of Fees under the RTI Act, 2005 / Payment of Fee / Cost Rules * Payment of Additional Fee * Placing in the Public Domain * Quarterly Progress on Flagship Programmes * RTI Act * RTI Application (online filing) * RTI applications concerning other Public Authorities * RTI Fellowship * RTI – Guides/Guidelines, Template for Information Handbook (Sec.4) * RTI Online Course * RTI Rules, 2012 * RTI-Related Rules/Guidelines * Second Appeal to the Commission – Form as per the RTI Rules, 2012 * Second Schedule to the RTI Act * Section 6(2) – Personal Details of RTI Applicant * Section 8(1)(j) – Personal Information * Suo Motu Disclosure * Study on the implementation of RTI Act * Third Party Information * Transfer of RTI applications * Updating of Records * Workshop

20 years old information
O.M. dated 31.10.2007 – 20 years old information
ACRs
O.M. dated 21.9.2007 – Disclosure of ACRs
Annual Reports of CIC
O.M. dated 20.05.2011 – Laying of Annual Reports of the Central Information Commission before the Houses of Parliament
Behaviour with Information Seekers
O.M. dated 24.6.2008 – Courteous behaviour with the persons seeking information under RTI Act, 2005 Best Practices on RTI O.M. dated 30.07.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II (Last date – 15.08.2014). O.M. dated 28.06.2013 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI O.M. dated 14.05.2013 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI
Central Point for receiving applications
O.M. dated 22.04.2013 – Launch of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application O.M. dated 14.11.2007 – Central point for receiving applications, etc.
Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) 
O.M. dated 22.08.2014 – Guidelines for grants to ATIs and SICs under the various components of the CSS on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Govt.-RTI Act-2014-15
. O.M. dated 18.07.2013 – Guidelines on Awareness Generation and Capacity Building – Centrally Sponsored Scheme for effective implementation of RTI Act for the years 2013-14
CIC Orders/Instructions
CIC – RTI: A Compendium Guidelines for filing online Quarterly Returns by Public Authorities (As on CIC website) D.O. letter dated 31.03.2011 – Implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 CIC Circular dated 09.12.2010 – (i) Role of CPIO & Transparency Officer, (ii) Level of Transparency Officer (TO), and (iii) Job Chart of TO D.O. letter dated 18.11.2010 – Implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 CIC Direction dated 15.11.2010 – Implementation of Sec. 4 of the RTI Act – Direction to Public Authorities under Sec. 19(8) of RTI Act Notification dated 11.10.2005 – (RTI-Central Information Commission)
Compendium on the RTI Act, 2005
* O.M. dated 14.08.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II (Last date up to 01.09.2014) * O.M. dated 10.07.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II (Last date – 25.07.2014) * O.M. dated 28.05.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II Compendium of Best Practices on RTI (Vol.I) – 27.02.2014 (As on DOPT website-09.02.2015) * DOPT’s Compilation of OMs & Notifications on RTI Act, 2005 (25.10.2013)
Complaint to CIC

* Copy of Minutes of the CIC Meeting dated 13.12.2011, reg. norms for according priority to appeals/complaints filed before the Commission (As on CIC website-01.02.15)
CPIOs / CAPIOs
O.M. dated 17.02.2015 – Guidelines for Public Information Officers/FAAs for supply of information and disposal of first appeal respectively – reiteration of
O.M. dated 14.11.2007 – CPIOs in the 2nd Schedule in the Act O.M. dated 6.10.2005 – Designation of CAPIOs by public authorities
Definition of Information
O.M. dated 1.6.2009 – High Court of Bombay decision-Definition of information-Regarding
Disposal of First Appeal / Appeal Rules
O.M. dated 17.02.2015 – Guidelines for Public Information Officers/FAAs for supply of information and disposal of first appeal respectively – reiteration of
For revised procedure, please see the RTI Rules, 2012 under “RTI Rules, 2012”.
O.M. dated 9.7.2007 – Disposal of first appeal Notification dated 28.10.2005 – Appeal Rules
File Notings O.M. dated 23.6.2009 – Disclosure of file noting under the RTI Act Format for Giving Information DoPT Circular dated 17.03.2015 – Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act-seeking comments from public regarding
Format for RTI Replies
* O.M. dated 11.11.2014 – Report of the Committee to evolve model formats for RTI Replies
* O.M. dated 22.04.2013 – Launch of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application * O.M. dated 10.7.2008 – Clarification regarding format in which the information should be supplied under the RTI Act
Guidelines for PIOs/FAAs
O.M. dated 17.02.2015 – Guidelines for Public Information Officers/FAAs for supply of information and disposal of first appeal respectively – reiteration of

High Court Judgements
CVC Circular dated 04.04.2013 – Delhi High Court’s decision in LPA No.618 of 2012 dated 06.11.2012 in the matter of disclosure of information under the RTI Act, relating to disciplinary matters Delhi High Court Judgement dated 21.05.2010 – DDA v. Central Information Commission & another To see more judgments, please click here.
Implementation of RTI Act, 2005 / RTI Cells
O.M. dated 22.04.2013 – Launch of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application O.M. dated 02.08.2012 – Financial assistance for setting up RTI Cells O.M. dated 19.05.2011 – Effective implementation of RTI Act, 2005 – Setting up of RTI Cells O.M. dated 18.05.2011 – Strengthening implementation of the RTI Act, 2005 O.M. dated 16.08.2010 – Guidelines on Awareness Generation & Capacity Building components of Central Sec. Scheme on Improving Transparency & Accountability in Govt. through effective implementation Letter dated 23.6.2008 – Initiatives for effective implementation of the RTI Act, 2005 Circular dated 09.01.2008 – NGOs to spread awareness O.M. dated 21.2.2006 – Implementation of the various provision of the RTI Act, 2005
Internship for Undergraduates/Graduates
* O.M. dated 10.11.2014 – Guidelines on Internship for Undergraduates or graduates pursuing 5-year integrated course/Bachelor’s degree in Law under the CSS relating to RTI Act * O.M. dated 15.10.2012 – Internship for Undergraduates pursuing 5-year course in Law under CSS on Improving Transparency and Accountability in govt. through implementation of RTI Act for 2012-13
Inventory of Public Authorities
O.M. dated 31.7.2007 – Preparation of Inventory of Public Authorities under RTI Act, 2005
Maintenance of Records / Suo Motu Disclosure – Section 4 of the RTI Act 
* O.M. dated 22.09.2014 – Guidelines on implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 – Compliance of * O.M. dated 10.12.2013 – Implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005
. D.O. letter dated 21.11.2013 – Guidelines for suo motu disclosure under RTI Act, 2005 by State Government. O.M. dated 15.04.2013 – Implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 – Issue of guidelines regarding O.M. dated 03.04.2013 – Suo motu disclosure of official tours of Ministers and other officials O.M. dated 11.09.2012 – Suo motu disclosure on official tours of Ministers and other officials Minutes of the meeting of the Task Force constituted for effect implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 – regarding (1.6.2011) O.M. dated 20.1.2010 – Maintenance of records in consonance with Section 4 of the RTI Act O.M. dated 28.7.2008 – Clarifications regarding Sub-Sections (4) and (5) of Section 5 of the RTI Act, 2005 O.M. dated 21.9.2007 – Records and Information under the Act Template for Information Handbook (Sec.4)
National Workshop
27.03.2014 – Report of the National Workshop on RTI held on 09.01.2014
Non-Implementation by Public Authorities
O.M. dated 23.3.2007 – Non-implementation by public authorities
Online RTI Returns
Instructions for filing online RTI returns (31.5.2011)
Payment of Fees under the RTI Act, 2005 / Payment of Fee / Cost Rules   
* Circular dated 14.01.2015 – Introduction of postal stamps as RTI fee/cost – seeking comment from public regarding * O.M. dated 13.02.2014 – Electronic Indian Postal Order – extension of service to Indian Citizens residing in India * O.M. dated 07.10.2013 – Extending the facility of e-IPO for payment of RTI fee in Indian Missions by Indian citizens abroad * O.M. dated 17.05.2013 – Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application * O.M. dated 22.04.2013 – Launch of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application * O.M. dated 22.03.2013 – Electronic Indian Postal Order – launching of
For revised procedure, please see the RTI Rules, 2012 under “RTI Rules, 2012”.
Letter dated 26.04.2011 – Harmonization of fee payable under the RTI Act, 2005 O.M. dated 26.04.2011 – Payment of fee under the RTI Act by Indian Postal Order O.M. dated 24.5.2010 – Payment of fee under the Right to Information Act, 2005 – Scope of sub-section (3) of Section 7 of the Act O.M. dated 5.12.2008 – Payment of fee by demand draft / bankers’ cheque / IPO Notification dated 17.5.2006 – Regulation of Fee and Cost Rules, 2005 Notification dated 27.10.2005 – Amendment to Fee and Cost Rules, 2005 Notification dated 16.9.2005 – Regulation of Fee and Cost Rules, 2005
Payment of Additional Fee
O.M. dated 11.02.2013 – Timely intimation about payment of additional fee under RTI Act, 2005
Placing in the Public Domain
O.M. dated 08.06..2011 – Submission of Immovable Property Returns by Officers of Group ‘A’ Central Services and placing the same in public domain
O.M. dated 23.05.2011 – Submission of Immovable Property Returns by Officers of Group ‘A’ Central Services for 2010 (as on 1.1.2011) – Placing in the public domain
Quarterly Progress on Flagship Programmes
D.O. letter dated 04.10.2013 – Quarterly progress on the flagship programmes, initiatives and iconic projects being reviewed under the Delivery Monitoring Unit (DMU) mechanism

RTI Act
Notification dated 8.10.2008 – Amendments in the 2nd Schedule to RTI Act Notification dated 27.3.2008 – Further amendment to 2nd Scheduled to RTI Act
Notification dated 28.9.2005 – Further amendments to 2nd Schedule to RTI Act
सूचना का अधिकार अधिनियम, २००५ / सूचना का अधिकार अधिनियम, २००५ [१ फ़रवरी २०११ को यथाविद्यमान]
Right to Information Act, 2005
RTI Application (Online Filing)
O.M. dated 14.03.2014 – RTI Web Portal for online filing of RTI applications.
O.M. dated 12.08.2013 – Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application
O.M. dated 30.07.2013 – Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application
O.M. dated 17.05.2013 – Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application
O.M. dated 22.04.2013 – Launch of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application
RTI applications concerning other Public Authorities
O.M. dated 24.09.2010 – RTI applications received by a public authority regarding information concerning other public authorities
O.M. dated 1.6.2009 – RTI applications relating to other public authorities
O.M. dated 12.6.2008 – RTI applications received by a public authority reg. information concerning other public authorities O.M. dated 22.4.2008 – Transfer of applications under the RTI Act, 2005
RTI Cell
* O.M. dated 07.07.2014 – Financial assistance for setting up RTI Cell in Public Authority * O.M. dated 02.08.2012 – Financial assistance for setting up RTI Cells * O.M. dated 19.05.2011 – Effective implementation of RTI Act, 2005 – Setting up of RTI Cells
RTI Fellowship 

* O.M. dated 27.02.2014 – Extension of date for applications for grant of four Fellowships in RTI up to 10.03.2014 * Guidelines for Right to Information Fellowship (As on DOPT Website – 05.02.2014) * Corrigendum dated 12.01.2012 – RTI Fellowships 2012 O.M. 09.01.2012 – RTI Fellowships 2012 DOP&T’s Guidelines for RTI Fellowship (17.12.2011) Letter dated 01.03.2011 – Offer of Award of Right to Information Fellowship Corrigendum dated 24.12.2010 – Date of submitting application for RTI fellowship extended to 10.1.2011 Guidelines for RTI Fellowship by Government
RTI – Guides/Guidelines
O.M. dated 28.11.2013 – Guide on the Right to Information Act, 2005.
O.M. dated 5.10.2009 – Guide on the RTI Act, 2005
Guidelines for Plan Scheme for effective implementation of the RTI Act
O.M. dated 25.4.2008 – Pratham Appealiya Pradhikariyon Ke Liye Margdarshika O.M. dated 25.4.2008 – GUIDE FOR FIRST APPELLATE AUTHORITY UNDER THE RTI ACT, 2005
O.M. dated 25.4.2008 – Lok Pradhikarno Ke Liye Margdarshika O.M. dated 25.4.2008 – GUIDE FOR THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES UNDER THE RTI ACT, 2005
O.M. dated 27.2.2008 – Kendra Lok Soochana Adhikariyon Ke Liye Margdarshika
O.M. dated 27.2.2008 – GUIDE FOR CPIO UNDER THE RTI ACT, 2005
O.M. dated 8.11.2007 – Guide for Information Seekers(Hindi & English) Template for Information Handbook (Sec.4)
RTI Online Course
O.M. dated 07.10.2014 – RTI online Certificate Course conducted by the Department of Personnel and Training
RTI-Related Rules/Guidelines
Record Retention Schedule in Respect of Records Common to All Ministries/Departments Public Records Rules, 1997
RTI Rules 
* Notification dated 31.07.2012 – Right to Information Rules, 2012 * Notification dated 31.8.2006 – Amendment to Notification dated 28.10.2005  * Notification dated 17.5.2006 – Regulation of Fee and Cost Rules, 2005  * Notification dated 28.10.2005 – Appeal Rules  * Notification dated 27.10.2005 – Amendment to Fee and Cost Rules, 2005  * Notification dated 16.9.2005 – Regulation to Fee and Cost Rules, 2005 Second Appeal to the Commission * Copy of Minutes of the CIC Meeting dated 13.12.2011, reg. norms for according priority to appeals/complaints filed before the Commission (As on CIC website-01.02.15) * CIC’s Check List for Second Appeal under Section 19 of the RTI Act, 2005 and the RTI Rules, 2012 (As on CIC website – 05.05.2014) * Form of 2nd Appeal to the Commission, as per the RTI Rules, 2012
Second Schedule to the RTI Act
Notification dated 9.6.2011 – Inclusion of CBI, NIA & NATGRID in 2nd Schedule to the RTI Act
Section 6(2) – Personal details of RTI Applicant 
* 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
Section 8(1)(j) – Personal Information

O.M. dated 14.08.2013 – Disclosure of personal information under the RTI Act, 2005
Suo Motu Disclosure   
O.M. dated 10.12.2013 – Implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005
.
D.O. letter dated 21.11.2013 – Guidelines for suo motu disclosure under RTI Act, 2005 by State Government.
O.M. dated 15.04.2013 – Implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 – Issue of guidelines regarding
O.M. dated 03.04.2013 – Suo motu disclosure of official tours of Ministers and other officials
O.M. dated 11.09.2012 – Suo motu disclosure on official tours of Ministers and other officials Minutes of the meeting of the Task Force constituted for effect implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 – regarding (1.6.2011)
O.M. dated 20.1.2010 – Maintenance of records in consonance with Section 4 of the RTI Act
O.M. dated 28.7.2008 – Clarifications regarding Sub-Sections (4) and (5) of Section 5 of the RTI Act, 2005
O.M. dated 21.9.2007 – Records and Information under the Act Template for Information Handbook (Sec.4)
Study on the Implementation of RTI Act
Letter dated 02.08.2013 – A 360 Degree Study on the implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005
Third Party Information
O.M. dated 27.4.2010 – Disclosure of third party information under RTI Act, 2005
Transfer of RTI applications
O.M. dated 22.4.2008 – Transfer of applications under the RTI Act, 2005
Updating of Records
O.M. dated 14.11.2007 – Updating of records
Workshop
Regional Workshop on the theme Implementation of RTI Act -Problems faced and Roadmap for the future to be organised by HIPA, Gurgaon on 4th December, 2014 (As on DOPT website – 21.10.2014)

3. THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 – RULES/NOTIFICATIONS/GUIDES/ORDERS/CIRCULARS (Chronologically)
I. RTI – Instructions/Circulars issued since 01.01.2010
II. RTI – Instructions/Circulars issued up to 31.12.2009
III. RTI – Guides/Guidelines issued by Government up to 31.12.2009 IV. RTI-related Rules/Instructions
V. RTI Rules
VI. RTI Act/Amendment Acts and related Acts
VII. SELECTED DECISIONS OF CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION (CIC)Full Bench Decisions VIII. RTI – Court judgements

I. RTI – Instructions/Circulars issued since 01.01.2010 (Chronological) (To see/access copies, please click here.)   

DoPT Circular dated 17.03.2015 – Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act-seeking comments from public regarding O.M. dated 17.02.2015 – Guidelines for Public Information Officers/FAAs for supply of information and disposal of first appeal respectively – reiteration of Copy of Minutes of the CIC Meeting dated 13.12.2011, reg. norms for according priority to appeals/complaints filed before the Commission (As on CIC website-01.02.15) Circular dated 14.01.2015 – Introduction of postal stamps as RTI fee/cost – seeking comment from public regarding O.M. dated 11.11.2014 – Report of the Committee to evolve model formats for RTI Replies O.M. dated 10.11.2014 – Guidelines on Internship for Undergraduates or graduates pursuing 5-year integrated course/Bachelor’s degree in Law under the CSS relating to RTI Act *O.M. dated 21.10.2014 – Uploading of RTI replies on the respective website of Ministry/Department Regional Workshop on the theme Implementation of RTI Act – Problems faced and Roadmap for the future to be organised by HIPA, Gurgaon on 4th December, 2014 (As on DOPT website – 21.10.2014) O.M. dated 07.10.2014 – RTI online Certificate Course conducted by the Department of Personnel and Training O.M. dated 22.09.2014 – Guidelines on implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 – Compliance of O.M. dated 22.08.2014 – Guidelines for grants to ATIs and SICs under the various components of the CSS on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Govt.-RTI Act-2014-15 O.M. dated 14.08.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II (Last date up to 01.09.2014) O.M. dated 10.07.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II (Last date – 25.07.2014) O.M. dated 07.07.2014 – Financial assistance for setting up RTI Cell in Public Authority O.M. dated 28.05.2014 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI – Vol.II 27.03.2014 – Report of the National Workshop on RTI held on 09.01.2014 O.M. dated 14.03.2014 – RTI Web Portal for online filing of RTI applications O.M. dated 27.02.2014 – Extension of date for applications for grant of four Fellowships in RTI up to 10.03.2014 O.M. dated 13.02.2014 – Electronic Indian Postal Order – extension of service to Indian Citizens residing in India Guidelines for Right to Information Fellowship (As on DOPT Website – 05.02.2014) O.M. dated 08.01.2014 – Order dated 20.11.2013 of the High Court of Kolkata in Writ Petition No.33290 of 2013 in the case of Mr. Avishek Goenka Vs. Union of India regarding personal details of RTI applicants – circulation of O.M. dated 10.12.2013 – Implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 O.M. dated 28.11.2013 –Guide on the Right to Information Act, 2005 D.O. letter dated 21.11.2013 – Guidelines for suo motu disclosure under RTI Act, 2005 by State Government DOPT’s Compilation of OMs & Notifications on RTI Act, 2005 (25.10.2013) O.M. dated 07.10.2013 – Extending the facility of e-IPO for payment of RTI fee in Indian Missions by Indian citizens abroad D.O. letter dated 04.10.2013 – Quarterly progress on the flagship programmes, initiatives and iconic projects being reviewed under the Delivery Monitoring Unit (DMU) mechanism O.M. dated 14.08.2013 – Disclosure of personal information under the RTI Act, 2005 Letter dated 02.08.2013 – A 360 Degree Study on the implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005O.M. dated 30.07.2013 – Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application O.M. dated 12.08.2013 – Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application O.M. dated 18.07.2013 – Guidelines on Awareness Generation and Capacity Building – Centrally Sponsored Scheme for effective implementation of RTI Act for the years 2013-14 to 2015-16 O.M. dated 28.06.2013 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI O.M. dated 17.05.2013 – Extension of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application O.M. dated 14.05.2013 – Publishing of Compendium of Best Practices on RTI O.M. dated 22.04.2013 – Launch of RTI web portal for online filing of RTI application O.M. dated 15.04.2013 – Implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 – Issue of guidelines regarding CVC Circular dated 04.04.2013 – Delhi High Court’s decision in LPA No.618 of 2012 dated 06.11.2012 in the matter of disclosure of information under the RTI Act, relating to disciplinary matters O.M. dated 03.04.2013 – Suo motu disclosure of official tours of Ministers and other officials O.M. dated 22.03.2013 – Electronic Indian Postal Order – launching of O.M. dated 11.02.2013 – Timely intimation about payment of additional fee under RTI Act, 2005 D.O. letter dated 07.01.2013 – Quarterly progress on the flagship programmes under the DMU mechanism CIC – RTI: A Compendium Delhi High Court Judgment dated 6.11.2012 on Sec. 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act O.M. dated 15.10.2012 – Internship for Undergraduates pursuing 5-year course in Law under CSS on Improving Transparency and Accountability in govt. through implementation of RTI Act for 2012-13 O.M. dated 11.09.2012 – Suo motu disclosure on official tours of Ministers and other officials O.M. dated 02.08.2012 – Financial assistance for setting up RTI Cells Notification dated 31.07.2012 – Right to Information Rules, 2012 Letter dated 04.06.2012 – Guidelines on Awareness Generation and Capacity Building components of Centrally Sponsored Schemes on Improving Transparency and Accountability through effective implementation of RTI RTI – Ministry-wise and Public Authority-wise Abstract of Quarterly Returns National Awards on e-Governance 2011-12 Winners DOP&T’s Guidelines for RTI Fellowship (17.12.2011) O.M. dated 16.09.2011 – Observations of Hon’ble Supreme Court on RTI Act, 2005 in Civil Appeal No.6454 of 2011 (SLP(C) No.7526 of 2009) in case of CBSE & Or. Vs. Aditya Bandopadjhyay & Or. Transparency Officer in respect of Deptt. of Expenditure (MOF O.M. dated 22.7.2011) Notification dated 9.6.2011 – Inclusion of CBI, NIA & NATGRID in 2nd Schedule to the RTI Act O.M. dated 08.06..2011 – Submission of Immovable Property Returns by Officers of Group ‘A’ Central Services and placing the same in public domain O.M. dated 23.05.2011 – Submission of Immovable Property Returns by Officers of Group ‘A’ Central Services for 2010 (as on 1.1.2011) – Placing in the public domain Minutes of the meeting of the Task Force constituted for effect implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 – regarding (1.6.2011) Instructions for filing online RTI returns (31.5.2011) O.M. dated 20.05.2011 – Decision dated 3.4.2008 of High Court of Bombay at Goa in Writ Petition No.419 of 2007 in the case of Dr. Ceisa Pinto Vs. Goa State Infomation Commission O.M. dated 20.05.2011 – Laying of Annual Reports of the Central Information Commission before the Houses of Parliament O.M. dated 19.05.2011 – Effective implementation of RTI Act, 2005 – Setting up of RTI Cells O.M. dated 18.05.2011 – Strengthening implementation of the RTI Act, 2005 Letter dated 26.04.2011 – Harmonization of fee payable under the RTI Act, 2005 O.M. dated 26.04.2011 – Payment of fee under the RTI Act by Indian Postal Order Letter dated 01.03.2011 – Offer of Award of Right to Information Fellowship O.M. dated 10.12.2010 – Proposed amendment to RTI Rules (comments may be sent by 27.12.2010) CIC Circular dated 09.12.2010 – (i) Role of CPIO & Transparency Officer, (ii) Level of Transparency Officer (TO), and (iii) Job Chart of TO CIC Direction dated 15.11.2010 – Section 4 of the RTI Act – Direction to Public Authorities under Sec. 19(8) of RTI Act Guidelines for RTI Fellowship by Government (Last date: 3.1.2011) (New) O.M. dated 24.09.2010 – RTI applications received by a public authority regarding information concerning other public authorities (please click here) O.M. dated 16.08.2010 – Guidelines on Awareness Generation & Capacity Building components of Central Sec. Scheme on Improving Transparency & Accountability in Govt. through effective implementation Delhi High Court Judgement dated 21.05.2010 – DDA v. Central Information Commission & another O.M. dated 24.5.2010 – Payment of fee under the Right to Information Act, 2005 – Scope of sub-section (3) of Section 7 of the Act (New) O.M. dated 27.4.2010 – Disclosure of third party information under RTI Act, 2005 (Imp.) O.M. dated 1.4.2010 – Questionnaire to facilitate strategy formulation on RTI under the Performance Management and Evaluation System for DOP&T (Imp.) O.M. dated 20.1.2010 – Maintenance of records in consonance with Section 4 of the RTI Act (Imp.)

II. RTI – Instructions/Circulars issued up to 31.12.2009 (To see/access copies, please click here)

O.M. dated 23.6.2009 – Disclosure of file noting under the RTI Act (Imp.) O.M. dated 1.6.2009 – High Court of Bombay decision-Definition of information-Regarding O.M. dated 1.6.2009 – RTI applications relating to other public authorities (Imp.) O.M. dated 5.12.2008 – Payment of fee by demand draft/banker’s cheque/IPO (Imp.) O.M. dated 28.7.2008 – Clarifications regarding Sub-Sections (4) and (5) of Section 5 of the RTI Act, 2005 O.M. dated 10.7.2008 – Clarification regarding format in which the information should be supplied under the RTI Act O.M. dated 24.6.2008 – Courteous behaviour with the persons seeking information under RTI Act, 2005 Letter dated 23.6.2008 – Initiatives for effective implementation of the RTI Act, 2005 O.M. dated 12.6.2008 – RTI applications received by a public authority reg. information concerning other public authorities (Imp.) Letter dated 29.4.2008 – Regarding the case, Ahmedabad Education Society & Another Vs. UOI & Ors O.M. dated 22.4.2008 – Transfer of applications under the RTI Act, 2005 (Imp.) Circular dated 9.1.08 – NGOs to spread awareness O.M. dated 14.11.2007 – Central point for receiving applications, etc. O.M. dated 14.11.2007 – Updating of records (Imp.) O.M. dated 14.11.2007 – CPIOs in the 2nd Schedule in the Act O.M. dated 31.10.2007 – 20 years old information (Imp.) O.M. dated 21.9.2007 – Records and Information under the Act (Imp.) O.M. dated 21.9.2007 – Disclosure of ACRs (Imp.) O.M. dated 31.7.2007 – Preparation of Inventory of Public Authorities under RTI Act, 2005 O.M. dated 9.7.2007 – Disposal of first appeal (Imp.) O.M. dated 23.3.2007 – Non-implementation by public authorities O.M. dated 21.2.2006 – Implementation of the various provision of the RTI Act, 2005 Notification dated 11.10.2005 – (RTI-Central Information Commission) O.M. dated 6.10.2005 – Designation of CAPIOs by public authorities

III. RTI – Guides/Guidelines issued by Government up to 31.12.2009 (To see/access copies, please click here)

O.M. dated 5.10.2009 – Guide on the RTI Act, 2005 (Imp.) Guidelines for Plan Scheme for effective implementation of the RTI Act O.M. dated 25.4.2008 – Pratham Appealiya Pradhikariyon Ke Liye Margdarshika (Imp.) O.M. dated 25.4.2008 – GUIDE FOR FIRST APPELLATE AUTHORITY UNDER THE RTI ACT, 2005 (Imp.) O.M. dated 25.4.2008 – Lok Pradhikarno Ke Liye Margdarshika (Imp.) O.M. dated 25.4.2008 – GUIDE FOR THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES UNDER THE RTI ACT, 2005 (Imp.) O.M. dated 27.2.2008 – Kendra Lok Soochana Adhikariyon Ke Liye Margdarshika (Imp.) O.M. dated 27.2.2008 – GUIDE FOR CPIO UNDER THE RTI ACT, 2005 (Imp.) O.M. dated 8.11.2007 – Guide for Information Seekers(Hindi & English) (Imp.) Template for Information Handbook (Sec.4)

IV. RTI-related Rules/Instructions (To see/access copies, please click here)

Record Retention Schedule in respect of records common to all Ministries and Departments (Imp.) Public Records Rules, 1997 (Imp.)

V. RTI Rules (To see/access copies, please click here)

Notification dated 31.07.2012 – Right to Information Rules, 2012 Notification dated 31.8.2006 – Amendment to Notification dated 28.10.2005 Notification dated 17.5.2006 – Regulation of Fee and Cost Rules, 2005 Notification dated 28.10.2005 – Appeal Rules Notification dated 27.10.2005 – Amendment to Fee and Cost Rules, 2005 Notification dated 16.9.2005 – Regulation to Fee and Cost Rules, 2005

VI. RTI Act/Amendment Acts and related Acts (To access copies, please click here)

Notification dated 9.6.2011 – Inclusion of CBI, NIA & NATGRID in 2nd Schedule to the RTI Act Notification dated 8.10.2008 – Amendments in the 2nd Schedule to RTI Act Notification dated 27.3.2008 – Further amendment to 2nd Schedule to RTI Act Notification dated 28.9.2005 – Further amendments to 2nd Schedule to RTI Act Public Records Act, 1993 (Imp.) Official Secrets Act, 1923 (Imp.) Soochna Ka Adhikar Adhiniyam, 2005 (Imp.) Right to Information Act, 2005 (Imp.) Delhi Right to Information Act, 2001 (Old Act)

VII. SELECTED DECISIONS OF CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION (CIC)

You may like to click on the following links:- Decisions of Central Information Commission (CIC) – Section-Wise Decisions of Central Information Commission (CIC) – Subject-Wise

FULL BENCH DECISIONS  (To see the list of decisions so as to access complete copy of the decisions, please click here)

Decision dated 05.08.2013 – Subhash Chandra Agrawal & Dr. M. Haroon Siddiqui Vs. IFFCO (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 04.07.2013 – Lt. Col. (Retd.) R. Bansal Vs. Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO) (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 20.05.2013 – Shri Arun Kumar Aggarwal Vs. PMO / Deptt. of Revenue / Min. of Law (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 20.05.2013 – Shri Vinod Kumar Sharma Vs. Ministry of Mines, New Delhi (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 20.02.2013 – Shri Subhash Chandra Agarwal, New Delhi Vs. CPIO, Lok Sabha Sectt., New Delhi Decision dated 10.10.2011 – Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd. (BSE) Vs. Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 26.08.2011 – Mr. Manish Bhatnagar, Delhi Vs. SPIO & Addl. Director, Deptt of Woman & Child Development, NCT of Delhi (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 24.08.2011 – Shri Ajay Kumar Agarwal, New Delhi Vs. CPIO, CBI, New Delhi (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 31.01.2011 – Shri Z.U. Alvi Vs. Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 31.01.2011 – Shri Z.U. Alvi Vs. Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 15.10.2010 – Shri Shanmuga Patro Vs. Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 29.09.2010 – Brig. (Retd.) Ujjal Dasgupta (Dr. B. Malhotra-Representative Appellant) Vs. CDAC; Advocate for RAW, Director & CPIO, Cab. Sectt. (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 28.09.2010 – Shri V.R. Chandran Vs. Directorate of Enforcement (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 14.07.2010 – Ms. Bindu Khanna, New Delhi Vs. Dte. of Education, GNCT, New Delhi (Full Bench Decision) Decision dated 10.06.2010 – Shri Manohar, Shri J.K. Routray & Shri Gurbax Singh Vs. AGs of Goa, Orisaa and Punjab

4. COURT JUDGMENTS  (Please click here)

i. SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENTS

Sec. 8(1)(g)

SC Judgment dated 13.12.2012 – Bihar Public Service Commission Vs. Saiyed Hussain Abba Rizwi & onr.

Sec. 8(1)(j)

SC Judgment dated 03.10.2012 – Girish Chandra Deshpande Vs. Central Informtion Commissioner & Ors.

Sec. 10

SC Judgment dated 13.12.2012 – Bihar Public Service Commission Vs. Saiyed Hussain Abba Rizwi & onr.

Doctrine of Precedence

SC Judgment dated 13.09.2012 – Namita Sharma Vs. Union of India

Uncategorized

Supreme Court Judgment dated 02.09.2011 – Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Vs. Shaunak H. Satya & Ors. Supreme Court Judgment dated 09.08.2011 – CBSE & Another Vs. Aditya Bandopadhyay & Ors. Supreme Court Judgment dated 18.04.2011 – P.C. Wadhwa Vs Central Information Commission and Ors.

ii. HIGH COURT JUDGEMENTS

Section 8(1)(e)

Delhi High Court Judgment dated 09.11.2012 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. V.K. Shad and Others

Section 8(1)(j)

Delhi High Court Judgment dated 06.11.2012 – UPSC Vs. R.K. Jain

Uncategorized

Jharkhand High Court Judgment dated 11.07.2011 – Commissioner (Appeal) of Central Excise and Service Tax, Ranchi Vs Central Information Commission and Anr. Bombay High Court judgement dated 11.10.2010 – Board of Management of Bombay Properties of Indian Institute of Science Vs. CIC & Union of India Delhi High Court Judgement dated 21.05.2010 – DDA v. Central Information Commission & another Delhi High Court judgement dated 15.4.2010 – National Stock Exchange is a public authority Delhi High Court Judgement dated 15.2.2010 – Union of India Vs. Central Information Commission Delhi High Court judgement dated 12.1.2010 – Secy. General, Supreme Court of India Vs. S.C. Agarwal Delhi High Court judgement dated 16.4.2009 – Union of India (Passport Office) Vs. CIC & Ors Bombay High Court Judgement dated 03.04.2008 – WP No.419 of 2007 – Dr. Celsa Pinto, Panaji Vs. Goa State Information Commission

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DISCIPLINE: Reinstate St. Stephen’s officer without conditions: HC …

Reinstate St. Stephen’s officer without conditions: HC
Govt officials cannot blame court: Madras High Court
Prajapati case: Court drops charges against ex-Gujarat DGP
Special court attaches assets of controversial IAS officer Pradeep Sharma
Ahmedabad judge sacked 14 years ago in false case reinstated with pay, seniority
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Reinstate St. Stephen’s officer without conditions: HC   Thehindu.com
April 10, 2015
St. Stephen’s College, which had suspended and then re-instated administrative officer Subhash Kumar Dash on the conditions that he would have to render an apology to the chairman and vice-chairman of the governing body and be paid only subsistence allowance from January to April, was directed by the High Court here to reinstate him without any conditions. …

Govt officials cannot blame court: Madras High Court   Zeenews.india.com
March 18, 2015
Madurai: Madras High Court Bench on Wednesday observed that government officials should not blame the court, which fixes a time frame for officials, for skipping statutory procedures before initiating action against subordinates. …

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Prajapati case: Court drops charges against ex-Gujarat DGP   Indianexpress.com
February 5, 2015
A special CBI court Wednesday dropped the prosecution charges against former Gujarat director general police P C Pande for want of the state government’s sanction to make him stand trial for being accused of delaying the investigation in the alleged fake encounter case of Tulsiram Prajapati. …

Special court attaches assets of controversial IAS officer Pradeep Sharma    Dnaindia.com 22
January 2015
In more trouble for Gujarat cadre IAS officer Pradeep Sharma, a special anti-money laundering court here had ordered attachment of his immovable assets worth about Rs 75 lakh in a case of alleged corruption and criminal conspiracy in allotment of government land to a firm. …

Ahmedabad judge sacked 14 years ago in false case reinstated with pay, seniority   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 22, 2015
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court has imposed a token fine of Re 1 on itself for committing an error by suspending and later dismissing a judge in a false bribery case. …

Obama trip plays a role in benching Devyani    Telegraphindia.com
New Delhi, Dec. 2014
Her television interviews violated service rules. But it was an act of near rebellion by Devyani Khobragade last week that sealed the foreign office decision on Thursday to strip the diplomat of her duties, almost exactly a year after her arrest in New York had pushed India-US ties to the brink.

Government cancels appointment of 8 state-run bank CMDs, 14 EDs   Economictimes.indiatimes.com
28 Oct, 2014
NEW DELHI: The government on Monday cancelled the appointment of eight chairmen-cum-managing directors and 14 executive directors of state-run banks appointed by the previous UPA government. …

Two top DRDO scientists awarded jail term by Madras high court for contempt of court    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 25, 2014
CHENNAI: While the science community behind Mangalyaan’s success is still basking in glory, the Madras high court on Thursday awarded a three-week jail term to the nation’s two top scientists for contempt of court. The court also imposed a fine on them and directed the Centre to initiate stringent action against the duo. …

Air India backs staff who held up flight for bash
New Delhi, September 21, 2014
A video of partying Air India staffers who allegedly kept passengers on a London-Delhi flight waiting for three hours has caused fresh trouble for the management of the airlines. …

Sessions court judge suspended after staffer files sexual harassment complaint    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 19, 2014
MUMBAI: A sessions court judge on Thursday was suspended after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him by a court staff member. …

CBI arrests Syndicate Bank CMD in Rs 50 lakh bribery case   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 3, 2014
NEW DELHI/BHOPAL/BANGALORE: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday arrested the chairman and managing director of Syndicate Bank Sudhir Kumar Jain, his brother-in-law and four others for allegedly accepting a bribe to enhance the credit limit of private companies bypassing rules, making it one of most high profile cases involving a serving state-run bank chief in over two decades. …

Rape accused IAS officer declared absconder  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 25, 2014
JAIPUR: A local court has declared suspended IAS official B B Mohanty, who is facing rape charges, an absconder and also issued standing arrest warrant against him. …

LTC scam: 5 government employees jailed for four years    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 22, 2014
NEW DELHI: Five finance ministry employees, three of whom have retired, and another person have been sent to four years in jail by a Delhi court for fraudulently withdrawing and disbursing Rs 4.2 lakh as Leave Travel Concession (LTC) advances. …

30 Navy officials to face case for fake travel bills  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com  
Jun 12, 2014
NEW DELHI: Exposing a major security hazard at Indian airports, the CBI has recovered a large number of forged rubber stamps of security checks of different airports, baggage identity stickers of different airlines of India and their blank boarding passes; blank tickets and boarding passes of directorate of shipping, which were being used by none other than officials of Indian Navy. …

Charges to be framed against magistrate Raju  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com  
Jun 12, 2014
KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Wednesday ordered framing of charges against magistrate N V Raju for the grave irregularity of not recording solar scam accused Saritha S Nair’s statement given to his court that she was sexually abused. …

SC says media stings no basis for dismissal    Tribuneindia.com
New Delhi, May 31, 2014
The Supreme Court has ordered reinstatement of a police sub-inspector fired by the Mewat Superintendent of Police in 2008, holding that no government servant could be dismissed merely on the basis of any media sting operation showing him accepting bribe. …

ED attaches assets worth Rs 2.15 crore of ex-Nalco CMD, others  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 25, 2014
NEW DELHI: Enforcement Directorate has attached assets, including gold bricks and ornaments, worth Rs 2.15 crore of former Nalco chairman cum managing director A K Srivastava and his associates in connection with an alleged money laundering and corruption case of 2012. …

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CONSUMER FORUM: NCDRC Asks Air India to Pay Rs 1.7L to Woman, Says Can’t Harass Flyer; Consumer forum comes down heavily on AWHO …

NCDRC Asks Air India to Pay Rs 1.7L to Woman, Says Can’t Harass Flyer
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District consumer forum slaps fine on mobile showroom
Mysuru consumer forum convicts private finance company directors
Consumer forum asks airlines to refund half of ticket fare to passenger
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NCDRC Asks Air India to Pay Rs 1.7L to Woman, Says Can’t Harass Flyer    Newindianexpress.com
30th March 2015
NEW DELHI: The apex consumer commission has asked national carrier Air India to pay Rs 1.7 lakh to a woman, who was not allowed to board a London-Delhi flight, saying it cannot afford to “harass” its passengers. …

Consumer forum comes down heavily on AWHO   Hindustantimes.com
Feb 27, 2015
The National Consumer Disputes Redresssal Commission (NCDRC) has come down heavily on the Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO)’s project in Sector 27, Panchkula, while providing relief to 5 army personnel who are allottees in the project. …

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District consumer forum slaps fine on mobile showroom    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 10, 2015
Dehradun: The Dehradun District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has slapped a penalty of Rs 32,250 on a mobile showroom for not providing after sales-service causing to a consumer. Ankit Kohli — resident of Indra Nagar Colony — filed a complaint against Sony Ericsson Experience Store located at Old Connaught Place, for not repairing his handset. …

Mysuru consumer forum convicts private finance company directors   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 7, 2015
MYSURU: In a striking judgment Mysuru District Consumers forum on Saturday convicted one A L Nanjundaraje Urs and nine others to a three imprisonment and Rs 10000 fine for cheating many people by promising them good returns on the investments made by consumers. …

Consumer forum asks airlines to refund half of ticket fare to passenger   Thehindu.com The Dakshina Kannada District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed an airliner to refund half of the airfare collected from a passenger who could not undertake the journey. …

SC orders Rs.4 lakh in damages to rail passenger’s kin    Newkerala.com
Jan 23, 2015
The Indian Railways will have to pay compensation to passengers for any untoward incident during their journey, including death due to cardiac arrest while running along the moving train leaving the platform. …

Railways instructed to compensate over passenger theft case    Dnaindia.com 22 January 2015 If Railways is unable to protect passengers travelling in a train from intruders then it amounts to rendering “imperfect” services, a consumer forum in New Delhi has said, while directing the public transporter to pay compensation in a theft case. …

Consumer forum fines Haryana power dept for failing to shift overhead wires   Indianexpress.com January 5, 2015 The district consumer disputes redressal forum of Panchkula has ordered the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam(UHBVN) to pay Rs 1.35 lakh as compensation for its failure to shift overhead electricity wires that were preventing construction on a plot. …

Flat owner without legal title has consumer rights   Business-standard.com January 4, 2015 In a significant judgment, the South Mumbai Consumer Forum has held that a flat owner legally occupying the flat would be a consumer, even if his title to the flat might be in dispute before a competent court. …

Nathu’s Sweets Pays 1 Lakh to a Disgruntled Customer   Food.ndtv.com December 26, 2014 Nathu Sweets is a chain of stores that sells sweets, bakeries and namkeens. A consumer forum in Delhi has asked Nathu’s Sweets to pay around Rs. 1 lakh to a south Delhi resident for supplying inferior quality ‘ladoos’ which were unsafe for human consumption. …

Court orders firm to refund booking amount    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com Dec 22, 2014 NASHIK: A city consumer court has ordered the Suyojit Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., Nashik to refund the booking amount of Rs 2 lakh along with 12% interest to customers, for failing to construct and hand over a flat in the stipulated time. …

Bharti Airtel is not the Telegraph Authority of India – Consumer Forum    Rtn.asia December 14, 2014 A district forum in Karnataka faulted Bharti Airtel Ltd for failing to convert a corporate mobile connection into a personal connection despite the ex-employee producing a no-objection certificate from his ex-employer. The Tumkur forum also dismissed Bharti Airtel’s contention that it represented the ‘Telegraph Authority of India’ and it cannot be subjected to the proceedings of a consumer court. …

Consumer forum asks insurance firm to pay transporter Rs 8.21 Lakh as claim amount    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com Nov 14, 2014 A consumer forum here has set aside its earlier order rejecting a transporter’s claim for his stolen truck and has now ordered an insurance firm to pay Rs 8.21 lakh to him. …

Punjab National Bank asked to pay Rs 25,000 for harassing senior citizen    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com Nov 4, 2014 NEW DELHI: A bank has been asked by a consumer forum to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 for “harassing” a senior citizen by arbitrarily dishonouring her cheque repeatedly. New Delhi district consumer disputes redressal forum, presided by CK Chaturvedi, asked Punjab National Bank (PNB) to pay Rs 25,000 to one Sunaina Malik as compensation and litigation charges, noting that the account had sufficient deposit to honour the cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh. …

MBA student gets fee refund from institute    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com Oct 13, 2014 Bangalore: The dream to get an MBA degree turned sour for this young Bangalorean. He, however, ensured he got his money back from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, New Delhi by getting a favourable verdict at the II Additional District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Seshadripuram in Bangalore. …

Consumer forum fines Jet Airways for humiliating flier 2 October 2014 The suburban district’s consumer dispute redressal forum has held Jet Airways guilty of failing to provide required services to its consumer by causing embarrassment to him on board, and penalised the airline. …

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. …

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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AADHAAR: Don’t insist on Aadhar, warns SC …

Don’t insist on Aadhar, warns SC
Retrieving Lost Aadhaar number: Impossible test for the poor
Government to continue with Aadhar scheme, SC told
Aadhaar encroaches right to protect self-information, says PIL
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Don’t insist on Aadhar, warns SC    Thehindu.com
March 16, 2015
“No person should be denied any benefits or “suffer” for not having the Aadhaar cards issued by Unique Identification Authority of India.” …

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Retrieving Lost Aadhaar number: Impossible test for the poor   Moneylife.in
20/02/2015
Once enrolled, a Kalawati cannot surrender or cancel her Aadhaar. To retrieve her lost Aadhaar letter or number, the poor lady would have to go through a gruelling process of providing enough details about herself to match 10 fields in the UIDAI database! …

Government to continue with Aadhar scheme, SC told   Deccanherald.com
Feb 13, 2015
The central government Friday cleared all the doubts on the future of Aadhar scheme as it told the Supreme Court that it would continue with the unique identification project. …

Aadhaar encroaches right to protect self-information, says PIL   Thehindu.com
Feb 02, 2015
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to look into a public interest petition contending that the Aadhaar scheme is “laden with fraud” and a danger not only to the citizen’s privacy and dignity, but also to his “right to protect self-information”. …

Quicker passports, digital life certificates, thanks to Aadhaar    Hindustantimestimes.com
November 10, 2014
Leveraging the Aadhaar identity to simplify government processes, the government on Monday launched a digital life certificate for 5 million pensioners and discussed plans to use the unique number to halve the period taken to issue passports. …

Aadhaar may be linked with Jan Dhan scheme    Hindustantimestimes.com
New Delhi, September 06, 2014
The government is examining the possibility of linking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s financial inclusion scheme, Jan Dhan Yojana, with the unique identification or Aadhaar and resuming the Aadhaar linked direct benefit transfer (DBT) of subsidies under different schemes. …

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PRIVACY: How your ‘safe’ password may not actually be safe …

How your ‘safe’ password may not actually be safe WhatsApp security flaw allows anyone to track users What you need to know if your info is hacked Hackers steal personal data of millions in Anthem cyber attack 7 tips to keep your WhatsApp chats private and safe Your Password May Be The Next To Be Stolen [Infographic] Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are for Hire Online Tamil actress Vasundhara Kashyap mortified after intimate pics hacked, leaked Here’s Everything Google Knows About You More …..

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How your ‘safe’ password may not actually be safe   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 26, 2015 TORONTO: Are you sure the password you created for your gmail or Facebook account strong enough? …

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WhatsApp security flaw allows anyone to track users   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 12, 2015
NEW DELHI: WhatsApp is one of the world’s most widely used messaging apps. While the makers of the app have endowed the app with privacy controls and encryption to secure your messages, your usage pattern, profile picture and status message are still vulnerable. …

What you need to know if your info is hacked   Indiatvnews.com
07 Feb 2015
New Delhi: In today’s tech savvy world, all of us prefer to save all our personal information online, be it the birthday reminders, employment details, the credit card details etc. …

Hackers steal personal data of millions in Anthem cyber attack   Computing.co.uk
05 Feb 2015
Hackers have stolen personal details of up to 80 million people from US health insurer Anthem in what could be the biggest cyber security breach to befall a healthcare provider. …

7 tips to keep your WhatsApp chats private and safe   Indiatoday.intoday.in
Feb 2, 2015
WhatsApp is probably one of the most used apps on any smartphone. And for right reasons. It is a pretty great communication tool. It is simple to use and it works well, even with relatively slower connections. …

Your Password May Be The Next To Be Stolen [Infographic]  Business2community.com
January 27, 2015
“Password” has been a fan favorite password for decades, but you’d think by now people would realize how unreliable it is.

Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are for Hire Online   Cnbc.com
16 Jan 2015
A man in Sweden says he will pay up to $2,000 to anyone who can break into his landlord’s website. A woman in California says she will pay $500 for someone to hack into her boyfriend’s Facebook and Gmail accounts to see if he is cheating on her. …

Tamil actress Vasundhara Kashyap mortified after intimate pics hacked, leaked   Tehelka.com  01.01.2015 After nude images of Hollywood celebrities were hacked and leaked online recently, Tamil actress Vasundhara Kashyap has been left red-faced after her intimate pics with her boyfriend surfaced on the internet. …

Here’s Everything Google Knows About You    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Google uncovers ‘secrets’ of email hackers
    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 10, 2014
NEW DELHI: Cybercriminals are now spending more time in devising targeted attacks on individuals to make significant financial gains instead of launching widespread automated attacks, says tech giant Google. …

Anti-Snooping Devices: Weapons to preserve your online privacy   Digit.in
Jun 23, 2014
Your online identity and activity is vulnerable to prying eyes and while these anti-snooping devices attempt to protect you, your actions and choices will finally determine the level of your online privacy. …

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EDUCATION: Beware! That online degree may not be valid in India …

Beware! That online degree may not be valid in India
Degree valid? UGC, MHRD clueless

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Beware! That online degree may not be valid in India   Hindustantimes.com
Apr 01, 20145
Ever been tempted to take up an online degree course offered by a university in India? Those who have been taken in by advertisements of such courses in newspapers should be careful because education regulator University Grants Commission (UGC) does not recognise any course offered solely through the online mode.…

Degree valid? UGC, MHRD clueless   Hindustantimes.com
Feb 11, 2015
University Grants Commission (UGC) rules prohibit universities from affiliating colleges outside their states, but Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) Delhi, has granted affiliation to the College of Architecture of Delhi Technical Campus (DTC), a private institute, in Greater Noida.  …

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