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Can access income details of your spouse under RTI: CIC
Applicant awarded Rs 52,000 compensation from information commission
“Judicious use of RTI by citizens only make it more effective”
Plea in HC on money spent on medical reimbursement of SC judges
Delhi HC stays its order to SC registry on data on cases reserved
CIC orders NGT man’s removal for blocking info
Delhi HC pulls up BAI for not furnishing information
Cabinet Papers Cannot be Withheld From Public: CIC
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SIGNIFICANT DECISIONS/POSTS
* 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)
* O.M. dated 17.02.2015 – Guidelines for Public Information Officers/FAAs for supply of information and disposal of first appeal respectively – reiteration of  >>> RTI – Rules/Circulars
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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)] 
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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 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)]
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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)]
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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. …”
* 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.”
* Decision dated 12.11.2014 – Mr. R.K. Jain Vs. Department of Legal Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi – “Passing orders in first appeal without hearing or sending hearing notice is illegal and will render the order invalid. The Commission sets aside the order of First Appellate Authority for violating RTI Act and breach of natural justice by denying the appellant a chance of presenting his case and by raising entirely a new defence which was never claimed. Commission finds it deserves action though the concerned officer retired from service and recommends Public Authority to initiate disciplinary action against the concerned FAO for acting totally against the RTI Act in this case.”
“… the respondents consider possibility of facilitating inspection before invoking Section 7(9) of RTI Act.”
* 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
* 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.”
* O.M. dated 22.09.2014 – Guidelines on implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 – Compliance of > 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.
* Decision dated 20.08.2014 – Dr. Srinivas Vyas Vs. Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College & Hospital, GNCTD, New Delhi – “The Commission recommends the respondent authority to prepare a consolidated report of the appellant’s RTI applications and upload the same in their website, showing it as a case of misuse of RTI.”
* Decision dated 25.06.2014 – Mr. R.C. Jain Vs. Delhi Transport Corporation, GNCTD, Delhi - CIC advised the DOPT the framing of the guidelines for prevention of abuse of the RTI Act, 2005
* Decision dated 19.06.2014 – Lt. Gen. S.S. Dahiya (Retd.) Vs. CPIO, Appellate Authority, Air Hqrs., Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi - Air Force Sports Complex is a Public Authority under the RTI Act, 2005.
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Decision dated 21.05.2014 – Mr. Patel Shankarlal Ambalal Vs. CPIO & Supdt. of Post Offices, Godhara - The mere pendency of investigation is not sufficient justification by itself for withholding the information.”
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Decision dated 15.05.2014 – Shri Hardeep Singh Sawhney Vs. Rajya Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi - Additional information can not be sought at the appeal stage.
* Decision dated 24.04.2014 – Shri Dipak J. Gandhi Vs. Supreme Court The public authority is not bound to compile information as per the format of the applicant.
* Delhi High Court Judgement dated 20.02.2014 – Union of India Vs. Praveen Gupta - The impugned order dated 13th October, 2011 imposing penalty on the PIO was set aside..
* 27.03.2014 – Report of the National Workshop on RTI held on 09.01.2014
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O.M. dated 14.03.2014 – RTI Web Portal for online filing of RTI applications 
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O.M. dated 13.02.2014 – Electronic Indian Postal Order – extension of service to Indian Citizens residing in India
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Decision dated 07.01.2014 – Ms. Jyoti Seherawat Vs. Home (General) Department, Govt. of Delhi - CIC: Wife has right to know husband’s salary.
* Decision dated 07.01.2014 – Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal Vs. Ministry of Coal - CIC has, inter alia, decided the Department of Posts is to apprise the Commission regarding the present status with regard to the issuance of RTI stamps.
* O.M. dated 08.01.2014 – Order dated 20.11.2013 of Calcutta High Court in Writ Petition No.33290 of 2013 in the case of Mr. Avishek Goenka Vs. Union of India regarding personal details of RTI applicant
* Decision dated 24.12.2013 – First Appellate Authority (RTI), PAO (Ors), BEG, Roorkee, Uttarakhand – Broad outcome of investigation into tax evasion complaint to be disclosed

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RTI between spouses   Thehansindia.com
February 10, 2015
Family as a unit cannot survive if the husband and wife differ and dispute. When marriage is on rocks, communication suffers and information is not exchanged. …

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Can access income details of your spouse under RTI: CIC   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 7, 2015
NEW DELHI: Your property details, investments and assets can be accessed by your spouse under the Right to Information Act (RTI). ….

Applicant awarded Rs 52,000 compensation from information commission   Dnaindia.com
Mumbai, 3 February 2015
An applicant was awarded Rs 52,000 compensation from the information commission for his 13 RTI applications to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). …

“Judicious use of RTI by citizens only make it more effective”   Moneylife.in
Jan 30, 2015
Pune-based RTI activist Qaneez Sukhrani has been selected for the Sajag Nagarik Sangh 2014 RTI Award. Sukhrani has been using RTI since 2003 and often uses the information to file PILs, like on illegality of making Aadhaar mandatory, illegal hoarding put out by politicians and misuse of funds by municipal authorities. …

Plea in HC on money spent on medical reimbursement of SC judges   Ibnliv.in.com
Jan 27, 2015
New Delhi: Delhi High Court was on Tuesday moved by an RTI applicant challenging its order exempting medical reimbursements of Supreme Court judges from disclosure under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. …

Delhi HC stays its order to SC registry on data on cases reserved   Zeenews.india.com
Jan 19, 2015
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday stayed a single judge’s order directing Supreme Court registry to provide information to an RTI activist regarding cases whose judgements have been pending after being reserved. …

CIC orders NGT man’s removal for blocking info   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 16, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has pulled up a National Green Tribunal official for issuing “illegal” orders saying such actions will obstruct furnishing of information and scare away applicants. …

Delhi HC pulls up BAI for not furnishing information   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 15, 2015
HYDERABAD: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has drawn flak from the court for refusing to give some basic information it had asked for. The Delhi High Court, in its order dated December 24, 2014, had questioned how BAI, a National Sports Federation (NSF), accepts members without verifying their charter documents. …

Cabinet Papers Cannot be Withheld From Public: CIC   Ndtv.com
January 08, 2015
New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (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 plans action against parties    Thehindu.com
Jan 7, 2015
Faced with the worst case of defiance of its orders, the Central Information Commission will rule shortly on action to be taken against political parties which refuse to comply with the Right to Information Act. …

Maharashtra launches online RTI filing facility    Timesofindia
Jan 2, 2015
MUMBAI: Maharashtra government today launched an online facility for making application under the Right to Information Act. …

Provide service books of officers to applicants: Info commission to authorities    Dnaindia.com
28 December 2014
In two cases, the state information commission has ordered that service books, with remarks, of government servants be provided to two applicants. The decision stands out as authorities are increasingly denying people information under the Right to Information Act. …

Medical reimbursement of Supreme Court judges exempted from RTI: Delhi HC    Dnaindia.com
22 December 2014
The Delhi High Court has held that reimbursements of medical expenses of the Supreme Court judges cannot be disclosed under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, saying it does not serve any public interest. …

Give data of cases in which order reserved: HC to SC registry   Zeenews.india.com
December 4
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Supreme Court registry to provide information to an RTI activist regarding cases which have been heard but judgments have been pending after being reserved. …

Govt ignoring monthly reports: RTI    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 27, 2014
What’s the best way to ensure your government works? The answer may lie in the monthly summaries that every ministry and department must submit to the cabinet secretariat on the work they’ve been doing. …

SC, Parliament facing serious fire safety lapses: CIC    Deccanherald.com
Nov 26, 2014
The Parliament and the Supreme Court buildings are facing serious fire safety lapses, according to the CIC which pulled up the Delhi Fire Services for carrying out its last inspection of the apex court a decade ago. …

Don’t decide RTI appeals without hearing applicants: CIC    Zeenews.india.com
November 13, 2014
New Delhi: Deciding first appeals against RTI replies without hearing the appellant by a public authority is illegal, the Central Information Commission has said in its order against the Law Ministry. …
More: Decision dated 12.11.2014 – Mr. R.K. Jain Vs. Department of Legal Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi – “Passing orders in first appeal without hearing or sending hearing notice is illegal and will render the order invalid. The Commission sets aside the order of First Appellate Authority for violating RTI Act and breach of natural justice by denying the appellant a chance of presenting his case and by raising entirely a new defence which was never claimed. Commission finds it deserves action though the concerned officer retired from service and recommends Public Authority to initiate disciplinary action against the concerned FAO for acting totally against the RTI Act in this case.”
“… the respondents consider possibility of facilitating inspection before invoking Section 7(9) of RTI Act.”

Charge-sheet can’t be withheld on grounds of impeding probe – Central Information Commission   Dnaindia.com
3 November 2014
The disclosure of charge-sheets filed by an investigation agency cannot be withheld on the ground it will impede the probe, Central Information Commission today decided. …

Dump RTI pleas not in public interest, Maharashtra government tells departments    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 23, 2014
KOLHAPUR: The state general administration department has issued a notice asking all government sections not to entertain applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act if they do not constitute “public interest”. …

Public information officers skeptical about publicising RTI responses online    Econoomictimees.indiatimes.com
23 Oct, 2014
MUMBAI: Public information officers and rights activists are skeptical about the decision to publicise RTI responses online as a similar direction issued by UPA government in April 2013 was never implemented. …

CIC orders disclosure of Delhi government indictment by Lokayukta    Econoomictimees.indiatimes.com
Oct 16, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has directed the Delhi Government to make public details of indictment of the then Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit by Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin for printing their photographs on loan applications for Dilli Swarojgar Yojna. …

One RTI Act, but 118 complications   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 12, 2014
NEW DELHI: India has one Right to Information (RTI) Act but 118 separate sets of rules formulated independently by states, courts, information commissioners, Parliament and state assemblies that run a maze around the legislation. …

Madras HC directs applicants to justify why they are seeking information under RTI    Firstpost.com
Sep 21, 2014
New Delhi: In a serious blow to transparency regime in the country, the Madras High Court has said RTI applicants must give reasons for seeking information as it gave relief to its Registry from disclosing file notings on a complaint against a chief metropolitan magistrate. …

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.

Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati and Sharad Pawar    Dnaindia.com
15 September 2014
Adopting a tough stand against non-compliance of its order that brought six political parties including Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress under the Right to Information Act, the Central Information Commission has issued a show cause notice to leaders of these parties asking why an inquiry should not be initiated against them. …

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

Missing files no excuse for denying information under RTI Act: CIC    Economictimes.indiatimes.com
Sep 2, 2014
NEW DELHI: Public authorities cannot take excuse of “missing files” for denying information under the RTI Act as such claims have no legality under the transparency law for withholding records, the Central Information Commission has held. …

Delhi High Court directs CIC to decide complaint against Sonia Gandhi in 6 months   Dnaindia.com
27 August 2014
The Delhi High Court has directed the Central Information Commission to decide in six months a complaint against Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the issue of non-compliance of transparency panel’s directions that the party was answerable under the RTI Act. …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 26, 2013

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

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

Oct 26, 2013

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

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

Oct 22, 2013

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

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

Oct 20, 2013

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

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

Oct 8, 2013

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

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

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

Oct 3, 2013

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

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

Sep 30, 2013

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

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

Sep 18, 2013

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

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

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

Sep 13, 2013

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

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

September 12, 2013

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

Personal details cannot be disclosed under RTI: Bombay High Court

8 Sep, 2013

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

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

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

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

Sep 5, 2013

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

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

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

Sept 05, 2013

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

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

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

Sep 4, 2013

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

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

Aug 23, 2013

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

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

Probe missing files, digitalise paperwork  Newindianexpress.com

23rd August, 2013

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

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

Aug 23, 2013

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

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

Aug 15 2013

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

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

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

Aug 13, 2013

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

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

August 10, 2013

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

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

Online Application of RTI

New Delhi, Aug 08, 2013

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

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

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

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

Aug 06, 2013

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

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

Aug 5, 2013

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

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

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

Aug 02 2013

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

Howzzat? CAG seeks exemption from RTI  Dnaindia

Aug 1, 2013

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

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

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

Jul 31, 2013

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

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

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

Jul 31, 2013

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

Vigilance officers did seek RTI exemption  Times of India

Jul 31, 2013

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

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

July 26, 2013

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

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

Jul 17, 2013

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

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

‘Disclose communication between PM, CJI on RTI’

Jul 10, 2013

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

HUDA to chargesheet PIO for negligence

Jun 28, 2013

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

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

Action sought against officer for ignoring RTI plea  Zeenews

June 08, 2013

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

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

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

Jun 5, 2013

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

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

Political parties come under RTI, rules CIC TOI News

Jun 4, 2013

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

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

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

Govt simplifies e-filing of RTI pleas

Jun 1, 2013

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

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

Dec 21, 2011

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

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

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

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

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Pics uploaded on social networking site drive teen to suicide
Social media takes on rude fliers
Girl kills self over Facebook harassment
3 precautions that you should take on social media
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Facebook date turns bloody: Man shoots woman, then kills self
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Faces of Facebook: View yourself among 1.2 billion Facebook users on visual timeline (and other visualisation tools)
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Supreme Court of India quashes FIR filed against couple for Facebook comment    Medianama.com
January 22, 2015
The Supreme Court of India upheld a Bangalore-based couple’s right to vent their frustrations on the Bangalore Police Facebook page, reports The Times of India. The court ruled that it was a public forum and the commoner had every right to complain against the authorities. …

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Ex-boyfriend shares photo on web, girl’s engagement cancelled   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 31, 2014
SURAT: An Udhna area resident was booked on Sunday for allegedly putting his former girlfriend’s objectionable photographs on his social networking page. The photoghraphs led to breakup of the girl’s engagement. …

Pics uploaded on social networking site drive teen to suicide   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 16, 2014
AHMEDABAD: A 16-year-old class 12 students paid with her life for falling in love. Shocked and shamed on seeing her pictures posted on a social networking website by her boyfriend, the girl jumped to death in the Sabarmati river from Sardar Bridge on October 5. …

Social media takes on rude fliers    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 21, 2014
Air passengers’ nasty behaviour is now public as irate crew and fellow travellers take photos and share them on Facebook and Instagram.
It’s bad enough that we have to suffer the igno miny of no-frills air travel, where touching is inevitable as is being privy to hundreds of personal conversations, snoring and bawling babies. …

Girl kills self over Facebook harassment    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 26, 2014
KOLKATA: Cyber bullying has snuffed out yet another young life. A 17-year-old schoolgirl committed suicide on Tuesday night after one of her friends uploaded a morphed picture of her on a social networking site. …

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 07, 2013

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

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

Aug 5, 2013

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

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

No arrest for posts on social sites without senior cops’ nod, Supreme Court says 
May 16, 2013
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that no person should be arrested for posting objectionable comments on social networking sites without taking prior permission from senior police officials.
The apex court, which refused to pass an order for a blanket ban on the arrest of a person for making objectionable comments on websites, …
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Training Courses for Central Government Officers in India and abroad

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TRAINING COURSES FOR CENTRAL GOVT. OFFICERS IN INDIA AND ABROAD (SELECTED)

O.M. dated 10.02.2015 – To start in-house Weekly Training in all Ministries/Departments
* Letter dated 06.02.2015 – Long Term Domestic Training Programme on ‘Management of Public Policy Programme (MPPP) offered by IBS -extension in date for receipt of application > O.M. dated 29.01.2015 – Nominations for 41st Advanced Professional Program in Public Administration (APPPA) at IIPA from 1 July 2015 to 29 April 2016
* Letter dated 14.01.2015 – 14th Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management during 2015-16 at the IIT, Bangalore >>> Training in India – Orders/Circulars
* O.M. dated January, 2015 – 3 days’ Orientation Programme (19-21.01.2015) for Directors & DSs joining under Central Staffing Scheme at the ISTM, New Delhi >>> Central Staffing Scheme/Central Deputation – Circulars
* Letter dated 09.01.2015 – 71st Short-Term Certificate Course in Reprography (6.4.2015 to 15.5.2015)
* O.M. dated 23.12.2014 – Level-III Training Programme from 12.01.2015 to 30.01.2015 for PSs of CSSS >>> CSSS – Other Circulars
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O.M. dated 22.12.2014 – Level ‘D’ Training Programme for SOs in the zone of promotion as US of the CSS at the ISTM (12.01.2005 to 06.03.2015) >>> CSS/CSCS – Promotion/Posting Orders/Select Lists
* Circular dated 22.12.2014 – Group Training Course in ‘Building Information System for the shift Towards E-government (D)’ in Japan – 25.3.15 to 7.8.15 >Letter dated 11.12.2014 – DFFT program 2015-16 – Extension of date for Nodal officerLetter dated 28.11.2014 – Forwarding of applications under the DFFT Scheme – Extension of date for Nodal Officer and Short Term Program > Letter dated 26.11.2014 – Forwarding of applications under the DFFT Scheme > Letter dated 24.11.2014 – Forwarding of applications under the DFFT Scheme >>> Training Abroad – Orders/Circulars
* O.M. dated 18.12.2014 – Level ‘E’ Training Programme for Officers (USs) of CSS at ISTM for the period 29.12.2014 to 06.02.2015
> O.M. dated 18.12.2014 – Level ‘B’ Training Programme at ISTM for Assistants of the CSS during the period from 05.01.2005 to 06.02.2015 >>> CSS/CSCS – Promotion/Posting Orders/Select Lists
* D.O. letter dated 08.12.2014 – Mid-Career Interactions between the Armed Forces and Civil Services Officers (10-.12.02.2015) at IIPA, N. Delhi  > Letter dated 26.11.2014 – Submission of online proposals for the State Category Training Programme (SCTP) and Trainer Development Programme (TDP) sponsored by DOPT for the year 2015-16 >>> Training in India – Orders/Circulars
O.M. dated 05.12.2014 – Nomination of Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS for Foundation Course/Induction Training at ISTM from 05.01.2014 to 13.02.2015 >>> CSSS – Other Circulars
* D.O. letter dated 21.11.2014 – Mid-Career Interactions between the Armed Forces and Civil Services Officers (7-9.1.2015) at HCM RIPA, Jaipur >>> Central Civil Services – Orders/Circulars
* Note inviting comments/suggestions from stakeholders on proposal for nomination of Employee of the Month in DOPT, to attend appropriate training programmes of one week’s duration(as on DOPT website – 14.11.2014)
* O.M. dated 17.10.2014 – To start in-house Weekly Training in all Ministries/Departments
Letter dated 13.10.2014 – On-line Application Form for Long and Short Term Training Programmes under Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) for the year 2015-16
* O.M. dated 10.10.2014 – Postponement of 1-week In-Service Training Progamme for AIS Officers and other officers on Climate Change from 13-17.10.2014 at TERI
* Letter dated 09.10.2014 – Mid-Career Interactions between the Armed Forces and Civil Services Officers (15-17 October, 2014) > D.O. letter dated 11.09.2014 – Mid-Career Interactions between the Armed Forces and Civil Services Officers (15-17 October, 2014) (Nominations by 30.09.2014)
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* Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshop on 24.09.2014 (As on DOPT website – 09.09.2014)  >>> Pension – Rules/Circulars
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* O.M. dated 03.07.2014 – 3-day Orientation Programme (23-25.07.2014) for Directors/Deputy Secretaries joining Central Sectt. under CSS at ISTM, New Delhi
* Letter dated 15.05.2014 – 40th Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) at IIPA, New Delhi – 1st July 2014 to 30th April, 2015
* Letter dated 08.05.2014 – Arrangement for training of Liaison Officers for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
* O.M. dated 01.05.2014 – Residential training programme on RTI Act, 2005 by Institute of Public Administration (IPA), Bengaluru
* O.M. dated 29.04.2014 – Training programmes by Institute of Public Administration (IPA), Bengaluru, and Centre for Public Service Training and Research (CEPSTAR), New Delhi 
* D.O. Letter dated 22.04.2014 – 8th Round of the mandatory Phase-III Mid-Career Training Programme (MCTP) for IAS officers at LBS National Academy (18th June to 10th Oct., 2014)
* O.M. dated 27.03.2014 – 40th Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPA) – 1st July 2014 to 30th April, 2015 (Last date up to 30.04.14)
* D.O. letter dated 07.03.2014 – One week In-Service training for IAS Officers and Officers working under Central Staffing Scheme in current block of year 2014-16 (States&UTs)  
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* Letter dated 28.02.2014 – Nominations for Training Programmes under Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) of DOPT for the year 2014-15
* Model State Training Policy (As on DOPT website – 05.02.2014)
* Competency-based Human Resource Management for the Indian Civil Service (17.01.2014)
* D.O. letter dated 10.01.2014 – Final Competency Dictionary for Civil Services
D.O. letter dated 18.12.2013 – Nominations of Civil Officers for Mid Career Interaction with Armed Forces at RCVP Noronha Academy at Bhopal scheduled for 20 to 22 January, 2014
* O.M. dated 21.11.2013 – 1-week in-service training programme for IAS Officers and Officers working under Central Staffing Scheme for the year 2013-14
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February 19, 2015

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Mobile Phone: Don’t return that missed call! … Facebook’s WhatsApp comes to desktops …

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Telecom regulator TRAI issues draft rules for full mobile number portability
Facebook’s WhatsApp comes to desktops
Study reveals just how dirty your phone could be
Phone IMEI codes can be cracked
Youth dies as mobile phone explodes during charging
How to Reduce the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation
WhatsApp suffers outage a day after handling 64 billion messages
Are You Making These 10 Dangerous Smartphone Mistakes?
iPhone catches fire in teenager’s pocket
Free Roaming Services
M
obile Number Portability (MNP) Requests Further Increase and Approach the 105 Million Mark
Some patients discreetly record doctors’ advice
How to Find Your Missing Phone

Smartphones cause rise in myopia: Surgeon
Now talk to friends on WhatsApp with new Voice Messages feature
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Don’t return that missed call!   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Feb 22, 2015
At around 1.35 am on Thursday, Ranita D’souza heard her phone ring. This woke her up and just as she was about to take the call, the caller disconnected. …

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Telecom regulator TRAI issues draft rules for full mobile number portability   Dnaindia.com
24 January 2015
Telecom regulator TRAI has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability which is set to start from May 3. …

Facebook’s WhatsApp comes to desktops   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 22, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO: The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, has unveiled a new service for sending messages from a web browser. …

Study reveals just how dirty your phone could be    News.com.au
Jan 15, 2015
HAVE a think about some of the places your hands have been and the germs you could have picked up. Then think about how many times a day you touch your phone. …

Phone IMEI codes can be cracked   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 29, 2014
NEW DELHI: Next time you lose a cellphone, there may be lesser chances of getting it back. After the arrest of two accused from Gaffar Market on Sunday, police have found that International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of stolen mobile phones can be changed making it all the more difficult to trace the gadget. …

Youth dies as mobile phone explodes during charging    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 20, 2014
BUNDI (Rajasthan): A 24-year-old youth died after his mobile phone exploded while it was being charged in Korma village under Nainwa police station here, police said here. …

How to Reduce the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation    Healthmeup.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 26, 2013

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

How to Find Your Missing Phone  Gizmodo.in

Aug 24, 2013

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

Smartphones cause rise in myopia: Surgeon  Dnaindia.com

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013

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

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

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

Aug 8, 2013

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

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

July 24, 2013

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

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

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

Salient features of this amendment are as following:

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

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

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

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

Fingerprints may soon be needed to get SIM cards

Jul 3, 2013

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

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

Jul 1, 2013

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

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

Jun 27, 2013

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

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

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

May 30, 2013

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

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

TRAI prescribes measures to control unsolicited calls  Hindu News

May 28, 2013

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

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

Guidelines for New Mobile Connections

March 13, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call Centres for Mobile and Landline Telephones

Feb 22, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

PG CELL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.1         Call Centre of concerned Service Provider.

3.2         Nodal Officer of concerned Service Provider.

3.3         Appellate Authority within the company of Service Provider.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STRUCTURE OF PG CELL

Designation of PG Officer

Name  of                  officer       

Tel.No.

FAX.No.

Postal address

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

Director(PG)

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

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

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Regulation of Unsolicited Calls on Mobile Phones

Nov 25, 2011

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

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

Phone Tapping

Aug 17, 2011

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

Rule 419A provides for a robust oversight mechanism.

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

(Courtesy: pib press release)

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RESERVATION-I: No reservation in selection of top bankers: SC …; 3% quota must for disabled people in all govt jobs including IAS: SC …

No reservation in selection of top bankers: SC
OBCs to get 27% of govt petrol pumps
HC sets aside Hooda govt’s quota policy in promotion

Bombay HC stays Maharashtra govt’s decision to give 16% reservation to Marathas

3% quota must for disabled people in all govt jobs including IAS: SC
RBI officer held in fake certificate case in Kandhamal
SC cancels Puducherry govt’s order denying quota to section of Scheduled Caste people
HC to UPSC: Stick to 3% quota for disabled
Supreme Court eases norms for SCs/STs’ promotions
Maharashtra okays 16% quotas for Marathas, 5% for Muslims
Govt panel favours OBC quota for transgenders
Transgenders socially, economically backward: SC
Hindu converted to Islam doesn’t lose backward class status: Madras HC
SC upholds Centre’s decision to include Jats in OBC
Government notifies Jat reservation, but OBC Commission raises red flag
Cabinet Approves Amendment to Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014
Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes for 13 States and three UTs
More … …

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* Hon’ble Supreme Court has, inter alia, directed the Centre and the State Governments to take steps to treat transgender persons as socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and extend all kinds of reservation in cases of admission in educational institutions and for public appointments.-  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of Indian and others
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No reservation in selection of top bankers: SC   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 11, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has ruled that there could be no quota for SC and ST employees for top posts in public sector banks but reservation for them was permissible in posts from scale-I till scale-VI. …

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OBCs to get 27% of govt petrol pumps    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Dec 10, 2014
NEW DELHI: The oil ministry has for the first time implemented a 27% quota for OBCs (other backward castes) in allotment of petrol pumps, even as it has decided to auction outlets on ‘premium sites’ and distribute others through lottery with a view to ensuring transparency. …

HC sets aside Hooda govt’s quota policy in promotion   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 15, 2014
CHANDIGARH: In an order that will impact thousands of scheduled caste (SC) employees of Haryana government, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday set aside the state government’s reservation policy pertaining to promotion to Class III and IV posts. …

Bombay HC stays Maharashtra govt’s decision to give 16% reservation to Marathas    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Nov 14, 2014
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday stayed Maharashtra government’s decision to give 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in public service and educational institutions. …

3% quota must for disabled people in all govt jobs including IAS: SC    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 12, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday held that three per cent reservation for disabled people be given in all categories of government jobs including in appointments and promotions to IAS, while pulling up the Centre for “blocking” the very purpose of this empowering legislation by opposing it. …

RBI officer held in fake certificate case in Kandhamal    Freepressjournal.in
September 05, 2014
Phulbani (Odisha): A RBI officer was today arrested and sent to jail on charge of producing a fake caste certificate to get the job in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.
The officer is identified as Prasant Kumar Pradhan (58) of Bastangia village and was caught faking caste certificate after remaining in service for 36 years. …

SC cancels Puducherry govt’s order denying quota to section of Scheduled Caste people    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 19, 2014
PUDUCHERRY: The Supreme Court cancelled two orders passed by the Puducherry government that extended reservation in employment, promotion, education and welfare to a section of Scheduled Caste (origins) in the Union territory saying they were not in consonance with the Presidential Order. …

HC to UPSC: Stick to 3% quota for disabled    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 24, 2014
PUNE: The Bombay high court has directed the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the central government to stick to the 3% reservation for candidates with disabilities. The preliminary civil services examinations will be held across the country on Sunday. …

Supreme Court eases norms for SCs/STs’ promotions    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jul 20, 2014
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has revived relaxed standards for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe government employees in departmental competitive and promotion examinations. …

Maharashtra okays 16% quotas for Marathas, 5% for Muslims  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 25, 2014
MUMBAI: In the wake of NCP president Sharad Pawar’s ultimatum to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, the state cabinet on Wednesday approved a populist proposal with an eye on the ensuing assembly elections to provide 16% reservation for backward Marathas and 5 per cent for Muslims in education and government jobs. As a result, the total reservation will be 73 per cent. …

Govt panel favours OBC quota for transgenders  Hindustantimes.com
May 14, 2014
With the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) recommending their inclusion in the central list of Other Backward Class, transgenders in India moved one step closer to getting reservations in jobs and educational institutions. …

Transgenders socially, economically backward: SC  Indiatvnews..com
15 Apr 2014
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said that transgenders should be treated a third category and would be considered as socially and economically backward classes and as such entitled to job reservation. …  

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

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

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

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

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

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


Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes for 13 States and three Union Territories
New Delhi, Jan 30, 2014
The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for making amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in respect of 13 States (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) and three Union Territories (Chandigarh, Delhi and Puducherry) by way of inclusion / correction / deletion of castes/communities according to  advices received from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The amendments will notify 115 changes recommended by the NCBC.
The proposed changes will enable persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail benefits of reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions according to existing policy. They will also become eligible for benefit under various welfare schemes, scholarships, etc. being administered by the Central Government, which are at present available to persons belonging to the OBCs.
Background:
The NCBC was set up in pursuance to the Supreme Court judgement in the Indira Sawhney case.   As per the NCBC Act 1993, Section 9 (“Functions of the Commission”) states that:-
i.    The Commission shall examine requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists and tender such advice to the Central Government as it deems appropriate and;
ii.    The advice of the Commission shall ordinarily be binding upon the Central Government.”
The NCBC has been tendering advice to the Central Government from time to time. A total of 30 Notifications have been issued so far and till date, a total of 2343 “entries” (an “entry” means a caste, including its synonyms, sub-castes etc.) have been notified in the Central list of OBCs for 24 States and six Union Territories. The last such notification was issued on 08.12.2011. Since then, many more advices for inclusion/ deletion of castes/ communities and correction in the existing list of OBCs, have been received from the NCBC.
(Source: pib press release)
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58 Communities Have Been Proposed by 7 States for Inclusion in Scheduled Tribes List
New Delhi, Jan 30, 2014
The government has received proposals from seven states for inclusion of 58 communities in Scheduled Tribes list by December 2013. Highest number of 39 communities have been proposed by Assam followed by Sikkim with 11 communities and Jharkhand with 4 communities. Proposed the government after due examination has referred the proposals to Registrar General of India.
The approved modalities for deciding claims for inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications in the orders specifying Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes lists are only those proposal which have been recommended and justified by the concerned State Government/UT Administration and concurred with by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) are considered for amendment of the legislation.
(Source: pib press release)   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Levelling the playing field  Thehindu.com

Oct 16, 2013

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

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

Oct 9, 2013

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

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

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

Oct 7, 2013

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

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

Oct 3, 2013

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

AIIMS told to appoint on quota  Times of India

Sep 12, 2013

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

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

Sep 4, 2013

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

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

Aug 15, 2013

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

SC order on reservation gets flak in Lok Sabha  Hindu

Aug 5, 2013

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

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

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

Aug 5, 2013

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

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

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

May 16, 2013

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

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

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

Reservation for Physically Handicapped Persons

New Delhi, May 07, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inclusion of Caste in SC List

New Delhi, May 07, 2013

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

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

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri P. Balram Naik in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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DIVORCE/MAINTENANCE: Woman can’t evict hubby just because she pays EMI: Court; Court says refusing to pay for jobless estranged wife an abuse …

Woman can’t evict hubby just because she pays EMI: Court
Court says refusing to pay for jobless estranged wife an abuse
File affidavits of assets, income during divorce proceedings, directs HC
Wife’s pubbing not cruelty, so no divorce: Bombay HC
False dowry charge ground for divorce, Supreme Court rules
US oil tycoon coughs up $1 billion in America’s costliest divorce
False charges of infidelity equal cruelty: Court
Court: Many hide pay for alimony
Wife calls spouse ‘hijra’, court grants him divorce

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■ A practice did not acquire sanction of religion simply because it was permitted. Such a practice could be regulated by law without violating Article 25. – SC Judgment dated 09.02.2015 – Khursheed Ahmad Khan Vs. State of U.P. & Ors. (Second marriage during the currency of first marriage)
■ The amended definition of the expression “NPA” under Section 2(1)(o) of the SARFAESI Act is constitutionally valid. - SC Judgment dated 28.01.2015 – Keshavlal Khemchand and Sons Pvt. Ltd. Vs. Union of India & Others
■ Mere expression of any words without any intention to cause alarm would not be sufficient to bring in the application of section 503 of IPC. But material has to be placed on record to show that the intention is to cause alarm to the complainant. “…in exercise of its jurisdiction under Section 482 Cr.P.C., the court should be extremely cautious to interfere with the investigation or trial of a criminal case and should not stall the investigation, save except when it is convinced beyond any manner of doubt that the FIR does not disclose commission of offence and that continuance of the criminal prosecution would amount to abuse of process of the court.” –  SC Judgment dated 20.01.2015 – Manik Taneja & Anr. Vs. State of Karnataka & Anr.
■ Once the Labour Court has exercised the discretion judicially, the High Court can interfere with the award, only if it is satisfied that the award of the Labour Court is vitiated by any fundamental flaws. – SC Judgment dated 14.01.2015 – K.V.S. Ram Vs. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp. ——————————————————————————————–

Woman can’t evict hubby just because she pays EMI: Court   Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Feb 14, 2015
MUMBAI: A family court on Monday rejected a wife’s interim plea seeking her estranged husband’s removal from their Lokhandwala flat where she stays with him and their child, just because she pays the EMI (equated monthly installment to repay home loan). …

Court says refusing to pay for jobless estranged wife an abuse   Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Feb 09, 2015
NEW DELHI: Refusal to maintain an estranged wife who has no source of income amounts to economic abuse, a Delhi court said recently. …

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File affidavits of assets, income during divorce proceedings, directs HC    Indianexpress.com
January 24, 2015
Hiding your assets and income from the court during divorce or maintenance proceedings will now be difficult with the Delhi High Court issuing directions that both the husband and the wife have to file detailed affidavits of income, assets and expenditure at the time of filing for divorce or maintenance petitions. …

Wife’s pubbing not cruelty, so no divorce: Bombay HC   Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Jan 9, 2015
MUMBAI: A Wadala resident’s bid to get divorce on grounds of cruelty by alleging that his wife, a businesswoman and resident of Pedder Road, liked to visit pubs and neglected their child and they had fights during their honeymoon failed in the Bombay high court. …

False dowry charge ground for divorce, Supreme Court rules    Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Nov 24, 2014
NEW DELHI: If a woman’s complaint accusing her husband and in-laws of cruelty under the dreaded Section 498A of Indian Penal Code turns out to be false, then the man is entitled to divorce, the Supreme Court has ruled. …

US oil tycoon coughs up $1 billion in America’s costliest divorce   Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Nov 12, 2014
WASHINGTON: From an entirely male perspective on the matter of divorce, the late Robin Williams put it coarsely, saying the word, derived from Latin, means, ”to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet. …

False charges of infidelity equal cruelty: Court    Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Oct 25, 2014
MUMBAI: Observing that making false accusations of infidelity and humiliating a person on the basis of this amounts to cruelty, a family court has granted divorce to a deputy municipal commissioner, whose wife falsely accused him of having an affair with a fellow officer’s wife. …

Court: Many hide pay for alimony    Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Oct 4, 2014
NEW DELHI: A trial court has expressed concern over the increasing instances of people concealing their actual incomes while seeking maintenance from their estranged partners. The court made the observation while denying maintenance to a woman, saying she was educated enough to fend for herself. …

Wife calls spouse ‘hijra’, court grants him divorce    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 7, 2014
MUMBAI: Two cases in the family court have shown how all-encompassing ‘mental cruelty’ can be in divorce matters. A husband called a ‘hijra’ by his wife for his inability to appease her in bed and a woman whose husband often deliberately switched off the fan in her room both got divorce from their spouses recently, with the woman in the second case getting a Rs 10 lakh alimony. …

Court grants man divorce over wife’s demand for excessive sex   Financialexpress.com
Aug 31 2014
A man, who sought separation from his wife alleging that she was aggressive and autocratic with an insatiable appetite for sex, was granted divorce by a family court here. …

Not allowing wife to wear jeans amounts to cruelty, court rules    Timesofndia.indiatimes.com

Jun 29, 2014
MUMBAI: Objecting to wife wearing kurta and jeans and forcing her to wear saree amounts to cruelty inflicted by husband and can be a ground to seek divorce, a family court here has ruled. …

HC delivers justice to ‘childless’ woman  Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
May 11, 2014
CHENNAI: Slamming the myth that infertility is a woman’s problem and the ostracization and ridicule suffered by childless women, the Madras high court has said the most inhuman insult that can be heaped on such a woman is her husband marrying again. … 

Supreme Court fines wife Rs 25,000 for going back on divorce terms  Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
May 4, 2014
MUMBAI: The Supreme Court has fined a woman Rs 25,000 for changing her mind after agreeing to a divorce by mutual consent and for seeking to transfer a case from Ajmer to Mumbai. …

Well-paid wife can’t seek maintenance: Court  Timesofndia.indiatimes.com
Apr 27, 2014
NEW DELHI: A trial court has dismissed a woman’s plea seeking residential maintenance from her estranged husband observing that no financial assistance can be provided to a woman if she earns as much as her husband. …

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

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

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

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Government launches scheme to support entrepreneurs from Scheduled Caste community
India bright spot in global economy; caste bias a concern: World Bank
Racism everywhere: President Obama was mistaken for waiter and valet
Casteism exists in India, let’s not remain in denial
Supreme Court junks HC order on caste-based census
TN dalit boy’s seniors slash his wrist for wearing watch
Rs 21,000 fine for interacting with dalits in a Punjab district: Report
Dalit boy killed over ‘affair’ with upper caste girl
Casteism still exists in civil service, says officer
Haryana’s biggest khap panchayat scripts history, allows inter-caste marriages
Madras University deletes controversial dalit text from syllabus
Of How They Caste Away All Odds
Inclusion of Jains as a minority community under Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992
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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. …

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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. …

जातिवाद-मुर्दाबाद,हिन्दू एकता जिंदाबाद

April 11, 2013

 

 

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

Dalit professor alleges harassment by colleague, students  The Hindu

March 24, 2013

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

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

Rs 50, 000 incentive for inter-caste marriages

Mar 22, 2013

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

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

No escape from caste prejudice even in UK

Mar 16, 2013

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

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

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

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

Feb 10, 2013

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

Appointment of Dalit cook creates a ruckus at school in Mangalore

Feb 8, 2013

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

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

Dalit family ostracized for singing bhajan

Jan 26, 2013

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

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

Caste, conversion and contestation at Jaipur literature festival

Jan 25, 2013

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

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

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

Jan 23, 2013

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

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

 

The development divide

Jan 19, 2013

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

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

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

Religion, caste, controversy and the Marathi sahitya sammelan

Jan 14, 2013

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

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

Bank apologises to Dalit hero, credits award money

January 13, 2013

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

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

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

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

 

Meira kumar Emotional speach on Caste system

Sectarian poison

Jan 9, 2013

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

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

Social equality at core of Hindu philosophy

January 2, 2013

A Hindu view of human rights and dignity – V

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

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

For 200 Million Indians, a Life Steeped in Discrimination

Dec 17, 2012

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

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

Apex court stays made snana order

Dec 15, 2012

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

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

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

Dec 14, 2012

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

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

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

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

End caste, religion barriers in Army recruitment: PIL

Supreme Court seeks opinion of Solicitor General on the issue

New Delhi, December 10

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

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

The quiet grip of caste

November 28, 2012

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

Report says caste, gender discrimination rampant

New Delhi, Mon Nov 26 2012

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

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

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LIFE & STYLE: Love sucks, lets f**k …

Love sucks, lets f**k
Now, Indian women demand right to orgasm
23 daily habits that will make you smarter
Anna Paquin had sex with whole ‘True Blood’ cast
Confessions of a Techie 2.0
Society: the changing narrative of love, sex and marriage in India
College girls by day, sex workers by night!
Hyderabadi girls keeping their boyfriends in dark
Like in West, Bangalore starts the party early
Live-in relationships breaking up at a rapid rate in Bangalore

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Love sucks, lets f**k   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
February 14, 2015
Emblazoned boldly on the chest of a man in his late forties was the t-shirt slogan “love sucks, lets F**k”. …

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Now, Indian women demand right to orgasm    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 23, 2014
Navi Mumbai: Sexologists across the country will tell you that today if a married couple has fixed an appointment with them, it is mostly the woman who steps inside the doctor’s room first. …

23 daily habits that will make you smarter    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jul 19, 2014
Getting smarter isn’t something that happens overnight. Instead, you have to build your intelligence every day through intentional daily habits. …

Anna Paquin had sex with whole ‘True Blood’ cast    Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jun 24, 2014
Anna Paquin, star of the show ‘True Blood’ said that she had real sex on camera with most of her co-stars in all the seven seasons. …

Confessions of a Techie 2.0   Thehindu.com
June 08, 2014
It’s a wonderful spring morning,
First rays of the sun are winking,
And the alarm goes on ringing, … 

Society: the changing narrative of love, sex and marriage in India   Hindustantimes.com
February 22, 2014
The first issue of Brunch in Delhi came out on February 1, 2004. Nine months later, with the launch of the Hindustan Times in Mumbai, Brunch was introduced to readers there as well. The Delhi Brunch completes 10 years this month. … 

College girls by day, sex workers by night!  Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Oct 28, 2013
Many young gals coming from Talukas and districts around Nagpur indulge in the oldest profession in the world when they come to the city to study or work
Till now, the Nagpurians had tagged Ganga Jamuna red light as the dwelling arena of the commercial sex workers, having shut their hearts, minds and eyes to their professional and personal lives. …

Hyderabadi girls keeping their boyfriends in dark   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Sep 1, 2013

While their parents are in the know, an increasing number of city girls are keeping their boyfriends in the dark about going clubbing with friends.

Remember the time when you’d lie at home to go partying and then sneak back into your room, while everyone at home was busy snoring? …

Like in West, Bangalore starts the party early  Times of India

Aug 18, 2013

BANGALORE: Chilling out with colleagues over a couple of pints after sunset is becoming common among office-goers in the city, a trend that has kept London’s pubs crowded after 6 pm.

In cities with a high density of commercial establishments, such as New York and London, there has always been a trend of people leaving office early to catch a drink before heading home for dinner. …

Live-in relationships breaking up at a rapid rate in Bangalore  Times of India

Aug 5, 2013

BANGALORE: This technology hub is witnessing a sharp rise in cases of discord in live-in relationships. Most cases reported are those of people working in the software and BPO industries.

“The number of cases of break-up in live-in relationships was 30 during 2011-12. …
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Court Judgements On Service Matters

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Recent Judgements   

Consideration for promotion a fundamental right.SC Judgment dated 09.01.2014 – Major General H.M. Singh, VSM Vs. Union of India and Anr.
The charge sheet/charge memo having not been approved by the disciplinary authority was non est in the eye of law. –  SC Judgment dated 05.09.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. B.V. Gopinath

Benefits of Reservation on Reconversion  - SC: “… we are inclined to hold that the appellant after reconversion had come within the fold of the community and thereby became a member of the scheduled caste.” – SC Judgment dated 26.02.2015 – K.P. Manu Vs. Chairman, Scrutiny Committee for Verification of Community Certificate
No compassionate appointment without qualificationSC Judgment dated 20.02.2015 – The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation and others Vs. Revat Singh
Disability Pension
– “A soldier cannot be asked to prove that the disease was contracted by him on account of military service or was aggravated by the same.” … “Since the disability has in each case been assessed at more than 20%, their claim to disability pension could not have been repudiated by the appellants.” –   SC Judgment dated 13.02.2015 – Union of India & Anr. Vs. Rajbir Singh
Appointment on bogus certificates set aside –  SC Judgment dated 11.02.2015 – Krishna Hare Gaur Vs. Vinod Kumar Tyagi & Ors.
Second marriage during the currency of first marriage
- A practice did not acquire sanction of religion simply because it was permitted. Such a practice could be regulated by law without violating Article 25. – SC Judgment dated 09.02.2015 – Khursheed Ahmad Khan Vs. State of U.P. & Ors.
Once the Labour Court has exercised the discretion judicially, the High Court can interfere with the award, only if it is satisfied that the award of the Labour Court is vitiated by any fundamental flaws.SC Judgment dated 14.01.2015 – K.V.S. Ram Vs. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp.
If the order of termination is void ab initio, the workman is entitled to full back wages. – SC Judgment dated 13.01.2015 – Jasmer Singh Vs. State of Haryana & Anr.
Reservation in Promotion from Scale-I to Scale-II and upward up to Scale-VI in Public Sector Banks – SC Judgement dated 09.01.2015 – Chairman & Managing Director, Central Bank of India & Ors. Vs. Central Bank of India SC/ST Employees Welfare Association & Ors.
The amount misappropriated may be small or large, it is the act of misappropriation that is relevant. – SC Judgment dated 05.01.2015 – Diwan Singh Vs. Life Insurance Corporation of India & Others
The Chief Justice of the High Court, having assumed a firm position, in respect of certain facts contained in the complaint filed by the petitioner, ought not to be associated with the “inhouse procedure” in the present case. …” - SC Judgment dated 18.12.2014 – Additional District and Sessions Judge ‘X’ Vs. Registrar General, High Court of Madhya Pradesh and others
Hon’ble SC has summarized 5 situations, “wherein recoveries by the employers, would be impermissible in law.” –  SC Judgment dated 18.12.2014 – State of Punjab and other etc. Vs. Rafiq Masih (White Washer) etc.
Punishment under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption ActSC Judgment dated 14.11.2014 – Anotony Cardoza Vs. State of Kerala
SC: “Special leave petition is dismissed.” -  SC Order dated 12.09.2014 – Union of India and Others Vs. National Confederation for Develoopment of Disabled & Anr. (Arising out of final judgment and order dated 04.12.2013 passed by the High Court of Bombay)
Bombay HC judgement dated 04.12.2013 – National Confederation for Development of Disabled & Anr. - Hon’ble Bombay High Court has directed to give benefits of reservation to PWDs in the matter of promotion to posts in the IAS by applying the O.M. dated 29 December 2005 and subsequent Office Memorandum consistent with the aforesaid judgment dated 8 October 2013 of the Supreme Court.
“… … the classification made by the Government of India for purposes of different retirement age for Time Scale Officers and Select Officers does not stand scrutiny on the touchstone of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution as rightly held by the Tribunal.” – SC Judgment dated 24.09.2014 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. Atul Shukla etc. 
DOPT O.M. No. 36012/23/96-Estt.(Res) dated 22.7.1997 regarding lower qualifying marks, lesser standard of evaluation for SC/ST candidates for reservation in promotion is declared illegal
. — SC Judgment dated 15.07.2014 – Rohtas Bhakhar & Others Vs. Union of India and Another The order of dismissal passed by the Superintendent of Police dispensing with the inquiry was totally unsustainable and has been annulled. 
SC Judgment dated 13.05.2014 – Risal Singh Vs. State of Haryana & Ors.
… the order of compulsory retirement is not to be treated as a punishment and carries no stigma.” – Bombay High Court Judgement dated 07.05.2014 – Mahesh Prabhakar Kamat Vs. Kamba Transport Corporation Ltd., Goa, & Others
■ The Supreme Court has struck down a single directive provision which barred CBI from investigating corruption charges against joint secretary and above rank officers without prior permission of the Centre. –
SC Judgment dated 06.05.2014 – Dr. Subramanian Swamy Vs. Director, Central Bureau of Investigation & Anr.
Report – Analysis of Cases Disposed of by the CAT (As on DOPT website – 17.04.2014)
Hon’ble Supreme Court has, inter alia, directed the Centre and the State Governments to take steps to treat transgender persons as socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and extend all kinds of reservation in cases of admission in educational institutions and for public appointments.-  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of Indian and others
Child Care Leave SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – Kakali Ghosh Vs. Chief Secretary, A&N Administration & Ors.
Reopening of the inquiry qua charge sheet after 30 years or so would not serve any purpose -
SC Judgment dated 29.01.2014 – State of Maharashtra Vs. Vijay Kumar Aggarwal & Anr.
Punishment must be given according to charges
SC Judgment dated 03.01.2014 – Ishwar Chandra Jayaswal Vs. Union of India & Ors.
Consideration for promotion a fundamental right.
SC Judgment dated 09.01.2014 – Major General H.M. Singh, VSM Vs. Union of India and Anr.
An employee, sacked following disciplinary proceedings, cannot seek reinstatement as a “matter of right” after acquittal from a criminal court on the same charges - SC Judgement dated 28.11.2013 – State of West Bengal & Ors. Vs. Sankar Ghosh
Courts can’t order recovery after quashing appointment
SC Judgment dated 01.11.2013 – Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha Vs. Dhobei Sahoo & Ors.
Transparency in Services (Minimum fixed tenure, recording of oral directions/instructions, etc.)
SC Judgment dated 31.10.2013 – T.S.R. Subramanian & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors.
Reservation for PWDs – SC Judgment dated 08.10.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. National Federation of the Blind & Ors.
Indiscipline – Misbehaviour – SC Judgment dated 24.09.2013 – Davalsab Husainsab Mulla Vs. North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation
Quasi-Judicial Authority-Administrative Authority-Natural JusticeSC Judgment dated 18.03.2013 – Nirmal J. Jhala Vs. State of Gujarat & Anr..
SC Judgment dated 29.04.1969 – A.K. Kraipak & Ors, etc. Vs. Union of India & Ors..
■ ‘Inordinate delay in conducting inquiry can be a valid ground for quashing the charges’ - Delhi High Court Judgement dated 02.07.2012 – Union of India & Anr. Vs. B.A. Dhayalan
Charge-Sheet & Annexures must be signed by the Disciplinary Authority on each page – CAT Judgement dated 27.02.2012 – C. Punnusamy Vs. Union of India & Ors.   
No recovery of the excess amount paid to the employees due to erroneous pay fixation done by the authorities - SC Judgment dated 16.12.2008 – Syed Abdul Qadir & Ors. Vs. State of Bihar & Ors.
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A. Supreme Court Judgements – Subject-Wise
B. High Court Judgments
C. CAT Judgements

A. Supreme Court Judgements – Subject-Wise

ACRs * Appointment * Charge-Sheet * Compassionate Appointment * Denial of Reasonable Opportunity – Bias * Departmental Inquiry to be conducted in the preferred language of the employee * Disciplinary action for lapses while discharging judicial/quasi-judicial functions * Disciplinary Authority/Power to Institute Disc. Proceedings* Ex Parte Inquiry * Exoneration in departmental proceedings ipso facto would not result into quashing of the criminal prosecution * In case of minor penalty, due promotion to be granted in accordance with the rules * Indiscipline – Misbehaviour * Investigation of Corruption Charges against against JS and above rank Officers * Judicial Review – Limitations * Labour Court Award * Leave Rules – Child Care Leave * Major Penalty without Inquiry * Misappropriation * Natural Justice – Quasi-Judicial Authority – Administrative Authority * Pension and Gratuity * Promotion – RRs * Punishment to be commensurate with Articles of Charge * Punishment under the PC Act * Recovery * Reinstatement – Salary * Reopening of the inquiry qua charge sheet after 30 years or so would not serve any purpose * Reservation * Res Judicata * Retirement Age * Second Marriage * Seniority – Ad Hoc Service * Sexual Harassment * Simultaneous Proceedings * Transparency in Services (Minimum fixed tenure, recording of oral directions, etc.) * Unauthorized Absence * Unconditional Apology * Withdrawal of Voluntary Retirement * Uncategorized

ACRs

  SC Judgment dated 23.04.2013 – Sukhdev Singh Vs. Union of India and Others (148.9 KiB, 1,279 hits)

Appointment

— Appointment on bogus certificates set aside

  SC Judgment dated 11.02.2015 – Krishna Hare Gaur Vs. Vinod Kumar Tyagi & Ors. (188.4 KiB, 50 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 05.09.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. B.V. Gopinath (289.7 KiB, 1,354 hits)

Compassionate Appointment
— No compassionate appointment without qualification

  SC Judgment dated 20.02.2015 – The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation and others Vs. Revat Singh (174.5 KiB, 27 hits)

Denial of Reasonable Opportunity – Bias

  SC Judgment dated 18.10.2000 – Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. Vs. Girja Shankar Pant & Ors. (54.2 KiB, 701 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 01.05.2013 – Mithilesh Kumar Singh Vs. Union of India & Others (30.8 KiB, 723 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 27.01.1993 – Union of India Vs. K.K. Dhawan (46.1 KiB, 686 hits)

Disciplinary Authority/Power to Institute Disc. Proceedings 

  SC Judgment dated 15.10.2012 – UCO Bank & Ors. Vs. Sushil Kumar Saha (227.4 KiB, 591 hits)

Ex Parte Inquiry

  SC Judgment dated 14.01.2013 – State Bank of India and Ors. Vs. Narendra Kumar Pandey (216.6 KiB, 502 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 31.08.2012 – NCT of Delhi Vs. Ajay Kumar Tyagi (99.8 KiB, 779 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 30.07.2013 – DHBVNL, Vidhyut Nagar, Hisar & Others V. Yashvir Singh Gulia (163.7 KiB, 974 hits)

Indiscipline – Misbehaviour

  SC Judgment dated 24.09.2013 – Davalsab Husainsab Mulla Vs. North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (223.4 KiB, 953 hits)

 Investigation of Corruption Charges against against JS and above rank Officers

  SC Judgment dated 06.05.2014 – Dr. Subramanian Swamy Vs. Director, Central Bureau of Investigation & Anr. (477.7 KiB, 387 hits)

Judicial Review – Limitations

  SC Judgment dated 14.01.2015 – K.V.S. Ram Vs. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp. (189.4 KiB, 99 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 14.08.2014 – The LIC of India & Ors. Vas. S. Vasanthi (232.9 KiB, 116 hits)

Labour Court Award

  SC Judgment dated 14.01.2015 – K.V.S. Ram Vs. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp. (189.4 KiB, 99 hits)

Leave Rules
Child Care Leave

  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – Kakali Ghosh Vs. Chief Secretary, A&N Administration & Ors. (186.4 KiB, 506 hits)

Major Penalty without Inquiry

  SC Judgment dated 13.05.2014 – Risal Singh Vs. State of Haryana & Ors. (173.8 KiB, 598 hits)

Misappropriation

  SC Judgment dated 05.01.2015 – Diwan Singh Vs. Life Insurance Corporation of India & Others (177.6 KiB, 120 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 18.03.2013 – Nirmal J. Jhala Vs. State of Gujarat & Anr. (442.3 KiB, 940 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 29.04.1969 – A.K. Kraipak & Ors, etc. Vs. Union of India & Ors. (51.4 KiB, 277 hits)

Pension/Gratuity

Disability Pension – “A soldier cannot be asked to prove that the disease was contracted by him on account of military service or was aggravated by the same.” … “Since the disability has in each case been assessed at more than 20%, their claim to disability pension could not have been repudiated by the appellants.” –

  SC Judgment dated 13.02.2015 – Union of India & Anr. Vs. Rajbir Singh (222.7 KiB, 63 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 14.08.2013 – State of Jharkhand & Ors. Vs. Jitendra Kumar Srivastava & Anr (242.4 KiB, 829 hits)

Promotion

— Consideration for Promotion - Consideration for promotion a fundamental right.

  SC Judgment dated 09.01.2014 – Major General H.M. Singh, VSM Vs. Union of India and Anr. (235.1 KiB, 259 hits)

RRs

  SC Judgment dated 23.08.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. Shri G.R. Rama Krishna & Anr. (170.4 KiB, 941 hits)

Punishment

Punishment to be commensurate with Articles of Charge

  SC Judgment dated 03.01.2014 – Ishwar Chandra Jayaswal Vs. Union of India & Ors (169.2 KiB, 1,195 hits)

Punishment under the PC ActSection 13

  SC Judgment dated 14.11.2014 – Anotony Cardoza Vs. State of Kerala (150.1 KiB, 193 hits)

Recovery
Courts can’t order recovery after quashing appointment

  SC Judgment dated 01.11.2013 – Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha Vs. Dhobei Sahoo & Ors. (316.0 KiB, 877 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 16.12.2008 – Syed Abdul Qadir & Ors. Vs. State of Bihar & Ors. (163.4 KiB, 857 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 19.09.1994 – Sahib Ram Vs. State of Haryana and Ors. (11.0 KiB, 307 hits)

— Hon’ble SC has summarized 5 situations, “wherein recoveries by the employers, would be impermissible in law.”

  SC Judgment dated 18.12.2014 – State of Punjab and other etc. Vs. Rafiq Masih (White Washer) etc. (212.2 KiB, 293 hits)

Reinstatement – Salary

  SC judgement dated 22.08.2012 – R.S. Misra Vs. Union of India and Others (177.9 KiB, 1,244 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 29.01.2014 – State of Maharashtra Vs. Vijay Kumar Aggarwal & Anr. (186.1 KiB, 501 hits)

Reservation
— Benefit on Reconversion 

  SC Judgment dated 26.02.2015 – K.P. Manu Vs. Chairman, Scrutiny Committee for Verification of Community Certificate (331.3 KiB, 15 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 15.07.2014 – Rohtas Bhankhar & Others Vs. Union of India and Another (201.2 KiB, 871 hits)

— Reservation for PWDs and Other Judgements

  SC Order dated 12.09.2014 – Union of India and Others Vs. National Confederation for Develoopment of Disabled & Anr. (259.1 KiB, 154 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 08.10.2013 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. National Federation of the Blind & Ors. (330.9 KiB, 550 hits)

  SC judgment dated 15.02.2008 – Union of India Vs. Dattatray son of Namdeo Mendhekar & Ors (12.8 KiB, 2,851 hits)

  Supreme Court judgment dated 13.12.1999 – Indira Sawhney Vs. UOI (84.2 KiB, 310 hits)

  Supreme Court judgment dated 10.2.1995 – R.K. Sabharwal & Ors. Vs. State of Punjab & Ors (34.6 KiB, 429 hits)

Reservation in Promotion from Scale-I to Scale-II and upward up to Scale-VI in Public Sector Banks

  SC Judgement dated 09.01.2015 – Chairman & Managing Director, Central Bank of India & Ors. Vs. Central Bank of India SC/ST Employees Welfare Association & Ors. (325.0 KiB, 480 hits)

Reservation for Transgender Persons

  SC Judgment dated 15.04.2014 – National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of Indian and others (525.2 KiB, 450 hits)

Others

  SC judgment dated 15.02.2008 – Union of India Vs. Dattatray son of Namdeo Mendhekar & Ors (12.8 KiB, 2,851 hits)

  Supreme Court judgment dated 13.12.1999 – Indira Sawhney Vs. UOI (84.2 KiB, 310 hits)

  Supreme Court judgment dated 10.2.1995 – R.K. Sabharwal & Ors. Vs. State of Punjab & Ors (34.6 KiB, 429 hits)

Res Judicata

  SC Judgment dated 11.02.2015 – Krishna Hare Gaur Vs. Vinod Kumar Tyagi & Ors. (188.4 KiB, 50 hits)

Retirement Age

  SC Judgment dated 24.09.2014 – Union of India & Ors. Vs. Atul Shukla etc. (321.4 KiB, 228 hits)

Second Marriage

  SC Judgment dated 09.02.2015 – Khursheed Ahmad Khan Vs. State of U.P. & Ors. (207.4 KiB, 84 hits)

Seniority – Ad Hoc Service

  SC judgement dated 22.08.2012 – State of Haryana & Others Vs. Vijay Singh and Others (65.3 KiB, 1,315 hits)

Sexual Harassment at Workplace

  SC Judgment dated 18.12.2014 – Additional District and Sessions Judge ‘X’ Vs. Registrar General, High Court of Madhya Pradesh and others (378.3 KiB, 140 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 19.10.2012 – Medha Kotwal Lele and others Vs. Union of India and others (265.9 KiB, 506 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 20.01.1999 – Apparel Promotion Council Vs. A.K. Chopra (46.0 KiB, 512 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 13.08.1997 – Visakha & Ors. Vs. State of Rajasthan & Others (37.3 KiB, 346 hits)

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

  SC Judgement dated 28.11.2013 – State of West Bengal & Ors. Vs. Sankar Ghosh (184.7 KiB, 1,109 hits)

Termination

  SC Judgment dated 13.01.2015 – Jasmer Singh Vs. State of Haryana & Anr. (196.1 KiB, 161 hits)

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

  SC Judgment dated 31.10.2013 – T.S.R. Subramanian & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors. (290.3 KiB, 816 hits)

Unauthorized Absence
— Unauthorised Absence

  SC Judgment dated 15.02.2012 – Krushnakant B. Parmar Vs. Union of India & Anr. (163.4 KiB, 547 hits)

Unauthorised Absence on Medical Grounds

  SC Judgment dated 07.07.2014 – Chhel Singh Vs. M.G.B. Gramin Bank Pali & Ors (134.3 KiB, 223 hits)

Unconditional Apology

  SC Judgment dated 29.07.2013 – Lucknow K. Gramin Bank (Now Allahabad, UP Gramin Bank) & Anr. Vs. Rajendra Singh (217.8 KiB, 488 hits)

Withdrawal of Voluntary Retirement 

  SC Judgment dated 22.07.2008 – Director General ESIC & Anr. Vs. Puroshottam Malani (69.4 KiB, 222 hits)

Uncategorized

  SC Judgement dated 19.08.2011 – State of UP & Ors. Vs. Luxmi Kant Shukla (149.9 KiB, 693 hits)

  SC judgement dated 01.03.2011 – State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur Vs. Nemi Chand Nalwaya (51.3 KiB, 585 hits)

  SC judgement dated 27.08.2010 – Union of India & anr. vs. Bhaskarendu Datta Majumdar (118.7 KiB, 1,778 hits)

  SC judgement dated 18.08.2010 – Union of India & ors. vs. P.C. Ramakrishnayya (152.7 KiB, 1,392 hits)

  SC Judgement dated 13.08.2010 – State of M.P. vs. Harishankr Bhagwan Tripathi (93.7 KiB, 862 hits)

  SC Judgement dated 12.08.2010 – M.A.A. Annamalai vs. State of Kerala & another (158.4 KiB, 806 hits)

  SC judgment dated 15.02.2008 – Union of India Vs. Dattatray son of Namdeo Mendhekar & Ors (12.8 KiB, 2,851 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 19.12.2008 – Roop Singh Negi Vs. Punjab National bank & Ors. (128.8 KiB, 1,076 hits)

  SC Judgment dated 29.10.1971 – Union of India Vs. Sardar Bahadur (34.2 KiB, 970 hits)

B. High Court Judgements
Compulsory Retirement * Delay in conducting departmental inquiry * Habitual Indebtedness * Reservation for PWDs

Compulsory Retirement
“… the order of compulsory retirement is not to be treated as a punishment and carries no stigma. The rule of compulsory retirement has been held to hold the balance between the rights of the individual government servant and the interest of the public administration.”  

  Bombay High Court Judgement dated 07.05.2014 – Mahesh Prabhakar Kamat Vs. Kamba Transport Corporation Ltd., Goa, & Others (149.6 KiB, 440 hits)

Delay in conducting departmental inquiry

  Delhi High Court Judgement dated 02.07.2012 – Union of India & Anr. Vs. B.A. Dhayalan (304.0 KiB, 509 hits)

Indebtedness

  Delhi High Court Judgment dated 21.12.2012 – G.C. Verma Vs. UOI and Ors. (47.7 KiB, 350 hits)

Reservation for PWDs

  Bombay HC judgement dated 04.12.2013 – National Confederation for Development of Disabled & Anr. (132.5 KiB, 1,320 hits)

  Punjab & Haryana High Court Judgement dated 15.07.2011 – Lachhmi Narain Gupta & others Vs. Jarnail Singh and others (176.8 KiB, 359 hits)

C. CAT Judgements

  Report – Analysis of Cases Disposed of by the CAT (As on DOPT website – 17.04.2014) (655.3 KiB, 341 hits)

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

  CAT Judgement dated 27.02.2012 – C. Punnusamy Vs. Union of India & Ors. (18.9 KiB, 1,327 hits)

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