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Police dept to pay for delay in giving info under RTI Act
Use RTI to assert women’s rights’
Mumbai: SIC asks govt to put toll info online
Warrants issued against MDU professor
Batra Hospital covered under RTI Act: CIC
Thousands of incorrect caste certificates issued: CIC
Constable suspended on SIC’s recommendation
Information officer faces penal action for not giving applicant details under RTI
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SIGNIFICANT DECISIONS/POSTS
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CIC Decision dated 11.09.2015 on Appeal from Shri Biswamber Nayak Vs. Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre, New Delhi – Batra Hospital is covered under the RTI Act. [Section 2(h)]
* CIC Decision dated 07.09.2015 on Appeal from Shri Sultan Singh Vs. PIO, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi – The Commission directed the Deputy Commissioner of Revenue Department Head Quarters (Delhi), inter alia, to explain to the appellant and the Commission what measures they have taken to correct the unconstitutionally given caste certificates to Chamars as “Jatavs”, etc., since 2011 till today, and when do they start certifying the applicants with their original caste names. (SC Certificate)
* Office of the Attorney General of India is a public authority within the meaning of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. –  Delhi High Court Judgment dated 10.03.2015 – Subhash Chandra Agrawal Vs. Office of Attorney General and R.K. Jain Vs. Office of Attorney General of India
* CIC Decision dated 04.03.2015 on Appeal from Mr. Jitendra Anandrao Chauhan, Kolhapur Central Prison Vs. Department of Posts, New Delhi –  The Department of Posts has been requested to look into the issue and take appropriate steps to provide access to PIN code to prisoners lodged in various jails. (Larger Public Interest)
* CIC Decision dated 03.03.2015 on Appeal from Mr. Baladevan Rangaraju Vs. PIO, Delhi Commission for Women, GNCTD, New Delhi (Non-Disclosure Agreement, Section 10)
* CIC Decision dated 02.03.2015 on Appeal from Dr. Amal Kumar Bhattacharya, Vadodara Vs. Medical Council of India, New Delhi (Voluminous Records, Section 10)
* CIC Decision dated 26.02.2015 on Appeal from Shri Anbuvendhan, Chennai Vs. the CPIO, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, New Delhi [Section 5(4)]
* CIC Decision dated 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)]  * 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)] * 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)] * 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. *
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.” * 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.
>>> CIC Decisions

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The Director (News), Doordarshan, Chennai, Shri E. Mariappan giving away certificates and prizes to participants, at the Valedictory function of the Public Information Campaign, in Cuddalore on August 10, 2015. (Image Courtesy: pib website)

Police dept to pay for delay in giving info under RTI Act

Tribuneindia.com
Amritsar, September 30
The Chief Information Commission (CIC), Punjab, has imposed a penalty of Rs 2,000 on the office of the Director-General of Police for the delay in providing information regarding enhancement in the strength of the police force in the state. …

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Use RTI to assert women’s rights’

Thestatesmen.com
28 September, 2015
Women need to make use of the Right to Information to access their rights, said Shashiprava Bindhani, Commissioner, State Information Commission. …

Mumbai: SIC asks govt to put toll info online

Dnaindia.com
24 September 2015
The state information commission (SIC) has ordered the authorities to make available online all the information related to toll contract and agreement of Mumbai-Pune Expressway latest by September 30. …

Warrants issued against MDU professor

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Sep 23, 2015
CHANDIGARH: Haryana State Information Commission has issued bailable warrants against the head of the law department of Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU) in Rohtak for not complying with its directions. …

Batra Hospital covered under RTI Act: CIC

Economictimes.indiatimes.com
13 Sep, 2015
NEW DELHI: Citizens can now get information from Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre here as the Central Information Commission has declared it to be covered under the Right to Information. …
More: CIC Decision dated 11.09.2015 on Appeal from Shri Biswamber Nayak Vs. Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre, New Delhi Batra Hospital is covered under the RTI Act. [Section 2(h)] 

Thousands of incorrect caste certificates issued: CIC

Thestatesman.com
11 September, 2015
Thousands of people of ‘Chamar’ community were issued caste certificates as ‘Jatavs’ because of apparently erroneous decision by the Delhi Government under Sheila Dikshit, a problem which could not be rectified even after the order was withdrawn. …

Constable suspended on SIC’s recommendation     Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Aug 15, 2015
LUCKNOW: UP Police has suspended a constable who was found involved in a loot case after UP State Information Commission (UPSIC) questioned the department’s inaction and ordered that an action taken report be provided to the complainant. …

Information officer faces penal action for not giving applicant details under RTI    Dnaindia.com
Aug 05, 2015
The commission slapped a show cause notice on the PIO, asking why action should not be taken on him under section 166 of the IPC. …

Central Information Commission imposes fine of Rs 25000 on Delhi government officer for stopping pension   Economictimes.indiatimes.com
7 Apr, 2015
NEW DELHI: In a landmark order, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has imposed maximum penalty of Rs. 25,000 on a Delhi government officer for wrongfully stopping pension of a 70-year-old poor woman …

Counselling for vocational skills lacks education department push   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 25, 2015
PUNE: The state government’s scheme for career counselling in vocational skill sets has failed to reach thousands of students due to the education department’s lackadaisical approach. …

Sacked gardener reinstated after 25 years   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Mar 11, 2015
AHMEDABAD: Twenty-five years ago a forest gardener Ashok Rathod was dismissed from service just because he remained absent for four hours from duty! On Tuesday Rathod, a resident of Bapunagar reported back to duty at Antharsubha range office in Kheda, after fighting a protracted battle for justice in the high court and getting his job back. Rathod had used RTI to prove the alleged mischief of his seniors almost 25 years ago. …

No access to Internet, prisoner demands PIN codes through RTI  Business-standard.com
March 11, 2015
A poor prisoner in Kolhapur in Maharashtra had to approach the CIC for a simple piece of information – the PIN code directory of postal department – as he did not have access to Internet to know the correct code for sending letters to his family. …
More: CIC Decision dated 04.03.2015 on Appeal from Mr. Jitendra Anandrao Chauhan, Kolhapur Central Prison Vs. Department of Posts, New Delhi –  The Department of Posts has been requested to look into the issue and take appropriate steps to provide access to PIN code to prisoners lodged in various jails. (Larger Public Interest)

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