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RTI: Families take RTI route to settle personal disputes …

Families take RTI route to settle personal disputes
Central Information Commission returned over 8,500 pleas
Central Information Commission appeals plunge 96% in four months
Delhi High Court asks Information Commissioner to hear case in absence of CIC Chief
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* CIC Decision dated 30.11.2015 on Appeal from Dr. D. Dhaya Devadas & Shri V. Sundaram Vs. CPIO, Indian Bureau of Mines, Chennai (Full Bench Decision) (Public Interest)
CIC Decision dated 27.11.2015 on Appeal from Mr. Nirmal Kumar Agarwal, Kheri (UP) Vs. CPIO, Department of Posts, Kheri – CIC: “After hearing submissions of both the parties the Commission directs the CPIO to provide copy of the investigation report regarding the account(s) of the appellant & his family members …” (Investigation Report, Post Office Accounts)
CIC Decision dated 27.11.2015 on Appeal from Mr. Kunjan Tripathi, Distt. Kanpur (Dehat) Vs. CPIO, Department of Posts, Kanpur – CIC: “The RTI Act is not the proper law for redressal of grievances/disputes and there are other appropriate forum(s) for resolving such matters.” (RTI not appropriate forum for redressal of grievances/disputes).
* CIC Decision dated 09.11.2015 on Appeal from Shri R.K. Jain Vs. Delhi University – CIC: “The Commission … … considers that it is a case where the CPIO returned the original RTI application along with the IPO, which means a total and complete refusal to act under the provisions of RTI Act, which appears to be a serious breach of RTI Act. The Commission directs the CPIO to explain and show cause as to why maximum penalty should not be imposed against him and why compensation should not be granted to the appellant and disciplinary action should not be recommended against him.”
* CIC Decision dated 09.11.2015 on Appeal from Mr. A. Bidyadhar, S.P.M. Sumandala, Ganjam (Odisha) Vs. Department of Posts, Berhampur-760001 – The CPIO’s representative stated that he will supply copy of the LTC bill submitted by the appellant along with the relevant file notings vide which sanction was accorded. The CIC decided that the CPIO’s representative should supply the information as above to the appellant.
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Families take RTI route to settle personal disputes

Dec 6, 2015
LUCKNOW: Right to Information Act 2005, conceived to bring transparency in the system by providing government information to citizens, is being used by some residents of Uttar Pradesh to meet a different goal: settling family disputes. …

Central Information Commission appeals plunge 96% in four months

9 Oct, 2015
NEW DELHI: The number of appeals and complaints with the Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority for the Right to Information Act, plummeted 96 per cent to 119 in September from 3,356 in May. …

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Delhi High Court asks Information Commissioner to hear case in absence of CIC Chief   Ibnlive.in.com
May 04, 2015
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked the senior most Information Commissioner of Central Information Commission (CIC) to hear a case in the absence of its chief, saying any backlog will jeopardise the interest of RTI applicants. …

CIC told to hear DERC plea afresh   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 1, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Thursday asked the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission not to hold its public hearing for fixing power tariff till May 8. Justice Rajiv Shakdher directed the Central Information Commission to once again hear the plea of DERC where the latter wants to go ahead with a public hearing to fix tariff. …

CIC delayed is spirit of RTI denied   Indianexpress.com
Apr 27, 2015
Files already piled up on the Chief Information Commissioner’s desk could take up to 2020 to clear. Delay in appointing the CIC hurts the objectives of both the RTI Act and the PM’s pledge of good governance. …

RTI activists demand non-political info commissioner   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 27, 2015
CHENNAI: With the present State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) K S Sripathi’s term coming to an end on Monday, RTI campaigners have urged the state government to appoint an eminent person who is not a retired bureaucrat and affiliated to any political party. …

Medical bills of SC judges can’t be revealed under RTI: HC   Indianexpress.com
April 19,2015
Observing that giving details of individual medical bills of Supreme Court judges under RTI would “amount to invasion of their privacy”, the Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking details of medical reimbursements of Supreme Court judges under the RTI Act. …

RTI overrides privacy norms of MCI in patients records: CIC   Business-standard.com
New Delhi April 15, 2015
The provisions of Medical Council of India to protect confidentiality in patients’ records cannot override statutes of Right to Information Act, Central Information Commission has held. …

‘CIC order on avoiding penalty on pol parties contrary to law’   Business-standard.com
March 18, 2015
RTI activist Subhash Agrawal today alleged that the order issued by the Central Information Commission expressing helplessness in penalising political parties is “contrary to law” as notices were issued an year before complaint was registered in the Commission. …

CIC pulls up green ministry for ‘misleading’ info on effects of mobile radiation   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 18, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has pulled up the environment ministry for providing “false and misleading” information that it had conducted no study on the harmful effects of mobile radiations. …

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