Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DPI's PIO penalised under RTI Act

DPI's PIO penalised under RTI Act

Fatehgarh Sahib, Aug 24 : Punjab Information Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 upon the Public Information Officer (PIO) of Director Public Instructions (Secondary) for not supplying information to a complainant under Right to Information act.

Om Parkash Aggarwal of Kharar had sought some information from Punjab Education Department, which was to be supplied by the PIO of DPI (Secondary).

Though the State Information Commissioner Surinder Singh had directed the PIO on March 13 to supply requisite information to Aggarwal but when the Commissioner heard the case on April 17, it was found that no information was supplied to Aggarwal and none was present on behalf of the PIO before the Commission.

The commission directed the PIO to be present in person on the next date of hearing and again directed the PIO to supply requisite information and documents to Aggarwal within a period of 15 days.

However, even on the next hearing on May 15 the PIO failed to attend the proceedings and the Commissioner reserved the judgment in the case.

In the judgement pronounced recently, the commission directed that the amount of penalty shall be paid by the Respondent (PIO) as his personal liability. The Principal Secretary, School Education, Punjab shall ensure that the amount of penalty imposed upon the PIO shall be deducted from its salary and deposited in the treasury under the relevant head.

In addition to the penalty the Commissioner also awarded a compensation of Rs 5000 which shall be paid by the Respondent Public Authority.

The Commission had also directed the PIO to supply the information to the complainant as expeditiously as possible.

--- UNI

Courtesy_
http://www.newkerala.com

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Life convict uses RTI to prove innocence

Life convict uses RTI to prove innocence

15 Aug 2008, 0356 hrs IST, Koride Mahesh,TNN

HYDERABAD: In a unique case, a life convict has sought information from the GHMC under the Right to Information Act (RTI) to defend himself in a murder case before the Supreme Court.

Mohd Irfan Ali, a resident of Old Santoshnagar, has been convicted in the murder case of M A Qadeer, a former employee of Wakf Board. Currently lodged at the Cherlapally open air jail, he also sought school records from the education department in Nizamabad.

"Generally, we forward letters to relatives and friends of inmates. But Irfan Ali is the only convict who sought information under the RTI that too to defend his case,” K Kesava Naidu, superintendent of jails, Prisoners of Agriculture Colony, Cherlapally, told 'TOI'.

Ali, who earlier worked at the Secretariat in the revenue department, was convicted by the additional metropolitan sessions judge on January 24, 2003, in the murder case. Subsequently, he moved the high court. His appeal was dismissed by the court on October 17, 2003. Then he filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court through the secretary, Supreme Court Legal Aid Services Committee, New Delhi.

Ali said he needed the voter's list pertaining to the addresses of four houses in Santosh Nagar, Old Santosh Nagar and Hafeezbaba Nagar, where he reportedly resided in the 1990s. He sent the request first to the zonal commissioner, south zone, but was informed he should approach the GHMC additional commissioner (elections) for voter's list. Then, Ali sent the letter to the election wing on July 28.

"I have been implicated in the murder case. The copies of voter's list are important to prove my innocence in the case,” Ali said in his RTI application. However, his efforts went down the drain as GHMC replied a couple of days ago that since the information sought was over 18 years old, records were sent to the state archives department. It advised him to approach the department.

Courtesy_
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Saturday, August 9, 2008

RTI to rescue of woman deserted by husband

RTI to rescue of woman deserted by husband

Aug 8th, 2008 | By Sindh Today

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS): Thanks to the Right to Information (RTI) act, a 35-year-old woman has finally been able to trace her husband who left her years ago.

Deserted by her husband in 1995, S.M. Devasena had filed a Right to Information (RTI) application earlier this year with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) seeking the whereabouts of her husband K.L.N. Prasad, an ONGC employee.

Devasena is a resident of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and is currently living with her parents.

ONGC refused Devasena the information contending that since the information sought is of a personal nature they had sought concurrence from Prasad, who refused it.

She then appealed to the Central Information Commission here and Central Information Commissioner M.M. Ansari heard her appeal here Monday.

During the hearing, Devasena presented evidence of her marriage to Prasad and stated that she has been married to him for 13 years. But her husband was avoiding her despite the order of a local court, which had rejected her husband’s divorce petition.

‘I got married in February 1995. However, after only a few months, he left me because he used to like someone else. Despite the court orders, we are not united as yet. I only knew that he is an employee of ONGC,’ Devasena told IANS.

She pleaded before the commission that she requires the information so that she can establish contact with him in pursuance of the court decision.

She also asked ONGC whether Prasad had revealed his marriage details to ONGC but it was unable to respond, as information was not readily available with them.

Satisfied with her argument, CIC in its decision Tuesday directed ONGC to disclose the information to her within 15 working days.

‘She is an affected person, there is no reason why the information asked for should not be furnished to her,’ Ansari held in his decision.

CIC also held that under RTI act, a public authority is required to disclose a directory of its officers and employees and the monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation.

‘As pleaded by Devasena, the ONGC would also provide the relevant portion of the documents, wherein the details of marital status of Prasad is mentioned,’ CIC Ansari noted.

To ensure that the decision is followed, CIC directed the chairman of ONGC to inform the commission about the compliance within 10 days after the necessary action is taken.

‘I am thankful to the RTI act as it has enabled me to find my husband who left me years ago. I don’t know anything about him for the last several years,’ Devasena said.

‘I have finally got the information that my husband is in Ahmedabad,’ she told IANS even as she boarded a train here for Ahmedabad hoping to meet her husband.

Courtesy_
http://www.sindhtoday.net

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