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Monday, August 27, 2012



Q.1. What is Information?
Information is any material in any form. It includes records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form. It also includes information relating to any private body which can be accessed by the public authority under any law for the time being in force.
Q.2 What is a Public Authority?
A “public authority” is any authority or body or institution of self government established or constituted by or under the Constitution; or by any other law made by the Parliament or a State Legislature; or by notification issued or order made by the Central Government or a State Government. The bodies owned, controlled or substantially financed by the Central Government or a State Government and non-Government organisations substantially financed by the Central Government or a State Government also fall within the definition of public authority. The financing of the body or the NGO by the Government may be direct or indirect.
Q.3 What is a Public Information Officer?
Public authorities have designated some of its officers as Public Information Officer. They are responsible to give information to a person who seeks information under the RTI Act.
Q.4 What is an Assistant Public Information Officer?
These are the officers at sub-divisional level to whom a person can give his RTI application or appeal. These officers send the application or appeal to the Public Information Officer of the public authority or the concerned appellate authority. An Assistant Public Information Officer is not responsible to supply the information. The Assistant Public Information Officers appointed by the Department of Posts in various post offices are working as Assistant Public 2 Information Officers for all the public authorities under the Government of India.
Q.5. What is the Fee for Seeking Information from Central Government Public Authorities?
A person who desires to seek some information from a Central Government Public Authority is required to send, along with the application, a demand draft or a banker’s cheque or an Indian Postal Order of Rs.10/- (Rupees ten), payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority as fee prescribed for seeking information. The payment of fee can also be made by way of cash to the Accounts Officer of the public authority or to the Assistant Public Information Officer against proper receipt. However, the RTI Fee and the mode of payment may vary as under Section 27 and Section 28, of the RTI Act, 2005 the appropriate Government and the competent authority, respectively, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act.
Q.6. What is the Fee for the BPL applicant for Seeking Information?
If the applicant belongs to below poverty line (BPL) category, he is not required to pay any fee. However, he should submit a proof in support of his claim to belong to the below poverty line.
Q.7. Is there any specific Format of Application?
There is no prescribed format of application for seeking information. The application can be made on plain paper. The application should, however, have the name and complete postal address of the applicant.
Q.8. Is it required to give any reason for seeking information?
The information seeker is not required to give reasons for seeking information.
Q.9. Is there any provision for exemption from Disclosure of Information?
Sub-section (1) of section 8 and section 9 of the Act enumerate the types of information which is exempt from disclosure. Sub-section (2) of section 8, however, provides that information exempted under sub-section 3 (1) or exempted under the Official Secrets Act, 1923 can be disclosed if public interest in disclosure overweighs the harm to the protected interest.
Q.10. Is there any assistance available to the Applicant for filing RTI application?
If a person is unable to make a request in writing, he may seek the help of the Public Information Officer to write his application and the Public Information Officer should render him reasonable assistance. Where a decision is taken to give access to a sensorily disabled person to any document, the Public Information Officer, shall provide such assistance to the person as may be appropriate for inspection.
Q.11. What is the Time Period for Supply of Information?
In normal course, information to an applicant shall be supplied within 30 days from the receipt of application by the public authority. If information sought concerns the life or liberty of a person, it shall be supplied within 48 hours. In case the application is sent through the Assistant Public Information Officer or it is sent to a wrong public authority, five days shall be added to the period of thirty days or 48 hours, as the case may be.
Q.12. Is there any provision of Appeal under the RTI Act?
If an applicant is not supplied information within the prescribed time of thirty days or 48 hours, as the case may be, or is not satisfied with the information furnished to him, he may prefer an appeal to the first appellate authority who is an officer senior in rank to the Public Information Officer. Such an appeal, should be filed within a period of thirty days from the date on which the limit of 30 days of supply of information is expired or from the date on which the information or decision of the Public Information Officer is received. The appellate authority of the public authority shall dispose of the appeal within a period of thirty days or in exceptional cases within 45 days of the receipt of the appeal.
Q.13. Is there any scope for second appeal under the RTI Act?
If the first appellate authority fails to pass an order on the appeal within the prescribed period or if the appellant is not satisfied with the order of the first appellate authority, he may prefer a second appeal with the Central Information Commission within ninety days from the date on which the decision should have been made by the first appellate authority or was actually received by the appellant.
Q.14. Whether Complaints can be made under this Act? If yes, under what conditions?
If any person is unable to submit a request to a Public Information Officer either by reason that such an officer has not been appointed by the concerned public authority; or the Assistant Public Information Officer has refused to accept his or her application or appeal for forwarding the same to the Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be; or he has been refused access to any information requested by him under the RTI Act; or he has not been given a response to a request for information within the time limit specified in the Act; or he has been required to pay an amount of fee which he considers unreasonable; or he believes that he has been given incomplete, misleading or false information, he can make a complaint to the Information Commission.
Q.15. What is Third Party Information?
Third party in relation to the Act means a person other than the citizen who has made request for information. The definition of third party includes a public authority other than the public authority to whom the request has been made.
Q.16. What is the Method of Seeking Information?
A citizen who desires to obtain any information under the Act, should make an application to the Public Information Officer of the concerned public authority in writing in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is made. The application should be precise and specific. He should make payment of application fee at the time of submitting the application as prescribed in the Fee Rules.
Q.17. Is there any organization(s) exempt from providing information under RTI Act?
Yes, certain intelligence and security organisations specified in the Second Schedule, are exempted from providing information excepting the information pertaining to the allegations of corruption and human rights violations.
Source : DOPT

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Retirement Age of High Court Judges

                                                       Ministry of Law & Justice


Retirement Age of High Court Judges

The Constitution (One Hundred and Fourteenth Amendment ) Bill, 2010 provides to increase the retirement age of Judges of High Courts from 62 to 65 i.e. at par with the retirement age of Judges of the Supreme Court. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Law & Justice, said that the Bill was taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha on 28.12.2011. However, the discussion has remained inconclusive due to adjournment of the Winter Session.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Low cost Aakash Tablet- Latest Development

The Minister of Human Resource Development Dr.D.Purandeswari replied in present session of Lok Sabha regarding supply of Low Cost Tablet Aakash to students which was proposed Under the National Mission on Education through Information Communication Technology (NMEICT) scheme, a Low Cost-Access-cum-Computing Device (LCAD) named Aakash was launched on 5th October, 2011.
As per information given by the Minister IIT, Rajsathan which handled this project procured 1,00,000 tablets in the first phase for supply to Higher Technical Education Institutions.
After the launch of this project, feedback were received from the users of these tablets. It revealed the machine needed improvement in the following aspects.
  • heating of the device
  • need for longer battery life
  • need for capacitive instead of resistive touch screen
  • need for better processor etc.
The matter was taken up with the vendor and he agreed to make changes including upgrading the processor from 366 MHz Arm 11 based processor to 700 MHz Arm Cortex A8 processor, improving firmware, replacing the battery of 2100 mAH with a battery of 3200 mAH capacity and replacement of resistive touch screen with capacitive one with no enhancement in cost. As no payment was made by IIT Rajasthan to the vendor, hence, no loss has been incurred to the Government.

Courtesy-G connect

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action--
Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.

Rabindranath Tagore

Monday, August 13, 2012

Important Government Resolutions and Circulars issued in July 2012

जुलै 2012 मध्ये निर्गमित झालेले खालील महत्वाचे शासन निर्णय व परिपत्रके  मराठी  ब्लॉग वर " नव्याने निर्गमित झालेली महत्वाची परिपत्रके व शासन निर्णय" या शिर्षकाखाली उपलब्ध आहेत , संबंधितानी ती जरूर तर डाऊन लोड करून घ्यावीत.
अ.क्र. विषय व दिनांक
1 1 जानेवारी ते 31मार्च च्या महागाई भत्ता थकबाकी
वित्त विभाग शासन निर्णय दि. 10-07-2012
2 माजी सैनिकांची सुधारित वेतनश्रेणीत वेतन निश्चिती
वित्त विभाग शासन निर्णय दि.11-07-2012
3 मंत्रालयातील आग-सेवा अभिलेखांची पुनर्बांधणी
सामान्य प्रशासन विभाग दि. 12-07-2012
4 गोपनीय अहवालांचे प्रतिवेदन व पुनर्विलोकन-कालमर्यादा
सामान्य प्रशासन विभाग शासन निर्णय दि. 17-07-2012
5 गट अ ते गट ड या पदावरील भरती करण्यासंदर्भात मार्गदर्शक सूचना
सामान्य प्रशासन विभाग शासन निर्णय दि. 25-07-2012
6 पोलीस स्टेशन आवारात महिला समुपदेशन केंद्रे स्थपन करण्याबाबत
महिला व बाल विभाग़ शासन निर्णय दि.27-06-2012
7 विधान मंडळ व संसद सदस्याना सौजन्यपूर्ण वागणूक
सामान्य प्रशासन विभाग परिपत्रक दि. 18-07-2012
8 पोलीस महासंचालक यांना दिलेल्या बदल्यांच्या अधिकाराला स्थगिती
गॄह विभाग शासन निर्णय दि. 30-07-2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Extension of probation due to late passing of depart. exam.does not affect seniority.

A directly recruited Tahasildar in 2002 did not pass the examination during the probationary peroid of two years . Her probation was therefore extended . She passed the examination in 2007 and then she was issued a  certificate of satisfactory completion of probation period. The Tahasildars  of 2002  batch are being considered for promotion as Deputy Collector. The Tahasildar in question approached me to enlighten her as to whether her promotion will be delayed on account of extension of probationary period due to late passing of the departmental examination.

The seniority of State Government employee is fixed as per provisions in Rule 4 of M.C.S.(Fixation of Seniority) 1982. The said Rule 4 provides that the seniority  of directly recruited candidates will be fixed as per serial number in the list of selected candidates prepared by M.P.S.C.Therefore if on the date of meeting of the departmental promotion committee the candidate has satisfactorily completed the probation period (including passing of departmental examination), and fulfills the requirements prescribed for appointment by promotion  as Deputy collector,the case of the said Tahasildar will have to be considered as per her seniority and his suitability for promotion decided by the D.P.C.

In short the extension of probationary period on account  of late passing of the departmental examination does not adversely affect the seniority of a directly recruited candiate.