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Who is undisputed Thakur leader in Congress ?

Secretary level shake -up after session ?

Orders of Justice Banumathi for SC this week

Orders of Justice Sapre for SC in a day or two

Orders of Justice Pant for SC this week

Orders of Uday U Lalit for SC this week

Justice Chellur is new CJ of Kolkata High Court

16523 personnel quit CRPF

File of 1982-87 batch IRS (IT) officers reaches ACC

Tripathy to be appointed as OSD to Petroleum Minister

Rajgopal Sharma is OSD to Shipping Minister

Dr Vatsala is APS to Shipping Minister

Shashi Shekhar wins six months extension

Post of ADG (Wild Life) running vacant

NHIDCL under MoRTH witnessed its first board meeting yesterday

Tenure of Dr Behari as MD, DKVIB extended

Kumar relieved to join as PS to Prasad

Will Nagraj be promoted to ADG rank ?

Fraternity plus rivalry in 1982 batch IAS

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DVC running without Board

Whose man is Sanjeev Singla?

Orders of B G Raj as Director (Fin), MIDHANI issued

Venkatasamy posted as Sr Deputy Accountant General

Dharmendra Prakash is CVO, IRCTC

Ranjan Thakur to return to Railways

Two IPS officers re-patriated from SPG

DoPT seeks applications for Counsellor, Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi

Eight CSS officers shifted after promotion to Deputy Secretary grade

Post of Chairman, AAI re-advertised by PESB

Arya is also Commissioner (Appeals), Jaipur I&II

4 IAS officers shifted in Haryana (UPDATED)

4 IAS officers shifted in Haryana (UPDATED)

Mrs Shakuntala Gamlin appointed as Principal Secretary, Services in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Sanjeev Khirwar appointed as Commissioner, Trade & Taxes in Delhi Govt (UPDATED)

Biplav Kumar shifted to NCR after promotion to SAG (UPDATED)

Vivek Gupta transferred to West Central Railway (UPDATED)

117 officers accorded Junior Scale of IRTS (UPDATED)

S S Dogra selected as Director (Finance), GRSE (UPDATED)

Rinawma posted as CCIT-XI, New Delhi (UPDATED)

S M Misra appointed as CCIT, Thane (UPDATED)



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RTI SIMPLIFIED
By Anuradha Verma

Citizen has no right to repeatedly ask for similar information
Through an application filed under the RTI Act, information regarding the service details and assets of the then CMD, DTC, and also information on certain retired employees who were granted pension was sought. During the hearing before the CIC, the respondent submitted that the appellant has filed around 130 RTI applications, mostly on the subject of nonpayment of pension to him. The CIC observed that it is a case of repetitive use of RTI Act, assuming the proportion of harassment to the Public Authority and abuse of RTI Act. Holding that repetitive use of RTI amounts to abuse, the CIC ordered that the same should be a ground for refusal of application and appeal. The CIC directed the deputy registrar to send the copy of the order to the Ministry of Personnel and Training with a recommendation to send it to all the Public Authorities, First Appellate Authorities and State Information Commissions. A copy was also sent to the Ministry of Personnel and Training to commission the framing of guidelines, for the benefit of and ready reference by Public Information Officers to refuse the repeated RTI applications, provide a ground for First Appellate Authorities to refuse second appeals if arise out of such refusals and similarly to reject the Second Appeals by Information Commissions either central or state.
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This order would come as a relief to the officials who feel an atmosphere of fear and worry in the offices and are hesitating to take action against erring staff members for fear of facing flood of questions under RTI. However, the RTI Act does not specifically provide repeated filing of application as a ground of refusing the information, and the implied interpretation by the CIC is likely to be challenged in the higher judicial forum.


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