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Right to Information
Some people have requested information on filing RTIs which relate to BBMP, BWSSB etc.
General information on learning RTI is already here.
I have some experience with BBMP so I know that it works, but be prepared to file first appeal, because they do not respond to first RTI usually. That is some kind of aristocratic style being followed before they stoop to level of 'common' citizens. Or maybe a kick and a wake up call is the right analogy.
Material to learn Practical RTI
Public Authority, PIO, How to frame questions in RTI, tips etc
See Joining instructions at the end of this page
This is interesting because High Court of Karnataka has upheld State Information Commission’s decision that information under control of governor’s office must be disclosed under RTI. This is another step in favour of right to information.
From recent news, here are some interesting tips and practical information from Kerala State information commission about RTI applications they handle.
PIOs were made under RTI act to make easy for applicants to get information. However, some PIOs have seemingly made it their life’s calling to devise innovative ways on how to delay and thereby deny information. Read the news below:
A recent memorandum issued by DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training) clarifies that public information officer (PIO) under RTI Act does not have power to charge fees for mailing of information, or for overhead expenses collection and supply etc of information to applicant.
As part of ongoing classes to let people become aware of RTI (Right to Information) Act, a class on 9th May was held in L B Shastri Nagar, and here we will discuss the main points and discussions in that class.
Since the participants had some knowledge of RTI already, it was decided to focus more on advanced topics like grounds for rejection of RTI application, filing first appeals under RTI, and how to use RTI as part of overall activism.
Grounds for rejection of RTI application
It seems governor of AP is the latest to join the bandwagon of government people crying about misuse of RTI. See news below: