Sunday, August 26, 2012

We need Pension, Not Tension - Aruna Roy

Social activist Aruna Roy demands Pension for workers not Tension. During address to gathering of School Children and villagers in Tilonia village of Ajmer. Aruna roy demands "Aazadi Goan Se, Aazadi Bhukmari Se", Pension do Vote Lo.
Aruna roy said workers who spend whole life doing work like construction, Carpenter must have secure life, as they spend whole life building nation.

Friday, August 17, 2012

RTI Act Word Limit is 500 Words

Government has put a word limit of 500 words for filing an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Besides this, a new format has been devised for filing an appeal to the Central Information Commission under the transparency law. The government has also made it mandatory for an appellant or his authorised representative to appear before the CIC either in person or through video-conferencing, according to new rules notified on July 31. An application "shall be accompanied by a fee of rupees ten and shall ordinarily not contain more than five hundred words, excluding annexures, containing address of the Central Public Information Officer and that of the applicant," the new rules said. Earlier, there was no word limit in seeking information. However, the rules said that "no application shall be rejected on the ground that it contains more than five hundred words".
 According to a notification by the Department of Personnel and Training under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, an applicant will have to pay additional postal charges “involved in supply of information that exceeds fifty rupees”. There will be no fee charged from a person below the poverty line for providing a copy of the certificate issued by the appropriate government in this regard, it said. The RTI Act, which was enacted in 2005, covers disclosure of information on almost all matters of governance.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Right to Hearing Act 2012

Rajasthan became the first state in the country to implement the 'Right To Hearing Act', which ensures time-bound hearing and disposal of complaints related to governance. Rajasthan is the first state in the country to introduce such an Act and we would like to ensure that everybody knows about the details of the Act," Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said at a news conference in his office here. "The government is working on a theme to provide sensitive, transparent and responsible governance and the 'Right to Hearing act' is another step in this direction," he said. Gehlot said that under the Act, right of hearing will be provided to people on complaint filed related to governance within stipulated time limits. "Provision of penalty from Rs 500 to 5,000 has been made in the Act," he said.
The Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act at present is covering 153 services of 18 departments and 56,33,400 cases out of total 57,06,785 have been disposed off so far, he said. Gehlot also called upon social activists and NGOs to spread awareness about the issue so that maximum people can take advantage of the Act. He expressed hope that the new Act would help in reducing number of public grievances at levels of the chief minister and ministers.