India’s Chief Info Officer:Bigamy for an MP is a “personal matter” !!!

Mr Kumaraswamy recently admitted that he had also secretly tied the knot with actress Radhika and has a daughter with her. The state Lokayukta had demanded disqualification of Kumaraswamy as an MP for violating the Hindu Marriage Act that prohibits polygamy

Former Karnataka chief minister, HD Kumaraswamy, has the support of the ministry of Parliamentary affairs in protecting his “personal life”, which relates to his (second) marriage to a Kannada actress and the assets held by her.

RTI activist Subhas Chandra Agrawal had filed a query with the ministry seeking rules and regulations pertaining to submission of personal information of Members of Parliament (MPs) and the actions to be taken against them in case they fail to furnish all details. The CPIO (chief public information officer) HL Negi, however, seems to agree with Mr Kumaraswamy that whether or not he furnishes the details of his (second) marriage and the assets his wife and children, is his “personal matter”.

Mr Negi said, “The ministry culls out press clippings relating to important political developments, from national newspapers only for information of the joint secretary and secretary of this ministry. The issue of HD Kumaraswamy having more than one wife is a personal matter and therefore this issue was not culled out by the ministry.”

Mr Agrawal has filed an appeal with the ministry, asking for the details. He said, “Furnishing incomplete details of spouse/s and his/her assets and wealth to concerned public authority is improper. I appeal that the learned CPIO may kindly be directed to revisit the relevant queries and furnish me a proper reply, if necessary after seeking details from the concerned honourable Parliamentarian HD Kumaraswamy.”

Mr Kumaraswamy’s name has been associated with the land grab scandal in Karnataka, in which former CM BS Yedyurappa is also involved. The Karnataka Lokayukta has summoned both of them along with others to appear before the court on 24th May. Mr Kumaraswamy had already moved the high court for anticipatory bail, and was granted the same on Friday.

Mr Kumaraswamy is married to Anita, who is a member of Karnataka assembly. However, he recently admitted that he had also secretly tied the knot with actress Radhika and has a daughter with her. The Lok Sabha member had refused to divulge details of assets in the name of Radhika and her child and had told the media that his marriage is a “personal matter”.

The Lokayukta had demanded a list of assets held by his wife shortly after a PIL was filed in the high court that demanded disqualification of Kumaraswamy as an MP for violating the Hindu Marriage Act that prohibitspolygamy. However, the PIL was rejected. courtesy: MoneyLife.in

Now, Employment news online, thanks to RTI Anonymous !!

Now, Employment news online, thanks to RTI Anonymous !!

Now, Employment news online, thanks to RTI Anonymous !!

Thanks to Two RTI Anonymous activists, the government of India will now published the Employment News/Rojgar Samachar Online . The two RTI Anonymous activists Sangh Priya Rahul and Nawal Agrawal had taken this project and had been following up with the concerned authorities.

RTI Anonymous is an online service, through which, any Indian citizen can File Right to Information (RTI) Applications Anonymously. They DO NOT HAVE TO REVEAL THEIR IDENTITY. The RTI Anonymous Community will file those RTI Applications in their name and upload the documents obtained as a reply on this website. The original requester will get an email when this happens. The original requester just has to draft the RTI Application as much as he/she can and the RTI Anonymous community will take care of the rest.

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India-leaks:RTI, weak governance helping info escape from govt hands

What’s common between foggy movements of two army battalions, the government auditor’s assessments of large notional losses to the exchequer and a letter from the army chief to the PM on his unit’s preparedness for war? The information in each of these instances in the past six months, was marked ‘secret’ in official files, but screamed its way to the public, forcing the government into damage-control mode.

Leaky Govt Goes in a Daze as Secrets Become Public

Information leaks in governments are nothing new, but they are stinging more now. “They are more frequent and the issues more critical,” says independent journalist Nalini Singh.
“In most cases, an institution of importance has been the target.” The other difference is how the leaks are happening. Politicians and corporates, with their agendas, are prolific generators and feeders of information to a scoop-hungry media, as was revealed in sordid detail in the leaked phone taps of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in late-2010. The flow of such information is now being shaped by circumstances (infighting in government) and a potent informationgathering weapon (the Right to Information Act).
“The RTI Act and the current Parliament has led to more public debates,” says NK Singh, former finance secretary and a member of the Rajya Sabha. “Overall, it reflects in the lack of effective governance, dynamics of unsettled equations within the government and a weak leadership.”
THE CAG FILES
CAG draft reports have leaked consistently ever since it started making damning assessments of government entities: for example, its comments on 2G telecom licences, CWG contracts, and RIL’s oil and gas field in KG basinMinistries Asked to Track Down Leaks 
V Narayanswami, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), says in most cases the reports were leaked before the ministry concerned officially reacted to CAG’s claims. “In many cases, there is a substantial difference between the final and draft report, which is lost in the public debate,” he says. Narayanswami adds the government is concerned about the leaks of draft CAG reports and letters to the PM. “We are watching the situation. It is to do with the attitude of people who handle vital information.”
A senior government official says, on condition of anonymity, that the PMO has informally asked ministries to track down leakages at the department level; further, the Lok Sabha speaker and vice-chairman of Rajya Sabha have asked CAG head Vinod Rai – the auditor is accountable to Parliament – to pin accountability and evolve a system to stop the leakage of draft reports. “The government will step in once the House directs it to look into the matter,” he added.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS
A New Delhi-based media tracker and lobbyist for a large business group says, on condition of anonymity, leaks are acquiring a life of their own because the government is at “war with itself ”. “You don’t need a Dhirubhai (Ambani) versus Nusli Wadia, or the two warring Ambani siblings, to raise a public debate on a secret government document,” he says. “The warring ministers have now replaced them.”
One recent instance in which ministerial differences simmered and spilled on to the media, via managed leaks, was the standoff between the home ministry, headed by P Chidambaram, and the finance ministry, headed by Pranab Mukherjee, on the status and mandate of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The UIDAI’s primary mandate is to give unique identity cards to all Indians. So, it receives its funding from the finance ministry, but its mandate overlaps with that of the National Population Register (NPR), which is housed in the home ministry. The second half of 2011 saw scores of stories on the UIDAI’s functioning and authority, based on letters and file notings leaked from the two ministries.
RTI REVELATIONS
More formally, the RTI Act — which can be invoked by any Indian citizen to ask the government for certain information on its functioning — has become a weapon to ferret out information not in the public domain.
For instance, the BJP, the main opposition party, has an RTI cell that operates at both the central and state levels. Headed by Supreme Court lawyer Vijay Garg, its stated objective, in his words, is to “weed out corruption” in high offices. He says officials of the cell not only source information through the RTI route, but also process it to pinpoint stories for the media.
“We were able to bring out the letters written by (former) finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to the PM on the 2G spectrum scam after going through 1,000 pages of information,” says Garg, national convenor of BJP’s RTI cell. In 2011, through an RTI, Garg asked PMO for all communication on 2G licence allocation.
From this, he zeroed in on a finance ministry letter that was “seen” by Mukherjee and which essentially implied that P Chidambaram, the finance minister at the time of licence issuance, could have stopped the spectrum allocation on a first-cum-firstserve basis but did not. This revelation played an important part in the Supreme Court subsequently over-ruling government policy and scrapping the 122 licences handed out in 2008.
Another prolific RTI activist Subhash C Aggarwal claims he was the first to source this information – “20 days before the media made a headline of it” – but it was tucked away inside 500 pages of information. He says he never processes information and shares everything with recipients, be it journalists or civil-society activists.
Aggarwal, a textile trader, says he has no political affiliations in these matters. “My idea is to expose anything that is in public interest,” he says. “I have been approached by political parties, but I believe in remaining independent.” Aggarwal says he has filed about 4,000 applications since the Act was notified in 2005, and that he generates information ideas from conversations with “government insiders who meet him informally”, journalists and ex-government officials.
He has also sourced, among other things, information on land allotments to political parties, the poor attendance records of some cabinet ministers, and audio recordings of meetings of the joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill that showed the government subdued civil-society voices.
A senior official in the PMO says many of these activists know what they want and where to find it. As an example, he says, they quote numbers of specific letters and raise questions on them. “The arbitrary way in which information is sought by a single person, with detailed references, only reinforces the suspicion that it is being aided by people within the system,” he says, not wanting to be named. “You could see it as an overdose of transparency,” says former cabinet secretary TSR Subramaniam.
CORPORATE CHICANERY
While this might be the season of political intrigue, it’s corporates who are normally the source of powder kegs of information. Last week, for instance, a Delhi court allowed the prosecution of Reliance Industries and three of its officials under the Official Secrets Act. This matter dates back to October 1998, when CBI team recovered photocopies of four government documents in the office of RIL’s then group president V Balasubramanian; the documents were marked ‘secret’ and were allegedly of interest to RIL.
Most large business groups with interests in allocation of natural resources – for example, oil blocks, coal and limestone mines, telecom spectrum – have full-time employees who act as lobbyists, and public-relations firms, managing the ministry and the media. Lobbyists, typically, spend a few hours every day in the ministry relevant to them. They cultivate relationships, shadow the movement of their files, keep a pulse on the policy drift, track the appointments of the minister and senior bureaucrats, and try to see file notings. On a parallel track, publicrelations firms act as an intermediary between these companies and the media.
Both lobbyists and PR firms tend to have access to ministry documents. When the Ambani brothers wrangled over the supply of gas from the K-G Basin, necessitated by a split of their business interests, an abundance of ministry communication flowed to journalists. “Technology has changed the modus operandi of such leaks,” says former home secretary GK Pillai. Earlier, documents leaks were primarily photocopies. “All you need now is a smart phone,” adds Subramanian. “Documents are scanned and mailed to the targeted recipient in seconds without leaving a trace.”
Subsequently, company lobbyists engage in selective leaks. Typically, the greater the import of an issue for them, the more they invest in it. In one case, the winner of a 4,000 mw ultra-mega power project (UMPP) was disqualified after it emerged that the financial worthiness of the winning bidder was not in line with the project conditions. Though the eventual decision was taken by the government, documents casting doubt on the financial fitness of the winner found their way to the media in copious quantities and may have played a part in the government’s decision to call for a rebid.

(courtesy: SOMA BANERJEE  & Economic Times)

RTI Anonymous: “One Stop Solution” to Fight Corruption in India !!!

RTI Anonymous is an online service, through which, any Indian citizen can File Right to Information (RTI) Applications Anonymously. They DO NOT HAVE TO REVEAL THEIR IDENTITY. The RTI Anonymous Community will file those RTI Applications in their name and upload the documents obtained as a reply on this website. The original requester will get an email when this happens. The original requester just has to draft the RTI Application as much as he/she can and the RTI Anonymous community will take care of the rest.

A lot of people, wonder — How does RTI Anonymous really work ? How can an Anonymous RTI work?  Is it even legal ?
So this page explains in detail, on how it really works ..

RTI Anonymous in its true sense, is NOT Anonymous  !!! Its real people filing real RTI.
RTI Anonymous is not based anywhere, but based everywhere, there is a wi-fi/internet connection.

See below – How RTI Anonymous Works:

How Does RTI Anonymous Work

STEP 1: So person A, who is based in say, Kanpur has a problem with a particular road in his locality and needs to file an RTI Request. He submits a request to RTI Anonymous, with details ofthe Public Information officer and his set of questions.

STEP 2: An expert in drafting RTI (in our case, for example, an Ex PIO and retired Registrar from Bangalore or a RTI Activist in Pune ) will draft the RTI. Few other experts in drafting  RTI’s, based either in different parts of India or Concerned NRI’s from different parts of the world, review and draft the RTI.The RTI Request is now moved to the Drafted RTI Request Category. If the Experts decide that the request is frivolous or does not need anonymity or just to vague and needs more information, then its moved  to its appropriate category (Non RTINon-Anonymous RTI orUnclear RTI Category).

Step 3:  Once drafted, a concerned citizen from say, Chennai takes printout of this drafted RTI and puts in the IPO for the required amount and speed posts it.He then updates the website with the speed post number.

The RTI Request is now moved to the Filed RTI’s Category.

STEP 4: Once the Chennai guy receives the reply, he just takes a picture of the documents received with his cell phone or digital camera. Uploads it to his computer and then uploads it to the website. At times, he just does a normal post to one of the RTI Anonymous’s Core Team Member and they would then upload these documents to the website.

STEP 5:  Once uploaded, the original requestor (from Kanpur or wherever) gets an automated email and he can then download the documents that he had recieved.

Also any Public Interest Litigation (PIL) lawyers or Journalist/Reporters can also download these documents from this website.

Remember —

  • The RTI is filed by a guy from say, Chennai.
  • Drafted in say,  Pune  or London
  • Reviewed in USA/Sweden/Hisar-Haryana  etc. 
  • And the original request is to some govt. office in say Kanpur 
  • And the govt. documents are uploaded to a website by either the guy who filed or RTI-A  team member

– All done by REAL PEOPLE with REAL ADDRESSES

Infact, even the founders  of RTI Anonymous, have not met each other personally, yet !! 

There is no head-office of RTI Anonymous !!

RTI-Anonymous does not depend on the government controlled traditional newspapers or news channels.

In this age of Facebook/Twitter, we do our own publicity !!

Every scanned RTI documents are eventually uploaded to Facebook/Twitter/Google+ and shared extensively: FACEBOOK ALBUM

We do not depend on donations. RTI Anonymous was originally conceptualised as a self funding initiative.

Any Donations are accepted with gratitude and as a mark of appreciation, for our effort. Every single paisa goes to the filing of the RTI’s.

Our entire accounts are completely transparent at RTI-Anonymous Accounts

UNTOUCHABLES: Three pillars of RTI Anonymous, Anand Sharma, Avnish Singh & Ritesh Singh !!!

UNTOUCHABLES: Three pillars of RTI Anonymous, Anand Sharma, Avnish Singh & Ritesh Singh !!!

RTI Anonymous success stories into 3 categories

Public Interest RTI A Success Stories

1)  Construction of Kharagpur Bridge  
Here is the details of the RTI applied — http://getup4change.org/rti/76/delay-in-construction-of-kharagpur-bridge/
To See the photoes of the Construction of Kharagpur Bridge after the RTI was applied
2) Fake Degrees provided by Janardan Rai Universtiy – Rajasthan 
The Entire details of the RTI and the reply from IGNOU, stating that the university is not eligible to issue those degrees…
The sad thing is the univeristy is still issuing these degrees and if you read thru the entire post — you would see how many students & people have been cheated here .
The photo-es can also be found at —
3) Corruption at Road Construction of Ghorakpur – Gopalgunj Section, LMNHP -9.

The documents .. that clearly shows major corruption at NH 28 
4) PWD Authorities admit the bad Road Conditions in Sagar MadhyaPradesh 
5) WiFi Scam in IIT Roorkee (This information has helped many students in all IIT’s ) 
The photoes are at —
6) Scholarship Scam in Chandrapur College 
Complete details can be found at –
Article written by Mrs Vinita Deshmukh about this issue in Money Life
7) RTO Offices all over Uttar Pradesh is coruption Free. 
Details can be found at —
A Lot of detailscan be found here https://sites.google.com/site/justice4sprahul/
8) Inspire  Scholarship Scam in IIT’s 
RTI A Success Story of Exposing Scams/Corruption 
1) 

 Irregularities in Expenditure of Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha
The Original RTI with all the details are at — http://getup4change.org/rti/737/money-spent-by-mps-lok-sabha/
2) Madhya Pradesh High Court Judges given undue favours by Chief Minister’s Office

This was the original RTI applied by late Ms Shehla Masood. The entire documents obtained, with brief explanation of the scam can be found at – 
You can also find the same here (a bit better organized) —
3) Total Amount Spent By Dr. Manmohan Signh Government for Publishing Ads on Rajiv Gandhi’s Birthday, Death Anniversary since 2004 till 2010
A More organized and summarized  info with photoes at —
4) Robert Vadra exempted from Security Checks at Airports
5) Irregularities in the promotions in railways
RTI A Success Story for Individuals 

1) Provident Fund for a Senior Citizen 
The details with the letter claiming that PF has been released is at — http://getup4change.org/rti/847/not-getting-my-pf-settlement-amount/

2) Official Documents that will help employees of Engineers India Ltd. to claim their mobile bills 
3) Misuse of a Garden Plot ,  being used as godown and industrial/commercial Use
4) Unauthorized Construction in Chennai , with reply confirming that no such permission has been given for the construction
5) Passport for a citizen thru RTI Anonymous 
These are the useless/nonsense replies that we have received from the Government Officials. A lot of these haven’t been closely reviewed yet and we are slowly working towards it .. and see which of them is a success story …

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