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Maharashtra justifies amendment to RTI Act in HC in response to PIL

In an affidavit, the state government said its amendment to restrict RTI application 150 words was not issued to curtail freedom of express or to cause unwarranted harassment to citizens seeking information

 

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government has contended before the Bombay High Court that a recent amendment in the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which restricts the contents of RTI application to 150 words and one subject only, had been introduced to streamline the procedure and did not in any way infringe on the fundamental rights of citizens, reports PTI.

 

The impugned amendment was not issued to curtail freedom of express or to cause unwarranted harassment to citizens seeking information as the petition has alleged, Joint Secretary, General Administration Department Rashid Gafoor Sayyed, said in an affidavit.

 

The affidavit was filed in response to a petition filed by Shivaji Kshirsagar who challenged the amendment in RTI Act through a notification on 16th January, which imposed restriction over the words and subject of the application.

 

The amendment said if the applicant desired to seek information on more than one subject he should make separate applications for each subject.

 

Taking the affidavit on record, a bench headed by Justice DD Sinha asked the petitioner to file a rejoinder by 7th September.

 

The petitioner prayed for setting aside the amendment, saying it provides weapons to the public information officers to reject the application.

 

According to the petition, the impugned notification is against the objectives of the RTI act, principle of natural justice and violates fundamental rights. It is inconsistent with the parent act, unconstitutional and against the law.

 

The government affirmed in affidavit that it had been observed that mostly applications filed under RTI Act suffered from unwarranted complications. Instead of seeking information on one topic, most of these applications sought information pertaining to various departments and divisions of the State.

 

In such cases, the public information officer is unable to collect information from various departments in 30 days.

 

Therefore, it was thought fit to ensure that information on a particular subject should be sought from that concerned department instead of clubbing it together with a related topic, the affidavit said.

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4 years ago

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Insurance cover also applicable to deposits in co-op banks
The government has suggested DICGC and the RBI to adopt to risk-based deposit insurance premium structure. This will be prior to the DICGC proposal for increasing insurance coverage limit from Rs1 lakh to Rs2 lakh being approved

New Delhi: The deposit insurance coverage is also applicable to all eligible deposits in co-operative banks, Finance Minister P Chidambaram informed Rajya Sabah, reports PTI.
 
According to the existing norms of Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), a maximum of Rs1 lakh is paid to a depositor in case a bank goes insolvent.
 
"In terms of the provisions of the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, the deposit insurance coverage is also applicable to the eligible deposits held in all eligible co-operative banks," Chidambaram said in a written reply.
 
He said the government has suggested DICGC and the RBI to adopt to risk-based deposit insurance premium structure. This will be prior to the DICGC proposal for increasing insurance coverage limit from Rs1 lakh to Rs2 lakh being approved.
 
"DICGC has sent a proposal to increase the deposit insurance coverage limit from the existing Rs1 lakh to Rs2 lakh for approval of the government.
 
"The proposal was examined and to rationalise the deposit insurance premium structure, the government has suggested to the DICGC and the RBI to adopt to Risk-Based Deposit Insurance Premium Structure, before the proposal of the DICGC is considered for approval," Chidambaram said.

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deepaksb

4 years ago

Insurance cover of Rs.2 Lacs is NOT sufficient.

How long back Rs.1 Lac limit was fixed?

What about inflation for all these years ?

Even present insurance cover has lot of strings attached-Limit of insurance applicable to all accounts if a person has multiple joint accounts in same bank with immediate family members.

People who had experienced collapse of banks like South India Co-Op.bank,Globel Trust bank are aware of value of Bank Deposit Insurance.

Insurance cover must be increased to Rs.5 lacs and it should be per account and not per bank/branch.
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HDFC ERGO General introduces add-ons in motor insurance scheme
With the introduction of add-ons, HDFC ERGO customers can claim expenses incurred towards repair or replacement of internal parts of gear box and labour cost to overhaul the damaged engine and gear box

Mumbai: Private insurer HDFC ERGO General Insurance said it has incorporated add-ons in its motor insurance scheme aimed at catering to the growing needs of customers, reports PTI.
 
With the introduction of add-ons, the customers can now claim expenses incurred towards repair or replacement of internal parts of gear box and labour cost to overhaul the damaged engine and gear box.
 
"With growing needs and dynamic external factors, the regular motor insurance is no longer sufficient. Keeping this in mind, we have designed the motor insurance add-ons, which offer greater benefits to our customers at minimum additional cost," HDFC ERGO Strategic Planning, Human Resource and Marketing Head Mukesh Kumar said in a release.
 
Other add-ons offered by the firm are: zero depreciation cover which pays for the depreciation of part for partial loss claims at the time of accident.
 
It will also offer to pay a daily benefit for each day that the vehicle is in a garage following an accident, claim being admissible under the own damage part of the policy.
 
HDFC ERGO General Insurance is a 74:26 joint venture between housing finance institution HDFC and ERGO International AG, the primary insurance entity of Munich Re Group.

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