Companies & Sectors
New proposals for coal companies in the Mines Bill

The coal ministry has proposed to replace the 26% profit sharing between coal and lignite miners with project people with a new royalty payment system

It may be recalled the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulator) Bill of 2011, to replace the old one was tabled in the Parliament in December 2011, when it was sent to the Standing Committee for its recommendations.


It would appear when such matters are referred to various Committees, no time frame is set within which they ought to submit their views and recommendations.


Which is why, the final recommendation has taken a good 15 months to come to public notice now.


The original provision called for 26% profit sharing by coal and lignite miners with the project affected people.  Now, the Coal Ministry has proposed that this will be replaced by a system based on royalty payment by firms concerned.


In order to take care of the welfare of the affected people, a new District Mineral Foundation (DMF) has been created. The exact terms of reference of this DMF is not yet known, but the new law proposes payment of an amount equivalent to the royalty paid by companies to state government concerned. The mechanism for such payment may also have to be worked out.


Nevertheless, such moves will eventually affect the consumer who will foot the bill, as such costs will be passed on to him!


Also, at present, the rate of cess, amounting to 10% of the royalty is paid to the state government by miners. The Standing Committee has recommended that it is up to the state to increase or decrease this percentage of cess chargeable and has stated that while issuing mineral concessions, they should not put any pre-condition about location of the industries, which require the mined product.  The tendency so far has been driven by the regional consideration of development and employment potential of the State.


The panel had also suggested that if shares are allotted to the affected people these should be made transferable, and issued at par value.


Provisions under this procedure of share allotment, though a novel idea, would also ensure that there is a guarantee of a regular income through dividends, and other related benefits, all of which are a welcome step in the right direction. In many organizations, offers of employment, for at least one member of the affected family, have also brought about enthusiastic response in the past.


In fact, in case of lump sum compensations, when involved, why not encourage the affected people to redeposit it with the miner in an escrow account under the Ministry of Finance or some sort government supervision, so that this fetches a regular additional income in terms of interest?


Full market reactions from Miners are likely in the next few days.  But, in the meantime, coal miners would show sign of relief that the coal regulator will not determine the final rates, though he may be involved in other areas in case of disputes etc.


Time is the essence of any contract or proposal.  Such matters should not be left linger on for months.


(AK Ramdas has worked with the Engineering Export Promotion Council of the ministry of commerce and was associated with various committees of the Council. His international career took him to places like Beirut, Kuwait and Dubai at a time when these were small trading outposts; and later to the US.)


Watching the financial watchdogs

In India, we are plagued with a multiplicity of authorities and shadow boxing of regulators in the financial arena. There is an urgent need to place consumer protection at the heart of financial regulation with a stronger Financial Redressal Agency or mechanism

Now that our financial regulatory, legislative and administrative frameworks have failed the common Indian, it calls for immediate fundamental system overhaul. The multiple regulatory authorities have in no way curbed the menaces of money laundering, black money, insider trading, mis-selling of insurance, mutual fund products and chit funds that have turned cheat funds.


The numerous financial swindles have mostly harmed the lower income segment of society who is lured by promises of extremely unimaginable returns by agents whose commissions run as high as 40%. West Bengal-based Saradha and its associate chit funds has galloped people’s savings from other states like Assam, north-eastern states, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. The ramifications of Sahara with much wider footprints are yet to turn up as so far it had simply ignored directions from the Supreme Court and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).


The sheer lack of regulatory oversight by any one or more of the high-level authorities has proven them toothless paper tigers. The regulators have failed as watchdogs, which can neither bark nor bite. This has necessitated the need for a more effective watch on the watchdogs.


That scams of such great magnitude running into thousands of crores of rupees are perpetrated under their very noses cannot go unnoticed. This occurs primarily because unscrupulous market players taking unfair advantage of the multiple orders from the Supreme Court and SEBI. Yet they cannot be touched as they know the regulators are operating in grey areas. This is exactly the situation the Saharas and Saradhas who have been very conveniently been exploiting with their schemes that were neither here nor there, regulated neither by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) nor SEBI nor Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority(IRDA) nor the State Governments. Sahara has been dragging its feet, buying time with impunity.


In India we are plagued with a multiplicity of authorities and regulators shadow boxing in the financial arena, with vast scope for regulatory arbitrage and not acting effectively in their mandate of protecting consumer interests. At the top of the pyramid in New Delhi are the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), followed by the Ministries of Finance and Corporate Affairs. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) reports to the PMO, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to the Ministry of Finance while the Special Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) reports to the Ministry for Corporate Affairs. Next come the three Financial Regulators - RBI for the banking sector, SEBI for the capital markets both are Mumbai-based and the Hyderabad-based IRDA for the insurance sector. Each of them have their own file pushing babus duplicating investigations by stepping on each other’s toes, resulting in harming genuine consumer interests. Each of them jealously guards their turfs. Typically, it happened during investigations into the Satyam investigation where the local police station despite not knowing the ABC of the fraud wanted a piece of the action!


The Government of India, pursuant to the 2011 Budget announcement setup an Expert Group designated the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) with an extremely lofty mandate ostensibly,  “to re-study the regulatory requirements of banking, payments, public debt management, securities, insurance, pension funds and small savings and rewrite and harmonize the century old financial sector legislation by creating an umbrella Unified Financial Regulatory (UFRA) to oversee all the regulators – SEBI, RBI and IRDA as well as Forward Markets Commission (FMC) and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) to move from narrow sectoral regulation to a broader framework of rules and principles. To deal with all financial transactions, help regularizing economies of scale and scope, provide a common platform for organized financial trading in all kinds of financial instruments spanning equities, bonds, currencies and commodities.”


Presently, there are no effective regulations to effectively supervise financial entities masquerading as chit funds, mutual funds, insurance under undefined grey areas in the unorganised sector that commence operations merely by producing a registration certificate issued by either the Registrar of Firms or Companies. The confusions of jurisdiction of different agencies over products and services are galore.


At present efforts are on to keep RBI out of the purview of the UFRA.  The inter-regulator turf war spat in 2010 over the jurisdictional issues like unit linked insurance plan (ULIP) among RBI, SEB and IRDA makes it all the more imperative to mandate that the RBI is also brought in the loop. There are no convincing reasons to keep RBI out. Like its other counterparts, the RBI too has to share the blame for allowing matters to deteriorate.


The many transgressions and misdemeanours that are the fall out of unbridled growth of unorganized entities masquerading as non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) which are  cheating citizens of their hard earned savings. This is the result of throwing up of hands by the banking, markets and insurance regulator by trying to palm off the blame to the state governments who are expected to have their own laws.


West Bengal has a special Assembly session to get a new one. None of the state governments are equipped with the wherewithal and manpower qualified to audit or inspect the massive financial frauds. None of the Regulators have been able to prevent these unorganized entities from constantly hawking all kinds of finance, money and insurance products with fancy names, fabulous returns, incentives and commissions.


This is all the more reason when all the three of them viz. SEBI, IRDA and RBI have abjectly failed in discharging their sovereign duties of protecting the aam insaan calling for setting up a super watchdog like the UFRA to oversee their functions as proposed by the FSLRC.


The interests of millions of consumer deserve special attention as problems of moral hazard and incidence of white-collar economic offences are hitting the common citizens and there are no credible institutions that can be approached to address the consumers’ legitimate grievances concerns and award appropriate compensations.


Read SEBI vs Investors by Sucheta Dalal


Under the present dispensation, the FSLRC points out that action are initiated far too late when the entities whether commercial or co-operative banks or the NBFCs get into trouble. It recommends the setting up of a ‘Resolution Corporation’ a hybrid covering Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), which is an out dated slow active passive body.


This is a cash rich wholly owned subsidiary of the RBI sitting over premiums collected from all banks, disbursing hardly any sums and showing massive profits. The maximum cover of Rs1 lakh per capita of deposit it provides to depositors is grossly inadequate when compared with the scams and non-performing assets (NPA).


In its recommendations the FSLRC seems to disregarded some of the path breaking recommendations made by the Jagdish Kapoor Working Group on Deposit Insurance (2000). The working group had advocated differential deposit premium for banks in keeping with their respective risk profiles and providing teeth granting regulatory and supervisory powers to the DICGC in line with the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) to trigger faster and prompt corrective action. There are disagreements on replicating the US Resolution Trust that was set up following the sub-prime crisis. There are two opinions whether the NBFCs should also be brought into the net.


In India today the NBFCs and co-operatives operating as banks function in opaque no-mans-land of dual-but-no control of state and central government legislations, this has been put an end to. There is an urgent need to place consumer protection at the heart of financial regulation with a stronger Financial Redressal Agency or mechanism that the FSLRC also recognizes.


(Nagesh Kini is a Mumbai-based chartered accountant turned activist.)




4 years ago

Quoting from the report of FSLRC, Mr. Nagesh Kini has very assiduously made out a case for " watch on the watchdogs" and bring RBI within the purview of proposed UFRA, thus take away whatever little independence and autonomy RBI has today. Those who have such a view are well advised to read the volumes of "History of RBI and evolution" and I am sure, if they do so they would change their views having regard to the stupendous role played by RBI in and developing and strengthening the financial sector in our country. Unlike many other central banks, RBI is mandated to play a different role in our financial system and not only oversee the banking system alone. Its advice to the Government of day whether it may be management of public debt, foreign exchange, currency and any other issue germane to financial sector, has been fair and independent. Central Banks are supposed to be autonomous and independent and those who seek to clip their wings, may have to knock at the door of courts to free the RBI from the clutches of the Government as Supreme Court is doing today to free the CBI from the political masters.

Manohar Mahajan


nagesh kini

In Reply to ML MAHAJAN 4 years ago

While appreciating all that has been done by the RBI, some of its recent actions like proposing to do away totally with cheques, laundering of black money, KYC gaffes makes one wonder whether there is anyone there really applying the mind! I don't need to go into the history or geography.
My only wish is that the watch dog has not only to bark but also bite when the time comes. This is where our Regulators have sadly failed.

Vinay Joshi

In Reply to nagesh kini 4 years ago

Dear Mr.Nagesh Anna,

Do you know Russell's paradox?

In a village there is a barber who shaves only those who does not shave themselves. Who will shave the barber?! [this was used by him to solve a complex maths problem.]

You know M.P Chitale & Co; Chartered Accountants, you have audited banks, you appreciate RBI.

You never commented on my FSLRC post[s] earlier.

I've pointed it out to you that regulation is now a concern 'key focus' around the world due to globalization. I've also pointed out to you that Greg Medcraft has concerns as he is heading the Int'l organization.

WHY can't you state that coz of RBI, India was 'INSULATED' from the 2008 crisis.

You have not even commented on my post of RBI annual rate policy.

What do you intent to say?

- cheques proposed. So?

- which laundering of money are you talking? RBI is acting, taken stern steps [which you may not know to inspect the lockers.]

- If you can't understand the history & geography of RBI, coming out from a respected professional like you, what should commoners do?

Why don't you put up RBI's failures in perspective, CRYPTIC COMMENTS, of no use desired from a professional like you.

Instead of RBI, why can't you talk on ICAI?

What are they doing? They do not bark/bite JUST go to sleep putting their thumb impression. HMV!

Answer if you have answers to substantiate.


Vinay Joshi

4 years ago

Hello Mr.Nagesh Anna,

As of now I’ve extensively written on FSLRC, you never commented.

Your post, please answer what ICAI MEMBERS DO & ARE SUPPOSED TO DO?

Why common man, persons have to suffer ?

No financial regulatory, legislative & or administrative aspects fail, they are made to fail & non implementation.

Why ICAI members failed to highlight Satyam saga, Global Trust etc & many more & all.

Why Vinod Rai, can take on & expose not being an ICAI member?

You use wrong noun or verb if intended as in ‘galloped’ – to state savings galloped.

In respect of Sahara, not a scam FYI, find it out for yourself what it is.

All things are perpetrated by the rich & powerful, supported by the watchdog.

During Harshad Mehta what audit firms did? Primarily RBI audit.

Well we Indians only have a mindset that regulators should be looking over every individual shoulder!

In the aftermath of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, regulation of the financial markets has been the key focus for policymakers around the world.

I’m sure you’ve not heard Bill Gates & Bill Clinton on Peterson summit on fiscal defecit.

Neither would you know the concern of Greg Medcraft, Chairman, International Organization of Securities Commissions, [also CM Australian Sec.Invst.Commn, former investment banker],

How regulation is shaping up to deal with rise of innovation in financial products.

In India ‘buyer beware’ to ‘seller beware’, is eventually evolving. Product structure is being examined, appropriate aspects are framed.

In Australia there was a complex product – a leveraged derivative called ‘contract for difference’. Many investors lost their money. Nothing could be done.

Now operators don’t allow investors to open an account unless they have completed the learning module. So transparency in understating the risk.

Luckily in 2008 crisis India was insulated coz of ONLY RBI! Dr. D Subbarao furthered the measures to delink, else a crisis could crash the monetary system as in Cyprus [miniscule tho’] majorly US but they had the wherewithal to bail it out.]

The central bank can’t be out of the regulatory ambit rather it ensures structural change & market based financing.

In emerging market economies the regulator has also to keep pace with advance technologies just like now SEBI wants lo-co for retail investors. Globalization has to be seen in perspective.

Creative people & conmen always find ways of making money.

The key to good regulation is always to stay ahead of innovation & keep pace with the same.

It is critical to have right people & politicians integrity.

FSLRC is the stepping stone. Chit & cheat funds only manifest coz of corrupt politicians & those certifying the accounts.



Dayananda Kamath k

In Reply to Vinay Joshi 4 years ago

since 2005 i was raising questions in agm of a listed nationalised bank about authenticity and fairness of the balance sheet as well as changing of the previous years balance sheet figure in this years balance sheet. the banks system did not have provision for calculating simple interest where for staff housing loans, education loans and crop loans and they were overcharging interest and refunding to only those who claim back the branches are under various audits then is it not the duty of auditors to calculate the exact excess charged or at least give a foot note about the same. further the previous years figures changed without any explanation which will give a better comparative figure in this balance sheet, is a miss reporting from the point of public ,investors,and share holders. in 2008 i complained to the icai against the statutory auditors of the bank. but they did not initiate any action for long every year i used to show them how the figures are being changed. in 2010 i received a letter that for initiating disciplinary proceedings as per the amendments i have to pay rs. 2500/- per auditor. i informed them that my complaint is against all the auditors who are auditing the banks. what is the amount to be paid then they started disciplinary proceedings for my complaint dated before the amendment to rules. this i came to know because they asked me to provide copies of both the years balance sheets. which are actually available in public domain. but i did not heard any thing about that. this is how they protect themselves.

Vinay Joshi

In Reply to Dayananda Kamath k 4 years ago

Dear Mr. Dayananda Kamath K,

As a matter of fact Mr. Nagesh Kini, FCA, should have addressed you as he has professed [earlier, year back may be] to be an expert on bank audits. Instead he chose to answer Mr.ML Mahajan neither my post to him .

His original write up a summary or extracts of certain info available in public domain.

Mr. Dayananda, you have the option of filing RTI, as well approach FinMin & with filling the application in RS as per format. [no MP needs to endorse it], thereafter legal option.

Anyway i'm putting up a glaring example, expect ML, [Debashis Basu, ICAI member] to answer it.

Pawan Kumar Bansal's CA, Mr.Sunil Kumar Gupta, of S.Kumar Associates, Chartered Accountants, has blatantly violated the 'ethics', 'the morals', the solemn pledge.

Is ICAI not a watch dog? first & foremost apart from other regulators.

ICAI had the tenacity to struck off the member on rolls - SIMPLE reason 'moral turpitude', - The case pertains to bigamy!?

Anyway coming to S.K Gupta, as an ICAI member [w/o banking experience] was non exe. Dir & thereafter independent director [shareholders rep.] on the Board of Canara Bank.

A practicing CA has not informed ICAI about his position, ultra vires. Be it so.

He further sanctions loans worth crores to the group co's, not eligible, w/o collateral that too at a meagre 3% interest p.a.

He further continues to audit the group co's.

ICAI should answer 'moral turpitude', bigamy v. rampant corruption.This is not isolated case.

When ICAI Prez was mired in land corruption THAT TOO swindling ICAI money what can be expected of a 'watchdog'?


Vinay Joshi

In Reply to Vinay Joshi 4 years ago

Further, a motion will be there in ICAI council re this episode.



In Reply to Vinay Joshi 4 years ago

In Addition to Satyam,GTB-we may add Mr.Vijay SAI Reddy ,CA of Mr.Jagan Mohan Reddy,whom CBI id investigating a Lakh Crore Quid Pro Quo case.SC rejected CA's Bail alredy granted by HC as CBI told that CA is changing Witnesses Minds and ensuring non-receipt of information Required by CBI from Abroad.Allmost all CAs help Companies How to Misutilise existig Contradiction/Loopholes in Various Acts and Rules ,but ICAI encourages their Professionals and Never take Disciplinary Actions finding out Erring CAs.As Politicians also get Benefitted by CAs,they do not allow any Competetion in AUDITs by Other Professionals in whole India.Requires Immence Change.

You can file RTI application through designated post office as well

In case you are filing your RTI application to any of the central government departments, just head to the designated Post Office where the central assistant Public Information Officer (CAPIO) is duty bound to not only accept but also help you out in filing the application

Recently, I filed a Right to Information (RTI) application to the union home ministry and the central public works department (CPWD) to get information on the new post-retirement home of Pratibha Patil (after she abandoned her palatial one which was on 2.6 lakh odd sq ft on prime defence land at Khadki in Pune, after a series of articles in Moneylife. Her new one is a modest one – an existing government bungalow of around 2,500 sq ft, which is being refurbished. Apparently, though, it has been extended to 6,000 sq ft as per newspaper reports. I wanted to have details of that through RTI, which I am still awaiting.


Instead of sending my RTI application through courier by attaching the Indian Postal Order (IPO), (last time I had quite stupidly made a DD of Rs10, which cost me Rs35 to make it, when I had sent my RTI to the Rashtrapati Bhavan). Therefore, this time I decided to try out the Post Office.


I headed for the Pune General Post Office (GPO). Remember that you may not be able to file your RTI in each post office. You need to ask the post office headquarters of your village/ town/ city to find out in which branch the assistant central public information officer (ACPIO) has been designated under the RTI Act. The Department of Post (DoP) has designated around 4,707 ACPIOs across the country as of 30 June 2011.The numbers may have increased by now.


As per the RTI rules, you can pay Rs10 as fees in cash, DD or IPO. When I went to GPO, Pune, the ACPIO argued that I should stand in the long queue and first buy an IPO of Rs10 IPO. I insisted that I have the right to pay in cash too. When he declined, I called up RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar to take his advice. He advised me to ask the ACPIO to show any central government order or amendment which says you cannot pay in cash. That did it. The ACPIO quickly accepted cash though in a few minutes, got the IPO himself.


Nevertheless, you need to know that the Post Office accepts your RTI application for the central government. Its website , states in its instructions regarding implementation of the Right To Information Act 2005: “The Central Government has entrusted the Department of Posts to assist other interested public authorities under the Central Government including Ministries, Departments, PSUs, and Autonomous Bodies etc. in implementation of the RTI Act by designating CAPIOs on their behalf. While the role of the Department in implementation of the Act stems directly from the provisions of the RTI Act, the latter role, and perhaps the more demanding one, arises out of a decision taken by the Prime Minister of India that the Department of Posts should provide its services to the Central Government as a collection point for request for information under the Act by designating its CAPIOs as CAPIOs for the Central Government.’’


Remember, that being a CAPIO, he is given five days to submit the RTI application to the PIO that you have addressed to. Over and above the Rs10 fee, for additional Re1, the CAPIO also sends your request online, there and then.


So, what does the CAPIO of the post office do after he accepts your request? He generates three copies of the forwarding letter. The first copy is addressed to the Nodal Officer/ Central Point of the concerned Central Public Authority, second is meant for the requestor/ appellant as intimation and the third is kept as an office copy by the Postal department. The onward transmission of the request/ appeal is done through registered post. It is wiser to carry two copies of your RTI application yourself, besides your original one so that you can get the acknowledgement immediately.

Remember, that the DoP has given specific instructions to the CAPIO while receiving a RTI application from you. This includes the ACPIO helping you to file the RTI application if you need such help; checking that your RTI application is rightly written and; helping you to find the public authority if you so require.


The instructions are as follows:

At the time of receiving a request, the ACPIO should ensure the following:-

Receive the request, personally, so far as possible and Check whether the application has the following details:

1. Name of the applicant

2. Contact details of the applicant including complete postal address, telephone numbers and email address (if any)

3. Name of the public authority from whom the information is being requested

4. Nature and details of the information requested

5. Whether proof of payment of application fee is attached or not

If the applicant claims fee waiver whether proof of BPL status is attached or not.

Whether the applicant wishes to receive the information by post?

Date on which application is being submitted.


Besides, following are the guidelines for the ACPIO:

(a) If the application is not legible assist the applicant to write it clearly. If the applicant has not filled in one or more of the above details bring the same to his/her notice and request him/her to fill in the details. Make sure that the date mentioned on the application matches with the date on which the CAPIO is actually receiving the application. This is very important for calculating the deadline while forwarding the application to the CPIO. The applicant may have attached a bank draft or a Banker’s Cheque or UR Receipt or proof of payment of application fee by any other mode prescribed by the Government. All such payments are valid. The CAPIO may not insist on a particular mode of payment. If claiming fee waiver, the BPL applicant must attach a photocopy of a BPL/ Antyodaya ration card or any other valid proof of BPL identity that may be prescribed by the Government.

(b) The applicant may not always know the exact name and complete postal address of the public authority who has the information he/she wants. So please do not insist upon the applicant to furnish these details. It is the duty of the CAPIO to send the application to the concerned CPIO. (The CPIO directory published may be consulted for this purpose.)

(c) To check if the applicant has not already attached proof of payment of application fees or if the applicant has not attached proof of BPL identity in support of his/her claim for fee waiver please request the applicant to furnish the same.

(d) To issue receipt for receiving complete request along with fees/ exemption there from in the prescribed format with due authentication (signature, stamp and date of receipt). The receipt cum acknowledgement may be issued to the requestor. The cash collected for the entire day may be deposited under ACG-67 receipt in the Post Office on the same day/next morning under clear records maintained separately for department of Posts and other public authorities.

(e) Record the particulars of the request received including date of receipt, identification number, name of the applicant with contact details, subject matter of the request, name of Ministry/Department/public authority to whom it is related, name and address of the CPIO, date of forwarding the application to the CPIO, particulars of mode of dispatch like RL No. date etc. The entries in the concerned register are to be made on the same day. Despatch should be made at the first available opportunity thereafter. The particulars in respect of the request received for the Department of Posts may be entered separately. A format has already been prescribed and available on the website.

If the application is not addressed to a specific CPIO or a public authority the CAPIO may read through the nature of information being requested. This will help the CAPIO to identify the public authority that is most likely to possess the information requested. The CAPIO may then dispatch the complete application to the concerned CPIO using the CPIO directory. The CAPIO need not maintain a copy of the application for their records.

(f) In certain cases, the application may be received by the CAPIO by post also. In such cases, the checks to be applied by the CAPIO would be the same as in cases where the application is received personally. If the request is complete in all respects and proof of payment of fees is also enclosed, the request should be entered in the register as in other cases and forwarded to the CPIO concerned.


Receipt of appeals by the CAPIO

7. The CAPIO may also be required to receive appeals made to various departmental appellate authorities or to the Central Information Commission in cases where the citizen is not satisfied with the response of the CPIO. No fee is applicable in appeal cases.

(a) In such cases, subject to the checks mentioned above, the following particulars should be available in all appeal applications.
Name of the appellant
Contact details of the appellant including complete postal address, telephone numbers and email address (if any)

Authority to which appeal is being sent (whether DAA or the CIC)
Details of the authority against whose decision the appeal is being made (whether CPIO or DAA)

Nature and details of the information requested originally
Copy of the information request submitted to the CPIO/appeal letter sent to the DAA (whichever is applicable)

Nature and details of the information requested originally
Rejection letter issued by the CPIO against the appellant’s information request (if any)

Copy of the order issued by the DAA (if any)

Date on which appeal is being submitted.

(b) No receipt would be required in such cases but an acknowledgement for receiving the application along with date of application will be necessary.

(c) The entries required in case of original applications to CPIOs will also be required to be made in case of appeals along with dispatch particulars of the appeals received. A separate register for recording the details related to appeals should be maintained. A format has been prescribed in the regard and available on the website.


Last month, all Indians abroad have the facility of filing RTI applications online. Now, Indian citizens too can file RTI applications online but only to issues related to Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) ()

Please login to

Following are instructions on it: “This is a portal to file RTI applications/first appeals online along with payment gateway. Payment can be made through internet banking of SBI & its associate banks and debit/credit cards of Master/Visa. Through this portal, RTI applications/first appeals can be filed by Indian Citizens only for the main ministries/departments of Central Govt., located at New Delhi. RTI applications/first appeals should not be filed for other Public authorities under Central/State Govt. through this portal.’’


(Vinita Deshmukh is the consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)



kishore mvs

11 months ago

Nice article has posted here for RTI, to track your bluedart courier here


3 years ago

for giving reply to my RTI one office is aksing me to pay money for regisetred post through which they are going to send me the reply is it right or wrong practice?


3 years ago

Dear Madam,
I want to ask information from Gram Panchayat of my village regarding improvements done(such as school buildings, road etc)since last 2 years. to whome should i ask? From Gram Panchayat of my village or from any other address??


3 years ago

Dear Madam,
I want to ask information from Gram Panchayat of my village regarding improvements made in village(such as govt. buildings, roads etc) since last 2 year. from whome should i ask? gram panchayat ofmy village or any other address???

thank you

santosh, BE(cs)


3 years ago

what is the max duration to get a response .


3 years ago

Dear Madam,

My grand father had some lands still undivided among their 5 sons and 5 daughters. the exact details of the lands and their property is not known even to my father. Being a grand son of my grandfather, i feel its my right to get my part of traditional resources. kindly guide me how to obtain the property details through RTI.

Vaidya Dattatraya Vasudeo

4 years ago

Can I have PDF of this article.
[email protected]


4 years ago


hemant charya

4 years ago

I want to file an RTI application at the Gram Panchayat of village Varsoli, Taluka Alibag, District Raigad. But I don't know whether it should be addressed to the Sarpanch or the PIO at the Collectorate? I will be deeply grateful if any expert here will guide me.

nagesh kini

4 years ago

I've always filed all my RTI applications from Mahim Head PO.
They only want to satisfy themselves that that the addressee is a "Central Govt. organization." They wanted to know this for the PSU United India Insurance and the Institute of CAs.
Three copies of the RTI applications one with Rs.10 PO to be submitted,one copy returned duly stamped another for their file.
I get a copy of the letter forwarding the application.
It is as simple as that!


Vinay Joshi

In Reply to nagesh kini 4 years ago

Dear Nahesh Anna,

Oh! as simple then Vinitas post is dud!? She should have consulted you! I know Mahim Post office when half the time there's no soul around.

What is the outcome of your RTI? you've to post it.What's the subject?

Can you talk on ICAI president swindling money & if it was your application.

At the same time ICAI has ousted a member, removed him for bigamy, a landmark judgement. It was official gazette publication in '10.

Moral turpitude.

[If ICAI can why parliament can't? Diff sub.]

The April 30, Madras HC judgement [W.A No 1662 of 2010]
P. Mohanasundarm v. ICAI Prez.
[in spite of criminal SPL in SC - it was dismissed.]

Such is the ethics & morality of ICAI.

Members should be hanged for wrong doing!

You're an upright a person, you should always pursue RTI be ALM.


nagesh kini

In Reply to Vinay Joshi 4 years ago

Mr. Joshi can you please cut off this "Anna" business.
I only supplemented what Vinita wrote. She is doing an excellent job. Your snide remark is unwarranted and needs to be withdrawn unconditionally.
I don't know which Mahim PO you are talking about. The PO at Kataria Marg is full and staff extremely co-operative.
You seem to be having a score to settle with the ICAI, including keen interest in its members' bigamous affairs. They can't be 'hanged' as demanded by you.
That anyway is not my cup of tea.
Your compliments for uprightedness noted.

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