The CIC directed secretary of Department of Women and Child Welfare at GNCTD to put out on its website, details of those who have been given pension and those who have been rejected. This is the 196th in a series of important RTI judgements given by former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi
The Central Information Commission (CIC), while allowing an appeal, directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) as well as secretary of Department of Women and Child Welfare at Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to upload details of people who received pension from the government on its website.
While giving the judgement on 12 June 2009, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner, said, "PIO to ensure that names and addresses of people who apply for the various pension schemes are put up on the website every fortnight. The secretary of Department of Women and Child Welfare should ensure this before 15 July 2009."
Delhi resident, Yasmeen Begum, on 27 December 2008, sought from the PIO information regarding action taken on her application dated 10 September 2008 for pension for widow. Here is the information she sought...
1. Daily wise report of action taken on my application dated 10.09.2008 for 'pension for widow'.
2. Name of officers who had the application and how long they had and what action they took.
3. Name of officers and their post that had to take action but not did so.
4. What will action be taken on them and how long it takes?
5. In how many days will action be taken on my application?
There was no mention of any reply provided by the PIO.
Yasmeen Begum then filed her first appeal. During the hearing, the First Appellate Authority (FAA) directed the joint director of FAS to provide the information to Begum within 15 days from his order.
The appellant then approached the CIC with her second appeal.
During the hearing, before Mr Gandhi, the then CIC, the PIO showed that he had given the information to Begum as well as ensured that the pension is remitted to her.
While allowing the appeal, the Bench directed the PIO to ensure that names and addresses of people who apply for the various pension schemes are put up on the website every fortnight. "The details of those who have been given the pension and those who have been rejected should also be put up on the website," Mr Gandhi said in his order.
CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION
Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2009/000964/3686
Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2009/000964
Appellant : Yasmeen Begam,
Respondent : PP Dhal
Joint Director (Technical)
Department of Women and Child Welfare
Govt. of NCT of Delhi
1-Canning Lane, KG Marg,
Decks were cleared for an end to the boycott imposed on Modi by the US in the aftermath of the 2002 post-Godhra riots when, Nancy Powell sought an appointment with the Gujarat chief minister
Ending a nine-year boycott, US ambassador Nancy Powell on Thursday met Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
She said her country looks forward to working closely with the government India chooses after the Lok Sabha elections, an indication that it has no reservations of doing business with him if he becomes Prime Minister.
"US-India partnership is important and strategic, and that the US looks forward to working closely with the government that the Indian people choose in the upcoming elections," a statement quoting the envoy said after the nearly one-hour meeting.
Official sources said Powell praised the good model of governance in Gujarat, which she felt could be taken to other parts of the world.
They said the US envoy told Modi that there was an 'excellent investment climate' in Gujarat which she was visiting after 20 years.
Powell was quoted as saying that she was highly impressed with the progress the state has made over the last two decades.
The sources said Modi raised the issue of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and was assured by her that the US was committed to speedy resolution of the matter.
"This meeting was part of the US Mission's outreach to senior leaders of India's major political parties in advance of the upcoming national elections," the US statement said.
"Her discussions focus on the importance of the US-India relationship, regional security issues, human rights, and American trade and investment in India," it said, adding, "The US and India are moving forward with a strategic partnership that is broad and deep."
Decks were cleared for an end to the boycott imposed in the aftermath of the 2002 post-Godhra riots when, in a sudden U-turn, the US Ambassador sought an appointment with the Gujarat Chief Minister which was granted.
US had revoked Modi's visa in 2005 under a domestic law over "serious violations of religious freedom".
Describing the meeting as warm and cordial, the sources said all facets of Indo-US relations as also global issues came up for discussion during which Powell briefed Modi on G8, G20, WTO, counter-terrorism and security cooperation.
Modi raised the issue of the need for terrorists being brought to justice, the sources said.
Those suspended include L Rajagopal, expelled Congress member who sprayed pepper gas from a canister in the House, causing chaos. TDP member M Venugopala Reddy, who broke the mike, was also among the 18 MPs suspended
Cracking the whip, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday suspended 18 members of Parliament (MPs) from Andhra Pradesh for rest of the session after unprecedented pandemonium broke out in the House over the Telangana issue.
The Speaker announced the decision soon after the House met at 2pm after being adjourned in the wake of the ruckus created at noon by pepper spraying and fisticuffs among members opposing and supporting Telangana.
She named the members and said they had been suspended under Rule 374 A which says that a member can “be suspended from the service of the House for a period not exceeding the remainder of the session” for disregarding “the authority of the Chair or abusing the rules of the House by persistently and wilfully obstructing business”.
“They may forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the House,” Kumar said.
Those suspended include L Rajagopal, expelled Congress member who had earlier sprayed pepper gas from a canister in the House, causing chaos. TDP member M Venugopala Reddy, who broke the mike, was also among the MPs suspended.
Others suspended are Sabbam Hari, Anantha Venkatarami Reddy, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, SPY Reddy, M Sreenivasulu Reddy, V Aruna Kumar, A Sai Prathap, Suresh Kumar Shetkar, KRG Reddy, Bapi Raju Kanumuri and G Sukhender Reddy (all Congress), Niramalli Sivaprasad, Nimmala Kristappa, K Narayana Rao (all TDP), and YS Jaganmohan Reddy and M Rajamohan Reddy (both YSR Cong).