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Can anyone help me physically lodge an RTI (no signature needed, only Rs.10 needed) at Deputy Commissioner office Solan?

I am organising the lodgement of various RTIs. For Solan, I need to lodge by cash/TC.

TC is ridiculous.

So is anyone available who can help me lodge the RTI application in DC office Solan? I’ll arrange to get the signed RTI sent to you in Solan. You’ll need to then walk up to the DC office, find the PIO and pay Rs.10 and hand over the application and get a receipt.

Much appreciated.

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Some Indian state governments have made it VERY hard to lodge RTI applications (treasury challan!)

Leave it to India to DESTROY the good intent of reformers.

Someone in India had the (good) idea to create a right to information. The fee was kept at Rs.10, which is around 20 Australian cents – presumably to make it EASIER to obtain information.

But the CORRUPT Governments of India didn’t like it one bit.

First thing they did was to block access by OCIs. Overseas Indian Citizens are told that they have ALL rights as Indian citizens except the right to vote/ contest elections. But this BASIC right is NOT available to them. I could spend 10 years in India as permanent resident (OCI is equivalent to lifelong residency visa) but I could never lodge RTI to get information of critical interest to me.  What a joke.

Second, State governments were permitted to vary the mode of payment.

Some, like Himachal, have made it payable ONLY by cash and Treasury Challan.

Now, to get a TC made is the most difficult thing in the word (I know, I was Deputy Commissioner). You first have to physically travel to the DC office, then stand in a long line, then pay Rs.10 and then get the TC. Total opportunity cost for some people could well be over Rs.25,000 per day, excluding transportation costs. Or you have to pay by cash. Can one send Rs.10 by mail? Will someone not steal it? I don’t know. This is ridiculous.

I notice that J&K has prohibited the use of non-judicial stamp paper so creating a huge problem for people.

This is the list of different modes of payment accepted by State governments [Source]

State Mode of payment
Arunachal Pradesh Treasury challan in head of account “0070-other Administrative charges
Assam, Goa Demand draft/ cash/ banker’s cheque
Daman & diu Challan form
Delhi, Meghalaya Demand draft/ cash/ banker’s cheque/ postal order
Gujarat Cash/ demand draft/ pay order/non judicial stamp paper
Haryana Cash/ treasury challan
Himachal Pradesh Treasury challan
Karnataka Indian postal order/ D.O./ bankers’ cheque/ pay order/ cash/ treasury challan
Kerala Demand draft/ cash/ banker’s cheque/ pay order/ court fee stamp/ challan
Maharashtra Demand draft/ cash/ banker’s cheque/ money order
Madhya Pradesh Cash/ treasury challan
Mizoram Treasury challan/ cash/ banker’s cheque
Orissa Cash/ court fee stamp/ challan
Pondicherry Cash/ demand draft/banker’s cheque
Punjab Cash/ demand draft/ cheque/ treasury challan
Rajasthan Demand draft/ cash/ banker’s cheque
Sikkim Bank receipt
Tamil Nadu Demand draft/ cash/  Banker’s cheque
Tripura Cash
Uttar Pradesh Cash/ demand draft/ banker’s cheque/ Indian postal order
Uttaranchal Demand draft/ cash/ banker’s cheque
West Bengal Court fee

Why not make it EASIER TO PAY?

No, for that would mean people could get access to RTIs.

Further, there is the most hopeless information given on various government websites re: how to lodge RTI. Deputy Commissioner Haridwar has NO information re: whom to pay, how to pay. So also Deputy Commissioner Solan. I have spent two hours searching the internet (e.g. State government websites, etc.). There are no forms, no simple instructions.


Shame on corrupt India.

This is PURE Third Word behaviour.

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Ramdev lied blatantly. On what basis did he claim that Modi will bring back black money in 100 days?

BJP acknowledge that Ramdev played a big role in Modi’s victory. But he took the country for a big ride. Total lies.

We all know that Ramdev lied blatantly to me.

He protected a BJP candidate from punishment for use of black money (he then lied to the TV that he had not said anything secretly).

I now notice that a few days before the BJP candidate incident, he had lied to the whole of India about Modi’s bringing back black money in 100 days. How much? LAKHS OF CRORES OF RUPEES OF BLACK MONEY. [Source]

He confirmed this lie on his Twitter account:

See spare image of this tweet.

The man misled the whole of India about Modi. He misled India about black money (he himself ACTIVELY PROTECTS the use of black money by BJP).

The country will not forgive such blatant lies.

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EPUB version of Breaking Free of Nehru now available free of cost

For those who prefer reading on smartphones, I’ve now made available BFN in EPUB on the BFN website, here.  [To download it click here.]

Also can be downloaded from the right hand column of this blog.

I’ve stopped keeping track of downloads of the book. Well over 30K quite some time ago. With EPUB the book should hopefully reach a wider audience. Please circulate this info widely.

[I had made available a Kindle version of epub but Amazon charges a minimum amount for Kindle books so I had to fix the charge at $1. Now this is free.]

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Preliminary draft RTI to Election Commission of India – for public comment

And now the ECI:

PIO address

Sh. Kumar Rajeev, PIO for Rajasthan
Under Secretary (Ph: 23717057)
Election Commission of India
Nirvachan Sadan,
Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001

 Method for fees to be paid:

Postal Order drawn in favour of Under Secretary or Accounts Officer, Election Commission of India. In the case of fee paid by way of Indian Postal Order the same must be payable at “Post Office, Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi” [Source].

(b) Subject matter of the information request:

Documents relating to any inquiry caused into the use of black money by BJP candidate Mahant Chand Nath (Alwar) in the 2014 General Elections.

(c) The period to which the information relates:

2014 to date.

(d) Specific details of information in less than 500 words: Details may be attached on additional A4 size paper if required.

In a video published by news agencies on 18 April 2014 (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csBktuL-tME#t=53), BJP candidate Mahant Chand Nath (Alwar) says to Ramdev:

अच्छा एक किसी नें कहीं से पैसे ल्यानें में बड़ी दिक्कत होती है. हमारेपकड़े भी गये

Translation: “Well, we are facing lot of problems in getting money [to this constituency]. Our people were also caught [by the Election Commission].”

To which Ramdev replies in a whisper:

आप बात करना बंद करो, बावरे हो क्या? यहाँ मत करो. [Laughs sheepishly]

Translation: “Don’t be an IDIOT. Stop this conversation now! [Don't talk such things in public].”

I seek the following information:

1) Copy of documents relating to complaints received by the Election Commission regarding this matter by the media and by political parties (such as Swarna Bharat Party).

2) Copy of official documents reporting this incident to the Election Commission, such as by the Returning Officer of Alwar or the Chief Electoral Officer of Rajashthan.

3) Copy of all official notings and decisions taken at the highest levels of the Election Commission on these complaints and reports.

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Preliminary draft RTI to Enforcement Directorate – for public comment

And now for the ED:

 PIO address

Sh. GS Chawla
Deputy Director (Ph: 011-24645663)
Directorate of Enforcement
Hqrs. Office
Government of India
6th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market
New Delhi 110003

(b) Subject matter of the information request:

Information about the data compiled by the Enforcement Directorate regarding the funding, management and activities of Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Pvt. Ltd. Uttarakhand operated under the banner of Ramkishan Yadav (popularly known as Baba Ramdev) and various trusts and companies operated under his banner, including what can be called the Patanjali trusts (such as Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust Divya Yoga Mandir Trust and Bharat Swabhiman Trust) and companies owned or managed by such Truasts and his brothers Dev dutta and Ram Bharat, brother-in-law Jasdev Shastri, Acharya Balakrishna and Swami Muktananad or through others.

(c) The period to which the information relates:

2005 to date.

(d) Specific details of information in less than 500 words: Details may be attached on additional A4 size paper if required.

On 2 September 2011 the Times of India reported on ED’s investigations which found that that Ramdev’s trusts own over 100 companies registered with the Kanpur registrar alone. The Kanpur Registrar of Companies sent two CDs to the agency containing information on 100-odd companies now owned by Ramdev’s trusts, including Patanjali Yogpeeth. [Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-proof-of-Fema-violations-against-Ramdev-trusts-ED/articleshow/9829837.cms]

I would like to seek:

1) A copy of all documents including electronic data records collected during all EDF investigations into organisations (companies, trusts) operating under the Ramdev baner.

2) Copy of any closure report of investigations into these organisations.

3) Copy of reports on any ongoing invesgigations and any charges filed to date.

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