Huge Profiteering for Online RTI Application By The State Government Exposed.

The State Government is charging Rs.5.90/- extra in the name of Portal Fee & Taxes, thereby making profiteering of 59% from common people for each application.

In yet another shocking  incident, the organization has exposed the huge profiteering done by the state of Maharashtra as it is collecting around 59% extra fees than the prescribed fee of Rs.10/- from each applicant of right to information application submitted under Right to Information Act 2005 through its official online portal.

With an objective to achieve the good governance, the State of Maharashtra had launched their official online portal for submission of the right to information application few years earlier. The official link of the website is as follows-
https://rtionline.maharashtra.gov.in/index-e.php
The organization had also published an article about how to file an RTI application through online portal of State of Maharashtra, the link of the article is as follows-
How To File Online RTI Application & First Appeal at State of Maharashtra

The Fees of an RTI Application Fixed at Rs.10/- by the Rules of 2012-
The state government wide their notification in the year 2012 has fixed fee of an RTI application at Rs.10/- & the same can be paid by the applicant through judicial stamp, postal order or through Demand Draft etc. Hence in our opinion, it is illegal to charge in excess than Rs.10/- as fixed by the State Government of Maharashtra itself.

Exposed- Collection of the Excessive and Exorbitant Fees in the Name of Portal Fee and Taxes-
However the right to information applicant who is above the poverty line has to pay Rs.5/- as ‘Portal Fee’ and Rs.0.90/- for the CGST & SGST Taxes on the official website above mentioned. Thus the actual charge for the RTI application submitted through online portal of the State of Maharashtra becomes Rs.15.90/- ( Rs.10/- already charged as per the Rules of 2012+ Rs.5.90/- as Portal Fee & Taxes) which is violation of the rules made by the State of Maharashtra itself.

Huge Profiteering for Online RTI Application By The State Government Exposed.
Huge Profiteering for Online RTI Application By Collection of Excess Fees of Rs.5.90/- as Portal Fees & Taxes Exposed

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Analysis of the exorbitant fees by charged by the state government-
We decided to analyse the actual probable cost for running the whole portal. However in spite of that, it is clear that the state government has been charging exorbitant fees for the online RTI application as the website is not a separate mechanism but only an ‘application forwarding platform’ of the RTI applications to the concerned departments.

Any beginner software developer would explain that the once the email ids and mechanism software is installed to forward the RTI applications received by the applicants, no huge cost is required to run the website thereafter.

The Other Central and State Government Websites Providing  Free Services With The Same Facilities-
It is pertinent to note that very own website of the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra to resolve the grievances of the common people through ‘Aaple Sarkar Grievance Redressal Portal’ provides many facilities like submission of applications and grievances, their tracking & time to time updates, appeals to Nodal Officers etc. but no fee is charged from the people at all. Apart from this, even an online right to application portal of the central government charges fee of Rs.10/- only for the RTI application and no additional cost is charged from the common people.
Aaple Sarkar Grievance Portal ‘In Action’, Complainants Get Compensation
Charge Fees as Per FRC & Readmit the Expelled Children-Supreme Court
Rule for disciplinary action against officers of Municipal Corporation & Zilla Parishad

Huge Profiteering by the State Government by Charging 59% Extra Fees for an RTI Application-
As above mentioned it is clear that the state government is making huge profit from the RTI applicants and the same can be explained with simple mathematics too, e.g-
If it is assumed that in one year 10 lac people filed RTI applications each which would mean that the state government a has charged Rs.10+Rs.5.90 from each RTI application, & thus the government –
1) Has charged excessive amount of Rs.59,00,000/- from the common people in addition to-
2)  The collection of Rupees 1 crore  i.e. Rs/-10 from ten lac RTI applicants!

It is also clear that the maintenance cost of the website must be very negligible compared to such huge income and profiteering which is being done over the years. The organization shall take appropriate legal action against such huge profiteering soon.

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How To File Online RTI Application & First Appeal at State of Maharashtra

How To File Online RTI Application & First Appeal at State of Maharashtra

Many people find it difficult to submit an RTI application under the The Right to Information Act 2005 at various government offices physically owing to their busy schedule or other inevitable reasons. Not only urban people find it difficult to pursue the technical formalities but also the people at large at rural levels are also affected as the First Appellate Authority or even the offices of the Public Information Officers are located at Taluka or even district levels. However using the online portal of State of Maharashtra people can file RTI application online & even the first appeal also.

Many people waste their energy on social media for political debates or arguments, however using this online portal people can ask information related to implementation of the schemes for women and children, illegalities & unjust activities faced by them & most importantly about their grievances made to the public authorities time to time simply sitting at home.

The organization makes an appeal to people to file RTI applications for the action taken against the corruption related news published in reputed newspapers. We believe it is the most effective strategy against the corruption as the government fears the rejection of the information would lead the concerned media agency to further pursue the matter with people’s actual participation.

As above mentioned, the people of Maharashtra can file the online RTI applications under the Right to Information Act 2005 by visiting the following website-
https://rtionline.maharashtra.gov.in/index-e.php
After clicking the above mentioned link the following website homepage shall be opened-

How To File Online RTI Application & First Appeal at State of Maharashtra
How To File Online RTI Application & First Appeal at State of Maharashtra

After opening of the page above displayed, click on ‘Submit Request’ (Red Highlighted Circle) button for filing an RTI application. Thereafter following page shall be displayed-

How To File Online RTI Application & First Appeal at State of Maharashtra
How To File Online RTI Application & First Appeal at State of Maharashtra

As above displayed it would display the complete procedure & guidelines to file an RTI Application, at the bottom of the page after checking the tick mark option ‘I have read and understood the above guidelines’ & clicking the ‘Submit’ button thereafter the form to submit an RTI application shall be opened.

The applicant has to enter the details like, name, address with pin code, educational qualification, landline or mobile number, nationality, whether applicant is below poverty line (BPL) or not etc. The applicant if seeks the information based upon any document or complaint, he can upload the scanned file of the same with up to maximum size of 1MB in (PDF format only).

After filling all the necessary information, the applicant shall be taken to the payment page where he can pay the requisite fees & submit his RTI application. The applicant shall also receive the acknowledgement on their mobile number, email address in addition to PDF acknowledgement if the applicant desires so.

We make clear that we are aware of the act that the state government has deliberately with malafide intentions has not provided the sufficient resources & manpower to such information commissions so that the people get frustrated with usual delays which takes place till the final hearing.  However if people use such online portals which saves their two major important steps, may result in infliction of fine of Rs.25000/- upon the errant officer and also can help the people belonging to rural area.

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Discussion of MLA & Minister for fee act amendment can’t be disclosed without permission-Maharashtra Assembly

Discussion of MLA & Minister for fee act amendment can’t be disclosed without permission-Maharashtra Assembly.

In yet another shocking development detrimental to lacs of parents of Maharashtra, the Maharashtra Assembly has refused to provide the information under the Right to Information ACT 2005 about the discussions, suggestions, proceedings & reply given by the Education Minister Shri.Vinod Tawde for the recent amendments approved before the legislative assembly of Maharashtra Education Institutions Regulation of Fee Act 2011. As explained by the organization earlier the amendments are detrimental to the interests of the parents & are extremely pro school as it requires 25% parents mandatory consent to make complaint against the school, recover interest for late fees etc.

The organization has published detailed articles about how the governments belonging to all the political parties have conspired since past 10 years to help private schools loot the parents and commercialize the education. The links of the articles are as follows-
Amendments to Weaken Fee Regulation Acts in Maharashtra since 2010-18
Amendment to weaken Maharashtra Educational Institutions Regulation of Fee Act 2011.

The education activist Shri.Prasad Tulaskar has again exposed the government under the Right to Information Act 2005. The secretary of the Maharashtra Legislative Secretariat has replied under Right to Information Act 2005 that the details of the proceedings, suggestions, discussions and reply given by the education minister Shri.Vinod Tawde cannot be given without the permission of the chairman of the legislative assembly.

Speaking about the issue, Mr.Prasad Tulaskar said ‘The Right to Information Act 2005 puts no such mandatory permission required for the general information. Instead our constitution heavily relies upon the principle of public participation in the law making process. Had it been information about some national or state security issue, i could have understood such permission, but what government is trying to hide by denying the information about the educational law amendments & its discussions by MLA’S & minister? I firmly believe as such information would expose the black face of the politicians hence they have denied me the same. Obviously i would be filing the appeal and other necessary proceedings against such arbitrary and reckless act by the government’.

The copy of the RTI application & reply received by Mr.Tulaskar from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Secretariat is as follows-

Discussion of MLA & Minister for fee act amendment can't be disclosed without permission-Maharashtra Assembly
Mr.Tulaskar’s RTI Application for discussions, suggestions, proceedings & reply given by the Education Minister Shri.Vinod Tawade.
Discussion of MLA & Minister for fee act amendment can't be disclosed without permission-Maharashtra Assembly
Discussion of MLA & Minister for fee act amendment can’t be disclosed without permission-Maharashtra Assembly

The organization would be providing all the legal assistance to Mr.Prasad Tulaskar in this matter.

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The Government blocks Child Rights Panel Functioning With Pre-planned Conspiracy.

The Government blocks Child Rights Panel Functioning With Pre-planned Conspiracy. The shocking information revealed under RTI Act 2005.

The Government blocks Child Right Panel’s Functioning With Pre-planned Conspiracy- The Black Face of the Government of Maharashtra Exposed- The information under the Right to Information Act 2005 has exposed the black face of the government of Maharashtra as it has been revealed that even the Chief Minister’s Office along with the Women and Child Development Department has blocked the functioning of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights by allowing appointment of only 4 posts out of 12 sanctioned by the government itself from past 4 years. Aggrieved with these state of affairs, Mr.Pravin Ghuge, chairman of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has taken an unprecedented move before few months issuing the legal notice against Mr.Sumeet Mallik, the Chief Secretary of State of Maharashtra.

Background-
The organization has been providing the legal assistance to the parents whose children have been inflicted punishments of expulsion from school, mental and physical harassment for demand and collection of illegal fees since past one year. In pursuance to this, few parents got success as their expelled children were readmitted to the schools and some schools even refunded the excessive fees taken from the parents. The headmistress of one school was also dismissed post such legal proceedings. The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights had played important role in these proceedings. However immediately after these minor but important success incidents, all of sudden, the working of the commission has been stopped since past few months. The commission has literally not conducted any hearings in past 8-10 months with few exception. Accordingly the organization along with the education activist Mr.Prasad Tulaskar from Mumbai decided to investigate the causes of such inaction which has resulted into such shocking discovery.

‘Conspiracy’ by the Chief Minister’s Office & Women  and  Child  Development  Department Explained with Evidences-
As per the information received by Mr.Prasad Tulaskar from the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights itself, the following shocking information have been revealed-

1) The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights which has been entrusted with the responsibility of the protection of the child rights of the children all over the Maharashtra, has been functioning with only 4 appointed staff than actual sanctioned 12 staff.

2) As per the written statement of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights itself, the commission had earlier to carry the responsibilities under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act 2005 only but was later entrusted with additional responsibilities under the The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 & Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The Supreme Court of India also time to time has entrusted the commission with supervisory role in many matters & also directed the strengthening of the commission to the state governments. However in spite of these facts, the commission has mentioned in their written statement that the because of the inaction from the state government, the functioning of the commission has become practically impossible.

3) One of the most shocking fact revealed from the information provided by the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights is that only because the Administrative Officer is not appointed from many years, the commission has failed to realize the funds it has received from the international bodies like UNICEF! The State Government has not acted upon the repeated request from the commission over the years to appoint Administrative Officer whose signature was required to materialize such funds which resulted into loss of such funds ultimately! Even the funds for the ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ failed to be realized for the inaction of the State Government. It is pertinent to note that while central government is spending hundreds of crore rupees on advertisement for ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’, the state government is not letting the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to utilize such funds.

4) Few top officers appointed earlier did not bother to attend the hearing of the commission and got themselves transferred to other department.

5) Most Shocking- What could be explained as the worst development for any state government is that, as per the written statement made by the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, aggrieved with the inaction of the state government to protect the child rights which include their protection of right to education and also serious rights of protection against the sexual offences, the Chairman of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Mr.Pravin Ghuge has served legal notice to Mr.Sumeet Mallik, the Chief Secretary of the State of Maharashtra and has warned to take appropriate action or face legal consequences.

Evidences-
As the regular readers of our website are aware of the fact that we publish the article only after it is scrutinized by our legal team, the new users can read our previous articles by clicking on various tabs on home page including legal remedies for the common people.

The evidences of the facts above mentioned from the written statements of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights itself are given as follows (As the complete set of document included 59 pages we are uploading important pages of the report as follows, the readers are requested to read caption below the images attached to get the information about the uploaded file briefly)-

The Government blocks Child Rights Panel Functioning With Pre-planned Conspiracy.
The Commission’s Letter mentions State Government’s Inaction in Violation of Supreme Court’s Order-Page 1
The Government blocks Child Rights Panel Functioning With Pre-planned Conspiracy.
The Commission’s Letter mentions State Government’s Inaction in Violation of Supreme Court’s Order-Page 2
The Government blocks Child Rights Panel Functioning With Pre-planned Conspiracy.
Unprecedented!-Mr.Pravin Ghuge, chairman of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights serves Legal Notice against Mr.Sumeet Mallik, the Chief Secretary of State of Maharashtra.
The Government blocks Child Rights Panel Functioning With Pre-planned Conspiracy.
Even for the year 2018-19 the Vacancies are shown 8 out of 12 sanctioned by government since past 4 years.

If the government does not take immediate action for the smooth and efficient working of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the organization would launch public protest and or legal proceedings before the appropriate court.

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Haryana Education Department Directed to Pay Rs.4000/- Compensation under RTI Act 2005.

Haryana Education Department Directed to Pay Rs.4000/- Compensation under RTI Act 2005.

Haryana Education Department Directed to Pay Rs.4000/- Compensation under RTI Act 2005-Taking the strong note of the detriment suffered by the Right to Information Applicant, The State Information Commission of Haryana has directed the Public Information Officer of the Haryana Education Department to Pay Rs.4000/- as a compensation under Section 19(8) (b) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

The Education Activist Mr.Narender Munjal, resident of Faridabad had filed the application under the RTI Act 2005 on 26.05.2017 seeking the information regarding temporary recognition of some particular schools and correspondence in this regard with the Haryana Board of School Education between 2001 to 2016. However suffering the traditional ignorance of the education department to provide the information, Mr.Narender Gunjal filed the second appeal before the State Information Commissioner, Haryana.

Explaining this issue further Mr.Narender Munjal Said ‘Pursuant to filing of my second appeal, the SIC during the hearing passed the order on 11.10.2018 allowing me the inspection of the document. However when i went the office of the Public Information Officer located at Bhivani for the actual inspection, i was shockingly informed that the documents are not available for the inspection. Accordingly i filed the complaint before the SIC again which took the immediate cognizance and directed the compensation of Rs.4000/- to me’.

‘In this matter one respondent public information officer has thus been punished, yet i will be filing the  additional complaint against the another public information officer who is second respondent party in this matter.’ added Mr.Munjal.

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Legal Provision- Section 19(8)(b) of The Right To Information Act, 2005 read as follows-‘(b) require the public authority to compensate the complainant for any loss or other detriment suffered’.

The order of the State Information Commission Haryana is as follows-
Haryana Education Department Directed to Pay Rs.4000/- Compensation under RTI Act 2005.
Haryana Education Department Directed to Pay Rs.4000/- Compensation under RTI Act 2005- SIC Order Page 1
Haryana Education Department Directed to Pay Rs.4000/- Compensation under RTI Act 2005
Haryana Education Department Directed to Pay Rs.4000/- Compensation under RTI Act 2005- SIC Order Page 2

This order has yet again proved the fact that though facing some delay if people keep persistency till the end, they may get justice against the corrupt and inefficient system in due course of time.

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Information Commissioner slaps fine under RTI Act 2005 to Education Ministry.

PIO of Ministry of Education who neglected RTI Act, has been slapped With Rs.25000/- fine by the SIC, Maharashtra.

Information Commissioner slaps fine under RTI Act 2005 to Education Ministry-The Public Information Officer (PIO) of Ministry of Education, Maharashtra has been slapped with Rs.25000/- fine by the State Information Commissioner (SIC) for gross negligence in implementing the provisions of The Right To Information Act, 2005.

The education activist from Mumbai Mr.Prasad Tulaskar who had filed the RTI application to the Minister of Education Mr.Vinod Tawde’s office & had sought the information about the status of the complaint filed by him against the Dy.Education Officer of BMC, Mr.Raju Tadvi who had given unsatisfactory & negligent replies to take action against the Sane Guruji School, Dadar.

As per the information given by Mr.Prasad Tulaskar, in spite of Dy.Education Officer of BMC, Mr.Raju Tadvi, was brought to the notice that Sane Guruji School, Dadar has not made the necessary compliance of The Right of Children To Free And Compulsory Education Act 2009 like submission of yearly audited statements, Form I & Form II etc. till the year 2017 for which the school management is liable to be fined for Rs.1,00,000/- firstly and later Rs.10,000/- per day, Mr.Tadvi willfully neglected to perform his duty & misguided him further with false information.

Accordingly the complaint was filed by Mr.Tulaskar to the office of Education Minister Mr.Vinod Tawde against Mr.Raju Tadvi Dty.Education Officer, BMC. As the ministry also showed the indifference to his complaint, subsequently Mr.Tulaskar filed an RTI application.

However Mr.Tulaskar’s plight did not end here. Even after the expiration of 30 days’ prescribed time limit to provide the information or to give satisfactory reason for rejecting the RTI application, Mr.Tulaskar did not receive any information or correspondence for reason to reject his application from Public Information Officer (PIO) Mr.Anand Bhondave who also holds post of Under Secretary in the education ministry of Maharashtra.

The same indifferent approach was further adopted by the education minister’s own department when Mr.Prasad Tulaskar filed the first appeal before the First Appellate Authority.  Shockingly no hearing or even no correspondence was made in pursuant to first appeal filed by him. Accordingly Mr.Tulaskar filed the second appeal under the Right To Information Act 2005 before the State Information Commissioner.

The State Information Commissioner came heavily on the Public Information Officer (PIO) Mr.Anand Bhondve who took the ground of misplacing the RTI application filed by Mr.Tulaskar & finding the same later.The State Information Commissioner finding no substance in the defense taken by the Public Information Officer, Mr.Anand Bhondve termed misplacing of the RTI application as ‘Very serious fact for the good governance’ & slapped him with Rs.25000/- which as mentioned in the order attached below shall be recovered in the 5 installments from Mr.Anand Bhonve’s salary.

Information Commissioner slaps fine under RTI Act 2005 to Education Ministry-

Information Officer of Ministry of Education neglects RTI Act, gets slapped With Rs.25000/- fine by the SIC Page 1
Information Commissioner slaps fine under RTI Act 2005 to Education Ministry-Page 1

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Information Officer of Ministry of Education neglects RTI Act, gets slapped With Rs.25000/- fine by the SIC Page 2
Information Commissioner slaps fine under RTI Act 2005 to Education Ministry-Page 2

This is good example for many people who file RTI Applications but never pursue it up to the stages of second appeal after the information officers show indifference at initial stages. If people start showing persistency as shown by Mr.Prasad Tulaskar, the fear of action in the minds of errant officer for their negligence would surely help achieve the goal of good governance for common people of India.

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-Adv.Siddharthshankar Sharma
Founder President-Bharatiya Krantikari Sangathan

 

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