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Friday, December 10, 2010

Amendment to RTI Rules

File No. 113512008-IR

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel Training

North Block, New Delhi-110001

Dated 10th December, 2010.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Amendment to RTI Rules.

The Government proposes to notify Right to Information Rules in supersession of the existing rules, namely, the Right to Information(Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005 and the Central Information Commission (Appeal Procedure) Rules, 2005. Comments if any, on the proposed Rules may be sent at e-mail address, usrti-dovt@pic.in by ~ 7 ' December, 2010.

Sd/-

(R.K. Girdhar)

US (RT1)

[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, PART-II, SECTION 3,SUB-SECTION (i)]

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

(Department of Personnel and Training)

New Delhi, dated the , 2010

NOTIFICATION

G.S.R…..- In exercise of the powers conferred by section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005) and in supersession of the Central Information Commission (Appeal Procedure) Rules, 2005 and the Right to Information(Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005 except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely:-

1. Short title and commencement. – (1) These rules may be called the Right

to Information Rules, 2010.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official

Gazette.

2. Definitions.– In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires, -

(a) "Act" means the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005);

(b) "Commission" means the Central Information Commission as constituted under sub-section (1) of section 12 of the Act.

(c) "First Appellate Authority" means an officer in the public authority who is senior in rank to the Central Public Information Officer to whom an appeal under sub-section (1) of section 19 lies;

(d) "Government" means the Central Government;

(e) "Registrar" mean officers of the Commission so designated and unless otherwise requires includes an Additional Registrar, Joint Registrar and Deputy Registrar;

(f) "Registry" means the Registry of the Commission comprising the Registrar

General, Registrar, Additional Registrar, Joint Registrar or Deputy Registrar;

(g) "section" means a section of the Act;

(h) all other words and expressions used herein but not defined in the rules shall

have the same meanings assigned to them in the Act.

3. Appointment of Secretary to the Commission: The Government shall appoint an officer not below the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India as Secretary to the Commission who shall be the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar General of the Commission.

4. Request for Information: A person who desires to obtain any information from a public authority under sub-section (1) of Section 6 of the Act, shall pay an application fee of Rs. 10/- to the public authority alongwith the application;

Provided that the request for information shall relate only to one subject matter and shall be limited to two hundred and fifty words, excluding the address of the Central Public Information Officer and the address of the applicant.

5. Fees for providing information: Fee for providing information underSection 4(4), Section 7 (1) and Section 7 (5), as the case may be, shall be chargedat the following rates:

(a) rupees two for each page in A-3 size or smaller size paper;

(b) actual cost or price of a copy in larger size paper;

(c ) actual cost or price for samples or models;

(d) for inspection of records, no fee for the first hour; and fee of rupees five for

each subsequent hour (or fraction thereof);

(e) for information provided in diskette or floppy, rupees fifty per diskette or

floppy;

(f) for information provided in printed form, at the price fixed for such publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts from the publication;

(g) the actual amount spent by public authority on hiring a machine or any other

equipment, if any, to supply information;

(h) Postal charges, in excess of rupees ten, if any, involved in supply of information.

Provided that no Fee shall be charged under this rule from the persons who

are below poverty line as may be determined by respective State Governments.

6. Payment of fee: Fee under these rules shall be paid by way of:

(a) cash, to the public authority or to the Central Assistant Public Information Officer of the public authority , as the case may be, against proper receipt; or

(b) demand draft or bankers cheque or Indian Postal Order payable to theAccounts Officer of the public authority; or

(c) electronic means to the Accounts Officer of the public authority, if facility for receiving fee through electronic means is available with the public authority:

Provided that a public authority may accept fee by any other mode of payment.

7. Appeal to the first Appellate Authority: A person aggrieved by any order passed by the Central Public Information Officer or non-disposal of his application by the Central Public Information Officer within the prescribed time, may file an appeal to the first Appellate Authority in the format as given in the Appendix.

8. Documents to accompany first appeal to the first Appellate Authority:

Every appeal made to the first Appellate Authority shall be accompanied by the

following documents, duly authenticated and verified:

(i) Copy of the application submitted to the Central Public Information Officer;

(ii)Copy of the reply, if any, of the Central Public Information Officer.

9. Appeal to the Commission: A person aggrieved by any order passed by the

First Appellate Authority or by non-disposal of his appeal by the First Appellate

Authority, may file an appeal to the Commission in the format as given in the

Appendix.

10. Documents to accompany Appeal to Commission: Every Appeal made to

the Commission shall be accompanied by the following documents, duly

authenticated and verified:

(i) Copy of the application submitted to the Central Public Information Officer;

(ii) Copy of the reply, if any, of the Central Public Information Officer;

(iii) Copy of the appeal made to the First Appellate Authority;

iv) Copy of the Order, if any, of the First Appellate Authority;

(v) Copies of other documents relied upon by the Appellant and referred to in

the Appeal;

(vi) An index of the documents referred to in the Appeal.

11. Admission of appeals: (1) On receipt of an appeal, if the Commission is

satisfied that it is a fit case for consideration, it may admit such appeal; but where the Commission is not so satisfied, it may, after giving an opportunity to the appellant of being heard and after recording its reasons, reject the appeal.

(2) The Commission shall not admit an appeal unless it is satisfied that the

appellant had availed of all the remedies available to him under the Act.

(3) For the purposes of sub-rule (2), a person shall be deemed to have availed of

all the remedies available to him under the Act:

(a) if he had filed an appeal before the First Appellate Authority and the First

Appellate Authority or any other person competent to pass order on such appeal

had made a final order on the appeal; or

(b) where no final order has been made by the First Appellate Authority with

regard to the appeal preferred, and a period of 45 days from the date on which

such appeal was preferred has expired.

12. Procedure for deciding appeals: The Commission, while deciding an appeal may,

(i) receive oral or written evidence on oath or on affidavit from concerned or

interested person;

(ii) peruse or inspect documents, public records or copies thereof;

(iii) inquire through authorized officer further details or facts;

(iv) hear Central Public Information Officer, Central Assistant Public Information Officer or the First Appellate Authority, or such person against whose action the appeal is made, as the case may be;

(v) hear third party; and

(vi) receive evidence on affidavits from Central Public Information Officer ,Central Assistant Public Information Officer, First Appellate Authority and such person against whom the appeal lies or the third party.

3. Amendment or withdrawal of an Appeal: The Commission may allow a

prayer for any amendment or withdrawal of an Appeal during the course of hearing, if such a prayer is made by the Appellant on an application made in writing.

Provided that such request shall not be entertained by the Commission after

the matter has been finally heard or a decision or order has been pronounced by the

Commission.

14. Personal presence of the appellant before the Commission:

(1) The appellant shall be informed of the date of hearing at least seven clear days

before that date.

(2) The appellant may, at his discretion, be present in person or through his duly

authorized representative or, if permitted by the commission, through video

conferencing, at the time of hearing of the appeal by the Commission.

(3) Where the Commission is satisfied that the circumstances exist due to which

the appellant is being prevented from attending the hearing of the Commission,

then, the Commission may afford the appellant another opportunity of being heard

before a final decision is taken or take any other appropriate action as it may deem fit.

15. Presentation by the Public Authority: The public authority may authorize

any representative or any of its officers to present its case.

16. Abatement of an Appeal / Complaint: The proceedings pending before the

Commission shall abate on the death of the appellant.

17. Service of notice by Commission: Notice by name to be issued by the

Commission may be served in any of the following modes, namely:-

(i) service by the party itself;

(ii) by hand delivery (dasti) through Process Server;

iii) by registered post with acknowledgement due;

iv) by electronic mail in case electronic address is available.

18. Order of the Commission: An order of the Commission shall be in writing and issued under the seal of the Commission duly authenticated by the Registrar or any other officer authorized by the Commission for this purpose.

19. Compliance of the order of the Commission: The head of a public authority shall ensure that an order passed by the Commission, unless varied or stayed by a validly passed order, is complied with and compliance report filed with the Commission within the time limit specified by the Commission, or within 60 days if no such limit is specified.

20. Recovery of Penalty and Payment of Compensation: (1) If a penalty is

imposed by the Commission on a Central Public Information Officer as per the

provisions of the Act and if the Commission requires a Public Authority to

compensate a person for any loss or detriment suffered, an order duly authenticated

by the Registrar shall be served on the Public Authority for recovery of penalty and

payment of compensation.

(2) The Public Authority shall deduct the amount of penalty in such installments as may be allowed by the Commission in its Order and authenticated by the Registrar from the monetary payments due to such person against whom penalty has been imposed by the Commission and compensation shall be paid as per order of the Commission.

21. Recommendation for Disciplinary Action: If disciplinary action is

recommended by the Commission on a Central Public Information Officer as per

the provisions of the Act, an order duly authenticated by the Registrar shall be

served on the Public Authority to initiate such action and the action taken on such

order will be communicated to the Registrar within the time specified by the

Commission in its order.

F.No.1/35/2009-IR

(Rajeev Kapoor)

Joint Secretary

APPENDIX

FORMAT OF APPEAL

1. Name and address of the appellant

2. Name and address of the Central Public Information Officer

to whom the application was addressed.

3. Name and address of the Central Public Information Officer

who gave reply to the application.

4. Name and address of the First Appellate Authority who

decided the First Appeal.

5. Particulars of the application.

6. Particulars of the order(s) including number, if any, against

which the appeal is preferred.

7. Brief facts leading to the appeal.

8. Prayer or relief sought.

9. Grounds for the prayer or relief.

10. Any other information relevant to the appeal

11. Verification / authentication by the appellant

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Syllabus for Departmental Examination in respect of Postmaster Grade - I

After introducing the Postmasters Cadre in Postal Wing with due Gazette Notification on 9th September, 2010 and framing “Department of Posts, Senior Postmaster ( Group-B Gazetted ), Postmaster ( Grade – III and II Group - B non-Gazetted ) and Postmaster ( Grade – I Group – C non-Gazetted ) Recruitment Rules, 2010” vide Postal Directorate letter No.4-17/2008-SPB-II, dated 22.11.2010, now the Department vide Directorate’s letter No. 137-8/2009-SPB.II, dated 08.12.2010, has circulated the syllabus for Departmental Examination in respect of Postmaster Grade – I.

The examination for Postmaster Grade – I will consist of two papers of 100 questions ( objective type multiple choice ) , 90 minutes duration each.

The Department Order is given below:




No: 137-8/ 2009-SBP II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications and IT
Department of Posts

Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi, Dated 08 December, 2010

To,
All Chief Postmaster General

Subject: Syllabus for Departmental Examination in respect of Post Master Grade - 1 in Postal Wing


Sir/ Madam,
I am directed to refer to Directorate's letter No: 13-2/ 2010-PE.I, dated 03.02.2010, whereby a separate cadre of Postmasters has been constituted in he grades of Senior Postmaster, Postmaster Grade III, Postmaster Grade II and Postmaster Grade I, by carving out the posts from existing General Line posts in Postal wing.

2. Reference is also invited to Directorate's letter of even number dated 22.11.2010 forwarding therewith copy of Recruitment Rules, namely, Department of Posts, Senior Postmaster (Group B gazetted), Postmaster (Grade III and II - Non - Gazetted) and Postmaster (Grade 1 - Group C Non-Gazetted) Recruitment Rules, 2010, dated 9th September, 2010. It was stated inter-alia in the said letter that initial constitution of the various grades of Postmasters shall be done by inviting options/ applications from the existing incumbents of LSG, HSG II, HSG I in Post Offices and PS Gr 'B'. In case, after filling up the posts as per the provisions of the Recruitment Rules certain number of Posts still remain unfilled, the same would be filled up as per the provisions contained in Col. 12 of the respective Recruitment rules.

3. The Recruitment rules for the Grade of Postmaster Grade - I provides for filling up of the vacancies by promotion through Limited departmental Competitive Examination from amongst the Postal Assistants working in Post Offices with five years of regular service in the grade. Thus, the unfilled posts, after the initial constitution, if any, and regular vacancies subsequently will be filled up on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination. The pattern and scheme of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination decided by the Competent Authority to fill up the vacancies in the grade of Postmaster Grade - i is forwarded herewith as in the Annexure.

4. It is requested that the provisions of the Recruitment Rules and the Syllabus may be brought to the notice of all concerned.


Encl: As above


Yours faithfully
Sd/-
Suraj Bhan
Assistant Director general (SPN)

Copy to:
1. Secretary (Posts)
2. All Members of Postal Services Board/JS & FA
3. Secretary (PSB)
4. CGM (BD)/CGM (MB)/ CGM (PLI)/ Director, Postal Staff College India, Ghaziabad
5. All DDsG
6. Pr. Director of Audit (Postal), Delhi - 54
7. Additional Director General, APS, R.K.Puram, New Delhi - 66
8. All Directors, Postal Training Centers
9. All recognized Service Unions/ Associations/ Federations.
10. Guard File


Suraj Bhan
Assistant Director general (SPN)




ANNEXURE

Syllabus for Departmental Competitive Examination for the post of Post Master Grade-I in Post Offices.

The examination for Postmaster Grade-I will consist of two papers of 100 questions; 90 minutes duration each. The questions will be on the pattern of objective type Multiple Choice Question (MCQ).

2. Syllabus for these two question papers is given as under:

PAPER-1

(i) Customer Services and Grivances

(a) Post Office Guide - Part I
(b) Compendium of Processing and Disposal of Public Complaints
(c) Knowledge about DOPG, DOARPG and RTI cases
(d) Consumer Forum/ Post Forum/ Citizen Charter
(e) Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules
(f) Conduct Rules
(g) General Financila Rules


(ii) Postal Operations

(a) Postal Manual Volume V
(b) Postal Manual Volume VI (Part I, II and III)
(c) FHB Volume II
(d) POSB Manuals (Volume I, II and III) OR Compilation of POSB Manual Volume I and II written by Kanwaljit Singh, AD (FS), Department of Posts
(e) Project Arrow-Blue Book

PAPER - II


(a) Knowledge of products and services of Department of Posts
(b) Marketing: Principles of marketing assessment of related products and services
(c) PLI/ RPLI, Post Office Insurance Fund Rule, outline knowledge about Insurance Schemes, Mutual Fund and other financial products and services in the market.
(d) General Awareness and Current Affairs including general mental ability test covering logical reasoning (verbal and non verbal), numerical analysis (arithematic) and basic mathematical equations and statistical tools like mean, median, mode, graphical representation of data, comprehension and basic language skills.
(e) General principles of thechnology
(f) Basic technology requirement-computer, server, laptop
(g) Connectivity of computers.


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

19th All India Conference of NAPE Gr C

E- Mail:nape_gropuc@live.com Phone & Fax: 011-25990103

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES, Group’C’

(CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS)

Flat No: 10-D, DAO’s Flats, New Mahavir Nagar, Vikaspuri, New Delhi – 110018.

No: 11-1/ AIC Dated: 1.11.2010

NOTICE

It is hereby notified that the 19th All India Conference of the National Association of Postal Employees, Group ‘C’, will be held from 6th January, 2011 to 8th January, 2011, at the Siddi Vinayaka at Siddi Vinayaka Bhavan, Station Federer Road, Opp. Hindi High School, Near Jalapi More, Siliguri, West Bengal.

It is hereby notified that the following will be the agenda for the All India Conference.

1. Adoption of the report on activities of the Union for the period from 01.01.2009 to 31.12.2010.

2. Adoption of the audited accounts of the CHQ of the union for the period from 01.01.2009 to 31.12.2010.

3. Organization and Management.

a) Organizational Review

(b) Financial Review

(c) Postal Sentinel

4. Progress made in the 2010 strike settlement.

5. 6th Pay Commission and related matters.

(a) Anomalie committe.

(b) Cadre Restructuring/ creation of Postmaster cadre.

c) MACP and related issues.

6. Recognition Rules and membership Verification.

7. Amendments to the Constitution of the union.

8. Relationship with Administration, Federation, UNI, INTUC and other organisations.

9. Postal Reforms

a) Introduction of new services and technology, Mechanization.

b) Restructuring of Postal Services – the role of Group C.

10. Strategic plan of the Department for the period 2010-2015; Our stand.

11. JCM-National Council, Departmental Council and Regional Council.

12. Bonus.

13. Sectional Problems relating to:

(a) PO & RMS Accountants

b) PSD

c) Postal Stamps Depot

d) P & T Dispensaries

e) Transfer & Tenure policy

f) Any other branch of PO

14. Policy and Programme

15. Resolutions on General and Sectional problems

16. Election of Office Bearers, Delegates to the Federal Congress, FNPO

17. Adoption of Budget Estimates for the years2011 – 2012.

18. Venue of next All India Conference.


Sd/ -

D Kishan Rao

General Secretary

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Revision of Fixed Stationery Charges (FSC)

The Department, vide letter No: 23-1/ 2008-PAP dated 02.12.2010, has issued orders regarding the revision of the rates of Fixed Stationery Charges (FSC), for Post Offices, Savings Bank Control Organisations in Head Post Offices andInspectors/ Assistant Superintendents, holding independent charge of Sub Divisions.

To see the Department order, click on the following link: