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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Setting up of RTI Cells for the effective implementation of RTI Act, 2005

No. 1/12/2010-IR

Government of India

Ministry of Personnal, PG & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi

Dated 19 May 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Effective Implementation of RTI Act, 2005-Setting up of RTI cells.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 1/32/2007-IR dated 14.11.2007 whereby all the public authorities with more than one Public Information Officer(PIO) were advised to create a Central Point within the organisation to receive RTI applications and appeals and ensure quick distribution thereof. Experience for the past five years has shown that there is a need to expand the scope of the Central Point so as to deal with RTI related issues effectively.

2. In this context a RTI Cell has been set up in the Department of Personnel and Training (by reorganizing the staff in the Administration Division) with the following functions:

a) to receive RTI applications/ appeals/ decisions of the Central Information Commission (CIC) and to route them to CPIOs/ AAs.

b) dispatch replies to RTI requests and appeals including the letters requiring the applications to deposit additional fee.

c) transfer applications not pertaining to the public authority to the concerned public authority.

d) Maintain lists of PIOs, First appellate authorities and their link officers; and

e) coordinate the work relating to proactive disclosure, and the Annual report of the Central Information Commission etc.

A copy of the OM No.2/10/2010 dated 9th July2010 detailing the roles and functions of the RTI Cell is enclosed at Annexure I.

3. Subsequent to the setting up of the Cell, detailed instructions were issued to outline the procedures for handling RTI applications/ appeals vide OM No. 2/10/2010 dated 16th July, 2010 (Annexure II). This cell has been functioning for the last 9 months and has resulted in better compliance with the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005.

4. It is recommended that Ministries/ Departments may set up RTI Cells to streamline the receipt and disposal of RTI Applications. They may use the arrangements made by the DoPT vide Oms referred to above with suitable modifications.

5. Ministries/ Departments may also avail a one time grant of upto Rs. 50,000.00 for procuring a computer along with a printer and scanner facility for RTI Cells under the Centrally Sponsored Plan Scheme “Improving transparency and accountability through Effective Implementation of RTI” being implemented by this Department. Balance expenditure may be met by the Ministries/ Departments from their own funds. Central Public Authorities may send detailed proposals as per proforma in ‘Annexure III’ to Deputy Secretary (IR), Room No:280, North Block, New Delhi – 110001. Telefax: 23093074, eMail osdrti-dopt@nic.in

6. The status of setting up of RTI Cells by all Central Public Authorities may kindly be intimated to this Department by 31st July, 2011.

Sd/-

K G Verma

Director


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Harmonization of fee payable under the Right to lnformation Act. 2005

N0.F. 1/5/2011 -IR
Government of lndia
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training


North Block, New Delhi
Dated April 26,2011

To,


1. The Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs (except J&K)
2. The Registrars of all High Courts
3. The Registrar of the Supreme Court


Subject:- Harmonization of fee payable under the Right to lnformation Act 2005

Sir,


Sections 27 and 28 of the Right to lnformation Act, 2005 empower the appropriate Governments and the Competent Authorities to make rules to prescribe,inter-alia, the fees payable under the Act. In exercise of the powers. the Central Government, State Governments, High Courts etc. have notified rules. It has been observed that the fee prescribed by different appropriate Governments/Competent Authorities is at great variance.


2. The 2nd Administrative Reforms Commission has, in this regard recommended that the States should frame Rules regarding application fee in harmony with the Central Rules and ensure that the fee should not become a disincentive for using the right to information.


3. All the States/Competent Authorities are, therefore, requested to kindly review their Fee Rules and to prescribe fee in consonance with the fee prescribed by the Government of lndia. A copy of the Right to lnformation (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005 notified by the Government of lndia is enclosed for ready reference.


4. Kindly inform us of the action taken in this regard.


Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(K.G. Verma)
Director

Strengthening Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

N0.4/10/2011-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 18th May 2011,

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Strengthening Implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005.


Central Chief Information Commissioner has made a reference to the Cabinet Secretarymaking several suggestions for effective implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005. It has been decided in consultation with the Cabinet Secretariat that following actions shall be undertaken by all Ministries/ Departments/ Attached Offices, PSUs of Central Government to Strengthen the implementation of the RTI Act:

a) In the Annual reports of the Central Ministries/Departments and otherattached/subordinate offices PSUs, a separate chapter shall be included regarding implementation of the RTI Act in their respective offices. This chapter should detail the number of RTI applications received and disposed off during the year, including number of cases in which the information was denied. In addition to the above, efforts made to improve the implementation of the Act in their respective offices, including any innovative measures that have been undertaken, should also be listed. This is to be ensured for Annual reports for the year 201 1-12 onwards.

b) Each Ministry/Department should organize atleast a half day training programme for all CPIOs/Appellate Authorities (AAs) every year to sensitize them about their role in implementation of the RTI Act. The concerned Ministries/Deuartrnents shall ensure that similar programmes are organized for all CPIOs/AAs of all attached/subordinate offices and PSUs under their control as well.

c) All public authorities who have a web site shall publish the details of monthly receipts and disposal of RTI applications on the websites. This should be implemented within 10 days of the close of the month. Ministries/Departments would ensure that theseinstructions are communicated to their attached/subordinate offices as well as PSUs immediately. Monthly reporting on the above pattern should begin latest by 10th July, 2011 for the month of June, 2011 and thereafter continue on a regular basis.

2. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to take action as above and also to ensure that these instructions are communicated to their attached and subordinate offices PSUs for compliance.

Sd/-

K.G.Verma
Director


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Another batch of PA Induction training will start on 06.06.2011, at ICM, Trivandrum

Another batch of Induction Training to the Postal Assistants, recruited under “Direct Recruitment” quota will commence on 06.06.2011, at Local Training Centre, ICM, Poojappura. The duration of the Training Programme is 48 working days commencing from 06.06.2011. The candidates will have to report at the training Centre on 05.06.2011. The candidates who will undergo training, will be provisionally appointed as temporary Postal Assistants and will be under probation for a period of two years after completion of the induction training programme. Altogether, 80 seats have been allotted to various divisions. The Division wise break up is as follows:

Sl No.

Name of Division

No. of seats allotted

1

TVM North

4

2

Kollam

5

3

Pathanamthitta

5

4

Tiruvalla

4

5

Alapuzha

4

6

Aluva

3

7

Ernakulam

4

8

Idukki

6

9

Irinjalakkuda

3

10

Kottayam

4

11

Mavelikkara

4

12

Thrissur

5

13

Kannur

3

14

Kasaragode

4

15

Kozhikkode

5

16

Ottappalam

4

17

Palakkad

4

18

Thalasserry

3

19

Tirur

4

20

Vadakara

2

Total

80


General Information about the Training Centre


Location:

The Induction Training for the newly recruited Postal Assistants is being organized at the Institute of Co-operative Management, Poojappura 4 KM from Trivandrum Railway Station and KSRTC bus-stand. It is located with one KM from Poojappura Centre or Poojappura Mandapam on the Poojappura-Mudavanmugal Road. Candidates can reach the institution by bus or auto within 15 to 20 minutes from the Railway Station or Bus-stand. Approximate auto-fare is Rs.50/-.

Accommodation :

Institute of Co-operative Management has hostel facility in the campus itself. The candidates will have to share the rooms with at least one partner. Separate blocks of rooms are available for men and women trainees. Accommodation available is just adequate for the participants and hence family members of trainees cannot be provided with hostel facility.

Mess Facility :

Hostel facility available includes Mess facility. The timings prescribed are :

Morning Tea at 0630,

Break-fast at 08.00am,

Tea at 10.30am and 3.30 pm

Lunch at 1.00 pm

Dinner at 8.00 pm

Physical Training:

Indoor and outdoor games facilities are available at the Institute Campus. As a part of course curriculam, Yoga has been included. There will be Yoga classes in the Morning and evening hours according to convenience. Attendance in Yoga classes is compulsory. The candidates are required to bring suitable clothes and mat for use in the Yoga classes.

Library/Reading Room :

All important daily newspapers, weekly, fortnightly and monthly magazines of English and Malayalam will be made available for the use of trainees at the hostel campus. For availing Library facility, the trainees will have to avail membership on payment of nominal fee. Books on various topics including fiction are available in both English and Malayalam.

Medical Facility :

There is no separate medical facility inside the campus. However, doctors and hospitals are available at reachable distance. PRS Hospital, Karamana is within 3 KM. Chelsea Hospital is within 1.5KM. Govt Ayurveda Hospital is within 3KM. Govt Panchakarma Kendra is within 0.5 KM. Homoeo doctors and dispensaries are also available nearby the institute.

Recreation :

Recreation room facility is available in the hostel block with a Television.

Other facilities :

a.The nearest post office is Poojappura within 0.5 KM

b.Photocopier facility is available at the Institute on payment of prescribed charges.

c. Call Taxi facility can be availed by contacting telephone No. 0471-2432437

d.The nearest police station is Poojappura within 0.5 KM.

e.Poojappura Mandapam and adjacent ground and park are places within 0.5 KM from the institute. Trainees can go for morning walk and evening outing.

f. Temples, Churches and Mosques are available within 0.5 to 1 KM


Clarification regarding the crucial date for deciding the qualifying service for Postmaster Grade I Examination

Orders have been issued by Directorate, clarifying the crucial date for assessing the eligibility of Postal Assistants for appearing in the Postmaster Grade-I Examination, 2011 to be held on 12.06.2011. As per the new order, the crucial date for assessing the eligibility of the candidates for the purpose of Postmaster Grade-1 Examination 2011 would be 18.05.2011.

The Directorate order is posted below:


No: 4-08/ 2011-SPB-II

Government of India

Ministry of Communications and IT

Department of Posts

Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg

New Delhi – 16, Dated 25.05.2011

To,

All Cheif Postmasters General

Sub: Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for Postmaster Grade – I – Crucial date for deciding the qualifying service for the Examination – regarding.

Sir/ Madam,

I am directed to refer to Directorate’s letter No: A-34012/ 3/ 2011-DE, dated 13.04.2011 regarding conduct of Postmaster Grade I Examination, 2011 to be held on 12.06.2011 for the existing vacancies in Postmaster Grade-I.

2. Clarification has been sought by certain Circles regarding the crucial date for assessing the eligibility of Postal Assistants for appearing in the Postmaster Grade-I Examination, 2011 to be held on 12.06.2011.

3. The matter has been examined in the Directorate. As per the Directorate’s order No. 13-2/2010-PE.1 dated 25.11.2010, the General line posts would be deemed to have been designated as Postmaster Grade-I, Postmaster Grade-II and Postmaster Grade-III with effect from the dates those are filled up. Therefore it has been decided by the competent authority that the crucial date for assessing the eligibility of the candidates for the purpose of Postmaster Grade-1 Examination 2011, to be filled up on the basis of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination would be the closing date for dispatch of the applications by nodal oficers to CMC, ie.18.05.2011. Such Circles who have prescribed the crucial date other than 18.05.2011, are adviced to issue another circular calling for the applications from only such officials, who have become eligible during the period 01.01.2011 to 18.05.2011, by asking them to apply by 2nd June, 2011. Due to paucity of time, the Circles on receipt of applications shall issue hall tickets to the eligible candidates to appear in the examination after consulting the CMC telephonically regarding the Roll Number(s) to be assigned and the venue for examination. It should be immediately followed by a written communication to CMC indicating the names, Roll Numbers so assigned along with a copyof the application submitted by the candiates.In case of any contigency, the Circles may contact DDG(RP) [Tel. No: 23096101]

4. Further, according to the Dept of Personnel & Training OM No: 22011/3/98-98-Estt. (I) dated 17.09.1998, the crucial date for determining eligibility of officers for promotion in case of financial year-based vacancy year would fall on January 1st immediately preceeding such vacancy year, the first of the vacancy year, ie.January 1st itself would be taken as the crucial date irrespective of whether the ACRs are written financial year wise or calender year wise. As such, the crucial date for determining eligibility of Postal Assistants for appearing in the Postmaster Grade-1 Examination to be conducted in the subsequent years ie. during the year 2012 and thereafter would be 1st January of the year, to which the vacancies pertain to.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-

B P Sridevi

Director (Staff)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mass Dharna held in front of Divisional Offices under the banner of JCA




Shri. A P Abdullakutty MLA, inaguarting the Dharna held in front of Kannur HPO




INTUC leader V P George inagurating the Dharna held in front of Ernakulam Divisional Office




Shri. M Krishnan ingurating the Dharna held in front of GPO, Trivandrum




Shri V J Joseph Stanley addressing the dharna held in front of Divisional Office, Alappuzha



INTUC Secretary, V P George, inagurating the Dharna conducted by Aluva Division

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Regional Study Camps

Southern Regional Camp

The Southern Regional Study Camp of FNPO was held at K Baburaj Nagar (CSI Youth Centre, Kovalam) on 21st and 22nd of May 2011. The camp was inagurated by Shri. George Mercier, Ex MLA. Smt Sobha Koshy, CPMG, Kerala Circle delivered the key note address. Shri. Johnson D Avokkaran, General Convenor, FNPO, Kerala, presided over the function. Shri B Allenson, Convenor, Reception Committee, welcomed the delegates.

S/s P U Muraleedharan, General Secretary, NUGDS; Venganoor K Sreekumar, Kovalam Block President, Indian National Congress; C Trivikraman Nair, Circle Secretary, P IV; S Sunil Kumar, Circle Secretary, Postal Accounts; D Christudas, Circle Secretary, R3; B S Venu, Finance Secretary, NUGDS; Saseendran Nair, Regional Representative, P3, spoke on the occasion. Shri Chandraprakash, Divisional Secretary, NAPE Gr C, Trivandrum (S) Division, delivered the vote of thanks.

Classes on various subjects were taken by experts during various sessions.

On 21.05.2011, a class on the subject “Project Arrow” was taken by Shri. Reghunath, AD(Project Arrow), Circle Office, Trivandum, followed by a class on “Conduct Rules and Disciplinary Proceedings”, which was taken by Sri. M Chandrasekharan Nair, Rtd SSP.

In the morning session on 22.05.2011, a class on the subject “How to reduce stress at work place” was taken by Shri Sebastian Maliaekkal, MA MSW (Rtd Labour Officer), followed by class on “PLI and RPLI”, handled by Shri. P Hariharan, PLI Devolepment Officer, Circle Office, Trivandrum.

The afternoon session classes, on the subject “Business Devolepment” was handled by Shri Sreekanda Das, AD (BD), Circle Office, Trivandrum, followed by a class on the subject “History of FNPO”, handled by Shri Johnson D Avokkaran, General Convenor, FNPO.

Shri. B Allenson delivered the final vote of thanks. The camp was very successful and useful. Delegates from all the Southern Divisions, Postal Accounts and RMS ‘TV’ Division participated in the camp. The reception committe has made excellent arrangements for conducting the camp.


Northern Regional Camp

The Northern Regional Study Camp of FNPO was held at Gokulam Public School, Kurikkapad, Vadakara on 17th and 18th of May 2011. The camp was inagurated by Shri. Johnson D Avokkaran, General Convenor, FNPO, on behalf of Shri Mullappally Ramachandran, Hon Minister of State for Home Affairs. Shri. K Kunjikrishnan, Chairman, Reception Committee presided over the inagural function. Shi Abdul Kareem, Convenor, Reception Committee, welcomed the gathering.

S/s Moideen Kutti, President PIV; K J Dolima, Convenor, Womens forum, Kadameri Balakrishnan, KPCC Executive Member, spoke on the occasion. Shri M K Chandran, President P IV, Vadakara Dn, delivered the vote of thanks, followed by classes on various subjects.

In the morning session of 17.05.2011, a class on the subject “Mordern face of the Department of Posts” was taken by Shri. P Ramakrishnan, SSPOs, Calicut Division. Classes on the subject “History and of FNPO” was taken by Shri K Kunjikrishnan, Patron FNPO, Kerala, followed by class on the subject “Trade Unions and National Movements”, taken by Shri. Kavil P Madhavan, Dist Panchayat Member, Kozhikode.

In the afternoon session, classes on the topics “Role of Media in the mordern world” was handled by Shri. Rajendran Edathukara, Lecturer, Govt College, Madapally and a class on “RTI Act – 2005” was handled by Shri. B Venugopal, State Committee Member, KGOU.

In the morning session of 18.05.2011, a class on the subject “GDS Service Pension Benefits” was taken by Shri P U Muraleedharan, General Secretary, NUGDS. The afternoon session class on the topic “Promotion prospects and Disciplinary proceedings in the Department of Posts” was taken by Shri Saseendran Puthanpurayil.

Delegates from all the Northern Divisions and RMS ‘CT’ Division participated in the camp. The reception committe has made excellent arrangements for conducting the camp.