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Monday, 9 July 2012

Letter wrt IKEA to Hindustan Times . . .

Letter to the Editor, Hindustan Times, New Delhi . . . sent today, 9th of June 2012

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKEA

Good Morning & Jai Hind,

Appended article in today's HT refers:-

http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/CorporateNews/IKEA-stays-positive-as-govt-mulls-easing-norms/Article1-885386.aspx

Humbly submit that stating "Swedish Home Furniture Retailer" and
"Stockholm based company" is incorrect and misleading on the part of
your newspaper.

IKEA, as basic research will show, may have originated in Sweden (as
did its Nazi antecedents) but on date is most certainly another one of
those shadowy global entities with their realities hidden behind
multiple layers of corporate veils, variously through non-profit
trusts in Holland and tax-shelters in Luxembourg and Liechenstein and
more.

Calling IKEA "Swedish" is incorrect and a correction is suggested. It
would be liike stating that the new President of India is shifting
into the Viceroy's Palace.

Sincerely,

Veeresh Malik

Monday, 2 July 2012

RTI on RBI wrt counterfeit currency in India - who pumps it in really??


Please also see these articles:-

http://www.atmmarketplace.com/article/195963/Indian-ATM-outsourcing-cos-command-high-valuations

http://www.dailypioneer.com/nation/72436-up-govt-for-making-banks-too-responsible-for-fake-notes.html


To: CPIO under RTI Act of India or incumbent, Dr. N. Krishna Mohan,
Chief General Manager – in –Charge, Department of Currency Management,
Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, 4th Floor, Amar Building, Sir
P.M.Road, Mumbai – 400 001

dtd: 02 July 2012

Greetings & Jai Hind!!  Most humbly request information under the RTI
Act of India, 2005,  please provide me with the following information.
THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT by me, an Indian Citizen, ALSO IN THE
PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC
INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.

INFORMATION REQUIRED:-

a) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information
including corporate address, website and site address, on entities
where Indian currency notes were printed abroad, and amounts as well
as denomination thereby printed totally yearwise for last 5 financial
years from 31 March 2012 in reverse chronological order.

b) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information of
full style and address as well as names and nationalities of
shareholders of these entities and of the individuals who own/control
these entities. Where such information is not available because it is
hidden behind corporate veil then efforts made by RBI to pierce the
corporate veil and find out more.

c) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information on
procedures or guidelines, if any outlined by Reserve Bank of India to
banks in India on stuffing and dispensing of currency notes to/from
ATMs.

d) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information on
procedures or guidelines, if any, outlined by Reserve Bank of India to
sub-contractors or vendors utilised by banks in India on stuffing of
ATMs.

e) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information on
steps taken by RBI to prevent dispensing of counterfeit currency notes
from ATMs.

f) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information on
steps to be taken by a bank customer on receiving counterfeit currency
from an ATM, onsite and offsite.

g) If any of the above said statutory records are not available, the
complete details of how it was destroyed / weeded out in each case..

h) Electronic access to the catalogue (or catalogues) of all records
of your public authority duly indexed in a manner and the form to
facilitate right to information, either over the computer networks or
in the form of a diskette or other electronic media at the prescribed
fees.

Sent by eMail and signed hard copy, self-verified as citizen of India,
(signed) and humbly submitted,




from:- Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi - 110024, mobile
0-99118-25500

Note 1:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within
30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at PIO, RBI, Mumbai, or at
any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices
in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be
sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence
processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect
from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI
Act-2005.

Note 2:- The public authority, RBI, Mumbai, has not yet published
their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for
e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, is
requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra
expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department
also.

Note 3:- I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that
information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the
prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal
information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or
which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS ALSO
SOUGHT IN THE LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING
PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE
ASKED FOR.

Noe 4:- Humbly also submitted that section 8(2) of RTI Act clearly
mentions that “A public authority may allow access to information, if
public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected
interests”. In present case even section 8(1)(j) is applicable for the
information sought. Also it leaves no scope to invoke section 11 of
RTI Act for seeking ‘third party’ comments. However since various
CIC-verdicts allow protection in form of hiding certain information
likely to be misused, bank-details etc in the sought information may
be hided by putting a whitener on the relevant portions of the
documents to be provided.  In case RTI petition relates to some other
public-authority, please transfer this RTI petition to CPIO there
under section 6(3) of RTI Act.

(Postal-order number __________________ _______________ for rupees ten
is enclosed with signed hard-copy towards RTI fees in name of
“Accounts Officer” as per DoPT circular-number No.F.10/9/2008-IR dated
05.12.2008.)

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Saturday, 30 June 2012

RTI on Breach Candy Swimming Bath Trust Mumbai

Parked on land that belongs to the Government of India, bigger than Adarsh scam? Let's find out . . .



To:-- The CPIO under the RTI Act of India, or incumbent thereof,  The Breach Candy Swimming Bath Trust, :Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy , Mumbai (Bombay) , Maharashtra , 400036

dtd: 30th June 2012

Greetings & Jai Hind!!  Most humbly request information under the RTI Act of India, 2005,  please provide me with the following information. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT by me, an Indian Citizen, ALSO IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, this RTI Application shall be mounted on the public domain, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR. In this context, please also read the following decision from the office of the Central Information Commission, which has relevance to this RTI query.
http://www.rti.india.gov.in/cic_decisions/CIC_SM_C_2011_001480_M_77243.pdf

http://indiankanoon.org/doc/1724004/

Quote- "'. . . in order to understand the various points urged before us it is necessary to look at the history of this institution and how it came to be set up.  It seems that a trust deed was executed on 3-2-1876, between the Secretary of State for India in Council and the Municipal Corporation of the City of Bombay, by which deed the Municipality was given a plot of land on the foreshore at Breach Candy in Bombay and the object of the trust was the construction and maintenance of a salt water swimming bath for the use and benefit of European public of Bombay. The Municipality carried on this trust for some time and a salt water swimming bath was erected.""

In other words, the submission here is that the Breach Candy Swimming Bath Trust is a Public Authority by virtue of it having being substantially financed as defined by the RTI Act of India as well as being on land which belongs to the Government of India. I may therefore kindly be provided the information sought under the RTI Act of India.


INFORMATION REQUIRED:-


a) Please provide me with full and precise information on  rules, regulations and byelaws of your Public Authority, the Breach Candy Swimming Bath Trust.

b) Please provide me with full and precise information on terms and conditions of lease with the Bombay Municipal Corporation, or any other body, from inception to-date.

c) Please provide me with full and precise information on adherence in selection of members at your Public Authority to reservations, if any, for people from SC/ST and EWS.

d) Please provide me with full and precise information on "substantially financed" as defined by the RTI Act of India, to your Public Authority, since inception.

e) If any of the above said statutory records are not available, the complete details of how it was destroyed / weeded out in each case..

f) Electronic access to the catalogue (or catalogues) of all records of your public authority duly indexed in a manner and the form to facilitate right to information, either over the computer networks or in the form of a diskette or other electronic media at the prescribed fees.

Sent by eMail and signed hard copy, self-verified as citizen of India, (signed) and humbly submitted,



from:- Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi -110024 mobile 0-99118-25500

Note 1:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within 30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at PIO, Breach Candy Swimming Bath Trust, Mumbai, or at any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI Act-2005.

Note 2:- The public authority, Breach Candy Swimming Bath Trust, Mumbai, has not yet published their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, is requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department also.

Note 3:- I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS ALSO SOUGHT IN THE LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.

Noe 4:- Humbly also submitted that section 8(2) of RTI Act clearly mentions that “A public authority may allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests”. In present case even section 8(1)(j) is applicable for the information sought. Also it leaves no scope to invoke section 11 of RTI Act for seeking ‘third party’ comments. However since various CIC-verdicts allow protection in form of hiding certain information likely to be misused, bank-details etc in the sought information may be hided by putting a whitener on the relevant portions of the documents to be provided.  In case RTI petition relates to some other public-authority, please transfer this RTI petition to CPIO there under section 6(3) of RTI Act.

(Postal-order number __________________ _______________ for rupees ten is enclosed with signed hard-copy towards RTI fees in name of “Accounts  Officer” as per DoPT circular-number No.F.10/9/2008-IR dated 05.12.2008.)

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RTI Application on Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai




To:-- The CPIO under the RTI Act of India, or incumbent thereof, Willingdon Sports Club, K Khadye Marg, Tulsiwadi, Mumbai 400 034

dtd: 30th June 2012
Greetings & Jai Hind!!  Most humbly request information under the RTI Act of India, 2005,  please provide me with the following information. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT by me, an Indian Citizen, ALSO IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, this RTI Application shall be mounted on the public domain, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR. In this context, please also read the following decision from the office of the Central Information Commission, which has relevance to this RTI query.


INFORMATION REQUIRED:-

a) Please provide me with full and precise information on  rules, regulations and byelaws of your Public Authority, the Willingdon Sports Club.
b) Please provide me with full and precise information on terms and conditions of lease with the Bombay Municipal Corporation, from inception to-date.
c) Please provide me with full and precise information on adherence in selection of members at your Public Authority to reservations, if any, for people from SC/ST and EWS.
d) Please provide me with full and precise information on "substantially financed" as defined by the RTI Act of India, to your Public Authority, since inception.
e) If any of the above said statutory records are not available, the complete details of how it was destroyed / weeded out in each case..

f) Electronic access to the catalogue (or catalogues) of all records of your public authority duly indexed in a manner and the form to facilitate right to information, either over the computer networks or in the form of a diskette or other electronic media at the prescribed fees.

Sent by eMail and signed hard copy, self-verified as citizen of India, (signed) and humbly submitted,




from:- Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi -110024 mobile 0-99118-25500
Note 1:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within 30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at PIO, Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai, or at any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI Act-2005.

Note 2:- The public authority, Willingdon Sports Club Mumbai, has not yet published their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, is requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department also.

Note 3:- I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS ALSO SOUGHT IN THE LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.

Noe 4:- Humbly also submitted that section 8(2) of RTI Act clearly mentions that “A public authority may allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests”. In present case even section 8(1)(j) is applicable for the information sought. Also it leaves no scope to invoke section 11 of RTI Act for seeking ‘third party’ comments. However since various CIC-verdicts allow protection in form of hiding certain information likely to be misused, bank-details etc in the sought information may be hided by putting a whitener on the relevant portions of the documents to be provided.  In case RTI petition relates to some other public-authority, please transfer this RTI petition to CPIO there under section 6(3) of RTI Act.

(Postal-order number __________________ _______________ for rupees ten is enclosed with signed hard-copy towards RTI fees in name of “Accounts Officer” as per DoPT circular-number No.F.10/9/2008-IR dated 05.12.2008.)

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with copies to all affilliated clubs of this club.

Friday, 6 April 2012

RTI Application to Lok Sabha Sectt on the subject of railway quotas . . .





---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Veeresh Malik
Date: 6 April 2012 12:07
Subject: Application under RTI Act of India to CPIO, Lok Sabha Sectt., New Delhi, India
To: SUBHASH AGRAWAL , 5 LOK SABHA SPEAKER , singh.surender@sansad.nic.in
Cc: "5 LOK SABHA (TK VISHWANATHAN)" , "5 LOK SABHA (TK VISHWANATHAN)" , "5 LOK SABHA (PK MISRA)" , "Malik, Veeresh" , pkmishra@sansad.nic.in




Right to Information APPLICATION UNDER RTI ACT OF INDIA 2005.

To:-

The CPIO under RTI Act of India or incumbent thereof,
Shri Surender Singh, Director
(Central Public Information Officer of the Lok Sabha Secretariat)
Room No. 013, Parliament House Annexe,
New Delhi - 11oo01

06th April 2012

By eMail and by post signed hard copy

Greetings & Jai Hind!! Most humbly request information under the RTI Act of India, 2005, please provide me with the following information. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, also, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, also, TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR. As I not Hindi speaking and writing, very well, you may kindly ensure that information asked for is provided to me in English.

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INFORMATION REQUIRED:-

1) Please provide me with information on exact and precise definition of the term "VIP" as used by Lok Sabha COMMITTEE OF PRIVILEGES, THIRD REPORT, (THIRTEENTH LOK SABHA) found under http://164.100.24.208/ls/CommitteeR/Priv/3.html and also per Third Report to the House on the question of privilege given notice of by Shri Jaswant Singh Bishnoi, member against railway officials for having cancelled his confirmed Ist class A/c railway reservation in 2461, Mandore Express from Delhi to Jodhpur on 11.8.2000, signed by S. JAIPAL REDDY, Chairman, Committee of Privileges, NEW DELHI; October, 2002 / Asvina , 1924 (Saka).

2) Please provide me with precise and exact information on current policy and fresh instructions regarding allotment of Emergency Quota to VIPs further to those which were issued by the Railway Board vide their Commercial Circular No.76 of 2001 dated 6 November, 2001 to all the Chief Commercial Manager of all Zonal Railways.

3) Please provide me with exact and precise information on what is the present practice followed if different from policy and instructions at Indian Railways regarding allotment of Emergency Quota or other quotas for Members of Parliament, ex-Members of Parliament and other beneficiaries from Parliament House.

4) Please provide me with exact and precise information on at which other occasions have the Chairman of the Railway Board or Members of the Railway Board preferred apologies, unqualified or otherwise, to the Committee of Privileges of the Lok Sabha, or to the Lok Sabha, or to Members of Parliament, after the unqualified apologies issued on 18th of June 2002 as mentioned in the report at http://164.100.24.208/ls/CommitteeR/Priv/3.html

5) Please provide me with exact and precise information on what happens as a practice and/or as a policy to the unutilised upper berths in 1AC when Members of Parliament are travelling by 1AC on Indian Railways.

6) Please provide me with information on policy of alloting lower berths only to all HOR/VIP quotas applied for from Parliament House quota/VIP Quota/HOR quota, through Parliament House.

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(Please also see the following documents appended below)

A) http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=50095

Ministry of Railways10-July, 2009 13:49 IST / Headquarters quota for railway reservation / Rajya Sabha

In order to meet the urgent travel requirements of high official requisition holders, which includes Central / State Government Ministers, Judges of Supreme Court of India, High Courts of various States & MPs/MLAs/VIPs, a limited number of berth/seats have been earmarked as High Official Requisition(HOR) Quota in different trains and in different classes. The HOR quota is released in accordance with the priority as per warrant of precedence and well established practice being followed since long.

The requests for release of berths should reach the quota controlling authority before the release of quota. Centralized details of reservation quota available in trains running on Indian Railways are not maintained.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Ministry of Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

B)
http://www.rscws.com/pdfdocs/Stream-linining_release_of_emergency_berth_quota.pdf

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (Bharat Sarkar) / MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (Rail Mantralya) / (RAILWAY BOARD) **** No.2010/TG-I/14/P New Delhi, dated 09 .02.2011 / Chief Commercial Managers, All Zonal Railways. (COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 10 OF 2011), Sub: Streamlining the procedure for release of berths out of Emergency Quota (issued by (Y.K. Sharma), Director Traffic Commercial G(G)-II, Railway Board)


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Note 1) If any of the above said statutory records is not available, the complete details of how it was destroyed / weeded out in each case..

Note 2) Electronic access to the catalogue (or catalogues) of all records of your public authority duly indexed in a manner and the form to facilitate right to information, either over the computer networks or in the form of a diskette or other electronic media at the prescribed fees.

Sent by eMail and signed hard copy, (signed) and humbly submitted, I confirm that I am a citizen of India, self-attested.





Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi - 11oo24 (mobile: 00-91-99118-25500)

Note 3:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within 30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at CPIO, Lok Sabha Sectt., New Delhi, or at any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI Act-2005.

Note 4:- The public authority, Lok Sabha Sectt., New Delhi, has not yet published their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, is requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department also.

Note 5:- I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT IN THE LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.

Note 6:- Humbly also submitted that section 8(2) of RTI Act clearly mentions that "A public authority may allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests". In present case even section 8(1)(j) is applicable for the information sought. Also it leaves no scope to invoke section 11 of RTI Act for seeking 'third party' comments. However since various CIC-verdicts allow protection in form of hiding certain information likely to be misused, bank-details etc in the sought information may be hided by putting a whitener on the relevant portions of the documents to be provided. In case RTI petition relates to some other public-authority, please transfer this RTI petition to CPIO there under section 6(3) of RTIAct.

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((If applicable:- (Postal-order number __________________ _______________ for rupees ten is enclosed with signed hard-copy towards RTI fees in name of "Accounts Officer" as per DoPT circular-number No.F.10/9/2008-IR dated 05.12.2008.)))

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Monday, 2 April 2012

RTI on Railway Board on the VIP/HOR quota thing . . .



Right to Information APPLICATION UNDER RTI ACT OF INDIA 2005.

To:-

The CPIO under RTI Act of India or incumbent thereof,
Railway Board, New Delhi,
D.D. (PG) & C.P.I.O. (Registration & Coordination)
R.No 05, RTI Cell /
Rail Bhavan, New Delhi -110001

02nd April 2012

By eMail and by post signed hard copy

Greetings & Jai Hind!! Most humbly request information under the RTI Act of India, 2005, please provide me with the following information. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, also, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, also, TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.

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INFORMATION REQUIRED:- In context with "HOR Quota", "VIP quota" and Indian Railways documents appended at "A" and "B" below, following information may kindly be provided under the RTI Act of India, 2005.

1) Please provide me with information on exact and precise definition of the term VIP as used by Indian Railways in the documents referred to in "A" and "B" below.

2) Please provide me with precise and exact information on what is the ""well established practice being followed since long" as used in document under "A" appended below in context with berths/seats being earmarked for said HOR quota.

3) Please provide me with exact and precise information on under what authority "centralised data on reservation quota on trains running on Indian Railways are not maintained" as used in document under "A" appended below.

4) Please see clause 1 in document under "B" below:- "(i) The Emergency Quota on different trains will be released by the Railway authorities nominated for this purpose from time to time" and please provide me with information on who these Railway Authorities nominated are.

5) Please provide me with exact and precise information on what happens to the unutilised upper berths in 1AC when HOR/VIPs are travelling by 1AC under clause (vii) where document under "B" states:- ""In case a 4-berth compartment is to be allotted to an HOR holder in the absence of a coupe, a) two HOR holders may be clubbed together in a 4 berth compartment; and b) if clubbing of two HOR holders into a 4 berth compartment is not feasible and a Member of Parliament happens to be travelling by the same train, the latter may be allotted accommodation in the 4-berth compartment along with an HOR holder.""

6) Please provide me with exact and precise information on the meaning of the term "status of the passenger travelling" as used in Clause iX of document under "B" appended below.

7) Please provide me with information on policy of alloting lower berths only to all HOR/VIP quotas.

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(Please see the following documents appended below)

A) http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=50095

Ministry of Railways10-July, 2009 13:49 IST / Headquarters quota for railway reservation / Rajya Sabha

In order to meet the urgent travel requirements of high official requisition holders, which includes Central / State Government Ministers, Judges of Supreme Court of India, High Courts of various States & MPs/MLAs/VIPs, a limited number of berth/seats have been earmarked as High Official Requisition(HOR) Quota in different trains and in different classes. The HOR quota is released in accordance with the priority as per warrant of precedence and well established practice being followed since long.

The requests for release of berths should reach the quota controlling authority before the release of quota. Centralized details of reservation quota available in trains running on Indian Railways are not maintained.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Ministry of Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

B) http://www.rscws.com/pdfdocs/Stream-linining_release_of_emergency_berth_quota.pdf

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (Bharat Sarkar) / MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (Rail Mantralya) / (RAILWAY BOARD) **** No.2010/TG-I/14/P New Delhi, dated 09 .02.2011 / Chief Commercial Managers, All Zonal Railways. (COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 10 OF 2011), Sub: Streamlining the procedure for release of berths out of Emergency Quota (issued by (Y.K. Sharma), Director Traffic Commercial (G)-II, Railway Board)

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Note 1) If any of the above said statutory records is not available, the complete details of how it was destroyed / weeded out in each case..

Note 2) Electronic access to the catalogue (or catalogues) of all records of your public authority duly indexed in a manner and the form to facilitate right to information, either over the computer networks or in the form of a diskette or other electronic media at the prescribed fees.

Sent by eMail and signed hard copy, (signed) and humbly submitted, I confirm that I am a citizen of India, self-attested.





Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi - 11oo24 (mobile: 00-91-99118-25500)

Note 3:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within 30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at PIO, Railway Board, New Delhi, or at any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI Act-2005.

Note 4:- The public authority, Railway Board, New Delhi, has not yet published their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, is requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department also.

Note 5:- I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT IN THE LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.

Note 6:- Humbly also submitted that section 8(2) of RTI Act clearly mentions that "A public authority may allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests". In present case even section 8(1)(j) is applicable for the information sought. Also it leaves no scope to invoke section 11 of RTI Act for seeking 'third party' comments. However since various CIC-verdicts allow protection in form of hiding certain information likely to be misused, bank-details etc in the sought information may be hided by putting a whitener on the relevant portions of the documents to be provided. In case RTI petition relates to some other public-authority, please transfer this RTI petition to CPIO there under section 6(3) of RTIAct.

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((If applicable:- (Postal-order number __________________ _______________ for rupees ten is enclosed with signed hard-copy towards RTI fees in name of "Accounts Officer" as per DoPT circular-number No.F.10/9/2008-IR dated 05.12.2008.)))