Monday, October 16, 2006


Here is a list of links which you may find useful to better understand RTI Act, 2005.

  • Right2Information

  • Ministry of public grievances

  • Maharashtra govt.

  • human rights initiative

  • Municipal corporation of Greater Mumbai

  • Mumbai RTI laws.pdf

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    Another example of RTI at work.
    Aware citizen Ronald Rebello asks Min of petroleum and natural gas to respond to the rampant misuse of its LPG licience by the Railway authorities themselves.

    This is the RTI petition he had filed and still awaits reply.

    Mr. R. Panda
    Maharashtra state level co-ordinator
    Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas


    I had sent the following application under the Right to Information to you on 7th September per Courier which was received by your office the next day. However, now it is more than one month and I have not received a reply which is mandatory under the Right to Information. Please show cause why I should not approach higher authroties so that you may be fined as per the Right to Information Act, 2005 for not providing information . You are hereby called upon to furnish the information within 72 hours of receipt of this E-notice.
    Fail not.

    Ronald L. Rebello
    Rationing Kruti Samiti
    Add: 52, Gilder Lane Municipal School,
    Opposite Mumbai Central Railway Station
    Mumbai Central 400 008.

    Copy to:
    1.. Print and Electronic Media.
    2.. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. What is the point if your Ministry issues so many advertisments running into lakhs of rupees in the newspapers, seeking co-operation of citizens to expose misuse of LPG, if your officials can't respond to a complaint purusant to the same?
    3.. Department of Public Grievances in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India

    ----- Original Message -----
    To: ; Rationing Kruti Samiti
    Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 10:04 PM
    Subject: LPG RTI


    The Public Information Officer 7th September, 2006.

    Bharat Petroleum,

    Ballard Estate, Mumbai Mumbai.

    1.. Full name of the applicant: Ronald L. Rebello

    2.. Address: 52, Gilder Lane Municipal School,

    Opposite Mumbai Central Railway Station,

    Mumbai 400 008.

    3.. Particulars of the information required:

    (1) Subject matter of information: Misuse of LPG domestic gas cylinders for commercial purposes.

    (2) Period of which the information relates to: Jan 2006 till date of receipt of this application.

    (3) Description of the information required:

    The undersigned applicant had complained via email to your department on September 04 citing instances of misuse of LPG cylinders for commercial purpose. The complaint was emailed on that is regularly advertised in newspapers by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for reporting complaints on black misuse of LPG and Subsidised Kerosene.

    Now therefore under my right to information, I want a pointwise reply as under:

    1.. What action was taken on my complaint? Give detailed description of action such as the enquiry if any, date and time of raid conducted, if any, names and designation of the officials who conducted the raid, the cases registered against the offendors and the law under which arrests were made, if any. If no enquiry or action was taken, why not?

    2.. Why no one was picking up the phone on 5th September at 11:41 am, when I called from 6524 1968? What is the name and designation of the officer who handles these complaints via phone as well as email?

    3.. Is the number provided by you operated 24 hours? If not, then mention the duration of hours it is operated.

    I state that the information sought does not fall within the restrictions contained in section 8 of the RTI Act and to the best of my knowledge it pertains to your office.

    If the information requested doesn�t pertain to your office, under section 6 (3) (ii) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 you are duty-bound to transfer the application or part thereof to the appropriate authority / department and inform me within 5 days of such transfer.

    Under section 7 (9) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 �information shall ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought�. Therefore, the undersigned applicant would like to have the above information in question and answer format and in English. Please note, that in case of reply in language other than English, the reply would be appealed against.

    Provide details of the Appellate Authority such as Name, designation, address, phone, fax and email, so that I can appeal if dissatisfied.

    Requisite fees shall be paid if it is reasonable and in accordance with rules.

    Information required by ordinary post. Copy by email will be appreciated.

    Ronald L. Rebello


    Place : Mumbai

    Date : 7th September, 2006.

    Enclosure: Copy of complaint sent by email.

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: Rationing Kruti Samiti


    Sent: Monday, September 04, 2006 2:39 PM

    Subject: complaint on misuse of LPG, as per your AD


    Maharashtra Incharge (LPG complaints)

    Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas,

    Sub: Complaint of misuse of domestic LPG for non-domestic purposes.

    Re: Your regular advertisments in the newspapers.

    Dear Sir,

    Further to your advertisements appearing regulary on requesting citizens to point out misuse of doestic LPG for Non-domestic purposes, I hereby point out the following places where you can conduct raids and arrest the persons responsible.

    1.. At Mumbai Central Railway Station, the Railway canteen on platform number 4, uses the domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purposes. When I questioned them, they tried to defend saying that the railways sends it to them. They even confidently stated that the Railways provide more than 100 cylinders to all such eating shops on railway premises in Mumbai. Therefore, such a thing needs to be investigated at the earliest.

    2.. Outside Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Vile Parle (West), the local dosa hawker uses domestic LPG for commercial purposes in gross violation of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Control Order, 2001.

    Hereby, acting on my complaint, you are enjoined to conduct the raids as per law.

    You may contact me on ------------------------- for further details.

    Ronald L. Rebello

    Rationing Kruti Samiti

    52, Gilder Lane Municipal School,

    Opposite Mumbai Central Railway Station,

    Mumbai Central 400 008.


    Copy to: Print and electronic media to investigate

    the above complaint and to specifically see

    if Railway's itself is misusing subsidised LPG.

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