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Right to Information Act 2005

OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT GENERAL (A&E), KARNATAKA, BANGALORE

Government of India has enacted the Right to Information Act, 2005 & published in extraordinary Gazette Part-II Sec. I dated 21-06-2005.

Under this Act:

Sri.V.Kurian, IAAS, Principal Accountant General (A&E) is the First Appellate Authority.

The Principal Accountant General (A&E) has nominated Sri K.O. Manjunatha, IAAS, Deputy Accountant General (Admn) as Public Information Officer.

Object of the Right to Information Act:

The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense. It goes without saying that an informed citizen is better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and make the government more accountable to the governed. The Act is a big step towards making the citizens informed about the activities of the Government.

Public Information Officer is responsible to give information to a person who seeks Information under the RTI Act.

Appeals:

If an applicant is not supplied information within the prescribed time of thirty days or 48 hours, as the case may be, or is not satisfied with the information furnished to him, he may prefer an appeal to the first Appellate Authority who is an officer senior in rank to the Public Information Officer An appeal, if desired may be preferred to Sri V. Kurian, Principal Accountant General (A&E), Karnataka, Bangalore. Such an appeal, should be filed within a period of thirty days from the date on which the limit of 30 days of supply of information is expired or from the date on which the information or decision of the Public Information Officer is received. The appellate authority of the public authority shall dispose of the appeal  within a period of thirty days or in exceptional cases within 45 days of the receipt  of the appeal.

If the first appellate authority fails to pass an order on the appeal within the preescribed period or if the appellant is not satisfied with the order of the first appellate authority, he may prefer a second appeal with the Central Information Commission within ninety days from the date on which the decision should have been made by the first appellate authority or was actually received by the appellant.

       A third party can prefer an appeal to the First Appellate Authority if it is not satisfied with the decision made by the Public Information Officer about disclosure of the information for which it has objected. Such an appeal can be made within thirty days from the date of the receipt of notice from the Public Information Officer to the effect that he proposes to disclose the concerned information. If not satisfied with the decision of the First Appellate Authority, the third party can prefer the second appeal to the Information Commission.

Acceptance of Fee:

      According to the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2005 as amended by the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, 2006, an applicant can make payment of fee in cash or by demand draft or banker’s cheque or Indian Postal Order payable to the Accounts Officer of the public authority. The public authority should ensure that payment by any of the above modes is not denied or the applicant is not compelled to draw IPO etc. in the name of any officer other than the Accounts Officer.

1. Application fee:

      The request for obtaining  information under sub-section (1) of section 6 shall be accompanied by an application fee of Rupees Ten  by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft or bankers cheque or Indian Postal Order.

   In respect of office of the Principal Accountant General (A&E), Karnataka, Bangalore, the fee is payable in the following manner:

      If paid by cash, against proper receipt, payable to Accounts Officer, Cash, of the Office of the Principal Accountant General (A&E), Karnataka, Bangalore. If paid by Demand Draft or Banker’s Cheque or Indian Postal Order, payable to ‘Pay and Accounts Officer/Indian Audit Department, Bangalore’.

2. For providing information under sub-section (1) of section 7: Fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or by Demand Draft or Banker’s Cheque or Indian Postal Order at the following rates:

(a) Rupees Two (Rs.2/-) for each page (in A4 or A3 size paper) created or copied.

(b) Actual charge or cost price of a copy in larger size paper.

(c) Actual cost or price for samples or models and

(d) For inspection of records, no fee for the first hour and a fee of Rs.5/- for each subsequent hour (or fraction thereof).

3. For providing information under sub-section (5) of section 7:fee shall be charged at the following rates:

(a)  For information provided in diskette or floppy Rupees fifty (Rs.50/-) per diskette orfloppy and

(b)  For information provided in printed form at the price fixed for such publication or Rupees two (Rs.2/-) of photocopy for extracts from the publication.

NATURE OF RTI APPLICATIONS RECEIVED IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT GENERAL (A&E) ,KARNATAKA, BANGALORE.

ADMINISTRATION GROUP:

Applications are recieved seeking information regarding 

1) Copy of salary slips of employees

2) Copy of promotion orders.

3) Employee Details.

FUNDS GROUP:

Applications are received seeking information regarding:

1) Details of missing credits in GPF Accounts

2) Copy of Annual Statement of GPF

3) Balance at credit

4) Nomination filed by the subscriber

5) Final withdrawal payments made from the fund Account

6) Transfer of credits

7) Details of withdrawals.

     If the information sought by an applicant is regarding balance at credit and nominations, and if it pertains to another individual the same being personal in nature, is not provided as per Section 8(i)(j) of the RTI Act.

GE GROUP:

Applications are received seeking information in respect of Gazetted Officers serving under Government of Karnataka regarding:

1) Copies of Service registers,

2) Pay particulars

3) Details of Departmental Enquiries

4) Suspension details

5) Copy of CTC

6) Sanction of time Bound Promotions

7) Details of termination and re-appointment

8) Leave Details.

    Since Service registers in respect of Gazetted Officers is not maintained in this office, and service particulars are recorded in the form of History of Services, on receipt of  request  from the applicant for copy of Service register, an extract of History of Service of the Officer in respect of whom information is sought for is furnished by this office.

PENSION GROUP:

Applications are received seeking information regarding:

1) Details of pensionary benefits

2) Details of revision of pensionary benefits

3) Details of Family pension

4) Details of family members of pensioners

5) Counting of service rendered in unaided institutions for calculation of pensionary benefits

6) Release of withheld DCRG

7) Payment of Artist pension

8) Copy of PPO

9) Details about Freedom fighters pension

10) Details of Nominations made by pensioners

11) Copy of survivorship certificates 

12) Copy of pension papers as forwarded by the respective department.

Information regarding details of Nominations filed by pensioners being personal to an individual, the same is not provided as per section 8(i)(j) of the RTI Act.

ACCOUNTS GROUP:

Applications are received seeking information regarding:

1) Details of lapsed Deposits

2) Refund of Court Deposits

3) Issue of clearance certificate of MCA/HBA

4) Missing MCA credits

5) Details of misclassification of HDFC credits to HBA and their adjustment

6) Issue of copies of payment vouchers and bills

7) Copy of monthly civil accounts of Government of Karnataka

8) Certified copies of paid cheques.

Details of RTI Application during 2015-16 and 2014-15