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Proactive Disclosure of Information about Women Workers in Mines & PPT on RTI-related judgements

Dear all,

The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has invited comments on amendments to the Maternity Rules relating to women workers in mines and circuses. These Draft Rules seek to amend the Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus), Rules 1963 notified under the Maternity benefit Act, 1961.


The interesting point about the Draft Rules is that, if approved in the current form, every employer in every mine and circus across the country, will be required to publish annual returns of the maternity benefits he/she/it provides to its women workers, on the Web Portal of the Ministry of Labour and Employment. This will be an interesting case of compelling private entities to disclose information publicly. If this kind of proactive disclosure is not complied with, an RTI applicant could demand that the concerned authorities access such information from the employers of mines and circuses under Section 2(f) of The Right to Information Act, 2005. Of course this Rule, if notified will also apply to mines operated by public sector undertakings. 


Not sure if there are any circuses run by governments. What? "Governments are themselves like a big circus run at the people's expense", did you say? Not sure, I heard you right. One of my ears is blocked due to a bout of bad cold and cough, thanks to the circus that goes on Delhi's roads every day ;-)


Seriously, readers might like to circulate this attachment to others who may be interested in sending comments to: 

Shri Subhash Kumar, Under Secretary, Room No. 12A, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi - 110 001. The deadine for sending comments is 26th November, 2014.


MSPowerPoint Presentation on Important RTI Judgements

For a long time I had been toying with the idea of putting together a sampler of judgements of High Courts and the Supreme Court as a teaching aid through MS PowerPoint. I managed something finally in time for the RTI People's Assembly and Knowledge Meet held in Wayanad, Kerala on 27th October, 2014. This day-long event attended by 250+ public information officers, appellate authorities lawyers and RTI activists was organised by CHRI and the National Constitution Club, Thalassery with the support of  the Friedriech Naumann Stiftung, Fur Die Freiheit. It was heartening to watch 250 people discuss RTI while it was raining cats and dogs in 'god's own country'. I am not claiming that this PPT is exhaustive. It is based on my subjective choices. Please feel free to add to it or subtract from and please do acknowledge CHRI as the source if you use it in your own work. If you have your own PPTs on this subject, kindly share it with me.

Please circulate this email and the attachment widely.

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DATED: Wednesday, 05 November 2014 16:05
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