M.V.Ruparelia, Chief Patron, All India Senior Citizens Confederation (AISCCON).
A503 Rashmi Utsav, Near Jangid Estate & Vijay Park, Mira Road (East) Dist. Thane. 401107. M. 09821732855. E/Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To Shri K L Das, Dy Registrar, Date: 14-8-14.
The Central Information Commission (Right To Information Act, 2005),
Government of India, IInd Floor, August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi-110 066.
Sub: Hearing on 4-9-14 of IInd Appeal no. CIC/SS/A/2013/0002179/KY dt 25-9-13.Application dt 21-11-12. Your Dy no. 149537dt 12-7-13.Ref: Your letter dt 1-8-14 received on 13-8-14.
We are thankful to you for fixing the date of Hearing on 4-9-14 at 12 hrs. I am 81 and will not be able to come to Delhi. I shall be obliged, if I am given the opportunity to be heard on telephone on Mobile no. 09821732855 or landline 022- 28123691. Other ICs & CIC are permitting this and mention in Notice Of Hearing. If this is not possible, kindly decide the case on the basis of detailed position brought out in my IInd Appeal dt. 3-7-13 and this Rejoinder in terms of Gazette Notification for Central Information Commission (Appeal Procedure) Rules, 2005, revised on 31-7-12 and Guidelines issued by DOPT under their Memorandum no. 1/4/2009-IR dt 5-10-09.Simple information requested in Application dt 21-11-12 is not given even after 21 months inspite of reminders to AA on 27-2-13; 18-6-13 & 11-7-13, as will be seen from the following:-Item i) A copy of complete notings leading to decision of holding of this very useful National conference held at Delhi on 6-7 Nov,12 and decisions about inviting all stake holders, NGOs, Experts & Activists working in the field of Senior Citizens etc was requested. Only one page (page 7) is sent, which does not give requested information. Complete notings and letters issued inviting all may please be given.
Item ii). As per this notification, it was held for sensitizing all Stake Holders on ageing issues; review various interventions of Central Government; State Governments/UT Administrations; NGOs & Civil Society with a focus on Best Practices & to prepare a Plan of Action for more effective implementation of various programmes for welfare of Senior Citizens. Copy of Recommendations made by Thematic Groups is sent but notings indicating decisions by Nodal Ministry on these recommendations and what Action Plan indicating who has to take what action, when etc is not given. Simply, circulating such recommendations to various Stake Holders (and not disseminating to Grass Route Associations of Senior Citizens) will serve no purpose. It may please be confirmed that no other recommendations/suggestions were made in the Conference except on 4 Topics for more effective implementation of various programmes for welfare of Senior Citizens, as requested.
Item iii). Details of Review carried out of NPOP, 99 & Maintenance Act, 2007 is not given.
Item iv. Details of how and who formed Special Technical Groups and decisions taken on 4 selected themes may kindly be given, sending further notings on results of Conference.
Item v. In reply to information requested about date on which my letters dt 11-7-12, 5-10-12 and 17-10-12 to Shri Anil Goswami, Secretary (W) and copy to CPIO & Joint Secretary by E/Mail were received and what action was taken thereon, giving copy of notings for these 3 letters, it has been stated by CPIO that these letters are not received in Ageing Section!! This is an incorrect statement. All these letters were endorsed to CPIO through E/Mails from time to time. Moreover, as a CPIO of the Nodal Ministry, CPIO has to contact the Secretary (W) & his Section for disposal of these letters sent by Speed Post and E/Mail also with notings etc and get certificate from Post Office that these were not delivered, though shown as delivered in their web site showing delivery of Speed Post. He has to see his E/Mail registration section and find out what happened to E/Mail sent to CPIO on those dates. He has also to inquire about copy sent to AA by E/Mail. Procedure followed for dealing with E/Mails in Nodal Ministry may kindly be advised, sending the requested information about these 3 very important references to Secretary (W) and give replies to those letters with notings. Even these 3 letters were recorded in www.pgportal.gov.in on those dates.
Background: As 12 crore Elders of the Country are not provided any Negotiating Machinery in this Most Democratic Country of the World nor there is any laid down Machinery to inform grass route level Elders about any action taken by any Government Ministries/Departments for welfare of Elders, we had requested the President of India through our Representation dt 10-8-12 to hold a Conference- a Get-To-Gether of Elders, as Elders of the Country are repeatedly ignored by Central, State & Local Bodies, the Stake Holders of NPOP, 99 for 15 years. This representation was sent by President to Nodal Ministry, which held 2-day conference in Nov, 12 by inviting Stake Holders and eminent Elders of the Country and with a focus on Best Practices in the World & to prepare a Plan of Action for more effective implementation of various programmes for welfare of Senior Citizens, took very far reaching decisions by forming 4 Thematic Groups on 4 very important topics for the first time in history of functioning of Nodal Ministry and sent minutes of 25 pages to us in reply to our RTI Application. As no instructions are issued on any of the decisions in this Conference of Stake Holders to the implementing stake holders nor any follow-up action is taken on any decisions taken by the concerned attending stake holders, no useful purpose is served. Our repeated representations to AA to take action has not brought any results, though Decision No. 2701/IC(A)/2008 on 27-6-08 from Chief Information Commissioner, Delhi on implementation of NPOP, 99 reads as under:- ``The Respondents has adopted a National Policy on Older Persons, which has not been effectively implemented. The Senior Citizens are, therefore, deprived of the benefits assured to them. The Respondent is, therefore, directed to clearly outline the Plan of Action and indicate its outcome for the larger benefits of the Society.``
We shall be thankful, if appropriate directives to Nodal Ministry to indicate the Plan of Action on decisions taken in the Conference in this case are issued.
Copy forwarded to Smt Ghazala Meenani, The Appellate Authority and Joint Secretary (Social Defence), A Wing, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ageing Section, Shastri Bhawan, Government of India, New Delhi-110 001.
Copy forwarded to Shri Surendra Rawat, Chief Public Information Officer and Dy Secretary, Ministry of S.J.& E., Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001.