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National Advisory Council Experience and qualifications of NAC members

[IAC#RG] Request for suo-moto Information under RTI Act

Sarbajit Roy <> Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM

To: Dhiraj Srivastava <>, "ritasharma.secy" <>, ritasharma <>

Shri Dhiraj Srivastava
PS to CP and Central Public Information Officer
National Advisory Council,
2, Motilal Nehru Place,
New Delhi


Dear Mr Shrivastava

Many thanks for your reply.

1) I had requested for the information to be provided suo-moto under the Life or Liberty proviso to section 7(1) of RTI Act 2005 , whereas the CIC decision you have relied on is "per incuram" referring to some Life and Liberty matter,

2) For your information, Mr. Vidya Charan Shukla has passed away in the meantime.It is really shocking that such a venerable UPA leader was compelled at age 83 years to attend a meeting without adequate security in a Naxal dominated region on the motivated advice of the NAC member, who subsequently resigned.

3) It is really shocking that the NAC has been infested with so many Maoists and Naxalites for so many years since 2006.

4) It is really shocking that ever since the NAC was formed the number of LWE controlled districts in India has gone up from 53 to 287.

5) It is really shocking that another former NAC member Mr. Harsh Mander was sheltering the wife of a known LWE leader for over 2 years, and had to resign over this issue when it came out.

In the circumstances it would be eminently fit if the NAC declares ON ITS OWN the qualifications and procedures for appointment of its members, including its Chairperson, so that the nation knows how why so many innocent lives INCLUDING OF PARA-MILITARY & SECURITY FORCES are being lost on a daily basis through leakage of confidential government information by secret and unexplained placement of private LWE persons in councils like the NAC, Planning Commission etc. which advise the Prime Minister of India.

For your information, a double Bench of the Central Information Commission in my own case by order dt. 01.06.2009 in CIC/LS/C/2009/00322 has reiterated that section 4 disclosure is to be provided immediately, free of cost and without any request being made for it.

"(i) Since a reasonable time has now passed from the time of promulgation of the Act in 2005, the Public Authorities should now take urgent steps to have their records converted to electronic form, catalogued, indexed and

computerized for easy accessibility through the network all over the country, as mandated in section 4 (1) (a) of the Act. The computerization, dissemination and updating of record is an ongoing and continuous process and all Public Authorities should put a proper system in place to make such sharing of records an automatic, routine and continuous process, so that access to such records is facilitated.

(ii) The Public Authorities are required to take immediate steps to publish detailed, complete and unambiguous information under the 16 categories, as on 31.3.2009 (if already not done or partially done) and thereafter update the information as and when necessary, but definitely every year, as mandated under section 4 (1) (b) of the Act.
(iii) While formulating im