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Monday, 2 July 2012

RTI on RBI wrt counterfeit currency in India - who pumps it in really??


Please also see these articles:-

http://www.atmmarketplace.com/article/195963/Indian-ATM-outsourcing-cos-command-high-valuations

http://www.dailypioneer.com/nation/72436-up-govt-for-making-banks-too-responsible-for-fake-notes.html


To: CPIO under RTI Act of India or incumbent, Dr. N. Krishna Mohan,
Chief General Manager – in –Charge, Department of Currency Management,
Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, 4th Floor, Amar Building, Sir
P.M.Road, Mumbai – 400 001

dtd: 02 July 2012

Greetings & Jai Hind!!  Most humbly request information under the RTI
Act of India, 2005,  please provide me with the following information.
THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT by me, an Indian Citizen, ALSO IN THE
PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC
INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.

INFORMATION REQUIRED:-

a) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information
including corporate address, website and site address, on entities
where Indian currency notes were printed abroad, and amounts as well
as denomination thereby printed totally yearwise for last 5 financial
years from 31 March 2012 in reverse chronological order.

b) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information of
full style and address as well as names and nationalities of
shareholders of these entities and of the individuals who own/control
these entities. Where such information is not available because it is
hidden behind corporate veil then efforts made by RBI to pierce the
corporate veil and find out more.

c) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information on
procedures or guidelines, if any outlined by Reserve Bank of India to
banks in India on stuffing and dispensing of currency notes to/from
ATMs.

d) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information on
procedures or guidelines, if any, outlined by Reserve Bank of India to
sub-contractors or vendors utilised by banks in India on stuffing of
ATMs.

e) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information on
steps taken by RBI to prevent dispensing of counterfeit currency notes
from ATMs.

f) Please provide me with full, precise and detailed information on
steps to be taken by a bank customer on receiving counterfeit currency
from an ATM, onsite and offsite.

g) If any of the above said statutory records are not available, the
complete details of how it was destroyed / weeded out in each case..

h) Electronic access to the catalogue (or catalogues) of all records
of your public authority duly indexed in a manner and the form to
facilitate right to information, either over the computer networks or
in the form of a diskette or other electronic media at the prescribed
fees.

Sent by eMail and signed hard copy, self-verified as citizen of India,
(signed) and humbly submitted,




from:- Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi - 110024, mobile
0-99118-25500

Note 1:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within
30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at PIO, RBI, Mumbai, or at
any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices
in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be
sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence
processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect
from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI
Act-2005.

Note 2:- The public authority, RBI, Mumbai, has not yet published
their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for
e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, is
requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra
expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department
also.

Note 3:- I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that
information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the
prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal
information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or
which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS ALSO
SOUGHT IN THE LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING
PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE
ASKED FOR.

Noe 4:- Humbly also submitted that section 8(2) of RTI Act clearly
mentions that “A public authority may allow access to information, if
public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected
interests”. In present case even section 8(1)(j) is applicable for the
information sought. Also it leaves no scope to invoke section 11 of
RTI Act for seeking ‘third party’ comments. However since various
CIC-verdicts allow protection in form of hiding certain information
likely to be misused, bank-details etc in the sought information may
be hided by putting a whitener on the relevant portions of the
documents to be provided.  In case RTI petition relates to some other
public-authority, please transfer this RTI petition to CPIO there
under section 6(3) of RTI Act.

(Postal-order number __________________ _______________ for rupees ten
is enclosed with signed hard-copy towards RTI fees in name of
“Accounts Officer” as per DoPT circular-number No.F.10/9/2008-IR dated
05.12.2008.)

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