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19 November, 2007

Filing RTI application to get info on forests

Dear friends,

You may find the following information useful incase you have decided to file an application under Right to Information (RTI) Act to get any information relating to forests or forest department.


You can use the following application format
(click here to see a sample of questions you can ask)
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Form A(u/s. 6(1) and 7(1) of Right to Information Act – 2005)


To
Pubic Information Officer
Office of (Deputy Commissioner / Deputy Conservator of Forests / CEO, ZP etc)
Address of the office:


1. Applicant’s Name:


2. Applicant’s Address:


3. Details of document/s requested:
a)
b)
c)
d)

4. Year to which the document/s pertain: As stated above or till date

5. Details of amount paid: Indian Postal Order No:

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Date:

Place: Signature of the applicant

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Application received by:
(Name, Signature with office seal and date)

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PLEASE NOTE THE PROCEDURE:

1) Type your questions in the above format and print two copies of the same. Make sure all the details printed clearly.

2) Buy one Indian Postal Order of Rs.10 denomination from a post office.

3) Address the postal order to the concerned officer: For example - (Deputy Commissioner / Deputy Conservator of Forests / CEO, ZP etc)

4) Enter the individual postal order number in the application (in the Details of the amount paid' column').

5) IMPORTANT: Keep the other half of the copy of the Postal order with you as a proof of payment.

6) Submit one copy of the application form with your original signature at the office.

7) Get signature and seal along with the name and date from the person recieving the application, on the other copy.

8) You don't have to answer a lot of questions when you are filing the applications. It is your right to get the information and you don't need to answer any one verbally on what you have written.

9) The office has no right to refuse your application. If they do so, ask them to give in writing that they are refusing your application. You can then file an application with the information commissioner to have the head of that office (DC, DCF, CEO, Secretary etc) summoned.

'Winged guests from Pak surprise bird watchers'

View of the Tumakuru Amanikere wetland inside Tumakuru City, with the backdrop of the granite hill range of Devarayanadurga state forest

Dear bird lovers,

The winter is here, so are our winged visitors from all over Northern Hemisphere.

Check the story and pictures below. I have made the bird pictures using my spotting scope, hence they might not be the best.

Warm regards,
Ameen

SOURCE:
The New Indian Express, Bangalore, Nov. 19, 2007, Page 5

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEK20071118231133&Page=K&Headline=Winged+guests+from+Pak+surprise+bird+watchers&Title=Southern+News+%2D+Karnataka&Topic=0

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'Winged guests from Pak surprise bird watchers'
By Devaraj B Hirehalli
Tumkur, Nov. 18: Obviously it's not the emergency in Pakistan which pushed the 'common swallow' birds to Tumkur, but it could be the warmth of the winter season.

This time the pleasant climate and temperature between 15-20 degrees centigrade might be the factor which is wooing the winged guests.

Migratory swift birds with a forked tail usually sighted in the mountain region of Pakistan were among the birds which arrived at the Amanikere tank here.

The marsh harrier from Europe, common Sandipiper from Siberia and reed warbler from the Himalayas are the newcomers sighted here to the surprise of bird watchers.

The spotbilled ducks from the western ghats with their vanity and the locally found black and white kingfisher mesmerise bird lovers.

Besides, birds like mallard, goose, pitta, shoveller etc are expected here in the next 15-20 days, according to Ameen Ahmed, an ornithologist.

Informal hosts like coot, purple moorhen, pheasant tailed Jacana, little and large cormorant (neer kaage in Kannada), brahminy kite and pariah kite too made the 'weedy' tank their temporary home.

As the tank recieved copious inflow of water due to incessant rains this year, the availability of prey which includes insects, reptiles, fish etc, made the birds throng it in good numbers.

The tank has been hosting the winged visitors whenever it brimmed. It has recieved painted storks, pelicans and goose earlier.

As the release of sewage water to the tank was checked by the authorities, it helped the tank improve its ecology and marine life.

But birdwatchers Sachin and Inder from Greenpeace (an NGO), are concerned about the tank being polluted due to the unabated dumping of solid waste.

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A Common (or Siberian) stonechat


A Common Sandpiper


WANC members were joined by street kids to see the winged visitors


Watching out for the migrants



Egrets and a buffalo in the wetland



A pair of Brahminy Kites



A Purple Moorhen

Below is the Tumakuru Amanikere, as seen on Google maps:


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