Q: I worked as a Grade IV staff in a private limited firm. After four months my employer took someone else in my place. Is this legal? I was paid my salary through a bank account but was not issued any appointment letter or pay slip. Can I join another concern without submitting my resignation in writing?
Jay Singh, Calcutta
A: In the absence of a standard form contract ó in your case an appointment letter ó it would be difficult for you to prove your relationship with the company. Though your company has not done a fair thing, you have no documents to prove your case. You could join elsewhere but your new employer may want a release letter from the previous company if you mention that as your work experience.
Q:My mother had divided her property between my brother and me. We constructed two separate houses there. She died intestate in March 1998. We have a married sister too. Since my motherís death, the original property document has been with my brother, while I have been paying the land revenue on the basis of a certified copy. Recently, I learned that my brother has mutated the entire plot in his name. How I can protect my rights?
S.K. Yadav, Calcutta
A: Mutation does not assure the title of a property to a person. It is merely a change (in the corporation / municipal records) of the name of the occupant or owner ó for the purpose of facilitating property tax related issues. Presuming that your mother had partitioned the property through a registered partition deed, there is no cause for worry. As for mutation, you could apply to the revenue office furnishing it with your motherís death certificate, and request the office to insert your name in place of your motherís and complete all the formalities for issuing tax bills in the new name.
Q:How and where should I apply to get some information under the Right to Information Act 2005?
Sagarika Chakraborty, Calcutta
A: You have to make an application along with a fee of Rs 10 in accordance with the Right to Information (Regulation of Fee & Cost) Rules 2005. This has to be addressed to the central public information officer or state public information officer of the concerned public authority. The application may be made in English or Hindi.