New Delhi: On the basis of the information obtained under the RTI Act, a special court in Indore, directed state government to register a case of corruption, forgery and cheating against MP DGP.
The information provided three months ago, led to a complaint alleging that Ex. DGP had filed a false certificate in order to obtain admission for his son in 2001, under 'NRI-sponsored quota' in an engineering college of MP. It led to a series of events, forcing government to take action against the DGP.
June 9: On an RTI application filed by a journalist, the public information officer of Govindram Sakseria Institute of Technology and Schiece, registrar Mahipal Singh, said that a police officer's son, was given admission in 2001 under NRI-sponsored quota and, accordingly, he paid fees of $16,500 or its equivalent in rupees in five years.
June 16: Responding to Kheriwal's second application seeking further information, On the basis of the two RTI replies obtained by Kheriwal, Mahesh Garg, a former BJP corporator, filed a complaint before Indore special judge, Akhilesh Pandya, for criminal proceedings against DGP.
Bhubaneswar(Mar. 13, 2007): After failing to make the non-government organisations directly accountable to it, Orissa Government has brought the NGOs operating in the State under the purview of the Right to Information Act in order to make them answerable to the people at large.
In a press note released to the media on Monday, the State Government said that it had framed the Right to Information rules prescribing certain procedures, forms and fees for the purpose.
Stating that Section 2 (h) (d) (ii) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 defined an NGO as `public authority' if it is substantially financed directly or indirectly by Central or State Government, the State Government said that as a public authority an Ngo was required to disclose on its own the information pertaining to the organisation for information of the general public, as required under Section 4 of the Act.
The government announcement comes close on the heels of NGOs seeking information on implementation of various government programmes through the Information Commission set up under the RTI Act. There has been a spurt in the number of applications seeking information under the provisions of the RTI Act in the recent months.
The press note issued by the Planning and Coordination Department said that the NGOs as public authority has to designate a Public Information Officer, Assistant Information Officer and an Appellate Authority.
Although a majority of NGOs were likely to oppose the government announcement, an NGO activist welcomed the official move. `When NGOs were trying to make the government accountable to the public, the NGOs utilising public money either through donations or grant should also be accountable to the people.'
A senior NGO activist running the affairs of a leading Bhubaneswar-based voluntary organisation was, however, critical of the government action. `While making this announcement that NGOs should designate officers for discharging duties under the provision of the RTI Act, the government should also make the corporate houses running charitable organisations accountable to the public,' she said.
`The NGOs will be badly hit while making budgetary provisions for the officials designated as Public Information Officer, Assistant Public Information Officer and Appellate Authority. The government should clarify the position in this regard,' she said.
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