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As reported by Vijay Sabharwal of TNN in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 12 June 2008:
Bank insures farmers without their consent-Chandigarh-Cities-The Times of India
Bank insures farmers without their consent
KURUKSHETRA: A glaring case of misuse of power by the officers of Kurukshetra Central Cooperative Bank has come to light as under an alleged pact with some companies they got as many as 53,352 farmers jointly insured and debited the premium amounts from their accounts without their knowledge. The officers continued to buy and pay for these policies for four years and took out premium amounts worth about Rs 31.19 lakh from the farmers' accounts by recovering the money as loans.
In the year 2003, 1,754 farmers of Markanda cooperative society, Shahbad Markanda, and 738 farmers of Kaithal cooperative society were insured and premium amounts worth Rs 1.39 lakh were debited from their accounts. The farmers thought it was some government-sponsored scheme and did not object to it, which provided encouragement to the officers who introduced their self-styled 'welfare' scheme into various other cooperative societies during the next year.
These surprising facts came to light recently when a farmer-cum-social worker Gulab Singh sought information regarding this issue under Right to Information Act from Kurukshetra Central Cooperative Bank managing director.
According to the reply, officers of cooperative societies got 25,715 members of 24 farmers' cooperatives insured in the year 2004, for which premium amounts worth Rs 15.05 lakh were debited from farmers' accounts by adding those to the loan taken by them.
Similarly, in the year 2005, as many as 17,594 farmers, who were members of 16 cooperative societies, were insured by paying premiums worth Rs 10.24 lakh. In 2006, 7,551 members of Ajrawar, Thaski, Miranji, Rohti, Jakhwala, Ismailabad, Amin and Jyotisar cooperative societies were insured and premiums worth Rs 4.50 lakh were debited from their respective accounts.
I am a resident of the sector 28 , a HUDA sector on the mathura road, which is very strategically located. But unfortunately HUDA has failed to provide the basic civic amenities to the residents of the lane near police chowki, sector 28.
The lane has houses from 1037 to 1082.
The whole lane has blocked sewer lines with overflowing sewers all around. The sewage water is also backing into the houses. With sewer water all around, there is a fear of mosquito born dieseses.The local HUDA complaint centre JE admits himself that he is helpless to handle any sewer complaint. The HUDA employees who clean the sewers only charge rs. 400 for each complaint and after charging tell that nothing can be done as its all blocked throughout. JE switches off his phone as he knows he is part of an inefficient system known as HUDA.
The other problem which the residents of this lane are bearing is severe electricity cuts. The cuts are only for few houses from 1037 - 1045 and 1072 - 1082. While whole lane is having electricity , these few houses have the cut.
Living here has become a nightmare.
Can somebody guide, how can I use RTI to solve these two major issues.