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From the day start the RTI is not getting favour of so many person and so many persons trying to get it modified. Actually these fellows are the real criminals having good set up at present. Some time this man will in `Q` he will feel need of RTI. In my opinion if the retirement age in Govt services have been done 55 years no will oppose the RTI. The fellows who is sitting in Govt. so long is only interested to effective implementation and they are in position to purchase these politicians also. I am sorry to say that there is a provision in constitution that any group B or above officer recruitted before age of 35 must retire on age of 55 and rest all on age of 58. The retirement age of class IV was 60 from very begining. The beaurocrats are so much power ful person who made these politician foolish and made the age of retirement from 55 to 60. I am seeking the opinion of other fellows if they are supporting my opinion that to run the fair Govt it is neede to refresh the Govt. At present our independence is only to elect the 545 MP`s or MLA`s. The beuracrats having such a talent to manage the elected MP`s and MLA`s. The real indepence is only there must be fast change in beuracrats also. 20 to 25 years is to be allowed to work in Govt.
Calcutta, Oct. 14; The government has admitted that the minutes of a cabinet meeting cannot be kept secret and ordinary citizens have a right to know them.
Co-operation secretary Rajiv Sinha, the appellate authority of his department in matters relating to the Right to Information Act, 2005, has instructed the stateâ€™s principal information officer to provide an information on a cabinet decision, a request that had been turned down earlier.
This is the first time such an instruction has been given in Bengal under the 2005 law.
â€œWe had sought an information on March 30 regarding the procedures in the re-appointment of retired IAS officer N.G. Chakraborty as the registrar of co-operative societies,â€ said R. Agarwal, a Delhi resident and right to information crusader.
The principal information officer of the department, H.P. Roy, informed Agarwal on April 30 that the government could not provide the details of the appointment as the decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister.
The officer also told Agarwal that as the proceedings of cabinet meetings were classified information, they did not come under the purview of the right to information act.
Agarwal challenged the reply and moved the appellate authority, Sinha, for a hearing. Sinha ruled that the principal information officerâ€™s decision was not correct and that Agarwal should be provided with a copy of the minutes of the meeting.
â€œWe checked and found that we had committed a mistake in denying Agarwal the copy of the minutes earlier,â€ said Sinha.
He also admitted that procedures were not followed while re-appointing Chakraborty.
An official said Agarwalâ€™s questions to the co-operation department had pointed to irregularities while re-appointing Chakraborty after his retirement on January 31, 2006.
â€œChakraborty was re-appointed for a year, but some basic procedures like issuing a gazette notification were not followed.â€
Right to information crusaders in the city said the case proves that officials handling the information act in the state are ill informed.
The Telegraph - Calcutta : Bengal