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As reported by Himanshi Dhawan in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 August 2010:

Put projects info online, says CIC - India - The Times of India

 

Put projects info online, says CIC

 

NEW DELHI: With a spate of reports indicating corruption in Commonwealth Games projects and contracts, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked Delhi government and NDMC to put online information related to tenders, work awarded, consultants appointed and deadlines.

 

Taking cognizance of "disturbing" reports about corruption in Games projects, information commissionerShailesh Gandhi wrote to the Delhi chief secretary and NDMC chairperson to put up on the website information relating to tenders, nature of work and details of appointment of consultants/NGOs with regard to implementation of Commonwealth Games projects. While Delhi government has been asked to comply by September 15, NDMC has been given a deadline of August 30.

 

The commission asked the state government to comply under Section 4 of the RTI Act that provides for voluntary disclosure of information by a public authority. Gandhi said, "The government has paid very little attention to the requirements of Section 4 and its implementation. If details of the money being spent on CWG projects, their deadlines, the terms and conditions of contracts had been put on the website and continuously updated, the brazen purchase of things at ten or twenty times their worth may not have been possible." He added that people would have had the chance to sound an alarm or questioned authorities if anything brazen was being done.

 

In his letter to Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta, Gandhi said, "It has come to the commission's notice that a lot of information relating to tenders issued for the Commonwealth Games and other developmental work in Delhi in the last five years is not available in the public domain and disclosures under Section 4 of the RTI Act have not been made in this regard."

 

He pointed out that agencies like PWD, rural development, urban development, Delhi Jal Board, DSIDC and MCD had not made certain disclosures that they should have.

 

CWG contracts and tenders have come under the scanner with CAG and CVC closely looking at the

tenders awarded by agencies like PWD, NDMC and CPWD.

 

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karira

This is real funny !

As per the Sec 4 disclosure on the CICs own website, Mr Shailesh Gandhi is not even the Information Commissioner !

This is inspite of Complaining to Mr Wajahat Habibullah in January and sending several reminders after that.

 

Please read: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/42026-sec-4-suo-motu-disclosure-central-information-commission-website.html

 

People living in glasshouses should not throw stones !

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smbhappy

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has done a smart job in directing Delhi Government and NDMC to put on their websites various information relating to forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 with effective utilisation of section 4 of RTI Act. Rather Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), the nodal government-functionary to handle RTI Act, should come out with an instructive circular for all public-authorities to put maximum possible information on their websites which are queried most in RTI petitions. Ideally speaking, RTI Act can be termed successful when filing of RTI petitions may be minimised to best possible with petitioners finding the sought information on websites of public-authorities. Step will effectively check corruption and other malpractices presently deep-rooted in our system.

 

Central and state governments along with their undertakings spend too much on photo-publicity of political rulers through costly media advertisements. Space presently misused in government-advertisements for photos of living personalities, may be effectively utilized for educating people about new information put on websites by these public-authorities under section 4 of RTI Act.

 

 

 

(Courtesy S.C. Aggarwal)

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karira

Post merged with existing thread

 

Please read my post #2 above.

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smbhappy

The Darkness under the Lamp. It is not the fault of Shailesh Gandhi. PA is CIC.

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karira

As reported by PTI in deccanherald.com on 31 August 2010:

NDMC paid Rs 26 crore to NGOs, consultants for CWG projects

NDMC paid Rs 26 crore to NGOs, consultants for CWG projects

 

The New Delhi Municipal Council paid Rs 26 crore to consultants and non-government organisations engaged for the construction and streetscaping projects in preparation to Commonwealth Games during last five years.

 

The details have been made public by the civic agency after Central Information Commission gave a rap on its knuckles for not making public information related to projects undertaken for the Games.

 

In a letter written to Chief Secretary, Delhi Government, Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has said that disclosures under Section 4 of the RTI Act (which mandates proactive disclosure of information) regarding Games related work have not been made public.

 

He had directed the NDMC to put on its website the details of consultants appointed for implementation of Commonwealth Games Projects and other development work in the national capital during last five years.

 

The details published by the civic agency in compliance of the order show that these consultants were engaged for 29 projects worth Rs 222 crore.

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smbhappy

There are many more skeltons in the cupboard of NDMC, Shiela Dixit, and Kalmadi. See what will happen once games are over. A whole hell will let loose. Oh my god. Its so devastating.

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Atul Patankar

As reported by Chetan Chauhan at hindustantimes.com on Sept 2, 2010

 

In its first public disclosure under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has said it paid over R 200 crore to consultants for Commonwealth Games 2010-related work since 2006.

 

The Central Information Commission (CIC) had asked all government bodies to disclose information regarding works undertaken for the Games on its website.

 

The NDMC was given a deadline till August-end, whereas the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi government have a Sep-end deadline.

 

CIC Shailesh Gandhi had said the commission would ensure transparency in executing of works related to the Games. The NDMC is the first civic body to make such a disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act.

 

Information available on the council's website shows it paid over R 200 crore as consultancy fees for providing services for execution and supervision of 45 projects in the NDMC area, since 2005. Some of these projects are as yet incomplete.

 

Information on the website shows that the council had paid several crores of rupees for projects, which have crossed their deadline. For multi-level parking facilities at Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Baba Kharag Singh Marg and Sarojini Nagar, the NDMC has already paid consultants over R 3.6 crore.

 

The council has already paid R 1.09 crore to private consultants for monitoring construction of a new block and a basement at Shivaji (hockey) Stadium, which will not be ready for the Games. The consultant had got work for two stadiums, of which the Talkatora Stadium, where swimming events will be held, is complete.

 

One of the heaviest payments made to consultants was for 're-development of Connaught Place'. The council has paid R 14.85 crore to a Government of India undertaking — Engineers India Ltd — for the project between May 2008 and December 2010.

 

The NDMC declared Connaught Place will not be ready to receive foreign tourists expected for the Games. "Whatever the delay, the NDMC has been prompt in disclosing the information, which is mandatory under the RTI Act," said a CIC official.

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karira

As reported by Durgesh Nandan Jha in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 03 September 2010:

CWG-related projects: NDMC transparency lasts a day - Delhi - City - The Times of India

 

CWG-related projects: NDMC transparency lasts a day

 

NEW DELHI: In a move that raises more doubts over expenditure for Games-related projects, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has blocked access to the list of consultants hired by it in the last five years and money paid to them.

 

The list, hosted on the civic agency's website under the link 'consultants/NGOs engaged for CWG 2010 projects', showed that more than Rs 200 crore was being spent on consultancy.

 

However, in a remarkable show of alacrity, the civic agency removed the link from its website on Thursday morning as soon as the matter was reported in the media, including in this newspaper. A copy of the list that was put up is with Times City.

 

The disclosures were made following directions from the Central Information Commission (CIC) - which had also asked Delhi government and MCD to put up these details by the end of September.

 

"The blocking of access to the list raises suspicion. It shows that they have something to hide or there is error on their part," said RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal. He said that huge amount of money from the public exchequer has been spent by government agencies to organize the show and there needs to be transparency on all expenditures. Karan Singh Tanwar, member of NDMC and the MLA from Delhi Cantonment, alleged that the move was to hide corruption. "Most of these consultants have been chosen by the civic agency at random and not selected through a competitive process," alleged Tanwar.

 

NDMC, in a letter written to TOI, said, "NDMC is specifically undertaking the construction of Shivaji stadium, Talkatora stadium, streetscaping work near the Games venues and park and ride facility at Safdarjung airport, for CWG 2010. In these projects, the total value of work awarded to the consultants is Rs 6.8 crore." The letter added that most of the consultants/NGOs appointed by NDMC include projects from 2005-10, most of which have no direct relationship with the Games.

 

On being asked why such projects had made it to a list clearly marked CWG in the first place, NDMC spokesperson Anand Tiwary had a different explanation. "The mistake that happened was that the total cost of projects got listed as the money consultants will get. We are rectifying it."

 

According to the list, NDMC hired a little known agency called Design Action Group for designing work of park and ride and holding facilities at Safdarjung airport (CWG 2010) - just three months before the Games start and at a staggering fee of Rs 30 crore. The consulting agency has been hired for this project for a period of one year whereas Games finish on October 14. There are three other consultants hired for 10 projects only six months before the Games.

 

The value of work allotted to the Engineers India Limited for redevelopment of Connaught Place redevelopment project is an astounding Rs 48 crore. The renovation plan has received criticism from all quarters and it is still far from completion. The list displayed on NDMC website showed that EIL was hired for this project in May 2008 and payment of Rs 14 crore (approx) has already been done.

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karira

As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 16 September 2010:

NDMC misses deadline to put Games info on web - The Times of India

 

NDMC misses deadline to put Games info on web

 

NEW DELHI: The New Delhi Municipal Council missed the deadline September 15 set by Central Information Commission for uploading all information related to tendering processes of Games-related projects.

 

According to NDMC, they were unable to collect all relevant date by Wednesday. Said an official, "We are still in the process of collecting data from various departments and will be able to upload the information on our website by Thursday.''

 

CIC had asked Delhi government, NDMC, MCD to upload all details of their Games-related projects pertaining to the last five years on their respective websites. While NDMC and Delhi government had to furnish all details by September 15, MCD had been given time till September 30.

 

The CIC had written a letter to the agencies on August 10 saying that a lot of information about the agencies was not available in the public domain as it should be under section 4 of the RTI Act. It had asked them to be more transparent in their dealings as this would reduce the load of RTI applications.

 

The CIC had also issued a set pattern under which all the details had to be furnished the government agencies will have to reveal the number of people who had applied for the tenders of a said Games contract, date of completion of the project and whether any penalty was levied.

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smbhappy

This is going to be a big scam and country will see the hell let loose on the organizing committee and all other stake holders after the games. RTI has dome the initial work.

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