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  1. sir my name is satendra nagar .i am software engineer my queston is there main gram ke gram pradhan development information required . address gram panchayat : gram pradhan name --bishambri village --kalda gram panchayat ---mahavad tehsil --dadri distik ---gautam budh nagar state ----up pin 203207
  2. As reported at maharashtratimes.indiatimes.com on 28 Sept 2011 Anna Hazare wil now be adding Blogging to his tools for bringing about a social and political changes, along with fasting. He used to atract large crowds at Ramlila Maidan. He has now decided to write blogs in Marathi, Hindi and English to spread his thoughts via this hi tech means. A speech reaches a limited number of people, even with help from media. But internet, and blog offer much more reach across the globe. Sensing this, Anna Hazare has decided to use this medium too, to reach people. The technical side of the blog will be handled by noted journalists Raju Parulekar and Vijay Kuvalekar
  3. Loosely translated from maharashtratimes.indiatimes.com on 6 Sep 2011 "The 'Self professed' social activist Anna Hazare, and his team, is corrupt to the core, and they misuse the RTI Act to blackmail people" claimed the Youth and sports Minister of Maharashtra, Padmakar Valvi at a program at Nandurbar. He said "Just like in the Central government, we sanctioned a Right to Information Act in Maharashtra as per the demand of Anna Hazare. But the Act has brought no benefit to common man. Its sole beneficiary is Anna Hazare, who is involved in corrupt practices by misusing RTI and blackmailing officers. The irony is that, such a corrupt person is making claim of fighting against corruption" Other leaders from the district, who attended the program, also made similar remarks against Anna Hazare. these included local MLA Chandrakant Raghuvanshi, manikrao Gavit, Swarupsingh Naik, etc. His sstatements may increase the headache of Maharashtra PCC Chief Manikrao Thakare and CM Prithviraj Chauhan. The Central leadership is trying to create an image of a governemnt sensitive to Anna Hazares'd dmand. Now the state leadership may find itself in a position do defend or disown a minister in its cabinet on this issue.
  4. Dear friends The news Anna Hazare on fast over Lokpal Bill issue. what are his views(Anna) and lokpal bill strengths and weakness known to the members be posted here, for the benefit of other members.
  5. An article by Vinita Singh at hindustantimes.com on 8 May 2011 One thing is clear from Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption — the people in this country are desperately seeking honest and upright leaders. The outpouring of support from all over the nation is a real demonstration of this need. And while it is the right thing to do — support a cause and follow the one who leads it — this entire episode has raised some very important questions on the quality of citizenship we hold. We appear to be very happy being led — sometimes by bad men and sometimes by good men. But always led. Not questioning, not investing time in understanding what exactly the leaders are asking us to do. A case in point is this campaign against corruption. While everyone instinctively responded to the demand to weed out corruption, very few people who were out on the streets had read the Jan Lokpal Bill being proposed by the campaign leaders. Further, as time went on, very few people were ready to listen to any arguments against the proposed Bill. If you are against the bill, you are with corruption and therefore unpatriotic. How is this different from any other time that masses of us have been led by our leaders to speak their minds and not ours? When will the Indian citizen really find his own mind and speak it? But this requires investing time and effort in our own citizenship. One step towards this is to understand our citizenship contract — the Constitution. This is the most essential document determining our rights and responsibilities. It is also the document that determines the basis on which laws can be made and enforced. It sets out the scope and functions of the State. For us to critically evaluate the Jan Lokpal Bill or any other proposal for law, we will need to understand the standard on which it will be tested. Without this understanding, we are just a chorus of excited voices. But once we have this knowledge, we can realise our power and stand up and be counted. Another step is to get engaged and take action on issues of public concern. The RTI Act has made it possible for us to get information from any public authority. Filing complaints and petitions are ways of making our grievances and opinions heard. Look around you — poor sanitation, potholes, laws being broken. Small issue, big issue, any issue that you feel concerned about — be informed and take action. And finally, reflect on the beliefs you hold as a citizen. Some of these beliefs are — I don’t matter, One person can’t make a difference, I am not responsible, Nothing will change. These are not beliefs that serve nation-building. And many of these beliefs simply do not hold water. Each citizen does matter and there is a deep connect between what you do and the system of governance. Your own acts of breaking the law and bribing have added to the cumulative decay of the entire system. But the flip side of this is that every act of yours to own up and strengthen the system will add to the generative and renewal process. In this context, it is important to recall the preamble of the Constitution which sets out the co-ownership of all people of this country. It starts with “We, the people of India…..” and ends with “hereby adopt, enact and give to ourselves this Constitution.” These are powerful words — fixing ownership and responsibility of liberty, equality and justice on each citizen. Not on the leaders — political or otherwise — but on every citizen. It is also important at this time to recall the words of Ambedkar in his last speech in the Constituent Assembly in 1949. He cautioned all Indian citizens not to “lay their liberties at the feet of even a great man, or to trust him with powers that enable him to subvert their institutions”.
  6. As reported at ndtv.com on April 18, 2011 Satara: An activist promoting the Right to Information Act in Maharashtra has been attacked with a sword. He is in hospital. Popat Barge was attacked in the Satara district on Sunday night, possibly in retaliation for his attempts to use the RTI to check on illegal construction. Mr Barge is a member of Anna Hazare's organization against corruption - Bhrastachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (The People's Movement Against Corruption).
  7. As reported by Ravikiran Deshmukh and Abhijit Sathe at mumbaimirror.com on February 06, 2011 Here’s more power to you to tackle corruption in government offices. The corruption eradication committees, which already exist at regional, district and taluka level, will have more teeth. The Democratic Front government has decided that these committees can recommend departmental inquiries against errant government Officers and can even get their annual confidential reports marked for their wrongdoings. Besides the Right to Information Act, this tool will be an additional help to deal with corruption. These committees will evaluate evidence provided, including documentary evidence generated through RTI replies, and take action against the guilty. Parallel to police Until now, the conventional manner of tackling corruption cases was to approach the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Besides being a time-consuming process, there was an element of mistrust on complainant’s part where the ACB was concerned since the organisation ultimately functions under the police umbrella. So, the state has created a parallel anti-corruption structure to the existing Anti Corruption Bureau by allowing corruption eradication committees to look into complaints of corruption and misconduct. People-friendly “The procedures of ACB are very lengthy. Moreover, they deal only with the prosecution aspect. This discourages complainants,” a former director general of police with the Anti-Corruption Bureau told Mumbai Mirror. “The corruption eradication committees will deal with secondary aspects like departmental inquiries and annual confidential reports, but can provide immediate relief to complainants. Hence, they will be more people-friendly.” The new structure will be fashioned along the lines of a panchayat and will be more democratic in nature. The anti-corruption committees will comprise members from various strata of society - officials from various departments, nominated members of public, social workers, elected representatives and members of NGOs. The government has said persons nominated by social worker Anna Hazare can also be on the committee. If a committee concludes on the basis of evidence that a particular official has been involved in any wrongdoing or corruption, it can immediately seek a departmental inquiry against him/her. Besides, it can ensure that the case is highlighted in the officer’s annual confidential report - a summary which charts a government employee’s service performance.
  8. Atul Patankar

    IC elections to get transparent

    As reported by Priyal Dave at afternoondc.in on October 13, 2010 A committee will be soon formed to oversee the appointment Here’s some good news that will definitely bring smile to the faces of the Right To Information (RTI) activists. Persistent efforts of the activists across the state to get a transparent selection procedure for the Information Commissioner (IC), a committee comprising people from the state, judiciary and activists themselves is likely to be formed soon. The General Administration Department (GAD) in its communication to social activist Anna Hazare had asked him to set up guidelines that will help in the transparent selection of the IC as well as lay down the manner in which the IC is supposed to discharge his/her duty. Confirming the same Anna’s aide, Anil Sharma, explained, “We have asked the GAD to come up with a committee, which involves people who have knowledge of law as well as RTI, so that guidelines formed by the committee do not have any discrepancies and are not interpreted in any way other than the way they have been formed.” Anna has proposed that Activist Arvind Kejriwal and Vinita Deshmukh, Secretary Law, Secretary GAD, Chief Secretary and Hazare himself should constitute the committee, though a formal government order on the same is yet awaited. Meanwhile, RTI activist Krishnaraj Rao, who is on an indefinite hunger strike until the state gives up in going ahead with the unfair appointment of Vilas Patil as the new Chief Information Commissioner of Maharashtra is back in the city. Rao has been on the strike for a week now. Anna along with other activists will be meeting Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, today, at Ralegan Siddhi to deter him from giving his approval for the appointment of Vilas Patil as the new CIC
  9. As reported by Hetal vyas at dnaindia.com on December 22, 2009 Padamsinh Patil, prime accused in the Pawanraje Nimbalkar murder, has used the Right to Information Act to show that he was no longer living in the bungalow where co-accused Parasmal Jain claimed to have met him to take up the murder contract. Jain had told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in his confession that he had met Patil, a former state minister, in his official bungalow, Royal Stone, in January and February 2006. Patil allegedly ordered Jain to kill Nimbalkar, his cousin and a leader of the Congress, as well as social activist Kisan ‘Anna’ Hazare. But in a report obtained by Patil through the RTI Act, government officials have said that he had vacated the bungalow in 2005. Patil submitted this reply to the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court last week while seeking bail. Pawanraje Nimbalkar was shot dead in broad daylight on June 3, 2006, near Kalamboli steel market in Navi Mumbai. Patil was arrested by CBI, after the latter took over the investigation of Nimbalkar’s case on directives of the Bombay high court. CBI arrested Patil on June 3 this year, following a confession given by Parasmal Jain that he had killed Nimbalkar at the behest of Patil and he was hired on contract by the minister. Jain also told the police that he was asked to kill Hazare too, which he denied. Jain was arrested by officers of the Byculla police station in connection with a house-breaking case in February this year. According to the notes made by the high court in a 15-page order while granting bail to Patil, Jain even took the investigating officers to “Royal Stone” bungalow and said that he had gone to the bungalow in January and February 2006 along with another accused Satish Mandade. Jain had in his confession stated that when he was waiting in another room, Patil came over and asked his name. When he introduced himself, Patil stared at him and left. However, information obtained by Patil’s family under the Right to Information Act (RTI) contradict Jain’s claim, the only evidence on which Patil was arrested. The court granted bail to Patil only after the said RTI report was submitted by his defence team. As per the letter dated December 14, 2009, signed by Senior Divisional Accounts Officer, grade I, in PWD department, Patil had vacated ‘Royal Stone’ immediately after he ceased to be minister on March, 6, 2005. Patil was arrested on June 3, 2009 for allegedly hatching conspiracy to kill Nimbalkar. He was granted bail by Alibaug sessions court in September this year. Hazare on the very next day had filed an FIR against Patil based on Jain’s confession. On directives of the supreme court, Patil surrendered before the police in November for allegedly trying to hatch conspiracy to kill Hazare. Source: Patil plays RTI card to puzzle investigators - dnaindia.com
  10. As reported by Prafulla Marpakwar, TNN at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 24 May 2009 MUMBAI: Chief minister Ashok Chavan on Saturday agreed with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare that it should be made mandatory for the 20 lakh-and-odd state government employees to declare their assets. "We have accepted the plea. If the elected representatives can declare their assets while filing nomination papers, it will be appropriate for the government employees to follow suit. As there is no mention of assets in the service rules, we will amend it after a discussion with the Centre,'' Chavan told Hazare. The CM had convened a special meeting, which was attended by deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal and chief secretary Johny Joseph, where they discussed the issues raised by Hazare. "I have asked the administration to draft a time-bound action plan to implement the promises we made to Hazare,'' Chavan said. Three years ago Hazare first took up the issue of declaration of state employees' assets but it could not be accepted due to a dispute over the rule involving All India Service officials. The state can amend the directives and make it mandatory for its employees to declare their assets, but it cannot do the same with All India Service officials. "We will have to discuss it with the Centre. If the Centre agrees to have such a rule for All India service officials as well, then only we can make it mandatory,'' a senior official told TOI. At the meeting, Hazare-in a bid to have effective implementation of the Right to Information Act-asked Chavan to take stern action against erring officers for the dereliction of duty. Hazare said one of the reasons for the large number of pending cases-16,000-was owing to the failure of subordinate officers in providing information. The state has no power to book an erring official; only an information commissioner can take action against information officers for their failure to provide information. "Since it involves amending the rules, we will take it up with the Centre,'' Chavan said. Hazare also demanded that action should be taken against officers who protect their erring juniors. "Many juniors were responsible for irregularities, but their seniors did not taken action against them,'' Hazare said. Source: All state staffers have to declare assets, says CM - Mumbai - Cities - The Times of India
  11. As reported at www.sakaaltimes.com on 23 March 2009 PUNE: Since its inception 14 years ago, the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Aandolan Nyas (BVJAN) has succeeded in cracking around 1,500 cases of corruption and wrongdoing involving public servants and others in and around Pune, said BVJAN president K D Pawar. Interacting with Sakaal Times in the backdrop of the annual membership meet here on Sunday, Pawar said, “BVJAN was formed as an inspiration and acknowledgment to activist Anna Hazare’s social crusade against corruption. Besides, membership is given after strictly examining the credentials of the candidates and their perception towards social issues.” Pawar said that they refuse accommodation to any individual with political aspirations, biased approach towards social issues, individuals with illegal businesses, as BVJAN promotes and inculcates the spirit of pre-independence nationalism among its members. He said 99 per cent of people lack the spirit of activism and virtues of democratic principle. Hence, it becomes difficult at times to weed out malpractices on a wide scale or for that matter to usher in transparent governance, he added. Pawar said that the body depends on the Right To Information (RTI) Act to expose most of the misdeeds involving public servants. For that RTI workshops are held regularly to train members on how to solicit the requisite information from competent authorities on public projects. At the moment there are around 250 dedicated members. These members are assigned tasks according to the ability and familiarity of issues, replied Pawar when quizzed about the total member of members associated with BVJAN Source: Anti corruption crusader rues lack of activism among people
  12. sidmis

    Hazare threatens stir over RTI

    Hazare threatens stir over RTI as reported by DNA Correspondent, DNA Says cabinet decisions should be brought under the purview of the Act Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday announced that he would soon launch a state-wide agitation against the apathy of the state government in implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act. He said that he would approach even the president against the state information commissioner for keeping the cabinet decisions by the state cabinet out of the purview of the RTI. Hazare was speaking to mediapersons after the function organised by Sajag Nagrik Manch and Surajya Sangharsh Samiti to mark the third anniversary of the RTI Act. State information Commissioner (Pune Bench) Vijay Kuvlekar, RTI activists Vijay Kumbhar and Vivek Velankar and Jugal Rathi were also present. Hazare said that it was possible to prevent almost 70 % corruption in the government provided the RTI was effectively implemented. He pointed out that due to the apathy of the state government, the state information commissioner gave the decision that state cabinet decisions could be kept out of the RTI purview. Hazare reminded that his earlier agitation and even the hunger strike he resorted to at Alandi was to bring transparency in the government functioning. He said he would approach the chief minister, the governor and the president in this regard. He has sought an appointment from the president for the same and would suggest that retired judges be preferred to bureaucrats as RTI commissioners. He said the State Information Commissioner from Nagpur bench, Suresh Joshi, has passed strictures against many officials named in the RTI. Hazare said that he had brought this to the notice of Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who was shocked to know this. The RTI provided for punitive action and despite this the concerned RTI commissioner were hand in glove with government officials, he said. Hazare said that the government should make it mandatory for the SICs to hear at least 125 applications in a day. Even the SIC in Mumbai had shown performance of hearing upto 300 applications in a year meaning only one applications a day. "What was the use of paying salary to such people?" he said. Hajare said that such Commissioners were apathetic and the state government was also not doing anything . "It can bring the goings-on to the notice of the governor for action,", he said. Kuvlekar said that unless the laws had a human face, it could not serve the larger public interest. He would clear pending applications in the next 3-4 months so that only fresh applications would remain undecided with the Pune bench. There was a need to raise the staff in the SIC offices from 16 to 21. Kolhapur and Satara would be the first two districts in the entire country with zero pendency in applications (barring those filed in the last three month). Kumbhar welcomed the guests while Velankar conducted the programme. Rathi proposed a vote of thanks. © DNA DNA E-Paper - Daily News & Analysis -Mumbai,Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, India
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