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rti activism: Haryana: Babus got BPL plots in Gurgaon and sold them for big profits: RTI by Sudhir Yadav
Sajib Nandi posted a topic in RTI in MediaAnother RTI revealed that a public sector bank employee has been allotted the plot. Many others, some with salaries of over Rs 4 lakh per annum, have also benefitted," said RTI activist Sudhir Yadav, who filed the queries in various government departments, after disgruntled villagers brought the issue to his notice. Under the scheme, nearly seven lakh BPL families in villages across the state were to get residential plots. Read more at: Babus got BPL plots in Gurgaon and sold them for big profits: RTI | Gurgaon NYOOOZ
rti happenings: Karnataka: Deceased IAS officer DK Ravi was planning raids on big developers, RTI query reveals
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaSocial activist and whistleblower Ganesh S Koundiny on Tuesday claimed that IAS officer DK Ravi, who died in mysterious circumstances, was planning raids on some big developers to unearth commercial tax evasion. Read at: Deceased IAS officer DK Ravi was planning raids on big developers, RTI query reveals | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
CIC serves notice to Big B on UP poll campaign Times of India 2 Oct 2007, 1818 hrs IST,PTI LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Information Commission has served a notice to Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan asking him what was the basis for his election slogan on TV channels to suggest that crime was less in the state. His slogan â€˜UP me hai dum, jurm hai yahan kamâ€™ was aired by the news channels during assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh during April-May this year. Chief Information Commissioner M A Khan gave the order on a complaint of one Brijbhushan Dubey of Ghazipur, who sought to know under the Right to Information Act, the basis of his claim and fixed October 15 as the next date of hearing. The order, however, said that if Bachchan gave his reply to the complainant by a registered mail before Oct 15, he need not appear before the state information commission. Dubey, on March 30, had sought to know from the superstar on the basis of which central report he claimed that crime was less in UP and to provide certified copy of the report to him. He also sought to know how much payment was made to Bachchan and by whom, and what was the nature of his contract with the electronic channels. After failing to get any reply from Bachchan, Dubey had approached the Commission, which fixed two hearings on the matter but no one appeared from Bachchan's side in any of that. The CIC then served a notice to him asking him to either reply to the complainant before Oct 15 or appear before the commission on the next date of hearing.
NEW DELHI: The BJP has taken the Right to Information (RTI) route to lay bare what it sees as the â€˜wheat import scamâ€™. The party sniffs huge irregularities in the deal and has even claimed that its stand has been vindicated. Armed with the details secured through the RTI, the party on Thursday reiterated its demand for the dismissal of Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and wanted a CBI inquiry into the entire episode, which, it alleged, had caused a big loss to the exchequer. With the monsoon session of Parliament commencing on Friday, the party has made up its mind to haul up the ruling combine over the alleged bungling. â€œThe prime minister must come clean on the subject,â€ BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said here on Thursday afternoon. The BJP, Mr Javadekar said, had sought information on the reasons for the cancellation of the first round of bids invited at the rate of $263 per million tonne (MT) in May this year. The food and consumer affairs ministry cited six factors that led to the termination of the tenders at the said rate. â€œTenders were floated by the STC on behalf of the government in May. After negotiations with the foreign suppliers, the STC recommended purchase of 3.06 lakh tonnes of wheat at $263/MT. However, none of the bids were accepted by the government as the STC had said there were possibilities of a softening of prices for arrival beyond August 2007 compared to the June-August prices received in the tender,â€ the information made available through the RTI read. There were other factors, too, including reports that the Australian crop to be harvested during November-December, 2007 was described as â€œgoodâ€ by the International Grain Council, talk of declining price curve of wheat in the international market by all the three related agencies, namely the IGC, Reuters and the Chicago Board of Trade, the governmentâ€™s decision to take advantage of future market conditions, fears that acceptance of imported wheat at prices higher than procurement price in the domestic market would induce discontentment among the farmers and apprehensions that the traders would resort to hoarding wheat stocks in the hope of a future price rise. â€œThis was the governmentâ€™s assessment on June 1 this year,â€ Mr Javadekar said, adding, â€œIt suddenly changed its stance around June 10 and decided to re-tender for the import of 50 lakh MT of wheat immediately.â€ Tenders were floated for 5.11 million tonnes of wheat, which were subsequently awarded to three firms at a weighted average price of $325/MT. â€œThis is a clear admission of not only a flip-flop or an error of judgement, but foul play,â€ the BJP spokesman said. The governmentâ€™s decision to import wheat, notwithstanding its own assessment, proves that something happened behind the scenes during the first week of June and some vested interests had played their part, he added. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/BJP_digs_up_dirt_on_wheat_import_sees_big_scam/articleshow/2269873.cms