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  1. RTI activist Valmiki Yadav (40) and associate Dhramendra Yadav (34) were shot near their village Bichwe around 7 pm, The Times of India quoted Jamui SDPO Rampukar Singh as saying. Officials said that the accused first attacked the victims with rods and sticks before shooting them. Yadav is said to have exposed several rackets and financial irregularities in the public welfare schemes and developmental works in the district. This is the third such incident of violent crime against RTI activists in the state in the past three months. On 20 June, 65-year-old RTI activist, Rajendra Singh, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in East Champaran district. A resident of Rajpur village, Singh was returning from Kutchery in Motihari at night when unidentified persons sprayed bullets on him. He died on the way to the hospital. Singh had exposed several discrepancies in the Indira Awas Yojana, teachers' appointment and Life Insurance Corporation. In April, two unidentified gunmen shot dead RTI activist Jayant Kumar in Bihar's Vaishali district. The assailants fled the scene on a bike immediately after the incident.
  2. A Right To Information (RTI) activist and his associate were shot dead by four unidentified men on Sunday night in Jamui district, Bihar, reports said. It is reportedly the third such incident in the state in the last three months. RTI activist Valmiki Yadav (40) and associate Dhramendra Yadav (34) were shot near their village Bichwe around 7 pm, The Times of India quoted Jamui SDPO Rampukar Singh as saying. Officials said that the accused first attacked the victims with rods and sticks before shooting them. Yadav is said to have exposed several rackets and financial irregularities in the public welfare schemes and developmental works in the district. This is the third such incident of violent crime against RTI activists in the state in the past three months. On 20 June, 65-year-old RTI activist, Rajendra Singh, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in East Champaran district. A resident of Rajpur village, Singh was returning from Kutchery in Motihari at night when unidentified persons sprayed bullets on him. He died on the way to the hospital. Singh had exposed several discrepancies in the Indira Awas Yojana, teachers' appointment and Life Insurance Corporation. In April, two unidentified gunmen shot dead RTI activist Jayant Kumar in Bihar's Vaishali district. The assailants fled the scene on a bike immediately after the incident. View full entry
  3. Hello Sir, I put an inquiry on Month November 2014 regarding health facility in my village but till date i did not get any information regarding the same. my application no is BR201420434 Kindly revert Thanks Rajnish xxxxxxxxx
  4. kunal bhushan

    How much spend money in bihar

    Farmers plot distroyed in bihar
  5. Referring to the brutal murder of an RTI workerin Masaurhi (Patna district), leader of opposition in legislativeassembly, Nand Kishore Yadav, today demanded an impartial inquiryinto the incident and stern punishment to criminals involved in thecrime. Read at: BJP condemns slide in law and order, RTI worker's murder
  6. Evidence collected by an RTI activist-cum-lawyer Dinesh Kumar Singh suggests that city mayor Dipak Kumar Bhubania, belonging to the ruling JDU, had been convicted by a local court 22 years ago. A permanent (red) warrant in his name is waiting execution. However, Bhubania contested the civic polls in 2012 and became mayor after being elected as a ward councillor. In his declaration papers, Bhubania allegedly hid that he was declared a fugitive in the court of law. Read at: RTI case unearths 'fugitive' tag on mayor
  7. As reported by IANS in sify.com on 05 November 2009: Opposition slams proposal to hike RTI fees in Bihar Opposition slams proposal to hike RTI fees in Bihar Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar came in for criticism from opposition parties Wednesday for proposing a change in the fee structure of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, wherein a petitioner would have to pay Rs.10 per query instead of Rs.10 for any number of queries in his petition. Nitish Kumar has proposed amendment to the RTI Act in Bihar and has proposed increasing the fees for seeking information through the RTI to Rs.10 per query. Till now a petitioner could seek as many queries in his petition by paying Rs.10 only. The opposition parties Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Congress and Left parties have criticised Nitish Kumar for proposing an change in the RTI rule in the state. Opposition leaders alleged that Nitish Kumar was trying to dilute the RTI Act in Bihar to shield rampant corruption. 'It is a draconian amendment to discourage the common man from seeking information under the RTI Act,' RJD leader Ram KIrpal Yadav said. Another RJD leader Shakeel Ahmad Khan said that proposed amendment will defeat the very purpose of the RTI Act which is to bring transparency and accountability in the functioning of government offices. 'A petitioner seeking 10 queries from a government body on a single application will have to pay Rs.100 in place of Rs.10,' Khan said. Bihar state Congress chief Anil Kumar Sharma said the 'move is anti-people'.
  8. PATNA: The irony could not have been more pronounced: When this newspaper asked Bihar State Milk Cooperative Federation Ltd (Comfed) MD Harjot Kaur why milk was being sold @ Rs 33 to 43/litre in Bihar and Rs 25/litre to a private dairy at Joya in Moradabad, she banged the phone. When the report got into print on May 29, the MD of Vaishal-Pataliputra Milk Union (VPMU) - one of the milk unions under the cooperative - presumably took it upon himself to deny the report, of which VPMU is only a small part. 'Presumably' because the denial is on plain paper, not on letter head, and the signature is also illegible. It does not have even a letter number. The gist of the three-page denial, which has used terms like 'baseless', 'misleading' and their synonyms at least 36 times, is that the TOI report is bunkum. Kaur, on her part, held a press conference to trash the TOI story. This newspaper was not invited to the presser. We exercised our RTI (right to information) to know who is misleading whom. And according to documents procured under the RTI Act, the state animal husbandry and fisheries department received complaints earlier this year, alleging milk unions under Comfed were sending lakhs of litres of milk to private dairies in Delhi and Moradabad for processing the same as powder. Thus, the milk powder plants, opened by the Bihar government investing crores from the state exchequer, are not being utilized. This causes losses worth crores to the state every month, the complaints alleged and added one private party was selected in violation of tender rules. Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Patna/Bihar-milk-to-Moradabad-Who-is-misleading-whom/articleshow/36170685.cms
  9. I had filed an RTI application to MAGADH UNIVERSITY, BIHAR seeeking info about a degree certificate issued to a candidate who had secured a govt job using that certificate. As per the information collected by me, through my earlier RTI applications, it was amply clear that the degree used by the candidate(the other party) was a fake one. I was denied the same govt job as I was placed in the waiting list at number one position. The state commision had asked the university to set up an enquiry commision to find out the truth. University had submitted the enquiry report in a sealed envelope to the state commision. The other party's lawyer argued in the court that the copy of report should not be given to me without the permission of his client. He argued that there are certain judgements by supreme court which he will produce in the court. My request to the members in this forum is that whether court can deny me the copy of the enquiry report? Copy of latest order attached.
  10. Dear Sir, I ha d applied for OBC status for me in Bihar to Dept of minority affairs but they had transferred it to general administration department. What should i do now? Earlier i have sent mails to under secretary for the same but he has not replied me. please see the attachment and give me suitable advice. regards Keshav Kumar Application.pdf
  11. Bihar Human Rights Commission issues notice to Nitish Government as reported in New Kerala -ANI Patna, May 7 : The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has issued notice to the Nitish Kumar led Government on an issue related to amending the rules of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The BHRC has asked the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) Principal Secretary to appear before it on May 18. A division bench of the Commission, comprising its chairman Justice S N Jha and Justice Rajendra Prasad sent the notice on Thursday after it prima facie found the second provision to Rule 3 (2) (ii) of the Bihar Right to Information Rules 2006. The Bihar State RTI Act was amended by a notification on November 19, 2009. The Act was in conflict with the corresponding provision of the Centre's RTI Act. As per the amendment in the Bihar Right to Information Rules, information can be supplied to persons belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) free of cost up to ten pages and for additional pages fee was payable as per rules. There is no ceiling on the number of pages in the RTI Act. Bihar Human Rights Commission issues notice to Nitish Government .:. newkerala.com Online News - 103579
  12. Two Bihar government officials fined under RTI Act As Reported in Outlook India, PATNA, MAY 20 (PTI) Bihar Information Commission (BIC) has fined two officials - one for not providing information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and another for not providing information within stipulated time. The BIC fined the Public Information Officer (PIO) of Motihari Collectorate Rs 25,000 as the PIO was found guitly of not not responding to the application of one Nagendra Jaiswal who had sought certain information from him, Commission sources said. The BIC directed the East Champaran District Magistrate to ensure the compliance of the Commission's order and inform it accordingly, they said. The Commission asked the PIO to provide relevant information latest by July two and fixed July 10 as the next date of hearing in the case. Chief Information Commissioner Justice Shashank Kumar Singh slapped a fine of Rs 12,500 on the chief engineer of the Patna Muncipal Corporation R P Trivedi for not not supplying information to Indrani Sinha within the stipulated period. The fine would be deducted from the June and July salary of the chief engineer, BIC sources added. outlookindia.com | wired
  13. Sir i want to know why bihar bsnl is not publishing TTA-2008 results,i thought there should be some corruption done in recruitment process.Our exam held on 22.11.2009 but result yet not come.I request them to publish reason behind delay of recruitment because all states bsnl circle except bihar circle completed whole recruitment process in year 2009.
  14. Share data sermon to govt officers As reported by SANJEEV KUMAR VERMA in the TELEGRAPH Patna, Oct. 6: Not just the public information officers, any government official can face music for not providing information sought by an applicant under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Chief information commissioner of Bihar Ashok Kumar Choudhary. Telegraph picture Executive engineer of Patna Municipal Corporation’s new capital division (north) Kameshwar Prasad Singh today became the first such official in Bihar. The chief information commissioner of the state, Ashok Kumar Choudhary, penalised him for not co-operating with the Patna Municipal Corporation chief engineer in providing information to Mahendra Prasad Gupta, sought under the RTI Act. Choudhary observed in his judgment that Singh’s action was a fit case for imposing fine in accordance with the provisions of the act. He imposed a penalty of Rs 250 per day, subject to a maximum of Rs 25,000, on Singh. The chief information commissioner has directed the Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner to deduct Rs 2,000 per month from Singh’s salary for the first 12 months and Rs 1,000 for the 13th month. The deducted sum will be deposited under the funds earmarked for the penalty imposed under RTI. Choudhary has recommended the Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner to put the erring executive engineer under suspension and initiate departmental action. The chief information commissioner, in the concluding part of the judgment, has asked the Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner to provide information to the petitioner. He has also been asked to send a report to the commission. The case dates back to August 2009 when Gupta had sought information from the public information officers of the Patna Municipal Corporation about the steps taken to meet the underground drain repair demand of the residents. The state information panel in November 2009 directed the public information officer to provide data to the applicant latest by December 8, 2009. The commission set May 20, 2010 as the next date of hearing of the case. On May 20 this year, the public information officer said he had provided partial information to the petitioner, Gupta. The rest of the information had been sought from the chief engineer of the Patna Municipal Corporation. On the next date of hearing (August 4, 2010), the chief engineer informed the commission that the information was available with the executive engineer. The chief engineer had written to the executive engineer requesting him to provide the necessary information in June 2010 itself. After getting the order of the state information commission on August 4, he wrote to the Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner informing him that he contacted the executive engineer as directed by the commission several times but the executive engineer did not co-operate with him. He requested the Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner to direct the executive engineer to provide information to the petitioner. The copy of the letter was also sent to the state information commission. Pulling up the executive engineer for his act, the chief information commissioner observed that right to information was a fundamental right and it was the duty of the public authorities to provide information to petitioners. The institution of public information officer and assistant public information officer were created to ease the burden of the public authority and also to ensure uninterrupted flow of information to the citizens who seek information under the act, Choudhary said. “It does not, however, mean that if the public information officer or deemed public information officer refuses to provide information, the citizen will not get the information,” he added. Source : The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Bihar | Share data sermon to govt officers
  15. Atul Patankar

    Bihar: Know your MLA: Did he serve you?

    As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 6 Oct, 2010 You will cast your vote from October 21 onwards to elect your representative in Bihar assembly. This is the time when candidates come knocking on your door to seek your support with a smile and a long list of promises. Once the deed is done, you will be saddled with the person elected for a long time to come. Was your choice an informed one last time? Did you assess the candidate thoroughly before you voted? Many of them will be coming to you again. Were their pledges sincere? Or was it all tall promises and fake smiles? The Times of India will empower you this time with the lowdown on your MLA. Now you can hold them accountable. How did they perform in the assembly? Did they reflect your concern and give you a voice? Did they involve you in the development work in your area? Going though the MLA Report Card, you can judge for yourself. Under the MLA Local Area Development Fund, each MLA can spend up to Rs 1 crore on development works in his constituency each year. Did your MLA align this work with your needs and priorities? Or was it to help his cronies? In short, was public money well utilised or wasted? The information has been accessed by NGO Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS), using RTI. SNS, a citizen's group that promotes transparency and accountability in government functioning, has been using RTI to enhance understanding of the role of elected representatives and encourage people to hold them accountable. You can now judge if you really needed those parks when the roads in your colony were crumbling. Or if you got water when you really needed it. And what about the promised `baraat ghar'? Give your MLA a pat if he has performed well. Or tell him to get off and that you cannot be taken for granted. It will clean the system and give you a role in governance. We kick off our new series, MLA Report Card, with an assessment of veteran politician Bijendra Prasad Yadav.
  16. HRD most sought after department in terms of RTI queries (In BIHAR) as reported in IBN LIve, Patna, Aug 22 (PTI) A total 20 per cent of the applications under the Right to Information Act were directed to the human resources department (HRD) in Bihar on education-related activities, state Information Commission Secretary B B Pandey said today. Of the total 3295 RTI applications received in 2008-09, 597 of them were directed at HRD, he told PTI here. The cabinet secretariat department received 244 applications under RTI, while the personnel and administrative reforms department had 211 queries, he said. The health department (188), rural works department (159), food and consumer protection department (143) and panchayati raj department (140) were among the other departments to get a large number of RTI apllications. The home department received 120, energy department 107, social welfare department 102 and the cooperative department 101 applications, he said. Meanwhile, the state government's decision to popularise the RTI Act by enabling the people to ask questions to the concerned department over telephone has evoked good response with 16598 people availing the facility in 2009-10 of which 8838 applications have been disposed of. Bihar is the only state in the country to allow RTI applications via telephone, official sources said adding the facility was launched in January under 'Jankari' scheme. PTI KDK KK Source :: HRD most sought after department in terms of RTI queries, IBN Live News
  17. As reported at hindustantimes.com on June 19, 2010 A query under the RTI Act has revealed that Bihar Tourism Minister Ram Parvesh Rai spent Rs 33.21 lakh on fuel in 19 months — almost Rs 1.75 lakh per month. RJD made the revelation for the period between April 2009 and October 2010 in the state assembly on Saturday. “The tourism minister spent Rs 28.31 lakh in 2008-09 and Rs 4.81 lakh till October 10 in the fiscal 2009-10,” RJD state president Abdul Bari Siddiqui said. The amount is almost 10 times more than what the state’s other ministers spent on fuel during the same period. According to the figures, 14 Bihar ministers, including Rai, spent Rs 47.34 lakh on fuel. Science and Technology Minister Anil Kumar was next in line having spent Rs 7.32 lakh, way below Rai’s Rs 33 lakh. Ministers of HRD, SC/ST welfare, cooperatives, industry, water resource department, information and public relations, building construction, minor irrigation and rural development spent below Rs 5 lakh each on petrol in the same period. Refuting all charges , Rai said the RJD was exaggerating. “It is true that as tourism minister and minister in-charge of districts, I travel a lot. But I don’t think my bill could have been more than Rs 4-5 lakh...” On CM Nitish Kumar’s ‘vishwas yatra’, Siddiqui said, “Not less than Rs 15 crore is being spent on his daylong visits to each district. This is being done at the cost of state exchequer.”
  18. Bihar punishes 207 officials under RTI as reported in Financial Express (Agencies), May 19, 2010 Patna: The Bihar Information Commission (BIC) has imposed fines on 207 officials last year for failing to provide relevant details or incorrect information to the applicants who had sought information under RTI. The officials, who were slapped fines, include three district magistrates, five additional district magistrates, one director and secretary each, six police officers, 25 engineers and 11 district education superintendents/officials, BIC Registrar BB Pandey said. The others penalised by the BIC comprised two sub-division officers, 29 block development officers, 13 medical and health officials, 21 panchayat secretaries and 17 circle officers. Pandey said that the district magistrates who were fined were posted in Vaishali, Munger and Madhepura districts. ‘The punitive measures against the government officials for their recalcitrant attitude towards proper disposal of RTI applications were taken under the relevant provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the BIC Registrar said. ‘The BIC had launched a facility in 2007 for the public to seek information under RTI on phones by depositing Rs. 10 as telephone bill and the concerned official was required to elicit the details by post within 35 days. As many as 165598 people had sent their questionnaire to the concerned officials last year and 8838 persons had got their reply in the stipulated time. Bihar punishes 207 officials under RTI
  19. As reported by Madhulata at blog.taragana.com on October 30th, 2009 The State Human Rights Commission in Bihar has asked the state government to suspend 54 public information officials and start departmental proceedings against them for torturing applicants seeking information under the RTI Act, officials said today. Officials said the Commission has also asked the government to apprise it of the action taken against the erring officials within six weeks failing which cases will be lodged against them in the Patna High Court. The Commission has further asked the government to withdraw false cases registered against the complainants by the concerning officials. “It is very serious that the officials and the police are torturing the complainants seeking information. This is complete violation of human rights”, a member of the State Human Rights Commission Justice Rajendra Prasad has said in his order. Source: Bihar rights panel asks govt to suspend 54 information officials
  20. sidmis

    RTI fallout: Collector fined

    RTI fallout: Collector fined as reported by Faizan Ahmad,TNN 12 Oct 2008, Times of India Cartoonist R K Laxman’s common man is no longer a hapless commoner. Armed with a constitutional weapon provided by the Right To Information (RTI) Act, he is now empowered enough to expose the powers-that-be and ensure the erring ones among them are taken to task. This is exactly what Ram Pravesh Rai has been doing for sometime now. This 48-year-old farmer from Buxar has almost dedicated his life to dig out the truth buried in official files and expose the erring babus. Thanks to his relentless efforts, a district magistrate (DM), who once sent him to jail, has been fined by the State Information Commission (SIC). The former Buxar DM, Vishnudeo Prasad, was fined Rs 25,000 by name and the money has since been deducted from his salary. His successor in Buxar was also slapped a fine of an equal amount. But at a later meeting of the full bench of SIC, the recovery of fine from the present DM has been stayed. Rai, an activist of Soochna Ka Adhikar Manch, is often seen carrying a heavy bundle of photocopies of official documents he has procured through RTI, and even a cursory look at these documents provides enough evidence of corruption, embezzlement of government funds and evasion of taxes worth several crores of rupees in Buxar district alone. The information he has secured concerns implementation of three government-sponsored schemes - Million Shallow Tubeless Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Yojana and the scheme for loan to purchase tractor - during the last six to seven years. "What is surprising is that such corrupt practices continued not only during the RJD regime but also under the ‘sushasan’," rued Rai, showing the documents. Chief minister Nitish Kumar too knows most officials do not want to supply information to public. "Justice can be provided to people through RTI but the problem is that some officials with old mindset are hesitant to make official information public," he once said at a function of SIC. Noted social activist Parveen Amanullah, the founder head of `Soochna Ka Adhikar Manch’, said since the information dissemination mechanism is still in a very early stage, it is not functioning satisfactorily. "The officials are supposed to keep details readily available but they are not doing it," she said. SIC spokesman Rambadan Baruah admitted that certain officials are still hesitant to share information with people. "The scenario has changed after the commission ordered posting of public information officers in each department and government offices," he said. RTI fallout: Collector fined-Patna-Cities-The Times of India
  21. As reported at bihartimes.com on 10 Oct 2009 Patna, (BiharTimes): The Bihar government has announced to initiate action against officials found guilty of torturing petitioners seeking information under the Right to Information Act. According to the Home Secretary, Aamir Subhani, official found guilty of serving threats to the information seekers or implicating them in false cases will be suitably punished. The media, including bihartimes.com have highlighted a number of cases in which petitioners have been tortured and even implicated in rape cases. he Home Secretary said he was also writing to the district magistrates and district superintendents of police asking them to strictly follow the government directives. The state government’s action follows a large number of complains by the information seekers that they are being constantly threatened, tortured and implicated in false cases for seeking information under RTI from the officials. The convenor of Lok Suchana Adhikar Manch, an NGO, Parveen Amanullah has alleged more than two dozen information seekers had been arrested and sent to jails in false cases for daring to seek information from officials under the RTI Act. Quite a large number of officials did not even provide information to petitioners despite repeated reminders, prompting the State Information Commission to slap fine on them. In all 262 officials were punished in the last one year for not supplying information to the applicants. An official report said altogether 12,000 cases were registered with the State Information Commission in the last three years and around 1.50 lakh people sought various kinds of information from various departments. Source: Officials found guilty of torturing RTI petitioners to be punished
  22. As reported by Faizan Ahmed of TNN in timesofindiaindiatimes.com on 10 September 2009: Just 2 officers to handle 24,000 cases at SIC - Patna - City - NEWS - The Times of India Just 2 officers to handle 24,000 cases at SIC PATNA: The petitions are piling up at the State Information Commission (SIC) here. But there are only two information commissioners (ICs) to handle the cases. For, the post of chief information commissioners (CIC) has been lying vacant for almost a year now. Patna High Court directed the state government more than once to appoint the CIC and fill up the vacant posts of ICs. Earlier, the state government informed the court that it had appointed J N Bhatt, retired chief justice of Patna High Court, as the CIC. But, early this week, when the court was hearing a PIL, advocate-general P K Shahi said Justice Bhatt had been appointed. But now, he has expressed the inability to accept the post. The office of the CIC has been lying vacant following the retirement of Justice Shashank Shekhar Singh last September. Since then, only two ICs, P N Narayanan and Shakil Ahmad, both retired bureaucrats, have been in office. Bihar Right to Information Manch convener Parveen Amanullah said the government kept the court in the dark about Justice Bhatt for several months though he had declined the offer long back. She said the state never had more than three ICs. "The government is not serious and, since it does not intend to provide correct information to seekers, it is not appointing information commissioners," alleged Amanullah. Nearly 24,000 cases have been filed with the SIC and over 14,000 are still pending. The situation is quite ironic. Bihar was once regarded as a model for implementing the RTI Act and introducing Jankari call centre for the benefit of people seeking information. It was also awarded gold from the Union ministry of personnel for the Jankari call centre under which people can seek information. Jankari, a brainchild of chief minister Nitish Kumar, aimed at helping people living in the remotest corners of the state to submit applications for information under RTI by dialling 155311. The operator, receiving the call, would draft the application under the RTI Act and send the same to the authorities concerned for providing the requisite information. The applicant is provided with a reference number of the application by the call centre. And, in case the information is not provided by the authorities, the applicant is entitled to file the first appeal to the appellate authority and later, the second appeal to SIC. But Shiv Prakash Rai, an RTI activist, said the Jankari was just not a successful experiment. "Applicants, calling up, say something and the operator takes down something else. Also, the applicants are not provided any Jankari by the call centre, which takes money for the calls," he said, adding people are least interested in that mode of filing cases.
  23. Atul Patankar

    Seekers of truth land behind bars

    As reported by NALIN VERMA at telegraphindia.com on September 7 , 2009 Patna, Sept. 6: Bihar became the first state to implement the Right to Information Act in 2006, earning accolades. Ironically, it is also turning out to be the first state where information seekers are reportedly being framed for misdemeanour and are being put behind bars. Case in point: One Sheoprakash Rai sought information about a government scheme from Buxar district magistrate, who called Rai to his chamber on February 1, 2008. He then went on to sent Rai to jail after framing a case of obstruction in official duty against him. The information commission, headed by chief information commissioner S.K. Singh (a retired judge of Patna High Court), clamped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the Buxar DM. Singh retired in October 2008 and since then the state has had no chief information commissioner. Next, the government appointed J.N. Bhatt (a retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court) as the chief information commissioner following Singh’s retirement. But a Gujarat resident, Bhatt never joined office. The government, too, did nothing to fill-up the vacant post in the past year. Now, the high court has issued a showcause to the state asking it to explain the delay in the appointment on the constitutional position. Incidentally, the high court has also issued a notice to its former chief justice (Bhatt) to state the reason for not joining. As the issue of appointment is in limbo, a dozen information-seekers have been framed in false cases for their offence of seeking information. They include Rambalak Sharma, framed for murder, as he sought information related to a land dispute case from Lakhisarai SP, Ramchandra Mandal, charged with extortion, for seeking information about work on a project from Lakhisarai chief engineer, Umesh Sharma, booked under the arms act, for submitted an RTI application to Masaurhi sub-divisional officer, said Parveen Amanullah, the Bihar RTI forum covenor. “It is a peculiar situation. The Constitution has armed people with the right to seek information. But these officials, instead of co-operating are taking applicants as offenders,” Amanullah told The Telegraph. Surprisingly, Bihar, the first state to implement the act, has only two information commissioners against sanctioned posts of 10. On the other hand, Jharkhand, with a population lesser than Bihar, has seven information commissioners. Uttar Pradesh has as many as 11 commissioners, nine seven and five in Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, respectively. Sources said, the Bihar information commission has as many as 25,856 applications seeking information under the RTI Act pending. “The government has so far taken no decision about the appointment of the vacant chief information commissioner’s post,” said principal secretary of personnel department Amir Subhani. Source: The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | Seekers of truth land behind bars
  24. Thanks to babus, many land in jail for daring to use RTI Reported in Bihar Times Patna, (Bihar Times): The idea of Right to Information (RTI) may be too novel, romantic and even effective. But in Bihar bureaucrats have learnt the art to overcome it. They are implicating those who dare to seek information, in false and sometimes serious cases (such as rape) and putting them behind bars. There are innumerable cases of harassment at the hands of officials. For example, Shiv Prakash Rai, who is in mid-50s, was charged by a former district magistrate of Buxar, with demanding randhari tax (extortion money) from him. But can any person simply barged into the chamber of district magistrate to charge the amount? However, thanks to Paresh Saxena, the then Superintendent of Police of that district, he was released from the jail after 29 days. Rai's crime was that he, under the Right To Information, dared to ask the details of beneficiaries under Indira Awas Yojana. Purushottam Prasad of Nalanda district, who demanded details of land reforms, was implicated in the false case of stealing kerosene drums. Retired army personnel, Chandradeep Singh, was even more unlucky. He was charged with attempting to rape a woman in Maner. His crime was that he sought from the police the details of the murder of his son and daughter. Another person, Jaiprakash, who sought details of the construction of Chirayatand overbridge was charged with obstructing government servants in discharging duty and disrupting construction works. According to Parveen Amanullah, the co-ordinator of Bihar Right To Information Manch, the government officials had lodged false cases against those who dared to expose corruption. She further said that officers should be sensitized as they are unable to accept the fact that people are now in a position to demand information from them. She regretted that no action had been taken against the officials who levelled false charges against RTI activists. The irony is that Parveen herself is the wife of top bureaucrat of the state––home secretary Afzal Amanullah––yet she echoes the helpelessness of the RTI activists. Thanks to babus many land in jail for daring to use RTI
  25. The Fodder Scam of Rs.950 crores in bihar : who all where involved in it and how many where convicted guilty and where is the money now utilized .
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