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  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet extravaganza, the International Yoga Day, has cost the government more than Rs 9 crore till date, a reply to an RTI query has revealed. dna gained access to the reply sent by the ministry of Ayush, which was in charge of organising the mega event, to an RTI query seeking details of money spent on the event, including publicity. In its reply, the ministry said the total expenditure incurred on the event stood at Rs 9,35,34,303. The reply was received on July 6. Read more at: Yoga Day cost government Rs 9 crore | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
  2. The Haryana Roadways is in the red even as the number of passengers travelling by its fleet increased to 4,527 lakh from 3,977 in 2008. The annual losses to the state roadways increased to Rs 482.48 crore in 2014-15 from Rs 115.29 core in 2007-08. The state government was planning to increase the number of buses in the fleet from existing 4,800 to 6,000, but the increasing loss is a major concern as not even a single depot and sub-depot of the state is in profit. As per the information procured by social activist Sanjeev Sharma under the Right to Information (RTI) Act , all 24 depots and 13 sub-depots of the state transport have been in the loss for the past three years, even as 4,829 buses of the roadways cover 13 lakh km every day, carrying 13.6 lakh passengers to their respective destinations.Read more at; Haryana Roadways in red, annual loss increases to over Rs 482 crore
  3. The Central Government spent more than Rs. 6000 crore in 11 years from 2004 to 2015 on publicity campaigns and as the statistics show the spending has only increased during the reign of successive governments. The information was provided by DAVP in response to an application filed under RTI. Read more at: The Centre Spent More Than 6000 Crore On Publicity
  4. State-run LIC, which annually invests about Rs 50,000 crore in equities, did not respond to a detailed questionnaire sent by ET. ET could not independently ascertain the period during which the investments under the scanner were made. The finance ministry also refused to divulge any further information under Section 8 (1)(h) of the RTI Act 2005, which states that providing information will impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders. Read more at: LIC investments of Rs 10,000 crore under scanner - The Economic Times
  5. Manipal: Manipal Institution is accused of using government approved land for business purpose. DC Vishal has issued orders of fine around 1123 crore. The scam has brought to light in RTI plea. Objection was raised under RTI for building hostel in Manipal belonged to KMC. RTI activist Yogesh Shet had put allegations on the institution for misusing the land approved for educational purpose. He accused that 17 storied building is used for NRI hostel. Read more at: Manipal land scam: 1123 crore fine
  6. Escorting “VVIPs” in Punjab in pilot vehicles is leaving the state poorer by Rs 2.5 crore every year. Each escort and pilot vehicle is a fuel guzzler: consuming about 200 litres of diesel every month. Plus, the repair and maintenance of these 115 vehicles is a big burden on the state coffers. Read more at: VIP escort vehicles leave Punjab poorer by Rs 2.5 crore annually
  7. GURGAON: The Delhi-Gurgaon expressway concessionaire, MCEPL, has sought a refund of Rs 78 crore from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for loss of revenue, which was caused following the directive of the Punjab and Haryana high court in September 2012. According to the court orders, the erstwhile concessionaire, DGSCL (Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited), was barred from increasing the toll rates in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and toll collection was suspended for 15 days in September 2012 that allegedly caused revenue loss to the company. The claims belong to the years 2012-13 and 2013-14 before Millennium City Expressways Pvt Ltd (MCEPL) took over toll opeartions, but according to MCEPL, since it inherited assets and liabilities from its predecessor, it has a rightful claim to the receivables as well. The details were revealed in a reply to an RTI application filed by RTI activist Aseem Takyar. Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/MCEPL-seeks-Rs-78-crore-refund-from-NHAI/articleshow/47607509.cms
  8. NAGPUR: A query by RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar revealed that the jail authorities earned over Rs2.62 crore in last two years through various works done through its nearly 900 inmates. It has a total of 881 prisoners with 842 men and 39 women. Of them 15, including a woman, are on death row while four are foreigners. Those on the death row are not allowed to work.Read at: http://m.timesofindia.com/city/nagpur/Jail-birds-help-authorities-earn-Rs-2-68-crore-in-2-years-in-Nagpur/articleshow/47547259.cms
  9. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It seems the government is not ready to take any step to control the rising number of accidents in the state. The Road Safety Authority is yet to utilise Rs 52 crore of the fund earmarked for it from 2010 onwards, reveals an RTI query. Read at: Road Safety Authority Yet to Utilise Rs 52 Crore - The New Indian Express
  10. BHUBANESWAR: As many as 225 former MLAs/MPs/ministers have pending rent arrear of Rs 1.33 crore with the state, the government has revealed to an RTI application. Many of the former law makers when asked about the pendency contested the RTI disclosure, terming it as false. Read at: Ex-Odisha law makers owe Rs 1.33 crore towards rent - The Times of India
  11. सोनीपत (सुनील कुमार): आर.टी.आई. एक्ट 2005 के अंतर्गत सरकार ने आम आदमी को सूचना का अधिकार दिया है। जिसके माध्यम से आम आदमी किसी भी सरकारी संस्था या विभाग से मामूली खर्च पर जानकारी प्राप्त कर सके। परन्तु अगर सूचना देने के बदले संबंधित कार्यालय या विभाग आपसे करोड़ों रुपए पहले जमा करने व बाद में सूचना देने की बात कहे तो आम आदमी के होश उड़ सकते हैं। जी हां ऐसा ही मामला सोनीपत के सेक्टर 15 से सामने आया है। जहां सेक्टर 15 निवासी आर.पी. भारद्वाज को नेहरू युवा केन्द्र संगठन ने सूचना देने के बदले 4 करोड़ रुपए से अधिक जमा करने का फरमान थमा दिया है। ऐसे में एक तरफ जहां आर.पी. भारद्वाज खुद को असमर्थ महसूस कर रहे हैं, वहीं दूसरी तरफ आर.टी.आई. एक्ट 2005 के अंतर्गत विभागीय कार्यप्रणाली पर भी सवाल खड़े होते नजर आ रहे हैं। Read at: RTI के जवाब के बदले मांगे 4 करोड़ रुपए
  12. VASCO: The office of civil registrar cum sub-registrar and notary ex-officio, Mormugao, has turned out to be one of the major revenue contributors to the state government’s coffers by generating a revenue of around ` 8.18 crore during the year 2014-15. “` 2,715 was collected in form of fees for queries under the Right to Information Act, 2005. Most often the RTI revenue is spent on providing photocopies to the applicants and so the revenue doesn’t count as income,” he said. Read at: Mormugao civil registrar office rakes in Rs 8.18 crore during 2014-15 | The Navhind Times
  13. About 39 persons, who had faced a threat to their lives, took security from the Mumbai police between 1999 and December 2014, but they are yet to pay an amount of Rs 2,63,85,169 for the service, a Right to Information query revealed.Read at: 39 people owe police Rs 2.63 crore | The Asian Age
  14. Referring documentary evidences procured through RTI, the former finance minister of Arunachal Pradesh headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, pointed out that the state government had received an amount of Rs 519.13 crore from the Centre under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) from 2011-12 to 2014-2015, out of which an amount of Rs 292.32 crore was siphoned off. Read at: Rs 300 crore Central funds siphoned off in Northeast | The Asian Age
  15. In a reply to Manoranjan Roy, Central Railway said a charge of Rs 1,000 per page plus service tax would be levied on the activist for the information on reservation between February 11-15 that he had asked for; the same information could have been provided on a CD for just Rs 60 Read more at: Want reservation details? Pay Rs 2.4 cr, railways tell Mumbai RTI activist - News
  16. According to the RTI reply, the six vends along NH-8, which were closed down after the HC order, would have deposited Rs 14.68 crore in fee for this financial year. The 17 shops that were shifted from the highway would deposit Rs 29.25 crore in licence fee, an increase of Rs 3 crore from the Rs 26.25 crore collected last year. So the total licence fee collection from these 23 vends for 2015-16 would stand at Rs 29 crore, which is a loss of Rs 11 crore from last year. Raed at: Rs 11 crore excise loss after 23 liquor vends shifted from NH-8 - The Times of India
  17. In an RTI reply to a citizen, the Parks and Gardens department has said that the cost of the butterfly park is Rs 6.38 lakh. In reality, the corporation has issued the work order of the project for approximately Rs 7 crore. Read more at: RTI reply says butterfly park to cost Rs 6 lakh, VMC calls it ‘human error’ | The Indian Express
  18. Sharks and squatters are eating up gram sabha lands across Delhi. It’s a bleak story of how land worth at least Rs 5,000 crore has been usurped by those who act with impunity. Read more at: Delhi land grabbers sit on village land worth Rs 5,000 crore, as mafia and other crooks seize 1,000 vital acres | Daily Mail Online
  19. NEW DELHI: Government has released about Rs 35.75 crores on the transit accommodation of Members of Parliament between 1990-91 and 2013-14. Sources said the outstanding bill from ITDC-run hotels and state guest houses would be another Rs 20-25 crore. In an RTI response to Delhi resident Ved Pal, the urban development ministry has said, "No separate data of expenditure on transit accommodation after even general election is maintained." However, it maintains the details of expenditure incurred during each financial year and the year-wise details were shared in the RTI reply. "While the bill on account of such transit accommodation is raised within a year of any general election, we release the payment when we have the budget. So, the outstanding amount is increasing," said a government official. Read at: Since 1990, govt has spent Rs 55 crore on MPs' transit stay - The Times of India
  20. The big fat reception President Obama received during his recent India visit also exposes some unpleasant facts about the way the exchequer was used. The information was provided by the Office of Public Information Officer, Provision and Logistics, New Delhi, to Dhanaraj S, an RTI activist in Kerala. Read at: Economy Lead | Delhi spent Rs 1.36 crore on CCTV cameras for Obama
  21. Information sourced by the CCFI under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has established that most farms claiming to be organic do use chemical pesticides regularly to protect their crops; yet they market and sell their produce under the ‘100% organic’ label. The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, revealed its findings on pesticide residues in organic vegetables. According to Dr K K Sharma of the IARI laboratory, in the analysis, 33% of organic products, sold in Delhi over the last two years contained pesticides. Read at: Indian exchequer lost Rs 2,500 crore due to bogus claims on organic farming: CCFI | Business Standard News
  22. "This is sheer waste of taxpayer money and a waste of time. It looks like lack of planning and improper implementation of the project. After all, time is money," Sachin Chavan, who had filed an RTI application for information on the flyover delay, said. Chavan, who alleged that there was something fishy about the delay and its cost jump, has written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, demanding a probe. Read at: Delay in four city projects escalates cost by Rs 3,500 crore - The Times of India
  23. The Finance Minister has also proposed to increase by over Rs 13 crore to Rs 43.55 crore the budgetary allocation for Central Information Commission (CIC) and Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) for 2015-16. The grant of Rs 43.55 crore is to meet establishment related expenditure of PESB and CIC. This also includes provision for construction of office building of the CIC, dak digitization, setting up of video conferencing facilities, preparation of publicity material on RTI, setting up of call centre and establishment of wing for transparency and accountability studies for the transparency watchdog. Read at: Over Rs 208 crore earmarked for training of babus | Business Standard News
  24. Haryana Paid Rs. 5.5 Crore as Legal Fees For a Single Case NEW DELHI: To fight high-profile cases, state and Central governments often hire senior lawyers. But the previous Haryana government under chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress was billed an unusually high amount - a whopping Rs. 5.5 crore - to prosecute workers accused of violence at Maruti's plant in Manesar, in the western part of the state. More than 150 workers were arrested - almost all are still in jail - in an outbreak of violence at the Manesar plant of the carmaker in 2012, in A Right to Information (RTI) application accessed by NDTV has revealed that senior counsel and now Congress Rajya Sabha MP KTS Tulsi was appointed by the state as a Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the Maruti case. Mr Tulsi charged Rs. 11 lakh for a single appearance in the Gurgaon Additional District and Sessions Court. The RTI reply also details other fees, including that of Mr Tulsi's three assistants - Rs. 66,000 for each appearance - and "clerkage" of over Rs. 1 lakh for his expenses - a total of over Rs. 5 crore in just two years. Mr Tulsi, who has been a Congress Rajya Sabha MP since February 2014, said the violence had caused great alarm in Manesar, the state's industrial hub, and that he was approached by the Haryana government to represent it. But even for a high-profile case, that is a large sum for any government to pay as legal fees to its special prosecutors, especially for a trial in a lower court. In contrast to Mr Tulsi's fees, the special prosecutor in the coal scam case is paid approximately Rs. 33,000 for each hearing. When NDTV persisted with its questions about his fees, Mr Tulsi lost his temper. "I don't want to discuss my fees," he snapped and added: "I will not let you discuss it. It was an agreement between the Haryana government and me. I don't have to justify it." Vrinda Grover, who represents the Maruti workers in the Supreme Court, said it was hard to see how such a major expense was in public interest. "It's the choice of the state who it appoints as SPP, but to use public money for a sum such as this, we can look around to see if that is appropriate," she said. The Haryana Congress couldn't be reached for comment. The new BJP government in Haryana says hiring Mr Tulsi is an example of the old regime's excesses. "The government has its own battery of 85 law officers," said Bhupeshwar Dayal, Officer on Special Duty to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. "Yet, a questionable amount of money was paid to KTS Tulsi by the Hooda government. We're looking into it." In December last year, Mr Tulsi was dropped from the case. Even as the previous administration is asked to justify spending such an unprecedented amount of public funds on trying its own workers, the BJP must decide on whether Mr Tulsi will get the remainder of his dues - Rs. 65 lakh - still owed for his services. Read More: Haryana Paid Rs 5.5 Crore as Legal Fees For a Single Case
  25. BENGALURU:The state government spent Rs 13.07 crore towards air travel expenses of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah between May 13, 2013 and November 31, 2014. The government has revealed this as reply to a query filed under RTI Act by RTI activist T Narasimha Murthy. The CM used planes of Chipsan Aviation and OSS Air Management, both New Delhi-based companies as well as SpiceJet, GMR Aviation, GMP Air Charter and Deccan Charter in this period. Read at: Rs 13.07 Crore Spent on CM's Air Travel - The New Indian Express
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