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karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaCharges against CMD: FACT files go missing KOCHI: Some of the files regarding the cost of renovating the bungalow of Jaiveer Srivastava, the chairman and managing director (CMD) of Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd (FACT), are not traceable, states a reply from FACT following an RTI query. The reply assumes significance as Srivastava is currently facing allegations of fund misappropriation. The company secretary's reply to the RTI query states that expenditure details of only Rs 64 lakh is available with the company. Files regarding further expenditure could not be traced, said the company secretary who is also the information officer. Following allegations that the CMD had spent around Rs 1. 5 crore for renovating his official residence, the CBI has been probing the matter. "Some renovation/repair was made on the quarters of CMD recently and the total expenditure incurred is Rs 64.63 lakh. It may please be noted that the details of previous repair and maintenance done to the official quarters of the CMD is not traceable from the records available with the company," the reply by company secretary K V Balakrishnan stated. After receiving the RTI reply, K Premnath, president of VOICE, an NGO based in Kochi, submitted an application to the appellate authority challenging the reply. "Director (finance) of FACT, who is the appellate authority, gave me the same reply. In his reply, he also informed that I can inspect the files. I will inspect the files soon," Premnath said. "Our organization fights corruption. It was following allegations that the CMD had spent a huge amount on renovating his official residence that we filed the RTI application," he said. "Last year, the central information commissioner had ordered that officials concerned should be held responsible if files in his or her custody go missing," he said. When TOI contacted Balakrishnan over phone, he said that he had forwarded the reply received from officials of the concerned departments. "I don't remember the exact reply I gave. Whatever reply I gave, it must have been what I received from the heads of departments concerned," Balakrishnan said. As per the RTI reply, 97 LED bulbs were bought for the living room at a cost of Rs 1.64 lakh. Another 120 LED bulbs were bought for the remaining rooms. For the kitchen furniture alone, Rs 4,68,466 was spent. The amount excluded home appliances. Last week, CBI inspected the offices of various top officials of FACT. They were also questioned. The CBI first raided the office of CMD on December 21 last year while conducting investigations into an alleged misappropriation of funds. It was alleged that the CMD had spent Rs 1.5 crore for renovating his official residence and another Rs 50 lakh for renovating the office. CBI officials had also said there were nine major charges against Srivastava. Srivastava, however, has denied the charges. Read More: Charges against CMD: FACT files go missing - The Times of India
The Ministry of External Affairs has issued a public notice on 30 May 2014 clearly stating that there is no system in place for having any recogonised/authorised passport agents and warned the public about such agents: http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/Advisory_Caution_For_Public.pdf MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS CPV DIVISION ...... PUBLIC NOTICE No. CPV/PMU/551/10/11 30 May, 2014 It has come to the Ministry’s notice that some private portals/individuals have been claiming that they are ‘recognised /authorised’ by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, to extend passport assistance to the public. The Ministry hereby makes it clear that the passport portal (www.passportindia.gov.in) is the only Government portal offering passport services to citizens within India. The portal is web-based and can be accessed by anyone, anytime, anywhere for seeking passport services. There is no system in place to ‘recognise/authorise’ any individual or any travel agency in this regard in the country. Any one dealing with such fraudulent portals/advertisers/claimants, will do so at his/her own risk and consequence. =============== This is probably a result of countless RTIs filed by me regarding "recogonised/authorised" agents. Generally these were touts who acted in collusion with the RPO staff. In fact the situation in Hyderabad RPO was so bad under the previous Passport Officer that when an citizen applied for a passport, the "information" would be leaked to a agent. The applicant would then get a call from the agent offering to expedite the process on payment of money. The RPO Hyderabad has now got a service desk manned by es serviceman who help complete the application process - for a very small fee. But we Indians are very smart.....the business of agents has now been taken over by Internet Cafes....who help get people appointments in PSKs - also in collusion with the RPO staff and sadly even the TCS staff.