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discussions: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds charge of the home ministry, often faces ire of opposition parties who call Fadnavis inefficient in handling the crucial department. Now a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator, Sanjay Kelkar, has launche
MANOJ B. PATEL posted a topic in Off TopicChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds charge of the home ministry, often faces ire of opposition parties who call Fadnavis inefficient in handling the crucial department. Now a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator, Sanjay Kelkar, has launched an open attack against the Mumbai Police. Kelkar's attack could give ammunition to the opposition Congress and NCP which have been demanding that Fadnavis quit as home minister because of the "poor" law and order situation in the state.Read more at; Devendra Fadnavis, your police takes supari from powerful people, harasses whistleblower: BJP MLA | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis R/Moderator, kindly remove the thread title as by mistake it is pasted. Original Title is :Devendra Fadnavis, your police takes sopari from powerful people, harasses whistleblowers: BJP MLA.
[h=1]Information Commission panel sends wishlist to CM Devendra Fadnavis for better service[/h] In its bid to serve the citizens better, the State Information Commission (SIC) has sent a slew of demand to the Devendra Fadnavis government. The demands come in the backdrop of the meeting the CM had with four information commissioners – Ratnakar Gaikwad, A K Jain, T Thekkekakra and D B Deshpande – on January 16. Among the demands are request for a legal cell and inspection cell at the commission. In its letter, the SIC states that the legal cell will come handy while handling complicated cases. "A number of times there are high court orders that are conflicting. In such cases, we need some guidance and having some legal experts could help," said Ratnakar Gaikwad who wrote the letter. The other demands include filling up vacant posts, particularly that of the information commissioner of the Amravati bench. The bench as of now has close to 6,000 appeals pending. It also raised questions of "skeletal" staff strength in each of the benches. Inspection wing at each commission to check compliance of the panel's orders is also desired. The letter further talks of information officers (PIOs) not being fined. Training of PIOs and first appellate authority and disadvantaged persons is recommended to raise awareness of the RTI Act. The letter also suggests the government consider having the implementation of the Public Records Act and Services Act under one department. Bhaskar Prabhu of the Mahiti Adhikar Manch backed the demands. "If there is a legal cell, commission will be better informed. Contentions should be in front of the commissioner before hearing. In many cases, the complainant is not called, so compliance ends up becoming a one-sided affair. A number of times inquiries are not conducted properly which make orders of the commission redundant." Prabhu said as far as compliance is concerned, a network of citizens' groups can be of great help. Read More: Maharashtra: Information Commission panel sends wishlist to CM Devendra Fadnavis for better service | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaFadnavis urged to provide security to RTI activists MUMBAI: A high-level delegation comprising chief information commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad and information commissioners D B Deshpande, A K Jain and T F Thekkekara recently called on chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to press their demand for protection to RTI activists. "Targeting of RTI activists is a serious issue in Maharashtra and several were either attacked or murdered in the recent past. On demand, the activists should be given adequate protection on a case-to-case basis on merit. Earlier attacks on activists should be investigated on a war-footing,'' Gaikwad told Fadnavis. Pune-based activist Vijay Kumbhar expressed concern over the spurt in attacks and murders of RTI activists. Out of 20 killed between January 2010 and December 2014, seven were from Maharashtra. "The murders are a serious matter. The BJP-led government will have to draft an action plan for their protection. The government must ensure maximum information is available to the aam admi in a routine course,'' Kumbhar said. Gaikwad said besides the murders and attacks, the delegation told Fadnavis that in the larger public interest, there was urgent need to strengthen the institution of the information commission. "A few posts of information commissioners are lying vacant for long, there is huge pendency. There is also an acute shortage of staff at most commissions,'' Gaikwad said. The delegation urged Fadnavis that state commissions should be equipped with a strong legal wing. Gaikwad said there was an urgent need to implement section 4 of the RTI Act, on proper maintenance of records by public authorities and publication of relevant information of each public authority in all departments. He said non-compliance of crucial orders of the commission was a matter of concern. Read More: Fadnavis urged to provide security to RTI activists - The Times of India