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akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaBHOPAL: General administration department (GAD), which is crucial in disseminating information, is curiously indifferent about promoting RTI awareness even as proactive disclosure is a pressing matter in the state. To check ground reality, TOI filed a RTI query on June 27, 2014, seeking information on funds spend by GAD on RTI awareness in the state. But six months on, department is yet to reply. The Act mandates a 30-day deadline for reply on a query. Read more at: Six months on, GAD refuses reply on funds spent on RTI awareness - The Times of India
As reported by Priyal Dave at afternoondc.in on October 13, 2010 A committee will be soon formed to oversee the appointment Here’s some good news that will definitely bring smile to the faces of the Right To Information (RTI) activists. Persistent efforts of the activists across the state to get a transparent selection procedure for the Information Commissioner (IC), a committee comprising people from the state, judiciary and activists themselves is likely to be formed soon. The General Administration Department (GAD) in its communication to social activist Anna Hazare had asked him to set up guidelines that will help in the transparent selection of the IC as well as lay down the manner in which the IC is supposed to discharge his/her duty. Confirming the same Anna’s aide, Anil Sharma, explained, “We have asked the GAD to come up with a committee, which involves people who have knowledge of law as well as RTI, so that guidelines formed by the committee do not have any discrepancies and are not interpreted in any way other than the way they have been formed.” Anna has proposed that Activist Arvind Kejriwal and Vinita Deshmukh, Secretary Law, Secretary GAD, Chief Secretary and Hazare himself should constitute the committee, though a formal government order on the same is yet awaited. Meanwhile, RTI activist Krishnaraj Rao, who is on an indefinite hunger strike until the state gives up in going ahead with the unfair appointment of Vilas Patil as the new Chief Information Commissioner of Maharashtra is back in the city. Rao has been on the strike for a week now. Anna along with other activists will be meeting Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, today, at Ralegan Siddhi to deter him from giving his approval for the appointment of Vilas Patil as the new CIC
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by Sachin Dravekar at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 16 November 2009 NAGPUR: Nagpur Municipal Corporation, that pleads lack of funds for virtually everything, does not mind splurging citizens' money on official vehicles of mayor, municipal commissioner, civic officials and office bearers, often against the rules. The shocking facts was revealed in answer to a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by N L Sawarkar, general secretary of Jansamasya Nivaran Sangharsh Samiti, recently. Citing funds crunch, the NMC has also effected steep hike in water and property taxes and tried to fleece citizens by making licences mandatory for shop owners, hawkers and hospitals. It often blames its poor financial condition for absence of such basic works like repairing pot-holes and providing toilet for citizens. As per the information provided by general administration department (GAD) of civic body, the NMC spent Rs 39.47 lakh on fuel for 32 official vehicles this year. Last year, NMC had spent Rs 36.80 lakh for the same. Mayor Maya Iwnate has three vehicles for herself-- a Hyundai Elantra (MH-31 CE1), an Ambassador (MH-31 Z 128) and a Maruti Gypsy (MH-31 AG 9469) and incurred an expenditure of Rs 5.90 lakh this year (2008-09). This is Rs 1.58 lakh more than last year. Municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta spent Rs 1.94 lakh on his two official vehicles-- a Hyundai Accent (MH-31 BG-1) and an Ambassador (MH-31 G 9909)-- this year which is Rs 60,913 more than last year. Sawarkar told TOI that there was a state government's directive to allot only one official vehicle to one person. TOI had recently exposed that the civic bosses and office bearers in the municipal corporation were also employing multiple peons in their offices. The civic chief has an astounding 11 peons deployed at his residence and three at office, mayor has five peons, deputy mayor Kishor Kumeria has four peons while leader of opposition and NMC standing committee chairman have three peons each. Most of the time they do not have any official work and are often used for carrying out personal or political work of their boss. The vehicle of deputy mayor Kumeria-- an Ambassador (MH-31 BG-2)-- incurred an expenditure of Rs 2.75 lakh while that of standing panel head Pravin Bhisikar's vehicle Rs 1.70 lakh. Additional municipal commissioner Vishnupad Bute's Maruti Esteem consumed Rs 1.23 lakh worth of fuel and ruling party leader Anil Sole's official Ambassador Rs 1.11 lakh. Total expenditure came to Rs 39.47 lakh. Sawarkar further said when the divisional commissioner, who looked after the entire administration of five districts, and Nagpur Zilla Parishad president and chief executive officer were had only one vehicle each, how could the mayor and municipal commissioner get multiple vehicles. Source: Mayor has 3 cars, civic chief reveals more abuse of power - Nagpur - City - The Times of India