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akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaCuttack,24/6(Odisha Samachar)- Today on 24.6.2015 Sri Pramod Kumar Mati, Head Clerk-cum-PIO,RTI, Office of the Dist. Education Officer, Nayagarh is arrested by Vigilance Officers of Bhubaneswar Vigilance Division for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs.1,500/- from the complainant Sri Prafulla Kumar Sahu, At/PO- Nandighar, PS-Odagaon, Dist-Nayagarh to furnish information under RTI Act on the application of the complt. Sri Prafulla Kumar Sahu . In this connection Bhubaneswar Vigilance P.S case No.23 dt. 23.6.2015 u/s. 7 P.C. Act 1988 has been registered. The complainant Sri Prafulla Kumar Sahu has alleged that he had applied for information under RTI Act-2005 before the Head-clerk-cum-PIO Sri Pramod Kumar Mati. On 22.6.15 when he requested Sri Mati for furnishing the required information under RTI Act, PIO Sri Mati demanded Rs.1,500/- from complt. Read more at: HEAD CLERK ARRESTED BY VIGILANCE ON GRAFT CHARGE. | Odisha Samachar
karira posted a topic in Off Topic[h=1]Maharashtra govt won’t probe anonymous graft complaints[/h] In a severe blow to whistleblowers in Maharashtra, the BJP-led state government has made it clear that anonymous complaints, irrespective of how serious allegations are levelled in them, won’t be probed. The General Administration Department, headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has issued directives to all state departments stating that complaints not carrying the name and the address of the complainant must be closed without any action. It further states that the same rule should be followed in complaints that carry the name of the complainant, but the allegations levelled in them are “vague” in nature. Even in cases where the complainant chooses to identify himself/herself and the allegations are “verifiable”, the approval of the competent authority should be taken for taking cognisance of such a complaint. After which, it must first be referred back to the complainant to ascertain if he/she owns up to filing the complaint. If nothing is heard from the complainant within a month, such complaints must be treated as “pseudonymous” in nature and discarded without any probe, the directive adds. Sources in the government said the move was to arrest policy paralysis in the bureaucracy. But anti-corruption activists said that it would discourage people from becoming whistleblowers and exposing corruption. The government, on the other hand, has argued that whistleblowers who desire to protect their identity were already protected under the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers Resolution, 2004, where the identify of a complainant is kept a secret. Read More: Maharashtra govt wonâ€™t probe anonymous graft complaints | The Indian Express
karira posted a topic in Off Topic79 percent rise in graft complaints to CVC, crosses 63K mark in 2014 New Delhi: More than 63,000 corruption complaints were received by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in 2014, a rise of 79 percent over the preceding year. The anti-corruption watchdog said it received 63,288 complaints last year as against 35,332 in 2013. These complaints include those filed by whistleblowers and anonymous complainants. "The commission has processed a record number of corruption complaints in the last year. All of them were dealt with within the prescribed time-frame," a CVC official said. The complaints were related to allegations of corruption in various central government ministries and departments, he said. The total of 63,288 is based on CVC's monthly reports for 2014. The final figure may go up or come down. "The final figure will be mentioned in the Commission's annual report, which is tabled in Parliament after June every year and then made public," the official said. Most of these complaints did not require any action due to lack of verifiable allegations and were merely filed as per the CVC corruption handling policy. Rest of them were sent to Chief Vigilance Officers of the ministries concerned for necessary action and report, he said. The anti-corruption watchdog had received 37,039, 16,929 and 16,260 complaints in 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively, according to its annual reports. Similarly, 14,206 and 10,142 complaints were received in 2009 and 2008, respectively. In 2007 and 2006, the Commission had received 11,062 and 10,798 complaints, respectively. Also, 9,320, 10,735, 11,397 complaints were received by it during 2005, 2004 and 2003, respectively, as per the annual reports. The Commission, which is working without its regular chief for over four months, also dealt with 5,743 cases last year in which it recommended penalty and action against corrupt government officials. The CVC gives its advice in cases of corruption against corrupt government officials and the disciplinary authority of the ministry concerned acts on it. It had disposed of 4,801 cases in 2013, according to the Commission's data. In 2012 and 2011, the probity watchdog tendered its advice in 5,720 and 5,341 cases, respectively. Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar and Vigilance Commissioner J M Garg completed their term on September 28 and September 7, last year, respectively. The CVC is headed by a Central Vigilance Commissioner and has two Vigilance Commissioners. Rajiv, a former Director General of Central Industrial Security Force, is acting as interim chief of the transparency watchdog. As many as 5,522, 5,317 and 4,328 cases were disposed of in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. In 2007 and 2006, the CVC finalised proceedings in 4,672 and 4,683 cases, respectively. "CVC has been stressing on processing all cases referred to it for its advice as early as possible. More number of cases have been disposed of in 2014 as against 2013. This has been done when CVC is facing shortage of staff," the official said. About 230 employees are working in the Commission as against its sanctioned strength of 296, according to its latest annual report. Read More: 79 percent rise in graft complaints to CVC, crosses 63K mark in 2014 | Zee News
Sajib Nandi posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe information seeker had sought records of all the preliminary enquiries (PEs) on corruption closed by the agency during past one year but the two anti-corruption units of the agency returned the applications saying the agency is exempted from the RTI Act. Read more at: CBI refuses to share information on graft PEs closed by it - The Economic Times
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in Media'CVC monitoring system of tainted govt employees inadequate' Reported by zeenews.india.com on 25 Feb 013 http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/cvc-monitoring-system-of-tainted-govt-employees-inadequate_831216.html New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission lacks an efficient system to monitor action taken by government departments on its recommendations against employees allegedly involved in graft, Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra has held. Expressing displeasure, Mishra, in his order, recommended the CVC to review its current monitoring system and upgrade it to make it more "meaningful and technology based". The case relates to RTI applicant Ajay Choudhury who sought to know first and second stage advice given by the CVC against civilian employees of the Defence Ministry. Detailed information on the status of cases could not be furnished to applicant as the CVC claimed that it does not maintain record on the progress made on its recommendations against government employees who are suspected to have been involved in corruption. During the hearing at the Central Information Commission, Choudhury alleged that Defence Ministry was adopting an arbitrary process in agreeing and disagreeing with the advices tendered by the CVC and the watchdog should "scrupulously" monitor progress made on its recommendations. Mishra noted in his order that the CVC maintains a "simple statement" containing the case number, the name of the officer concerned and the date of the advice. "It is obvious that the information being maintained by the CVC is too inadequate for any meaningful monitoring of the cases. It should be possible these days to develop an appropriate management information system by which all such cases can be monitored closely and capture more data about pending cases," he said. He said, "We hope CVC would review its current arrangements and bring about necessary modifications to make the monitoring more meaningful and technology based." PTI
The Madras High Court has ordered notices on a writ appeal against a single judge order directing the Public Department to clarify a Government Order that exempts the CB-CID from the purview of the Right to Information Act. A Division Bench of Justice P.K. Misra and Justice K.K. Sasidharan ordered notices to the Tamil Nadu Information Commission, the Chennai City Commissioner of Police and the CB-CID Superintendent of Police, returnable in four weeks. Vishwanath Swami sought a directive to the authorities to ensure compliance with the Act, besides action against the persons who denied him certain information under the Act. He was a party-in-person â€œtrying to exposeâ€ Kalki Bhagawan and his activities. He said the single judge order left him at the mercy of the Information Commission, which was reluctant to ensure that its own directives to the authorities were complied with. Besides the details of the investigation carried out by the police, Mr. Swami sought to know whether any departmental action was taken against the investigating officer and other officials named in his complaint. The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Exemption of CB-CID from RIA: court orders notice