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Hello, I sent a parcel from Pune, Maharashtra to Australia via speed post on the 10th of March 2015. By 12th March 2015 i received the notification that it was dispatched from NSH MUMBAI to ICH MUMBAI at 04:45 am. It is now the 15th of march and its been 3 days since any notification was seen on the tracking page. No further notifications have been received. what action should i take and does this mean my parcel is lost?
harinder dhingra posted a question in Ask for RTI SupportDear Experts, Kindly enlighten whether Sulabh International Service Organization is a public authority under RTI Act 2005? Looking for your views/comments/guidance. harinder dhingra
Many reputed international service organizations like Lions Club International & Rotary International have their presence in almost all countries of world. In India, also, these organizations are having their affiliated branch clubs/ associations in every nook and corner using the name of main organization added with tag of local City name like “Rotary Club Delhi”, “Lions Club Chennai” etc. Rather various areas have some time many a different branch clubs like “Jaycee Club of Delhi South” etc. These organizations have a special designed hierarchical structure in which Indian Territory is divided in various Districts. Each such district is containing a vast area and the boundaries are covering more than two or three or more states. Every District is further divided in to Regions and every Region in to Zones and every zone have various branch clubs under its administrative control. Indian Citizens can become the members of such branch clubs by paying a fixed Entrance fee ones and annual subscription regularly. Out of this money, a major part goes to the International Headquarter and a portion also to District. Every District is governed by an officer in charge mostly called “The Governor” who is local representative of the organization. These branch clubs, Zones, Regions and Districts are running various service projects and those projects are being funded by donations from public, government monetary aids, Government grants, Government free supplies etc from time to time, subsidized government leased lands and they collect various other donations and earnings like raffle draws, fates, entertainment parks, hospitals, education institutes, training institutes and other profit making ventures. There is other aspect of working of these clubs that a lot of money is also being spent on eating, drinking and self enjoyment and entertainment of the club members. While these clubs are supposed to maintain separate account for Self Entertainment and separate for Projects and the money received on account of service projects are not to be utilized by the entertainment, the discipline might not be kept strictly as statuary. I am of the opinion that these units come under the preview of RTI as these are utilizing public funds and as well as government aid too like availability of government Land on token lease and open financial help from time to time. Let us make a debate that if these clubs are “Public Authority” in context to RTI Act Section 2 (h) (d) (i & ii) and can designated “The District Governor” and others can be asked for some information:eek:
As reported by Vishwa Mohan of TNN in Times of India, Hyderabad Edition, on 21 May 2008: Welcome India silent on tax cheats Germany Ready To Reveal List Of Indians With Funds In Tax Haven Vishwa Mohan | TNN New Delhi: Investigators in India might have their best chance yet to trace those Indians who have stashed away millions in the tiny tax haven of Liechtenstein, a small landlocked country between Austria and Switzerland, provided the Manmohan Singh government asks for the information on offer. The dope on hundreds of rich Indians who have black money parked in Liechtenstein could be made available to the authorities here as the German government, which has obtained a list of account holders at Liechtenstein’s LTG Bank, is willing to part with the names. The German federal government has been willing to do this free of charge since February. Several countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Ireland have already used the opportunity to zero in on their citizens who have evaded taxes and smuggled their wealth to the principality, the sixth-smallest country in the world. But Transparency International says India has maintained “a stoic silence over the issue and has not approached the German government for this data’’. Expressing concern over the India’s lackadaisical attitude in getting after offenders who have cheated the tax authorities of millions of dollars is quite surprising and the Indian chapter of TI— an international organization campaigning to reduce corruption— has urged the government to take all necessary steps to seek the data. Admiral R H Tahiliani, chairman of TI India and a former navy chief, said: “This money belongs to the people of India and it is possible that it has been tucked away in this distant country by those who have acquired it illegally.’’ Indeed, the offer looks too good to refuse. It is a bit like being served secrets on a platter and if the government does not waste time looking a gift horse in the mouth, it could get data that might otherwise never be accessed given the laws that protect tax havens that often require specific proof of criminality. In fact, the dice is invariably loaded against investigators— for example the Hindujas were able to delay proceedings in the Bofors case by challenging each application filed by CBI. Suspecting that the government’s chariness could stem from fears that politicians and industrialists might be compromised by the data, TI has, in a statement, said: “It is alleged that this money belongs to rich and powerful politicians, industrialists and stock brokers and that is why the reluctance on the part of Government of India (to get details from Germany).’’ Liechtenstein: Paradise for tax evaders In February, the head of Deutsche Post, Klaus Zumwinkel, was forced to resign after being accused of stashing funds away in Liechtenstein. On February 25, Germany said the details of the 800 non-German account-holders would be given to their respective countries free of cost. PMO blinks at Indians’ slush money abroad New Delhi: The list of rich Indians who have black money parked in Liechtenstein, a tax haven, could be made available to the Indian authorities as the German government, which has obtained a list of account holders at Liechtenstein’s LTG Bank, is willing to part with the names. German federal government has been willing to do this free of charge since February. Liechtenstein, like many other countries including Switzerland, St Kitts, Canary Islands, Antigua and Bahamas, has been a haven for wealthy people to hide their ill-gotten wealth away from the prying eyes of tax authorities. Referring to certain reports, the Transparency International (TI) mentioned that German intelligence agency —BND — has details of about 800 clients of LTG Bank — run by Liechtenstein’s ruling dynasty. “The Indian ministry of finance and PMO have, however, not shown much interest in finding out about those who have their lockers in the secret banks of Liechtenstein which prides itself in its banking system,’’ TI said. Times View Government must not think twice before accepting the offer from Germany to reveal the names of those who have illegally stashed away money in Liechtenstein. Many, if not most, of the account holders are likely to be corrupt politicians and others hiding wealth obtained by dubious means, as Transparency International has rightly pointed out. If the government is serious about cleansing public life in India, the least it can do is accept such fortuitous offers with alacrity. The citizens have a right to know who is secreting away public money into personal accounts and the government has a duty to get that information if it can.