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koteswararaonerella posted a topic in Off Topicin the parliament , for the benifit of the honourable MP's a subsidised canteen is being by the government where you can get wonderful dishes for the cost of a ciggarette packet or a big match box.please see the rates below. 1. SOUP-Rs.5.50/- 2.Biryani- Rs.8/- 3.Dosa - Rs.4/ 4.Chapathi-Rs 1/- 5.Meals- Rs.2/ 6.Tea - Rs.1/- 7. Chicken curry- Rs 24.50/- 8.Fish curry- Rs.13/- our respected MP's get more than 2-2.5lakhs per month as pay and perks . with this type of rates they dont know how the common man is suffering and with what rate he is getting tea , two chapathi's and plate meals. this may be the reason as one of the respected planning commission bigman told sometime back that in towns one can get good meals at Rs.27/- and in cities at Rs. 37/-. why cant the government give such food rates in the cities and towns so that nobody will cry about raising prices and there is no need to increase the dear allowance to the employees often. MEMBERS TO PLEASE THINKOVER AND POST THEIR COMMENTS.
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaNEW DELHI: Government has released about Rs 35.75 crores on the transit accommodation of Members of Parliament between 1990-91 and 2013-14. Sources said the outstanding bill from ITDC-run hotels and state guest houses would be another Rs 20-25 crore. In an RTI response to Delhi resident Ved Pal, the urban development ministry has said, "No separate data of expenditure on transit accommodation after even general election is maintained." However, it maintains the details of expenditure incurred during each financial year and the year-wise details were shared in the RTI reply. "While the bill on account of such transit accommodation is raised within a year of any general election, we release the payment when we have the budget. So, the outstanding amount is increasing," said a government official. Read at: Since 1990, govt has spent Rs 55 crore on MPs' transit stay - The Times of India
I read the news about Criminal Cases pending against Members of Parliamnet. Where I have to make application ? Have to apply to PIO Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha seperately ? Is the PIO Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha bound to give this information ? Should the application be made to Election Commision ? Can I know if some one of our members has already sought this type of information and succeded or failed ?
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs published by Noor Khan at www.samaylive.com on 21 April 2009 New Delhi, Apr 20 : What are the duties and responsibilities of MPs and MLAs who are elected through secret ballots after spending crores of rupees from the public exchequer? It seems that even after 59 years of becoming a Republic, the world's largest democracy lacks a specific answer to the question as three key government institutions -- Election Commission of India, Union Ministry of Law and Justice, and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs -- have said they do not have any information on the subject and have been passing the buck among each other. Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, a Delhi based RTI activist, had asked rules or provisions that fix duties and responsibilities on MPs and MLAs. He also asked about their duties with respect to the provision of basic amenities and maintenance of law and order in their respective constituencies. Replying to the application, Election Commission, in its initial response, said it was not concerned with the information sought. Later during an appeal, the Commission accepted that the application should have been transferred to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Law also. The Commission then forwarded the application to both the ministries to get a reply to questions raised by Bhattacharya, but responded saying they did not have the details Source: Are MPs and MLAs accountable? EC, ministries have no info :: Samay Live
ganpat1956 posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe spending habits of ordinary MPs could become subject to greater public scrutiny if the Official Information Act is extended to cover parliamentary spending as suggested yesterday by Speaker Margaret Wilson. But MPs may find it hard to agree on the extent to which their spending habits should be official information - such as whether an individual's taxi or air travel expenditure should be disclosed. Perk-busting Epsom MP Rodney Hide has welcomed the greater transparency, believing an MP's taxi expenditure should be known - but not individual journeys. Parliament has been exempt from the act since it was passed 25 years ago but Ms Wilson told a law conference in Wellington there was merit in extending it. "It is of importance because the credibility of Parliament is, to some extent, dependent on the ability of members to conduct their own affairs in a manner that is consistent with the public interest." The proviso was that communication between an MP and his or her constituent would remain privileged. However, it is highly unlikely MPs would agree to allow access to detailed information on taxis, air travel, spouses' air travel, accommodation, advertising and other such expenses. They are more likely to allow such expenditure to be available by party rather than by individual. Ms Wilson acknowledged there could be a "prurient interest in who takes taxis and how much they cost" and her speech alluded to problems of accountability within Parliament's bureaucrats, the Parliamentary Service. "It is fair to say that sometimes the reports are opaque and the sums aggregated," she said. "It would, in my view, greatly improve parliamentary administration if there was the discipline of the OIA provisions." Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen said the idea was something the MPs on the Parliamentary Service Commission could look at. "It would need cross-party agreement, not something the Government should try to force down the throats of other parties," he said. "The problem is making sure there's protection of privacy around a whole range of issues." MPs dealt with a lot of confidential information and people did not want that in the public arena unless there was sufficient protection. Ms Wilson said two previous attempts to get Parliament's exemption removed had got nowhere. Official Info * The Official Information Act exempts officers responsible for Parliament's administration, as well as the Ombudsman and the Auditor-General, from having to respond to requests for information. * The exemptions have been criticised as they mean Parliament is not open to the same scrutiny as other public bodies. MPs may face more scrutiny of spending - 16 May 2007 - Political News - New Zealand Herald
AN ATTEMPT to make MPs' allowances and expenses exempt from the Freedom of Information Act has been halted. Former Tory Minister David Maclean claimed his Private Members Bill (which he withdrew today (Friday, 27 April)) was aimed at protecting MPs private correspondence with and about constituents. But opponents said that was nonsense and the Penrith and the Border MP wanted to stop publication of embarrassing details about their expenses and allowances. Cambridgeshire MPs David Howarth, Andrew Lansley and Malcolm Moss all made clear their opposition to the move, as did Suffolk West's Richard Spring. Cambridge City Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth said: "I am opposed to this proposal. Freedom of Information should apply to all public bodies and obviously that should include Parliament." Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb - who angered colleagues by using the FoI Act to obtain and publish the details of MPs travel expenses earlier this year, told the News: "It is nonsense to say it is about protecting MPs correspondence with constituents or government departments." Cambridgeshire North-East Tory MP Malcolm Moss said: "I don't quite understand what Mr Maclean is trying to do. Correspondence with and about constituents is protected by other legislation." Mr Spring said: "I am relaxed about publication of MPs' expenses." CEN News : Region-wide : MPs want FoI