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  1. BHUBANESWAR: For the first time since the Odisha Information Commission was formed in October 2005, the state government has invited applications for the post of the chief information commissioner (CIC), ending the decade-long tradition of appointing retired bereaucrats to the post. Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/With-ad-for-CIC-government-ends-babudom-in-Odisha-info-panel/articleshow/47578726.cms
  2. Flouting all rules, the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) has bluntlyrefused to provide information sought by an activist under the RTI Act.Read at: OPSC refuses to give information sought by Odisha RTI activist - OdishaSunTimes.com
  3. BHUBANESWAR: Information obtained through RTI Act revealed that only 18 hotels in Puri have obtained consent to operate (CTO) and set up sewerage treatment plants. This is contrary to claims by Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) that it is cracking down on hotels, violating pollution control norms in the Holy city. Read at: Only 18 Puri hotels have treatment plants: RTI info - The Times of India
  4. Prabir says, "For 10 years after retirement I received a provisional pension of Rs 735 per month but since July 2007, the provisional pension has also been stopped. I appealed for help with the Director of Health, Chief Secretary, the Chief District Medical Officer, Pension Secretary and others. Yet there was no change in the scene and hence I filed an RTI to know all details." He adds, "With the help of RTI he came to know that the provisional pension drawn in his name was also faulty. While the department withdrew a sum of Rs 1,200 as provisional pension on my head I only received Rs 735. On questioning the same, I was asked to accept whatever is being given or else the sum would be deposited in the treasury account.”Read at: 17 years on, over 400 complaints filed, yet Prabir denied his due share of pension
  5. In a democratic system, a Government is accountable to the people. When people get to know all information regarding various activities of the Government, transparency would bound to happen. The Right to Information Act 2005 plays a vital role in this respect and makes both the Government and its bureaucracy people-centric, viewed experts here on Saturday. “Common citizens get due justice when transparency prevails and information on various activities of the Government is made public. In the process, inefficiency, negligence and dictatorial attitude of a Government run on taxpayers’ money are removed. Besides, corruption and favouritism decline gradually,” said retired IAS Officer Prabhat Giri speaking at a seminar on ‘Right to Information’ held at the Prabhuji English Medium School here. Read at: RTI Act makes Govt people-centric: Experts
  6. Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: Water Tax worth Rs. 6169 crores pending with the Companies and Factories in the State from 2000 to 2014 due to inefficiency and indifferent attitude of Odisha Govt. , exposed through RTI. This was informed by the RTI activist Pradip Pradhan and other activists in a press conference. - See more at: http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=58466#sthash.tfhfI6kP.dpuf Read at:RTI exposed Water Tax worth Rs. 6169 crores pending with Companies in Odisha from 2000 to 2014, Odisha Current News, Odisha Latest Headlines
  7. BALANGIR:An RTI activist has challenged the State Government’s stand that the Centre was not willing to set up IIM in Western Odisha due to lack of air connectivity. The RTI activist of Balangir, Hemanta Panda, who had sought information in this regard, claimed that there is no guideline which would hinder establishment of IIM in this part of the State. Read at: RTI Activist Dares Govt Over IIM Issue - The New Indian Express
  8. Bhubaneswar, Feb 26: The state government’s “anti-people policy with regard to RTI” has exposed activists to everyday threats and even made them vulnerable to murder. The concerns come in the wake of the recent attacks on RTI activists in the state. “To get information through RTI on affairs of the Rashtrapati Bhavan or the Central government we do not need to furnish a copy of our ID proof, name of spouse and other personal details. However, unfortunately Orissa is one of the few states where we have to submit our ID proof for getting information through RTI applications,” renowned RTI activist Chitta Behera said. - See more at: Nothing found for Rti Activists Protest Anti People Policy #sthash Xpegd2Lb Dpuf
  9. A one-day workshop on transparency and efficiency for Government officials was held in the Conference Hall of Cuttack Collectorate on Friday. The workshop emphasised on providing quick and accurate information to the RTI applicants. Read at: Workshop encourages officials to provide quick & accurate information to RTI applicants
  10. The Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan, a forum of RTI activists in the state submitted a memorandum to Governor SC Jamir demanding the seizure of the passport of former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Tarun Kanti Mishra and initiate an enquiry into his illegal land grabbing and irregularities with respect to land allotment under discretionary quota during his tenure as Chief Secretary. Read more at: Seize ex CIC TK Mishra's passport, demands Odisha RTI forum - OdishaSunTimes.com
  11. SALEPUR: Another person of Niali block has alleged that he has been receiving threatening calls after he sought information under RTI about a Kolkata-based real estate company. In the FIR filed at Niali police station on Sunday, the petitioner, Biswa Ranjan Sahoo of Pasanga village under Alana panchayat, stated that he was working as an assistant in Lavanya project of Tirumala Infrastructure and Development Private Limited at Kanrpur under Olatpur police limits. Sahoo was responsible for liasoning with local sarpanch, Revenue Inspector (RI), Kantapada tehsildar and BDO for a patch of Government land. Read at: Another Niali Man Threatened for RTI Info - The New Indian Express
  12. Report by Akhand, Bhubaneswar: Activists of the state are going to organizing a strategic meeting on 5 January in state Capital Bhubaneswar to chalk out a plan for protection of rights campaigner including RTI users. - See more at: OdishaDiary - Fuelling Odisha's Future | Latest Odisha news, Odisha breaking news, Odisha Headlines, Odisha latest online news
  13. Members of the Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan and Civil Society Forum on Human Rights on Thursday met Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati and demanded a high-level inquiry into the murder of RTI user Ganesh Chandra Panda in Brahmapur last year.Submitting a five-point charter of demands to the Chief Secretary, a delegation of rights activists comprising Pradip Pradhan, Akhanda, Pradipta Nayak and Chandra Nath Dani urged him to order for high-level inquiry to find out the circumstances leading to brutal murder of RTI activist Ganesh Chandra Panda. Read at: RTI activists meet CS, seek protection
  14. Bolangir,17/01 ( Odisha Samachar/ Maharajsai )- It has been two year[30th mar 2013] before when Sanjaya sahu of Telen Pali village under Agalpur block have apply before the Panchayt Executive officer[PEO] to provide him Xerox copy of original record of APL,BPL and PLO survey register through RTI. Read at:Two Year not enough to answer RTI quarry | Odisha Samachar
  15. maheshmaharana

    Tree felling rules in Odisha

    Dear Sir, Greeting of the day. I have a 100 Acres of land where I want to grow trees to get some income after cutting the trees. The trees are coppicing in nature so they will grow again. I want to know whether there is any rules for cutting trees in owns land even if the trees will grow back, so that I can get some income from it. Kindly do clarify my thoughts. With regards Mahesh
  16. As reported by Debabrata Mohanty at indianexpress.com on Jul 30, 2010 BHUBANESWAR : The Orissa government has tapped phones of 417 persons between November 2006 and December 2008, the state home department has said in its reply to an RTI petition. In a reply to RTI petitioner Biswapriya Kanungo, the state home department said in 2008 alone, tappings of 303 persons were done. The previous year, 111 tappings were conducted while in November and December 2006, telephones of 3 people were tapped. Incidentally, most of the tappings happened in the year when bloody riots in Kandhamal happened after the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati and BJP was mulling to withdraw support from the BJD government led by chief minister Naveen Patnaik. Kanungo in his RTI petition on December 29, 2008 had asked about the number of persons whose telephones were tapped between January 2000 and Dec 28, 2008. There were no telephone tappings between 2000 and 2005. The reply from home department did not give any month-wise break-ups of the tappings. It also did not make it clear whether cellphones or landline connections were tapped. However, the department said all such tappings were approved by a review committee headed by Chief Secretary. Though a Supreme Court order said all telephone tappings have to be approved within seven days of its happening, the home department said approvals were given as and when the committee met. The department in its reply said only Principal Secretary can order telephone tapping on ground of soveriegnity and integrity of India, security of state, friendly relations with foreign state, telephone incitement and maintenance of public order.
  17. Atul Patankar

    Orissa Govt to study RTI accessibility

    As reported at orissadiary.com on 14 June 2010 Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has recently formed a special team to study the accessibility of general public to the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The team would do survey work in 12 Blocks under six districts. According to Information Commissioner DN Padhi, the Commission would form a team taking help of Nabakrushna Choudhury Research Centre here. The blocks in which such survey work would be held include Rangeilunda and Polsara of Ganjam district, Boudh and Harabhanga of Boudh district, Rajgangpur and Sundargarh of Sundargarh district, Balangir and Khaprakhol of Balangir district, Rairangpur and Samkhunta of Mayurbhanj district and Puri sadar and Astarang of Puri district. The team would meet randomly 180 people of 12 villages of the said blocks and 60 beneficiaries who already have taken help of RTI. Similarly, in district level the team would collect information of use of such an Act from different departmental offices entertaining RTI. The team would visit the offices of health and family welfare, school and mass education, higher education, revenue, works, SC and ST, agriculture, women and child welfare and rural development departments. The team has also been asked to collect information from SP offices, NGOs getting government aid and three sub-divisional courts.
  18. It was a shocking revealation by few of the security staff members of USPIN, Khurda, Odisha that the minimum declared wage by Govt. of Odisha as per the order published as a Gazzette notification was ignored and the staffs were NOT provided with the minimum wage. After 2 RTI application with the Liquidator and the MD, SPINFED, Bhubaneswar Odisha, the dreams of getting the minimum wage as declared by Govt. of Odisha were fulfilled. They are very happy to see the result come within a time of 2-3 months which was hardly possible but for RTI. The RTIs were filed by me and the Labour officer of the district sprung into action to put a showcause notice on the door of the USPIN and SPINFED, Odisha. Long Live RTI !!
  19. As reported by Debabrata Mohanty at indianexpress.com on Nov 14, 2009 Bhubaneswar : While Orissa vigilance sleuths and mines department officials are scratching their heads trying to find out the extent and dimensions of the mining scam, official documents reveal that the magnitude of the scam could be anything over Rs 14000 crore. The Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court headed by former bureaucrat PV Jayakrishnan would soon start investigating the violation of forest laws following a petition by Orissa-based journalist Rabi Das. However, CEC chairman Jayakrishnan said the panel has not got the formal notification of the probe order as yet. "We will decide about the modalities of the probe and the dates after we see the notification," he told The Indian Express. But the fact is that the scam goes beyond violation of forest laws only. Evidence available with The Indian Express shows the real scam was mining in excess of the limits set by the authorities. This violated the existing environmental laws. Documents brought under the RTI Act showed that over last 6-7 years more than dozen leading mining and steel companies dug out excessive quantities of iron, chromite and manganese ores in wanton disregard of existing laws and limits. It’s no secret they could do it due to lax supervision of officials of the Orissa Pollution Control Board, Indian Bureau of Mines, state mines department, forest department, district collector and Ministry of Environment and Forests. Any mining company before digging up even a handful of earth in the ore-rich areas has to obtain a Consent to Operate (CTO) certificate from the Orissa Pollution Control Board which stipulates the amount of ore that can be mined in a year. The limit is specified with an eye on collateral environmental damage that mining brings as the waste and overburden (the earth that needs to be excavated for extracting the ore) is normally 3-5 times of the actual mineral. When environmental clearance is granted to any mine, the maximum amount of ore which can be mined per year is specified. The quantity of ore that is to be extracted every year is specified in the mining plan which is approved by the IBM. Accordingly, when the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study is carried out the likely impacts on the local environment are assessed based on the quantity of ore to be extracted every year. Documents obtained from the Orissa Pollution Control Board and interviews with officials in the State mining department show that the biggest violator could be Aditya Birla Group-owned Essel Mining and Industries Limited. Between 2001-02 and 2005-06, the company mined 206 lakh tonnes of iron ore in excess of its permitted limit of 25.86 lakh tonnes in just 2 mines(Kasia and Jiling-Longalata) of Keonjhar district. By conservative estimates, the total amount of the excess iron ore mined was Rs 4269 crores. Essel Mining seemed to care two hoots about possible closure of the mines for violation of the OPCB norms. Though a closure notice was issued by the OPCB’s regional office in Keonjhar district on January 24, 2006 for violating the conditions and running two screening plants inside the forest area without mandatory environmental clearance, it did not shut shop. The OPCB also did not press further and did not close the mines. Ardhendu Mohapatra, the chief residential manager of Essel Mining in Orissa said he was not authorized to comment but added that the company had all the statutory clearances in places. “We have not violated any laws,” he said. Another major player, SR Rungta Group similarly mined iron ore and manganese in excess of the limit they were allowed by the OPCB. By conservative estimates, the total amount of the excess iron ore mined by the group companies between 2003 and 2006 in 6 of its mines was Rs 2978 crores. Like Essel Mining, Rungta Mines was also not shut in spite of OPCB norm violations. On Dec 18, 2006, the Ministry of Environment and Forests informed the Orissa government about illegal/excessive extraction of iron ore in 6 mines of Rungtas. A designated committee of the OPCB had also found that excess mining was going on and had ordered closure of at least two mines on March 1, 2007. But the OPCB Chairman at Bhubaneswar did not issue the closure order. None of the officials of Rungta were available for comment. Similarly, documents revealed that the Thakurani B mines owned by SL Sarda and ML Sarda in Keonjhar with a controlling interest by Jindal Steel and Power Limited mined iron ores in excess of the specified limit worth Rs 1850 crore. Evidence shows that Tata Steel, which has chromite and iron ore mines in Sukinda(Jajpur district) and Joda East (Keonjhar) respectively mined ores worth Rs 1200 crore between 2004-05 and 2007-08. Even the IMFA group promoted by BJD MP Jay Panda, mined excess chromite ore worth Rs 50 crore in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Officials of Tata Steel and IMFA denied that the companies had violated any provisions of mining and environmental laws. It appears that even the government companies are no holy saints since Orissa Mining Corporation was found to have mined 9.63 lakh tonnes of excess chromite from its South Kaliapani mines in Jajpur district. During the period between 2004 and 2008, the market value of the excess ore is estimated at Rs 105 crore. Incredibly OPCB suddenly raised the limits of ore production of the companies in a subsequent year even though the company had violated the consent to operate conditions in the past. No penal action was taken against them. It also appears that OPCB officials never applied their mind to assess the disastrous effects on the local environment by allowing companies to increase their production by 10-20 times from the previous levels. Orissa steel and mines secretary Ashok Dalwai said he was not aware if excess mining has taken place in Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts. “It has not been proved as yet whether excess mining took place. But we have to verify case by case and see if the companies had got their mining plans modified by the Indian Bureau of Mines. But we are looking into more important facts of the case,” said Dalwai. This is surprising since the field inspection reports of the Pollution Control Board clearly pointed out the huge scam which was going on right under every body’s nose. Clearly the Mining Department and the Pollution Control Board did not exchange information. LN Patnaik, who headed the Orissa Pollution Control Board between 2004 and 2008 (when some of the excess mining happened) said he does not remember what happened during those period. “It (excess mining) may be possible, but under what circumstances it happened I can’t say,” he said. Meanwhile the director of Orissa vigilance, Anup Patnaik said the agency would take several months before it can file a chargesheet. “We are still assessing the magnitude of the scam. So far we have lodged 3 cases and may lodge more in the coming days. We will not spare anybody whosoever is involved in the scam,” said Patnaik. Source: Orissa mine scam could be worth more than Rs 14k cr
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