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As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Oct 20, 2010 PANAJI: The conversion of a garage attached to a PWD bungalow, presently occupied by High Court registrar I K Jain, into a toilet block, was carried out by the PWD on a "verbal request" of the registrar. It had no permission/NOC from the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP). This has come to light in information provided under RTI by the PWD to social activist Aires Rodrigues. Executive engineer Satish Tirodker has stated that PWD is not aware why permission/NOC from the CCP was not sought for the construction of the toilet block. No permission/NOC of CCP was sought for any construction work at the bungalow from January to March this year, Tirodker said. However, it is on record that there was a written request from the high court to set up a fibreglass police guard cabin at the bungalow. This cost the PWD ` 1,05,400. PWD has also stated that the complete cost of repairs/construction work, etc carried out from January to date at the bungalow amounts to ` 3,12,820. This includes construction of toilet/changing room and other miscellaneous works. CCP commissioner Elvis Gomes on October 15 issued a show-cause notice to PWD as the construction of the toilet block was in violation of Section 269 of the CCP Act. It has given PWD seven days to show cause as to why an order should not be passed ordering the block's removal.
As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Sep 29, 2010 PANAJI: The Pilerne Citizens Forum (PCF) has alleged that the Bardez mamlatdar's office has been issuing ration cards without verifying the documentary evidence provided and not as per guidelines. Addressing a press conference in Panaji on Tuesday, PCF president Prakash Bandodkar and co-ordinator Paul Fernandes said two Right to Information (RTI) applications to the mamlatdar on the number of ration cards issued in Pilerne village have revealed two different answers. While the first RTI application received a reply that 1,217 ration cards were issued, the second RTI application was told 988 ration cards were issued in the village. The PCF further stated that it had procured the ration card application form of one Nitin Mistry who has shown plot No. 19, Pilerne industrial estate, as his residence. Similarly, the ration card application form of one Jabar Singh Rajpurohit and his family, states that he resides at house No. 105, Moica vaddo, Pilerne, and is the head of the family. "However, we have shown that as per the electoral rolls, the resident of House No. 105 is one Vassudev Naroji," PCF members told reporters. Further, if one sees the copy of the ration card application form, it shows two house numbers — house No. 105 and house No. 20. "The fact is that the two houses are lawfully possessed and owned by their respective owners Vassudev Naoroji and one Assuciana Victoria," Bandodkar said. The PCF said that the respective house owners brought the matter to the notice of the Mapusa and Porvorim police through separate complaints. The complainants also told the police that they never permitted Jabar Singh to use their residential house numbers and that he did the same to play a fraud on the government by misrepresenting their addresses, PCF members told the press. But no action has been taken although complaints have also been lodged with the office of the north Goa collector, inspector general of police (IGP) and the vigilance department, PCF members alleged . "It is shocking to see how ration cards are being issued in Goa in this fashion," PCF co-ordinator Paul Fernandes said. Meanwhile, the PCF pointed out that the civil supplies department has issued a circular that it would commence a door-to-door scanning exercise to delete bogus ration cards. The PCF said it would not tolerate a farcical exercise and would seek legal recourse if proper guidelines are not followed by the state administration while issuing ration cards.
sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaNo funds for city projects, ' 6L paid to consultants as reported in TNN, Sep 27, 2010 PANAJI: With only a year left, before Panaji's opportunity to avail funds from the Centre through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) concludes, it has now been revealed that the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has spent almost ' 67 lakh on project consultants, and not been able to garner a single rupee for the capital city's development. The expenditure on appointing consultants for JNNURM projects was highlighted by opposition corporator Surendra Furtado, who sought the details by availing the Right to Information Act, 2005. According to the CCP's reply to the RTI queries, it has spent a total of ' 67,08,260 for the preparation of six Detailed Project Reports (DPRs). Bangalore-based Groupe SCE India Pvt Ltd have been appointed as consultants for four DPRs - Basic Services to Urban Poor, Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) in consonance with the objectives of the National Urban Transport Policy and the JNNURM reform agenda, Urban Renewal including development of parks, gardens and open spaces for the city of Panaji as per guidelines and requirements of JNNURM, and Sector Heritage Conservation for the city of Panaji as per guidelines and requirements of JNNURM. The DPR for water body preservation and hill slope protection has been prepared by Water and Power Consultancy Services, while the DPR for e-governance has been prepared by Upasani, Jain and Kshirsagar and G S Mathur and Co. "The CCP has missed the bus. Over ' 400 crore worth of funds could not be obtained by it since the last four years. It is time that like-minded people with the interests of the city of Panaji at heart, come together and stand for elections," Furtado said. tnn No funds for city projects, ' 6L paid to consultants - The Times of India
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 7 December 2009 PANAJI: In what could be viewed as proof of the stranglehold builders have upon government and semi-government authorities, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) admitted that the fifth and sixth floors of Padmavati Towers on the 18th June Road are illegal. Admitting that both floors are illegal CCP, in reply to an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, said that the final notice pertaining to the illegal construction was pasted at the premises as far back as December 11, 2007. The Panaji civic body acknowledged that the notice had mandated that the owner of the premises restore the structure to its original form. As per the notice, the restoration was required to be done by January 7, 2008. CCP further stated that no steps were initiated to tackle the violation and also admitted that the owner had acknowledged the wrongful act, which had been noted in the concerned file signed by the CCP's assistant engineer on November 20, 2007. The CCP, however, says that action against the illegal structures will be taken shortly. A few days ago CCP had ordered the demolition of an illegal floor atop a heritage building opposite the Captain of Ports in Panaji. The CCP said that the second floor was illegal as it was in a conservation commercial zone over a building which is 100 years old. The offending party has been directed to demolish the structure, failing which demolition will be carried out by the CCP and expenses recovered from the party as arrears of property tax. Source: CCP to act against two illegal floors of Padmavati Towers - Goa - City - The Times of India
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at www.thaindian.com on 12 March 2009 Panaji, March 12 (IANS) Fiona Mackeown, the mother of slain British teenager Scarlett Keeling, has filed a Right to Information (RTI) application seeking details of the Goa police’s investigation into her daughter’s mysterious death February last year. The application was received by the police early this week. Police authorities, who have been target of Fiona’s criticism for bungling the investigations into Scarlett’s murder, are not sure how the RTI application should be handled. A senior police official maintained foreigners do not have the right to apply under the Right to Information Act. “Only citizens can ask queries under RTI. Foreigners cannot. Plus she has sent it across from UK by e-mail without paying the mandatory court fees,” the official said. The preamble to the RTI Act clearly says that it can be used only by Indian citizens, the official added. Confirming the receipt of the RTI query from Fiona, Superintendent of Police (North) Tony Fernandes Thursday said: “We have received the RTI application. In all likelihood, we’ll forward it to the Central Bureau of Investigation, because they are investigating the case now. “I have brought the matter to the notice of my superiors, who will take a final call.” Source: Under Right to Information Act, Scarlett’s mother questions murder probe
I was arrested on Sunday 18 Jan 2009 under section 151 and detained for 4 hours at Panaji Police Station. What should I ask? Whom should I address? to get details of my arrest. Police authority has not given me any paper but advised me to ask through RTI. I was presented before Deputy Megistrate and released. FIR No 42 of 09.