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akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe issue of installation of ACs in the two court buildings, visited by thousands of litigants every day, has been brought to the Delhi High Court by a lawyer who had earlier sought information in the matter through the Right to Information Act. The High Court was told that the absence of air-conditioners in the court rooms had created unhealthy and inefficient working conditions. Read at:Tis Hazari and Patiala House courts to get air conditioners - The Hindu
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by Parvesh Sharma at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Sep 27, 2011 PATIALA: Though Patiala Municipal Corporation authorities claim to have taken strict action against encroachers, an illegal building, constructed by close relatives of a BJP councilor, stands in defiance of all these claims. There is no action even after nine months of a demolition order passed by commissioner of corporation. Information procured under RTI Act revealed that Harish Kumar, Suresh and Ved Parkash, all close relatives of BJP councilor from ward no 7, Sarita Gera, had got approved the building plan to construct a commercial building in Tripuri in 2009. The plan approved was for construction of basement, ground and first floors only. But in gross violation of norms, all have constructed a second floor without mandatory approval of authorities. "They have deposited only around Rs 1 lakh as fee for construction of the commercial building. As per law, they should have submitted a fee of more than Rs 5 lakh. When I raised the issue of illegal construction, muscleman of Gera attacked me," said RTI activist Mahinder Kumar, who has been fighting against encroachments in the city. Documents showed that corporation authorities have issued many letters and show cause notices and even demolition orders in January 2011, but due to the strong connections of Gera, there is no action to demolish the illegal building so far. The final finishing work is going on at full pace at the site despite demolition orders, sources said. Despite repeated attempts, Gera was not available for comment while her husband Mohan Gera, who runs a garment shop adjacent to the illegal building, confessed that the building has been constructed in violation of norms. "We are willing to pay penalty and have written repeatedly to corporation authorities about the same. We did not construct it deliberately. There are some political opponents, who are trying to drag our name into controversy. We have not threatened or attacked anyone," said Mohan. Repeated attempts to contact Patiala mayor Ajitpal Singh Kohli and assistant commissioner of corporation, Nazar Singh, proved futile as both did not attend their mobile phones despite repeated calls.
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at punjabnews.org on 21 January 2010 PATIALA: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) top officials have not deposited their landline phone bills for almost a decade, defaulting on over Rs 1.86 crore. These officials include general managers, deputy general managers, sub divisional officers (SDOs) and junior telecom officers (JTOs). The defaulter list also has on it drivers hired by the Nigam to ferry staff. A 13-page report procured under the RTI Act has brought out these startling facts. The defaulters are from Secondary Switching Area (SSA), Patiala and the recovery is against residential landline telephone connections installed at the residence of the defaulting officials and workers posted within the SSA The bills are pending for the period from 2000 to 2009. It is pertinent to mention that the BSNL’s information officer has held back the names of most defaulters on the list. Patiala SSA covers all of Patiala, Nabha, Rajpura, Mandi Gobindgarll, Dera Bassi, Samana, Patran and Fatehgarh Sahib, besides other stations. There are ten defaulters who owe the BSNL more than Rs 3 lakh against pending bills, four others who owe around Rs 2lakh, 32 exceeding the Rs 1 lakh limit, and a large chunk of employees whose dues exceed Rs 50,000. A recent communique by the BSNL Headquarters has issued directions to staff and officers for timely payment of the bills and as per reports, employees have started clearing due payments in fixed periodicity, but a huge amount still stands against officers and staff. BSNL offers its officers and employees – from General Manager to Junior Accounts Officer (JAO) and even cab drivers – a fixed number of free calls depending on the respective designations, and all calls above the prescribed limit are billed and have to be paid for. In case department officials fail to pay the dues, then the department is liable to deduct the same from their salaries on a monthly basis. But the department has, thus far, never made an attempt to recover the pending dues from the salaries of its defaulting officers. Interestingly, the BSNL has issued only one notice so far, to a defaulter for recovery of balance amount which exceeded Rs 1.5 lakh. On September 20, 2007, Chief General Manager, Punjab Telecom Circle, at Chandigarh asked Rakesh Kumar, ADET posted at Patiala in 2003, to pay up. Though officials, when contacted, claimed that the case was disposed of, but information retrieved under the RTI revealed that in the particular case, the department took no action for recovering the pending bill from the concerned official. BSNL GM at Patiala, Musaddi Lal, declined to comment on the subject. GM (Finance), Punjab Circle, P.C. Maharania, said he would inquire at his level, subsequent to which appropriate action would be initiated. “Also, it is important to identify the purpose for which the numbers were utilized,” he added. Source: PATIALA NEWS: Unpaid Bills - Staff Owe BSNL Rs 1.86 Crore | Punjab News, Punjab News Paper, Punjab Latest News