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  1. GUWAHATI, July 11 - As per a recent RTI response received by RTI-cum-environment activist Rohit Choudhury, the Shillong-based NE regional office of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has found clear violations of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, by M/s NJC Hydro Power Ltd, which is developing the 780-MW Nyamjang Chhu project in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. As per the memorandum of agreement signed with the Arunachal Pradesh Government by the company that is a special purpose vehicle of Bhilwara Energy Ltd (BEL), two small hydropower projects are also being built to provide construction power to the 780-MW Nyamjang Chhu project. As reported on the website of the company NJC Hydro Power Ltd., “Work on Khangteng HEP (7.5 MW) and Shyaro HEP (3.0 MW) to be utilised for construction power is in progress.”Read more at; The Assam Tribune Online
  2. Odisha’s poor performance in the power sector, particularly its inability to ensure expeditious completion of power projects and the total collapse of the private distribution companies stands further scrutiny as revealed by an RTI activist who was informed that of the 26 companies that signed MoU with the government for establishment of 32 small hydroelectric projects from 2000 to 2015, only two have started operations. Read more at The Statesman: RTI query reveals poor power sector
  3. Nagpur: Taking serious cognisance of various violations, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board's (MPCB) Nagpur Regional office has recommended snapping power and water connections to one of the biggest housing schemes - Anandam World City Project. MPCB has gone on to name the developer of the project, Goldbricks Infrastructure Private Limited, as habitual defaulter of environment norms. Goldbricks has refuted all allegations of violations, claiming that it has the environmental department's clearance for the entire project, which overrides all other departments. MPCB Nagpur Regional office's proposal for action has come to fore in information collected under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Activist Kamlesh Shah recently received the documents related to Anandam project from the MPCB. Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/MPCB-plans-to-snap-Anandams-power-water-lines/articleshow/47635337.cms
  4. The domestic rooftop solar scheme, which was launched in 2013 has found few takers in the State. The ambitious project has dramatically fallen short of its own target, The Hindu has learnt through an RTI petition. Read More: Shadow over solar power scheme - The Hindu
  5. akhilesh yadav

    AP: The power of RTI Act

    However, his choice to shelve a handsomeand well-paying career in pursuit of a more‘meaningful’ job brought him face to face with the powerful Right to Information Act.Read at: The Power of Right To Information Act - The Hans India
  6. Motive behind power fencing questioned GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – The alleged denial of information to an RTI activist by the Assam Forest Department and the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP&TR) authorities on the power fencing of the national park has led to a number of questions concerning the motive behind the exercise. RTI-cum-environment activist Rohit Choudhury has alleged that the State Forest Department and the KNP&TR authorities have denied him information on the issues concerning power fencing of the national park. The bamboo posts in the park’s fencing have already been replaced with concrete posts. It seems like the execution of the decision of the joint meeting, held by the governing bodies of the Kaziranga Tiger Conservation Foundation, Manas Tiger Conservation Foundation & Nameri Tiger Conservation Foundation on August 25, 2014 at the Assam State Zoo Conference Hall, Guwahati, to extend the power fencing work of the park to its other areas has already started, Choudhury said. The above meeting had decided to extend the power fencing programme to other areas of the park, barring the animal migration corridors. It was decided to fence the non-corridor areas such as Japaripathar, Tamulipathar, Dhanbari, etc. Choudhury said that in view of the above decision of the joint meeting, he had filed RTI applications before the National Tiger Conservation Authority/Forest Conservation and Wildlife Division of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (WL), Assam/Principal Secretary, Department of Environment and Forests, Government of Assam,/Director, Kaziranga National Park. However, no information has been provided yet from any of the offices of the State government, i.e., from Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (WL), Assam/Principal Secretary, Department of Environment & Forests, Govt. of Assam/Director, Kaziranga National Park, Choudhury alleged. The minutes of the above meeting and the RTI replies from the NTCA have exposed some more issues concerning the exercise, Choudhury said. These include – the management plan of Kaziranga National Park has not been approved, no permission under Forest Conservation Act, 1980 & Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 was granted for the power fencing by MoEFCC and also no permission from NTCA was given for power fencing as it is a Tiger Reserve. Read More: The Assam Tribune Online
  7. Vijayanandmt

    Regarding power issue in TN

    As everyone in TN aware of severe shortage of power, I want to know few details. I need seniors support in framing and filing this RTI. Also guide me on where to file this RTI 1) What is the total amount of power produced by companies/entities owned by TN Government? 2) What is the total amount of power bought from private players and other states? 3) What is the amount of power given by central government companies ? 4) what is the total consumption of power by Tamil Nadu? 5) How much is power is consumed commercial, Factories and House (need bifercation of each) in last 3 years (yearwise details required) 6) If electricity charges are constant across the different grids in Tamil Nadu, why differential treatment is given for chennai when compared to other districts?? 7) Is it legal to treat to consumers(chennai VS non chennai consumers) in different ways, when they offer same money for the service ?
  8. Dear Sir, Can a Power Of Attorney submit the application under the RTI on behalf of the applicant? Regards, Vinay J. Datar
  9. Hello Everyone. I am Sebastian. I would really appreciate anyone who can help me out with information on this situation. I would like to ask for information under the RTI regarding the rules and regulations of the CWC. (Child Welfare Committee). I would like to find out the procedure that the CWC follows in releasing an orphan child who is under the care of a particular organization. I understand that according to the JJ act (Juvenile Justice Act), there is no legal adoption for a child who is over the age of 18. I wish to get details as to why no release orders or reports regarding that child have been sent to the CWC by that particular organization. My wife and I have been donors and volunteers with this organizarion since early 2006. There was a bond that formed between us, and this particular child who wishes to be part of our family. This particular organization is aware of our intentions to accept and support the child as parents (or foster parents, whichever may be the legal term used). Our child is 19 years old now (not really a child of course) but has not had a release order yet. This child still has to go by what the office bearers of the organization think is best for her though she is legally an adult. This case is being passed back and forth from our child's parent orphanage and the one that she presently is since the last 8 to 9 years, and the IJM. No one seems to be bothered about this and we have received no satisfactory answers from anyone. To take things further, The IJM has stepped in and seems to have taken all the children in this particular cottage under their wing. As of now, the matter is bouncing back and forth from the parent orphanage, the present one and the IJM. The IJM staff say that the orphanage has to send reports and applications for the release order which the organization has not, the Orphanage says that they are now under the IJM, and office bearers of our child's parent orphanage pitch in one in a while to make their presence felt. All this in the name of "SAVING" the girl child !! Our offers to sponsor her courses are not well accepted, since her inclination is towards the creative arts, and the organization states that financial hurdles and the fact that other inmates will make unreasonable demands which they will not be able to handle and eventually they will be accused of being biased towards this child. Besides this, the creative arts are not considered a career option. We see it as a case of squashing the problem instead of finding a solution or working towards one. We are not "Adopting" her. We are only trying to bring our daughter home. Any help in this regard will be greatly appreciated. Regards, Sebastian Email:(Posting of mail ids is against forum rules-hence deleted)
  10. My energy meter is not working for how long i dunno.. I have been out of town for couple of months (3 months) and i received minimum bill which is reasonable but for past two months i'm home and i'm receiving minimum bill eventhough i use 4 computers and heaters. So meter not working. I' afraid that they will charge me a hefty amount. I want to lodge a complaint. I stay in bangalore. I need to know how much they are liable to charge and where to file a complaint. ma average bill before was around 600.
  11. Respested Sir, We (ENGRS) wish to develop electricity with the help of solar system. We want funding help (free) to develop this project. We are looking for indian Or international organisations who can provide fund for the same. So please help us by providing information on this matter. Your immediate attention on this matter will be highly appreciated. THANKING YOU.
  12. udaygour

    Power Crisis

    What is government doing about the power crisis. Who is responsible for present situation? Daily wage earners and contract labours are facing unemployment. Why do we have five years plan? What vision do these planners have? Is the situation going to be more graver than ever?
  13. I would like to know if RTI application filed by a power of attorney or authority letter holder will be replied or not. For example X resides in America and he urgently needs to file RTI appln in India. Can his power of attorney/authority letter holder say Y file RTI application for seeking information regarding X held by public authority in India.
  14. Residents of Jai Vijay Society in Vile Parle (E) have challenged the BMC’s permission to relocate a power sub-station next to their building compound. The residents, who have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court, have questioned the permissions “which put lives of citizens at risk”. The case is likely to be heard on January 14. The relocation of the sub-station is part of the redevelopment plan of Haripad Society, which stands on a plot adjoining Jai Vijay Society. The sub-station, currently on Haripad’s plot, has independent access and prescribes to the necessary regulations regarding compulsory open space around such a high-risk structure. In June 2006, Haripad sought a no-objection certificate for its redevelopment from Jai Vijay but did not disclose details regarding the relocation of the sub-station. Even the sanctioned redevelopment plan of Haripad that Jai Vijay society obtained through the Right to Information (RTI) Act did not show an electric sub-station on the plot. Finally, when Jai Vijay residents obtained the details from the BMC, they were shocked to learn that the wall of the new sub-station would be the same as their building’s compound wall. Dr YT Oke, a resident of Jai Vijay and an anti-noise pollution activist, said the new location of the sub-station does not provide independent access to the structure, as is mandatory. This will put the lives of residents at risk in case of a fire, he said. The residents are baffled at how Reliance Energy Ltd and the BMC have allowed the developer to relocate the sub-station in such a manner. The residents have also complained to the BMC about two 40-year-old Ashoka trees in their compound felled by Shraddha Developers, which is redeveloping Haripad. DNA - Mumbai - Residents oppose power substation - Daily News & Analysis
  15. With great fanfare, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited had a few months back launched a drive to detect power thefts across the State to nab and fine those who use electricity illegally. But MSEDCL apparently closed its eyes to the going-ons within as it has now come to light that the company itself has been supplying around 2.5 mega watt of electricity to 195 "unauthorised" sawmills in and around Pune city every day. The shocking revealation came to light after Mahesh Mahajan, an activist and founder of Friends of Nature Association, filed a Right to Information Act (RTI) application with the forest department in May 2007, which provided him with the information that there are 195 unauthorised sawmills operating in and around Pune. He has also brought the issue of illegal power supply to sawmills to the notice of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). "I had sought information from the forest department regarding as to how many unauthorised sawmills are operating in and around Pune. I filed the application in May 2007 and received the information that there are 195 sawmills in the Pune division of the forest dept. After this, we carried out a survey to check the real situation and found out that within Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, there are 150 unauthorised sawmills while the rest are in the adjoining areas like Talegaon Dabhade. In some cases, we also observed that the electricity supply is reconnected for office use and then the same is being used for unauthorised saw mills on the premises." Of the 150 illegal saw mills in Pune and PCMC limits, 100 are in Pune city while the remaining ones are in PCMC limits and each sawmill consumes electricity in the range of 75 KW to 150 KW. When contacted, MSEDCL chief engineer of Pune Division R B Gautam said, "We are aware of this issue. MSEDCL and the forest department together are going to launch a survey to get the complete picture. We will come out with a report in a couple of days based on which we will initiate our action. We will disconnect the power supply of the defaulters." With survey report and facts from forest department in his possession, Mahajan took up the issue of illegal sawmills with MSEDCL office in Pune on November 27. When no action was initiated, activists gheraoed MSEDCL officials in Talegaon Dabhade. "We argued that when Talegaon Dabhade was facing load-shedding for 7-8 hours, why were illegal sawmills being catered to?" Giving into the pressure, MSEDCL disconnected supply of two unauthorised saw mills in Talegaon. "In all, they might have disconnected the power supply of 29 sawmills so far. However , they have not initiated any action against the sawmills in city areas," he said. 195 illegal sawmills getting power supply from MSEDCL
  16. Seen as an alternative energy source, how safe are the country's atomic power stations from nature's threats? Concerned over the safety hazards at a nuclear plant in Rajasthan, an amateur astronomer Manoj Pai moved the Central Information Commission inquiring on precautionary measures taken by the Centre to safeguard them from natural calamities. Noting the applicant had not moved an appeal before the Appellate Authority of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah remanded back Pai's information request to the department, directing it to reply within 15 days. Pai had filed his RTI application before information officer of DAE on September 12 last year, but did not get a reply to his query. Aggrieved on that, he moved a complaint before the Commission. Pai, a resident of Ahmedabad, wanted to know about safety hazards at Rawatbhata Atomic Power Station (RAPS) near Kota in Rajasthan from meteorite strikes. He became apprehensive after a media report quoted a senior official of Geological Survey of India saying that devastation of an "unimaginable scale" could have been caused had the August 2006 meteorite fall over Kota struck RAPS. His application had also queried about precautions taken by DAE, responsible for design, construction and operation of nuclear power stations, to prevent such an eventuality. Habibullah has, however, issued a show cause notice to the department's CPIO for failing to reply to Pai's application within the stipulated time as required under the RTI Act. Zee News - Govt to reply on steps taken to safeguard atomic power plant
  17. Debashis Basu

    Power of First Appeal Authority

    Power of First Appeal Authority to Punish the SPIO /CPIO / ACPIO Is there any power of First Appeal Authority to punish the SPIO who has not complied with the decision with Appellate Authority ? The answer is yes. First Appeal Authority will move before CIC for initiation of proceedings under Section 20 of RTI Act if the SPIO or CPIO or ACPIO has failed to comply with the orders of Appellate Authority within stipulated time frame by the decision of FAA. This will be without prejudice to the rights of the First Appeal Authority to initiate other penal action under Indian Penal Code against the PIO for willful violation of lawful orders promulgated by a public servant while excercising statutory powers. For details please refer to : Appeal no : CIC / WB / A / 2006 / 00848 dated 11.11.06 In Chair : Shri Wajahat Habibulla Chief Information Officer Decision Dated : August 16, 2007
  18. Home Secy’s wife Parveen Amanullah and Dy CM Modi’s cousin Rekha Modi are leading campaign to clean up Patna’s premier medical college, hospital Patna, May 31: One is the Home Secretary’s wife. The other the Deputy Chief Minister’s cousin. But for some time now, Parveen Amanullah and Rekha Modi have been giving the Bihar Government sleepless nights over the mess in the state’s premier government hospital, the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). In the process, they have laid bare the Nitish Kumar Government’s claims of major achievements in the health sector. Parveen Amanullah, the wife of Home Commissioner Afzal Amanullah, and Rekha Modi, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi’s cousin, have clashed with doctors at the PMCH, filed eight applications under the Right to Information Act, targeting doctors as well as hospital administrators, and are now planning to file a PIL in the Patna High Court. Last week, matters reached a head when PMCH doctors went on a strike against the two, accusing them of behaving like “extra-constitutional” authorities. Health Minister Chandra Mohan Rai had to intervene and plead with Parveen Amanullah and Rekha Modi to keep away from the PMCH. “The Health Minister told us not to go there so we have stopped for the time being. But we are not going to succumb to pressure,” says Rekha Modi. A social activist who works in the slums of Patna, sensitising the poor on family planning and other health issues, Rekha Modi says she heard many stories there of the PMCH staff’s negligence and callousness. She found a willing comrade in Parveen, who joined her three weeks ago. “I am working with Rekha since I want to contribute something to society,” says Parveen. During their rounds of the PMCH, they found patients were not being treated properly, senior doctors were not present after noon and the Government’s free medicine programme was not working. “As social activists we raised our voice and tried to act as facilitators so that the poor got proper attention, and this enraged the doctors,” says Rekha Modi. Accused of putting the Government in a spot, the two react strongly. “We are working as responsible citizens. The Government does not sit in the PMCH. Since January we have been visiting the PMCH and writing letters to all concerned including the Chief Minister about the mess in the hospital, but nobody has bothered to reply,” avers Modi. IndianExpress.com :: From within Patna’s power circle, two whistleblowers
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