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  1. At a time when the country is celebrating Ira Singhal’s achievement in topping UPSC, the fact remains that disabled candidates occupy only a 10th of the central government posts reserved for them. The reservation is 3 per cent for the disabled category but only 0.3 per cent (9,339 out of 29.59 lakh) of the present central government workforce belong to that category, according to an RTI reply to The Indian Express from the Department of Personnel and Training. - See more at: Only a 10th of disabled quota filled, OBCs way short of central job quota | The Indian Express
  2. Hello, Now a days , I am constantly getting complaints from several parents in Delhi about the high handedness shown by various schools and surprisingly most of these schools are renowned ones. Important point is about the selection of EWS candidates and donation demand under management quota. Several people have raised their concerns that even though the EWS candidates are getting admission but in the lieu of EWS they are giving admission to people who actually does not belong to any such category, however they able to secure such admission based on fraud certificates, but schools are not checking anything and turns a blind eye towards all such things. Second point is that once a genuine student was selected under EWS candidate, the school makes a separate section for these students who belongs to disadvantage group and thus they have to face a tough time in the hands of school authorities and there are also complaints about showing door to such people if they try to raise their voices. So , I need following information from the school : 1. Need the school records which shows EWS student in each class and each section of the respective class. 2. Need the school records which elaborate the schemes or benefits that the school is passing to the disadvantage group students. 3. Need the school records which shows the name of the EWS students and their address so that if needed we could expose the fraud in securing the EWS certificate by the affluent class people. 4. Need the school records which shows the list of students who are taken under the management quota and what is the donation amount taken by the student and what is the criteria school is following in using such discretion, so that same could be challenged in the court of law. Apart from this, please suggest if they any other means available to secure the above mentioned information. Thanks in advance for your support and understanding. Regards, Rajesh
  3. Hello, I am wondering why the High Official Quota status is not displayed to the public and it everytime fails for every train? Is the quota removed? I used to check the status in http://indiarailinfo.com/... I search for any train, look for Availability and select High Official in it.
  4. sudip kar

    regarding obc quota

    Hello, Is "baniya" in Bengali caste falls under obc category under Jharkhand govt state list??
  5. Two brothers, retd colonels, got 31 plots under HUDA quota Two retired Army colonels being probed as part of an investigation into allegedly fraudulent multiple allotment of plots to individuals by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had between them got as many as 31 plots. Karan Singh Yadav and Dharam Singh Yadav, who are brothers, were allotted these plots in various urban estates of Haryana between 1998 and 2004 (including the time they were serving), documents submitted in the Punjab & Haryana High Court show. The scam is being probed by HUDA on the orders of the court. Over 325 FIRs have been registered against beneficiaries, including 188 defence personnel, who allegedly got more than one plot in their name, or in the name of their spouse or children. The Yadavs have got an interim stay on their arrest. Read More: Two brothers, retd colonels, got 31 plots under HUDA quota | The Indian Express
  6. Rohit_B

    Rti pune

    Where do U put-in an RTI Apllication in Pune ? I stay in the Kothrud Area . Who is the person i should be meeting ? And where would I find him ?
  7. Hello Everyone, This is my first post on RTI, Can any one provide a solution to my query How can I know about the tatkal quota for Indian railways for two specific station?
  8. IITs skirt teacher quota policy Institutes claim exemption but ministry gropes for order New Delhi, Dec. 5: The Indian institutes of technology have revealed that they don’t follow the government’s decades-old reservation policy in hiring teachers and claim they were granted exemption from SC/ST and OBC quotas. But the human resource development ministry has told The Telegraph it has no knowledge of any such immunity granted to the IITs. The ministry, however, said it was “ascertaining” whether it ever granted exemption to the premier engineering colleges. “We are examining the case and ascertaining details about whether the IITs were granted exemption from reservation,” Ravi Mathur, the joint secretary in charge of technical institutes at the ministry, said. The government had introduced 22.5 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes following amendments to the Constitution in 1951. Based on the recommendations of the controversial Mandal commission report, the quota was extended by 27 per cent in the early nineties to cover the Other Backward Classes. Although the IITs claim they were exempt from implementing the policy, for over two years now they have been unable to provide the ministry documents required to establish that they had indeed been granted immunity. Responding to a Right to Information query, the IITs admitted they hadn’t received any exemption order from the HRD minister, which, officials said, was essential for not implementing reservation. The IITs cited an office memorandum (OM) No. 9/2/73, dated 23/6/1975, claiming exemption. The OM, issued by the department of personnel and training, allows for exemptions in “scientific and technical institutions” but clearly mentions that the “orders of the minister concerned are required”. An almost identical OM dated 13/5/1994, was also cited by the IITs. But once again, the OM made it clear that the minister’s order was needed. The OM was originally drafted keeping in mind jobs of a strategic nature, such as those in the Department of Atomic Energy or the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, explained an official at the department of personnel and training. IIT Madras director M.S. Ananth conceded that the decision not to reserve posts for teachers from backward segments was based on IIT “interpretation” of the quota policy rather than on “written” clearance. “We have just an oral understanding, no written communication. The decision is based on our interpretation,” Ananth said. Ananth added that though the IITs don’t follow the reservation policy, people from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are “taken good care of” at the institutes, and often get preference over general candidates if “their academic qualifications are the same”. “Teachers do not teach any one community... they teach everyone. So we cannot risk any dilution of quality,” Ananth said. The “hunt” for an exemption order began two years ago after K. Subbarayan, a CPI Lok Sabha member, asked in Parliament whether the IITs were following the reservation policy when it came to hiring teachers. Junior HRD minister M.A.A. Fatmi’s reply only said “there are faculty members of all communities, including SC/ST, serving” at the IITs. The IITs, however, said in their replies to the RTI applications that they were not implementing reservations for any teaching positions. The applications were filed by Dr Ethirajan Muralidharan, a biomedical engineer, and Dr K.N. Murukes, a member of Parliament from Karur, Tamil Nadu, from 1991 to 1996. “It is ridiculous that the HRD ministry and the IITs cannot sort this out between themselves. And in the meantime, lots of talented people from the SC, ST and OBC categories are losing out on jobs at the IITs,” Murukes said from Tamil Nadu. Muralidharan, who completed his masters and PhD from IIT Madras, applied for a job as a professor six times at his alma mater, but was turned down every time. He has alleged discrimination because he is from the OBC category, a charge the IIT has denied. The IITs, in a letter to the ministry, also alleged that Muralidharan was out to malign them since he was refused a job. The Telegraph - Calcutta : Frontpage
  9. Quotas are route to inequality at IITs, IIMs As Reported By Mayank Tewari in DNA, Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Their dropout rates are higher at IITs, and salaries lower at IIMs NEW DELHI: The recent decision of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, to terminate 25 students, many of them from the scheduled caste category, for poor performance has raised hackles all around. While the National Commission for Scheduled Castes is pressuring the institute to take them back, the issue that cannot be wished away is their actual performance after gaining entry into these hallowed institutions. Have quotas really worked? How do students from the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes (SC/ST), inducted on the basis of lower qualifying marks, fare in terms of performance and salaries at the IITs and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)? Are they able to cope with high academic pressures? DNA, which used the Right to Information Act (RTI) to extract numbers on SC/ST performance from reluctant institutions, has some answers. We found that quotas don't work as well in the IITs, where the demands for academic excellence are higher, but the results are reasonable when it comes to the IIMs. It's clear that dropout rates are high among SC/ST candidates at the IITs; at the IIMs, their average salaries are also lower than general category students. The big differences, though, come up in the case of top performers. At IIM, Kozhikode, the highest salary earned by a general category student was Rs70 lakh this year; the highest earned by the SC/ST candidate was just Rs13 lakh. The differences in average salaries were lower: for general category students, it was Rs15.84 lakh, for SC/ST Rs11.01 lakh. The real problem area seems to be the IITs. According to information provided by IIT-Powai in Mumbai, 21 SC/ST students were asked to terminate their undergraduate BTech course in 2006-2007. In the last three years, the number of reserved category students terminating their courses at Powai has risen quietly. In 2005-2006, the institute had asked 20 SC/ST students to pack their bags. A year earlier, in 2004-2005, 19 students left without completing the course. Between 2003 and 2007, the yearly average dropout number for IIT, Powai, is a high 16 students . Two other IITs — in Delhi and Kharagpur, for which DNA has data — had lower average dropout rates of 11 and eight among SC/ST candidates. The dropout rate for general category students at IIT, Powai, hovers around 1-2% and, according to faculty members, is nowhere close to that of reserved category students. Students are asked to terminate their courses when they accumulate more backlogs (courses failed) than permitted by IIT rules. "There is no semester-wise fail/pass system at IIT, Powai. Students can continue further studies with up to four backlogs (failed courses) at the end of each semester, till the second year, or up to six backlogs at the end of each semester during the third and subsequent years of study," says Dr Indu Saxena, deputy registrar at IIT, Powai. But things are better at IIT, Delhi, where yearly dropout rates have stabilised in the range of 3-9 for SC/STs combined after a peak of 23 in 2002. A professor at IIT, Delhi, told DNA that the institutes seldom have any control over dropout rates. "The quality of reserved category students every year is variable, unlike general category admissions, where merit is the sole criteria. In the case of reserved categories, sometimes totally undeserving candidates are admitted who cannot meet the standards set by the institute," he said. The gap between general and SC/ST category students is less stark at the IIMs, where average salary differentials are not seriously out of whack. DNA, however, found that students from the general category fared much better than reserved category students in terms of salaries offered at campus. IIM, Ahmedabad, did not share details about the highest salary offered to SC/ST candidates in 2008, but the highest obtained by general category students was Rs60 lakh. Average salary levels for the last two years show some serious divergences. Last year, the average salary offered to a general category student at IIMA was Rs13.70 lakh, while an SC/ST candidate got Rs11.14 lakh. This year, the general category average was Rs17.81 lakh while the average salary given to reserved category students was Rs14.50 lakh. According to Bakul Dholakia, former director of IIM, Ahmedabad, disparities in salaries are not surprising. "At IIMA, we have always acknowledged the academic differences between general and reserved category students. It is generally assumed that reserved category students, on an average, score 20% less than their general category counterparts. Keeping this in mind, an average salary difference of Rs3-4 lakh between general and reserved category students is logical," he told DNA. Piyush Sinha, professor at IIMA, feels that "average salaries figures are not sufficient to conclude that reserved category students at IIMs do not perform as well as their counterparts in the general category." According to him, "there are many factors that decide the salary during campus recruitments. The companies which come to the campuses are never given out the names of candidates based on caste. Everything works on merit." DNA - India - Quotas are route to inequality at IITs, IIMs - Daily News & Analysis
  10. As reported by Rajeev Deshpande of TNN in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 06 June 2008: Arjun's office staff all from general category-India-The Times of India Arjun's office staff all from general category NEW DELHI: For a government keen on aggressively pushing the frontiers of reservation — even urging the private sector to consider affirmative action — the number of OBC, SC and ST category officials serving on the personal staff of ministers is minuscule, an RTI inquiry has revealed. While it would be unfair to suggest that caste considerations alone ought to matter in such appointments — it could even be argued that ministers from underprivileged backgrounds have shown a lack of bias — the profiles of staffers say a lot about how quota winds have bypassed ministerial offices. The RTI inquiry filed by Dev Ashish Bhattacharya has shown that there are no OBC officials serving as private secretaries — posts to which incumbents are handpicked. In one case, that of the rural development ministry, where the officer belongs to a scheduled tribe, the ministry’s response was coy, stating that service details were unavailable. At the level of private secretaries, there are four scheduled caste and one scheduled tribe officials in the offices of three Cabinet ministers and two ministers of state. If all Cabinet ministers and ministers of state are taken together, there are seven OBC staffers at the level of first PA, six scheduled caste staffers as assistant private secretaries and one as additional PS. There are three OBC staffers as additional PS and one scheduled tribe staffer as assistant PS. RTI responses from offices of 34 ministers and 22 ministers of state show that there are merely 23 staffers from the OBC, SC and ST category compared with 203 from the "general" category. While much has changed since the Mandal revolution and now with OBC quotas being extended to higher education as well, the reason for the unchanged profile of ministerial staffers could be a testimony to their ability to work the system. This is what perhaps allows the capital's large pool of personal staff to survive change of regimes with relative ease, with outgoing ministers themselves handing out generous recommendations. This has seen staffers who were with NDA ministers, and even before that with the United Front, switch to UPA ministers without notice. So, an additional PS who was with Nitish Kumar is now with an MoS in defence, Rao Indrajit Singh. A staffer with Srikant Jena in the UF government is well placed with Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, I&B minister. The advantage of staffers from the general category seems to lie in their having benefited from the first mover's advantage. Their knowledge of how government works — or does not — from tracking files, keeping ministerial priorities in mind, connecting or ignoring calls, getting appointments, facilitating smooth travel, coordinating speeches and public events and above all, not losing sight of hierarchies, makes them invaluable. While the big picture is interesting enough, responses of some ministries are indicative of how governments think. Railway minister Lalu Prasad’s office as well as the PMO itself have, instead of making the disclosure, argued that since reservation rules do not "apply" to appointments made at the "discretion of ministers from serving officers and outsiders" no data with regard to the category, general or otherwise, is maintained. Given that whether reservation rules apply or not was not germane to the query, the reticence of the two offices may be meant to sidestep the issue, perhaps because the personal staff in both cases is largely from the upper castes. In the office of law minister H R Bhardwaj, all staffers are in the general category, minister of social justice and empowerment Meira Kumar has two scheduled caste personnel as assistant PS and first PA, chemicals and fertilizers minister Ram Vilas Paswan has one SC staffer as assistant private secretary and one OBC staffer as first PA, while HRD minister Arjun Singh — the main proponent of OBC quotas in education — has staffers who are all drawn from the general category. In the ministry of tribal affairs, posts of private secretary and additional private secretary are vacant. There is one assistant private secretary drawn from the ST category.
  11. karira

    Two Degrees And One Clean Chit

    As reported by P C Vinoj Kumar on tehelka.com on 9 February 2008: Tehelka:: Free. Fair. Fearless Two Degrees And One Clean Chit Two senior IPS officers probing corruption charges against former CM J. Jayalalithaa were given engineering seats for their children in Chennai’s Anna University IF THERE was an example needed of education being a political tool, it can be found in Chennai’s premier Anna University. Two senior IPS officers probing graft charges against former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa obtained seats for their children in the varsity’s engineering course in what protestors describe as a ‘quid pro quo arrangement’. The admissions were secured through a controversial government quota (GQ) under the Jayalalithaa regime. The officers’ children did not have the requisite marks for admission, but were accommodated in the GQ. The quota was scrapped last year by the Madras High Court following a public interest litigation. A group of activists comprising academics, advocates and civil society groups have come under the banner of the Movement for Education Advancement (MEAD) to demand CBI inquiry into alleged irregularities in admissions under the GQ between 1999 and 2006. They also want the scrapping of the 5-percent Industrial Quota (IQ, see box), in which seats are reserved for industrial groups that have funded the university, and a separate probe against the two police officers, Narinderpal Singh and K. Radhakrishnan. Singh is currently serving as the Additional Director General of Police, Crime, and Radhakrishnan as the Inspector General of Police, North Zone. Both had served as IGS in the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption (DVAC) during the previous AIADMK regime. At the time their children were granted admission, the DVAC was investigating disproportionate assets cases against Jayalalithaa and some of her senior party members. Praba Kalvimani, a retired professor who is taking an active part in the campaign, says the two officers were in charge of separate special investigation cells in the DVAC. One dealt with cases against Jayalalithaa and the other handled the remaining cases. When the AIADMK returned to power in 2001, the cases were in various stages of investigation and trial. Kalvimani says Radhakrishnan favoured Jayalalithaa in the two cases of disproportionate assets against her. In one case, a final opportunity notice was served on Jayalalithaa in December 2001 to explain the sources of her income. “Jayalalithaa didn’t reply to the notice within the stipulated 30 days. She replied two years later when Radhakrishnan took charge. It was he who forwarded the file favouring Jayalalithaa,” says Kalvimani. In the other case, Radhakrishnan allegedly failed to file a reply through the public prosecutor when Jayalalithaa approached the Small Causes Court in Chennai for vacating the attachment order against some of her properties. Narinderpal Singh is alleged to have recommended dropping of action against two former AIADMK ministers, KA Sengottaian and B. Valarmathi, against whom disproportionate assets cases were pending. Activists say it was in return for these favours that the children of Radhakrishnan and Singh were allotted seats in Guindy, the varsity’s college of engineering. In 2004, Singh’s daughter Gurbani was allottedcomputer science course on a score of 229.44 out of 300 in the entrance exam. The cut-offs for other categories that year were much higher: 290.52 for open competition, 288.38 for Backward Classes, 279.98 for Most Backward Classes, 265.35 for Scheduled Castes and 244.11 for Scheduled Tribes. In 2005, Radhakrishnan’s son R. Sandheep secured a seat in the electronics and communication course on a similarly below-par score of 188.31 out of 300. ACTIVISTS SAY they obtained information regarding the admission details of the officers’ children from Anna University under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. T. Sekar, the applicant, says he has been receiving threats from unidentified persons. Says Kalvimani, “Anna University tried its best to conceal the information and kept raising silly queries. At one stage, the applicant received a letter from the Public Information Officer of the university requesting the applicant to appear in person. Sekar wrote to him that it wasn’t necessary under the RTI Act.” The activists then sought the help of the Yahoo Group ‘Hum Janenge’, run by RTI activists. Members of the forum sent several applications to Anna University from all over India seeking the same information. The university provided partial information in June 2007, and came out with the rest in October following appeals to the Information Commission. Demanding a CBI inquiry against the two officers, the MEAD staged a demonstration in Chennai on January 31 in which Dalit leader Thol Thirumavalavan participated. When contacted, Narinderpal Singh said he had not done anything unlawful. “I submitted a request to the office of the chief minister seeking a seat about two months before I was posted to the DVAC.” He also denied he had shown any favouritism, saying, “I had no independent powers to take a decision on any case.” Radhakrishnan, a two-time recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Award in the UK — in 2002 and 2004 – similarly denied the allegations. “People are jealous of me and want to spoil my name. If there is any truth in the allegations, let the government take action,” he said. The government is tight-lipped on the issue. Vigilance Commissioner KS Sripathy said, “The matter is under investigation. I cannot divulge any further information.” CAPITAL FOR QUOTAS Protestors want the pro-rich Industrial Quota in the Anna University scrapped Activists say the now scrapped 2 percent government quota (GQ) in Anna University may have been a multicrore rupees scam. Anna University’s Vice Chancellor D. Viswanathan told Tehelka that the GQ was increased from six seats to 2 percent of the sanctioned intake in August 1999. The only criteria for admission under this quota were that the candidates should have passed the higher secondary school exam and should have appeared in the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Exam. The marks obtained in the exam would be irrelevant. Around 347 students were admitted under the GQ between 2001 and 2006. Activists say each seat fetched a market value between Rs 15-25 lakh. But while the GQ has been scrapped, the Industrial Quota (IQ) remains in vogue. A few industrial groups, which made a one-time payment to the University, are entitled to a fixed number of seats every year for anywhere between Rs 12-15 lakh. A total of 58 students were admitted under this quota in 2007-08. The University says the IQ helps it raise deficit funds. In 2005-06, it received Rs 1.5 crore from such fees. The MEAD has demanded the IQ’s scrapping. “The government spends Rs 750 crore on the free colour television scheme every year. Can’t it find the money to run the Anna University instead of begging before the industrialists?” asks Kalvimani. It remains to be seen how the Karunanidhi government responds to this new campaign.
  12. New Delhi: On the basis of the information obtained under the RTI Act, a special court in Indore, directed state government to register a case of corruption, forgery and cheating against MP DGP. The information provided three months ago, led to a complaint alleging that Ex. DGP had filed a false certificate in order to obtain admission for his son in 2001, under 'NRI-sponsored quota' in an engineering college of MP. It led to a series of events, forcing government to take action against the DGP. June 9: On an RTI application filed by a journalist, the public information officer of Govindram Sakseria Institute of Technology and Schiece, registrar Mahipal Singh, said that a police officer's son, was given admission in 2001 under NRI-sponsored quota and, accordingly, he paid fees of $16,500 or its equivalent in rupees in five years. June 16: Responding to Kheriwal's second application seeking further information, On the basis of the two RTI replies obtained by Kheriwal, Mahesh Garg, a former BJP corporator, filed a complaint before Indore special judge, Akhilesh Pandya, for criminal proceedings against DGP.
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