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Bikaner collector fails to reply under RTI, fined as reported in Times of India, TNN, JAIPUR: Jun 5, 2010, The chief information commissioner (CIS), Rajasthan, S D Kaurani, has imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on district collector of Bikaner for failing to answer some questions under the RTI. The matter relates to an application filed by one Sripal Jain on December 11, 2008 seeking information regarding deployment of election officers in Bikaner (west) assembly segment during the 2008 Vidhan Sabha polls. The applicant had sought information like names of poll duty employees, whose duties were cancelled, on what ground duties were cancelled, details of the officers who performed their duties, details of employees on duty in all the seven assembly segments of Bikaner during the 2008 assembly polls. The CIS has directed the Bikaner collector to deposit the amount within 30 days and extract the amount from the official responsible for the lapse. Besides, the commissioner has asked the collector to give all information sought by the applicant within the next 10 days. Bikaner collector fails to reply under RTI, fined - Jaipur - City - The Times of India
sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaNo right to probe cops: RTI activist harassed by police? as reported by NDTV Correspondent, NDTV, May 30, 2010, Bikaner Thirty-two year old Goverdhan Singh has paid a heavy price for running a campaign against corruption in his native district of Bikaner. A 100 Right to Information (RTI) applications filed by him exposed corruption in banks and government departments, but things got uncomfortable for Goverdhan when he asked questions about the properties and assets of police personnel. Overnight there were nine FIRs lodged against him. "As soon as I filed an RTI application against the police, they started putting cases against me, so that I stop my activism," said Goverdhan. The police also raided his house, seized his car and locked his office. Goverdhan's family members say they are being constantly harassed. "The police threaten us. They say they will kill my son in an encounter," says Goverdhan's wife. The People's Union for Civil Liberties investigated the matter and came back with a report of extreme police high-handedness, forcing the government to transfer the Bikaner SP. But surprisingly, even now the role of the police is being investigated by the police themselves. "Initially the local police station was probing the case, now it will be probed by a Deputy SP," said Bikaner SP, Habib Khan Goran. Goverdhan is now on the run. He is absconding because he's not sure if he will ever get out of jail if the police catch him. He has also approached the Human Rights Commission. This issue is not just about one man's RTI activism, but more importantly about whether citizens have the right to ask questions under RTI, even if those questions don't suit the establishment Read more at: No right to probe cops: RTI activist harassed by police?
Pricey silence of Congress veterans as reported by Rohit Parihar Jaipur, November 13, 2008 India Today Just when Congress is obliging its veterans by giving their kin tickets and hitting hard at the BJP, the party is embarrassed to know that three of its senior leaders asked no questions during the entire term in Assembly and one just put one question. Shiv Charan Mathur, former chief minister who was recently appointed governor of Assam, asked no question but picked up Rs 20 lakh as allowance. More ironical is that party's defacto chief ministerial candidate Ashok Gehlot, former chief minister asked nothing and picked up Rs 17 lakh as allowance. He is leading the party in making allegations of corruption and bad management against ruling BJP and its Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje. Another former chief minister Jagan Nath Pahadia whose son got ticket, asked just one question but was handsomely paid Rs 16 lakh as allowance. Even former PCC chief Narain Singh scored a zero in asking questions and picked up Rs 16.44 lakh in allowance. Interestingly, all four did so irrespective of their alliances. While Gehlot heads his own group and appeared very little in Assembly on instructions of high command to stay away from the state, the other three have been against Gehlot and none know why they kept silent. Informally or formally, they had been in the forefront in targetting Gehlot when he was in power and always held the opinion that he got Congress defeated in 2003 Assembly polls. Why they preferred to be silent in attacking Raje is also a mystery, though insiders say none of the four wanted to open their mouth and become a target of their opponents. Factions within Congress often used Assembly proceedings to run down rivals before high command-BD Kalla was removed as leader of opposition when Gehlot faction convinced high command that he performed badly in Assembly. Raje has repeatedly asked the Congress leaders why they failed as the opposition party of the state. These facts, procured by a Jaipur resident under right to information, justify her charge. Congress will now have to answer why its leader speak about government inefficiency only during elections. India Today - India's most widely read magazine.