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akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaWorking against the spirit of the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is allegedly dilly-dallying on giving information on the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) of technocrats.A resident of Sector 48, Anil Roy, in a complaint to the UT Administrator, the Adviser to the UT Administrator and the Chairman of the CHB has complained that he had sought information on an agenda and minutes of the DPC held on July 10, 2014, for the promotion to the post of Executive Engineer and Superintending Engineers and notings wherein the recommendations of the DPC for the candidates on December 2, 2014. Read at: CHB not giving info under RTI, complains resident
Right To Information Act has been used every now and then by people who want to quench their thirst for information of any kind. The latest entrants to the list are the residents of about 18 colonies of Ghaziabad. These residents want to know as to what is being done with the money they pay in the form of taxes. They want the accounts of the spending done in their areas by civic authorities to be laid before them. The representatives and presidents of the Resident Welfare Associations converged under the umbrella of Resident Welfare Association Federation, Ghaziabad on Thursday and prepared more than 150 RTI applications enquiring about the details of expenses that have been, till now, undertaken by the municipal corporation for various civic activities in their respective areas. â€œWe pay taxes against all these facilities. If there is any delay in the payment, we are fined for that. But what sort of facilities are we getting in return?,â€ said T P Tyagi, president of RWA Federation. They complained that despite paying regular taxes they don't even get basic facilities and these are turning towards their nadir. Few days ago in a similar incident, an RWA in Kaushambi had filed an RTI application enquiring about the work done by the municipal corporation. It was then revealed that crores of rupee had been collected in the form of taxes but expenses were mostly done â€œon paper or drowned away in useless affairs.â€ â€œWhenever we approach the civic authorities they always turn us away with a similar reply that they don't have funds. So we decided to take it in our hand and will now take the democratic route. We will all file applications at mass level under RTI,â€ said Tyagi. This is probably the first time in the history of RTI when applications have been filed at such a large scale. The frustration levels have risen to such an extent that some of them even proposed managing the entire civic facilities in their respective areas by themselves. Residents are planning to take further action after they receive a reply from the authorities. India News - India State News, Now, Resident Welfare Associations turn to RTI
Jalandhar, August 27: Using the lamp of Right to Information (RTI) Act, an applicant has thrown light on discrepancies in the repair of roads, including Mall Road, in Jalandhar Cantonment. The roads were constructed by the Garrison Engineer (East) under Military Engineering Services (MES), Jalandhar Cantonment. While the Commander Work Engineer (CWE) has been investigating the case on the complaint of the applicant, Jalandhar Zone Chief Engineer Ashok Kumar said he would also get the matter inquired. A copy of the complaint has been sent to Chief Engineer, Western Command, Chandimandir, Chandigarh. In June last, applicant Ajay Kumar Sehgal, a builder, had sought information regarding all the road works executed during 2005-07 under Garrison Engineer (East) GC Chaudhary, Jalandhar Cantonment. However, he was provided information only for one road, Mall Road, and the authorities withheld rest of the data, which is a violation under the RTI as more than two months have passed since the application was filed. While the applicant was going through the documents of road repair, he found many irregularities. The work on the road was executed in February 2006 and the cost estimated was Rs 37 lakh. The documents said the contractor procured only 28 metric tonnes of bitumen from a government agency against the actual requirement of 110 metric tonnes. When he asked them to show the bills if bitumen was procured from any other sources, they refused. Besides, no record for the consumption of any material was maintained, the applicant said, adding that only Rs 17 lakh were spent on Mall Road and record of the remaining Rs 20 lakh was not provided despite his repeated written applications to the authorities concerned as well as the Central Public Information Officer of the department. Sehgal, in his application to senior authorities, said the material procured by the contractor has not been recorded in the â€˜Measurement Bookâ€™ and records about road-rollers were also missing from the log book. The applicant said during the same period, road works worth over Rs 1 crore were executed by the GE (East), the records of which were not provided to him under the RTI Act. He added that he had also sought physical site verification under the Act, but nothing has been done in this direction to date. CWE Dron Ahuja said he was getting the matter investigated. He, however, remained mum when asked why the department has not provided Sehgal all the documents asked by him under the RTI Act. Sources in the MES said a senior officer who indulged in pilferages had coaxed the higher authorities for delaying the inquiry at least for a month so he could retire by that time. Jalandhar resident digs out a scam