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MANOJ B. PATEL posted a topic in RTI in MediaA group of RTI activists staged a protest in Bengaluru on Wednesday demanding the resignation of anti corruption ombudsman and Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao in the light of allegations of corruption within the Lokayukta. The RTI activists while demanding the resignation of the Lokayukta have referred to a recent letter written by a Superintendent of Police alleging the existence of an extortion racket within the Lokayukta set up. - See more at: RTI activists protest over alleged corruption in Karnataka Lokayukta | The Indian Express
GURGAON: The MCG has ordered a probe against one of its contractors, who allegedly submitted forged documents to obtain a sanitation contract for five years. The fact was revealed through an RTI reply. According to officials, the firm was awarded the contract to operate and maintain the sewerage system in the old city for a five-year term at a cost of Rs 28 crore. " This firm, in its application, had claimed that it worked with Delhi Jal Board and was also in charge of operations and maintenance of 7MLD sewage treatment plants, a condition which was required for the contract," said a senior official. Read more at: MCG agency under scanner for forgery - The Times of India
State-run LIC, which annually invests about Rs 50,000 crore in equities, did not respond to a detailed questionnaire sent by ET. ET could not independently ascertain the period during which the investments under the scanner were made. The finance ministry also refused to divulge any further information under Section 8 (1)(h) of the RTI Act 2005, which states that providing information will impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders. Read more at: LIC investments of Rs 10,000 crore under scanner - The Economic Times
Sajib Nandi posted a topic in RTI in MediaAdvocate Joe Sodder, a gymkhana member who obtained the documents under the RTI Act, said, “I took up the issues with the management, but despite the documents, they have been denying the irregularities.” Read more at: Illegal construction: Mumbai's Willingdon Gymkhana under scanner, again
MANOJ B. PATEL posted a topic in RTI in MediaDelhi High Court today asked the municipal bodies to "find out the truth behind" the allegation that the city police was illegally constructing bank ATMs and police booths on a "mass scale" on footpaths and other public places without sanction of competent authorities. A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva gave the suggestion on a PIL by an NGO which was asked by the court to give details or examples of such construction, supported by pictures and documents, within four weeks and listed the matter for hearing on August 26. Read more at; "Illegal" police booths on footpaths under HC scanner | Business Standard News
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe Jabalpur administration has served notices on several private colleges after an RTI reply revealed alleged irregularities in disbursement of post-matric scholarship between 2007 and 2014, the district collector said on Saturday. Read at: MP: Pvt colleges under scanner over scholarship fund disbursement
karira posted a topic in RTI in Media31 MC employees came under scanner in past 3 years CHANDIGARH: As many as 31 employees attached with various wings of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation have been suspended and charge-sheeted in the past three years. The employees were slapped with departmental punishments for allegedly accepting bribes, procedural lapses, and violating the instructions of senior officials, among others. The revelations came through queries filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by 'The Times of India'. The maximum number of tainted employees (15 out of 31) were attached with the office of the Medical Officer of Health, Chandigarh. They were slapped with punishments for allegedly delaying official works and coming under CBI investigations. Six employees of the Fire and Emergency Services were suspended and charge-sheeted for not attending to their duty with a professional commitment. Four other charge-sheeted and suspended employees were attached with the Electrical Wing of the Municipal Corporation. A senior MC officer told ToI: "The departmental proceedings against almost all 31 employees are pending, and some of them were punished by stopping their annual increments. Four employees, including one class-II officer, have already challenged the decisions of the disciplinary authority." MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said: "The fate of the tainted employees is reviewed from time to time by the officials concerned. I too review the status of suspended and charge-sheeted employees. The prime reason behind the pendency of departmental proceedings against the tainted employees is the filing of appeals by them." Read More: 31 MC employees came under scanner in past 3 years - The Times of India
Sajib Nandi posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe police started investigation into the complaint filed against the Vice-Chancellor of CSK HP Agriculture University (CSK HPAU), Palampur, for submitting a wrong bio-date, while applying for the post of the VC in 2013. Read more at: HPAU VC under scanner for giving ?wrong info? in CV
BU comes under KIC scanner BANGALORE: Bangalore University is set to pay a heavy price for letting lakhs of files gather dust for over 25 years. The Karnataka Information Commission has taken note of BUâ€™s failure to digitize its documents, as mandated under the Right to Information Act, and asked the varsity to explain why it has not done so. The KIC has also threatened BU with a hefty penalty if it doesnâ€™t digitize the data soon. What triggered the direction is BUâ€™s failure to provide information and allow inspection of files under RTI. Though the Herculean task is set to cost BU crores, the varsity doesnâ€™t really have a choice. According to the Act, all public authorities â€” varsities included â€” must maintain their records duly catalogued and indexed, computerized and accessible across the country. Moreover, BU should have published details with regard to its functioning within 120 days of the enactment of the Act. State Information Commissioner H N Krishna told The Times of India: "The information should have been posted on the website by October 15, 2005. Failure to comply with norms has lead to numerous complaints landing before the commission." Over thousands of files are opened and maintained every month at BU. These pertain to issues like individual payments, academic activities, receipts of grants from different agencies, resolutions of governing bodies (Syndicate and academic council), results, marks cards and convocation. "The cost of collating the information, scanning it and other processes will run up to several crores. Financial implications apart, who will perform such a laborious task?" said university officials. But KIC is in no mood to listen. The case is expected to come up before it on January 8. BU comes under KIC scanner-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India
Top officials of the Orissa Forest Department have been rewarded with luxury cars and vehicles for looking the other way and allowing companies or individuals to carry out mining or other illegal activity on forestland. Now, thanks to an RTI filed by an activist, it might become clear where those vehicles really came from. The fleet of cars at Aranya Bhawan headquarters does not belong to the Orissa Forest Department. They come as gifts from various companies, a thank you for allowing them to mine or carry out industrial activity on forestland. The Orissa Forest Department has got 40 such vehicles including luxury cars being used by top officials now. Act of extortion This can be interpreted as an act of extortion under the garb of legality and activists say it's plain and simple - bribing. While forest guards and field officials don't have patrol vehicles, top officials have quite openly asked various companies for air-conditioned luxury cars. This led green activist Biswajit Mohanty to file a petition under the RTI Act. ''This is a very incestuous relationship because the department is supposed to be a regulatory agency. This is totally condemnable, this is unethical and I would say this is illegal to a large extent. How can you expect an officer to take action against a mine, which has given him a vehicle?,'' said Biswajit Mohanty, Environmentalist. Fortunately, the new state Forest Secretary is open to investigating the matter. ''Yes, I think someone did tell me about it and I shall surely look into it. In fact, when someone told me this I said, no, I will not use that car and I said I would use a government vehicle. So let's see how it's happening and why it is happening,'' said Hrishikesh Panda, Secretary, Forest & Environment. Such practices do raise questions about top officials who decide on whether or not forestland is to be allotted for mining and other industrial purposes. So the least the department can do now is return the cars and make sure it doesn't happen again. NDTV.com: Orrisa forest officials under scanner