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ganpat1956 posted a topic in RTI in MediaUS multinational Dow Chemicals, facing a criminal suit over the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, has been trying to get the Indian embassy in Washington to persuade the government to clean up the site of the erstwhile Union Carbide plant, according to information acquired after invoking the Right to Information (RTI) Act. New Delhi, Delhi, India, 2007-04-09 19:45:02 US multinational Dow Chemicals, facing a criminal suit over the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, has been trying to get the Indian embassy in Washington to persuade the government to clean up the site of the erstwhile Union Carbide plant, according to information acquired after invoking the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The matter came to light last month after the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery and Karmachari Sangh, an association of survivors and activists, made use of the RTI act to seek copies of the letter from the Planning Commission. The letter dated Nov 8, 2006 from Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris to the Indian Ambassador to US, Ronen Sen, said: 'With support of local Indian CEOs and foundations, there is opportunity now for the Government of India to work closely with the state of Madhya Pradesh and the Indian industry to remediate the Bhopal site. 'This should take place expeditiously - beginning immediately with GoI officials and industry leaders meeting with the relevant cabinet secretary (sic) who has executive oversight for the remediation efforts,' the letter said. At least 20,000 people were killed and several thousands were maimed for life due to the leak of poisonous methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas from the Union Carbide plant on Dec 2-3, 1984, termed as the worst industrial disaster in history. Dow Chemicals took over the Union Carbide factory in 2001 but has since been evading its responsibility to clean up the area around the closed plant where toxic waste has continued to affect the health of the people living in the neighbourhood. The letter further added that 'the GoI and the state government will need to work with the court overseeing site clean-up to assure that this effort will pass legal muster as the site's final remediation plan.' The firm said: 'Leaders need to work with all ministries of the central government to ensure that their stated position is reflected in any (sic) and of GoI's statements, legal files, and dealings with the Indian court system. '...Specifically, the GoI ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers applied to the court in May 2005 to order Dow to pay a deposit of Rs.100 crore (Rs.1 billion) or approximately $22 million against environmental remediation costs. 'The ministry should now withdraw its application for a financial deposit against remediation costs. Certainly a withdrawal of the application would be positive, tangible demonstration that the GoI means,' the letter added. Another letter retrieved using the RTI act finds that Tata group chief Ratan Tata had written to Planning Commission deputy chairman M.S. Ahluwalia supporting the cause of Dow. 'Dear Montek, Andrew Liveris of Dow sent me a copy of a letter that he sent to Ronen Sen, which I enclose for your information. I understand Vipul Shah of Dow India also intends to brief you on this next week,' said Tata's letter dated Nov 28, 2006. 'This is obviously a key aspect and I wanted your assessment on whether this is possible,' the letter added. The Tata group has formally offered to take up the responsibility of cleaning up the site and pave the way for Dow's investments in India. Dow wants to pass Bhopal buck to India, letters show - India PRwire
First: Why Singur? On December 7, Rajya Sabha mp Nilotpal Basu told a delegation that the Tatas had been shown five different plots for the car project. He also said that the company did not want any other plot than the Singur one. Now, is it for a company to decide whether it should get agricultural land or barren land for a factory? Why should any state government allow itself to be blackmailed by a private company? Second: Why do the Tatas need 1,000 acres for an automobile factory? According to the CPM version, they are buying this land only for a car manufacturing unit. A car unit needs less than a fourth of that area. No one talks about the need to give so much land to a private company for just one project. Or about how the colonial Land Acquisition Act, 1894 â€” meant to allow the government to acquire land for public purpose â€” is now being used to forcibly acquire land for a private company. In Orissa (where the Tatas were embroiled in a similar controversy in Kalinganagar), the Tatas have acquired huge tracts of land that they hold but do not use. One sometimes wonders whether they are industrialists or real estate speculators. In the case of Singur, neither the CPM nor the Tatas have tried to justify the demand for so much agricultural land. While CPM leaders like Brinda Karat discuss land acquisition and rehabilitation, they say nothing on the Tata Motors project itself, neither its economics nor the mou agreements and process of finalisation. For all the talk about facts, there is a deep secrecy surrounding the project. There are several petitions under the Right To Information (rti) Act pending before the local authorities since early 2006 (months before either Medha Patkar or Mamata Banerjee were involved) demanding transparency in the land deals between the Tatas and the state government, especially regarding the farm lands in Singur. The government has not responded to a single one â€” a clear violation of the rti Act, 2005, which the CPM has supported very vehemently. Unfortunately, till the time the active resistance started, the state government was not willing to give even the people directly affected any information regarding the land acquisition or negotiate rehabilitation proposals. Singur: Where The Left Turns Right By Vijayan MJ
My Tata Indicom Fixd Line Wireless (Walkie) was cloned for the entire May - june Month. someone kept on making phone calls through my number. I did not get even a single incoming call during that period of time. my number used to appear switched off / busy or not answring during that period. i registered a complaint at tata indicom call center but nothing happend.. neither my incoming calls were re-stored nor they resolved the cloning issue. i raised this matter to the nodal officer. then only they restored my incoming calls and corrected the cloning matter. they assured that i will not be charged any amount of the illegal usage from my phone. bill was 5000. they dont want me to pay even a single paisa. but now since for a period of 1 month i did not get any incoming call. i lost alot of business i used to get through that phone. cuz my usage for this phone is only for incoming call purpose. and now since the phone did not work for people over a month people have stopped making calls on that number and i have lost some of my very important prospective clients. my question is what should i do? can i claim my losses to tata indicom that i suffered because there were no incoming calls on that number for the entire month?? pls advice. regards,
sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaCong. files RTI application to get Nano deal details as reported in The Hindu, October 12, 2008 Ahmedabad (PTI): Congress has asked for details of the deal signed between the Gujarat government and Tata Motors for the company's Nano car project under the Right To Information (RTI) Act. In an application to the Industries Commissioner, the party has also asked for details of incentives given to Tata Motors. "We have made an application under the RTI Act to get details of the deal signed between the government and the Tatas. We have asked for details of the incentives being given to the company for setting up the Nano Car plant," Congress spokesperson Arjun Modhvadia said. "As an opposition party, we should have got the details of agreement, but this government has not given us any information on the deal. So we had to resort to RTI. At least, we are assured to get some answer within 30 days," he said. On Saturday, the Congress had come out in support of the farmers demanding compensation to landowners for their land given to Tata for Nano Car Project and had said that the state government should compensate the farmers adequately. The party has said that the land belonged to forefathers of the farmers, so they need to be compensated by the government. Gujarat government had last week announced during a joint press conference held by Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Tata Group Chariman Ratan Tata, that they have alloted 1,100 acres of land in Sanand to Tata Motors for relocation of Nano Car Project. The Hindu News Update Service