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Prominent citizens appeal Maharashtra CM for action against MCGM's high-handedness


Sajib Nandi

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Sajib Nandi

Several Right to Information (RTI) activists, including former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Moneylife Foundation had been demanding MCGM and its Commissioner Mr Mehta to put in public domain all application and replies provided, instead of calling RTI users as ‘blackmailers’ and blocking RTI applications from Praja Foundation, an NGO.

 

Mr Gandhi says, “Users of RTI cannot be condemned for using their fundamental right. MCGM should follow the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)’s office memorandum (OM) and the Maharashtra GR and display all RTI applications and responses on the website. Blaming citizens for the corruption and rot in MCGM is anti-democratic. MCGM is refusing to be transparent and accountable and to follow the RTI Act. Had it followed the Section 4 requirements of the Act, the number of RTI applications would go down and any scope for blackmailing and corruption would also be curtailed. Citizens will seek to make the MCGM accountable. It is their right and duty.”

 

“The rot is so deep that, the municipal commissioner chose to accuse the RTI activists of colluding with corrupt officials, instead of bringing transparency into the MCGM’s functioning. It is not hard to fathom why he did not name a single such ‘activist’ but tarnished all of them instead; he is looking for scapegoats,” Ms Dalal says.

 

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