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जावेद उस्‍मानी को सीआईसी बनाए जाने से पहले शुरू हो गया विवाद

http://hindi.news18.com/news/uttar-pradesh/jawed-usmanis-appointment-as-cic-raises-eyebrows-390600.html

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#अखिलेश यादव #जावेद उस्मानी #मुख्‍य सचिव

जावेद उस्‍मानी को सीआईसी बनाए जाने
से पहले शुरू हो गया विवाद

News18 | Gulam Jeelani | Tue Nov 04, 2014 | 20:46 IST

#लखनऊ #उत्तर प्रदेश उत्‍तर प्रदेश के
पूर्व मुख्‍य सचिव जावेद उस्‍मानी
के अधिकारिक तौर पर उत्‍तर-प्रदेश
सूचना आयोग के मुख्‍य सूचना आयुक्‍त
(सीआईसी) के रूप में नियुक्ति से पहले
ही विवाद शुरू हो गया है।

1978 बैच के आईएएस अधिकारी उस्मानी अभी
यूपी बोर्ड राजस्‍व के अध्‍यक्ष पद
पर कार्यरत हैं। सोमवार को
मुख्‍यमंत्री अखिलेश यादव की
अध्‍यक्षता वाली चयन समिति ने उनका
नाम को मंजूरी दे दी है। सूत्रों ने
बताया है कि यह फैसला राज्‍यपाल राम
नाइक के पास भेज दिया गया है और वह इस पर
अंतिम मोहर लगाएंगे।

सूत्रों के मुताबिक, उस्‍मानी की
नियुक्ति से पहले सरकार को कई बाधाओं
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Jawed Usmani’s appointment as CIC raises eyebrows

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#CIC #Jawed Usmani

Jawed Usmani’s appointment as CIC raises eyebrows

News18 | Gulam Jeelani | Tue Nov 04, 2014 | 19:30 IST

#Lucknow #Uttar Pradesh Even before the official announcement of the name, the appointment of Former
Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) chief secretary Jawed Usmani as chief information commissioner (CIC) of the UP
State Information Commission has run into controversy.

The choice of the 1978 IAS officer Usmani -currently posted as Chairman of UP Board of Revenue-was approved
by the selection committee that met here under the chairmanship of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on
Monday. The decision, sources said, would now be forwarded to Governor Ram Naik for final stamp on the choice.

According to the sources, Usmani’s final appointment may face hurdles on account of his post. A
non-profit organization-Transparency, Accountability and Human Rights Initiative for
Revolution’ (TAHRIR) has also sent a memorandum to the Governor warning him against Usmani, who is due
to retire in 2016.

“Possible involvement of awed Usmani in Hindalco coal Scam case as Central Bureau of Investigation had
earlier decided to question Jawed Usmani, the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh and a former joint
secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, regarding the controversial coal block allocation to
Hindalco, though as a witness,” the memorandum says.
Jawed Usmani

That Usmani is still a serving IAS officer and draws his salary from the state exchequer, also seems to go
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Media : PMO sat on CIC appointment file for 3 months before junking UPA style of selecting CIC




Note :   The Media stories below are based on DoPT's  File on 'Appointment of Chief Information Commissioner'.  

There are many more stories ..... can be browsed on Net

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Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd.) IN 1967
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PMO sat on CIC appointment file for 3 months before junking UPA style of selecting CIC

Aman Sharma, ET Bureau Nov 3, 2014, 08.45PM IST


NEW DELHI: The file of the oldest pending appointment in the Narendra Modi  Government, of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), was brain-stormed upon by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for nearly three months before the PM desired on a change in the selection process. There is no CIC  in place since August 22.


Official government correspondence shows that the file had shuttled between three government departments, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Lok Sabha Secretariat and Law Ministry for nearly 45 days before the CIC post fell vacant.


Once submitted to PMO on July 31 for a final decision to call a selection committee meeting, PMO responded only on October 17 saying the PM has desired that applications be called for the CIC post rather than one of the Information Commissioners be considered for the post as the practice under the UPA. These applications were hence called on October 24 with a month-long deadline. All orders passed by Central Information Commission, the apex body for redressing RTI complaints, are liable to be quashed by a court of law for the want of a CIC.


This vacancy is despite the RTI Act clearly mentioning that in case there is no Leader of Opposition (LoP), who is supposed to be on the selection panel, the leader of the "single largest opposition group" can be deemed as LoP. Records inspected by RTI Activist Lokesh Batra show that DoPT wrote to the Lok Sabha Secretariat on June 12 to confirm if there was a LoP. The Secretariat wrote back on June 19 saying there is no LoP but Congress is the single largest party in Lok Sabha with 44 seats.


"As per information received from the party, Mallikarjun Kharge is the leader of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha," said the Secretariat letter to DoPT. However, further correspondence shows the DoPT was still not convinced whether leader of single largest opposition party translates into the leader of the single largest opposition group. On July 8, DoPT wrote to the Law Ministry saying "there is no clarity about LoP" and sought advice whether leader of single largest opposition "party" can be considered as leader of single largest opposition "group".


On July 10, DoPT also wrote to PMO asking for a Cabinet Minister to be nominated to the selection panel, as per RTI Act provisions, and also asking for a convenient date to hold the selection committee meeting to be chaired by the PM.


The PMO replied to DoPT on July 21, saying PM has nominated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to sit on the selection panel but said the date of the meeting will be decided only after the query sent to Law Ministry is settled. This was but a done deal on July 17 itself when Law Ministry wrote back to DoPT, saying its answer to DoPT's query was "in affirmative" for the limited purpose of the RTI Act and not any other purpose.


On July 24, DoPT resubmitted the file to PMO, attaching the Law Ministry opinion, said Kharge, the PM and Jaitley will be on the panel and attached a list of Information Commissioners (ICs) in place. "As for the practice being followed for selection of CIC, it is submitted that the earlier practice has been that CIC is appointed from existing ICs," DoPT told the PMO on July 24.


The PMO replied only on October 17, 2014 - saying the process of selecting the CIC must be changed. "Prime M inister has desired that for the sake of consistency and uniformity in approach, the procedure for selection of Information Commissioners which includes, among other things, advertising the post and short listing by a Search Committee, may be adopted for appointment to the post of Central Information Commissioner as well. Such short-listed panel may then be placed before the Selection Committee for its consideration," the PMO told DoPT on October 17.


A fresh exercise was hence embarked upon on October 24 to invite applications with a deadline to send the same by November 24. "One can safely assume that the next CIC will be chosen in 2015," a senior DoPT official told ET.

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Congress's Kharge on CIC selection panel

TNN I Nov 4, 2014, 06.05 AM IST


NEW DELHI: Paperwork moved back and forth for nearly five months before the government decided to invite public applications for the position of the chief information commissioner and form a selection committee. Information accessed through RTI reveals that the government has nominated Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge  in the three-member selection panel along with finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley. 


File notings, made public in response to an RTI application by Lokesh Batra, reveal that the department of personnel and training had sought a clarification regarding the status of "leader of opposition" from the Lok Sabha secretariat as early as June. But it was only in October that the PMO finally directed the DoPT to issue an advertisement for the position. The post of CIC has been vacant since August 22.


The RTI Act requires that selection of CIC be done by a three-member panel comprising the Prime Minister, who shall be the Chairperson of the committee, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and a cabinet minister to be nominated by the Prime Minister.


"For the purposes of removal of doubts, it is her eby declared that where the Leader of Opposition in the House of the People has not been recognised as such, the Leader of the single largest group in opposition of the Government in the House of the People shall be deemed to be the Leader of Opposition," the Act says.


In response, the Lok Sabha secretariat clarified, "As per the information received from the party, Mallikarjun Kharge is the Leader of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha which is the single largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha."


After receiving the response, DoPT had referred the matter to the law ministry seeking to know whether leader of single largest party can be "treated" as leader of "single largest group" in the Lok Sabha for the purpose of the RTI Act? "Our answer to the query is in the affirmative. We, however, clarify that this answer is only for the limited purpose of the RTI Act [explanation below Section 12(3)] and not for any other purpose," the law ministry said in its advice to DoPT.


The law ministry had also made it clear that the term "single largest group in opposition", as mentioned in the RTI Act, is not defined either in the RTI Act, Acts pertaining to functioning of MPs and Parliament and compilations of "Directions by the Speaker of Lok Sabha". 


It said it relied on the response of the Lok Sabha Secretariat saying Kharge is the leader of Congress which is the single largest party in opposition.


The PMO responded only on October 17 saying the PM has desired that applications be called for the CIC post rather than one of the information commissioners be considered for the post as was the practice under the UPA. These applications wer e called on October 24 with a month-long deadline.

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India Today




Mallikarjun Kharge finds place in panel headed by PM Modi

India Today.in  New Delhi, November 4, 2014 | UPDATED 11:54 IST


Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has reportedly been inducted into the three-member selection committee, which will select the Chief Informat ion Commissioner.


As per file notings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who heads the panel, has nominated Defence Minister Arun Jaitely, besides Kharge, to the committee.


The decision to include Kharge has reportedly been taken on the advice of the Law Ministry as there was lack of clarity on the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha.


The Right To Information or RTI Act requires that selection of the Chief Information Commissioner be done by a three-member panel comprising the Prime Minister, who shall be the chairperson of the committee, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and a Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Prime Minister.


"For the purposes of removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that where the Leader of Opposition in the House of the People has not been recognised as such, the Leader of the single largest group in opposition of the Government in the House of the People shall be d eemed to be the Leader of Opposition," the Act says.


The file notings accessed by activist Commodore (Retired) Lokesh Batra show that the Lok Sabha Secretariat had conveyed to the Department of Personnel and Training on June 19, 2014, that "as on date, there is no Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha. Indian National Congress with a strength of 44 members is, however, the single largest party in opposition to the Government in Lok Sabha".


"As per the information received from the party, Mallikarjun Kharge is the Leader of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha which is the single largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha."


After receiving the response, DoPT had referred the matter to Law Ministry seeking to know whether leader of single largest party can be "treated" as leader of "single largest group" in the Lok Sabha for the purpose of the RTI Act?


"Our answer to the query is in the affirmative. We, however, clarify that this answer is only for the limited purpose of the RTI Act [explanation below Section 12(3)] and not for any other purpose," the Law Ministry said in its advice to Department of Personnel and Training.


The Law Ministry had also made it clear that the term "single largest group in opposition", as mentioned in the RTI Act, is not defined either in the RTI Act, Acts pertaining to functioning of MPs and Parliament and compilations of "Directions by the Speaker of Lok Sabha".


It said it relied on the response of the Lok Sabha Secretariat saying Kharge was the leader of Congress which was the single largest party in opposition.


The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the nodal ministry for RTI matters, has invited applications from the people in a given format before November 24.


According to the Act, the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) shall be a person of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass-media or administration and governance.




A
ll the CICs appointed so far have been retired bureaucrats. The position has been lying vacant after Rajiv Mathur, former Chief of Intelligence Bureau, retired on August 22.

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Selection of Jawed Usmani as Chief Information Commissioner opposed : Petition sent to Governor Ram Naik

Selection of Jawed Usmani as Chief Information Commissioner opposed : Petition sent to Governor Ram Naik

Friends,

I, on behalf of ‘TAHRIR’ have, through a petition opposed the selection of Jawed Usmani, An IAS officer
of the 1978 batch as Chief Information Commissioner of U.P.

I, on behalf of ‘TAHRIR’ have put forth following facts related to dubious past and incapacity of Jawd
Usmani before Ram Naik , the Governor of Uttar Pradesh and requested him not to give a final nod to name
Usmani as head of transparency regime in Uttar Pradesh :

1- Possible involvement of Jawed Usmani in 2G scam related case because documents obtained under RTI by
activist Vivek Garg had revealed that In a letter dated 10th January, 2006, J.S. Sarma, the then telecom
secretary, wrote to Jawed Usmani, joint secretary to the prime minister, and sent a different Terms of
Refrences, which were approved by the telecom minister. There Terms of Refrences were totally different
from the original Terms of Refrences, in which, the pricing of spectrum was not even mentioned. This was
said to be the root cause and beginning of spectrum scam.
2- Possible involvement of Jawed Usmani in Hindalco coal Scam case as Central Bureau of Investigation had
earlier decided to question Jawed Usmani, the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh and a former joint
secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, regarding the controversial coal block allocation to
Hindalco, though "as a witness".
3- Usmani has been a habitual leave taker, a fact revealed by my RTI plea so how come he shall be able to do
justice with info-seekers?
4- Usmani was recently removed from the post of Chief Secretary just after Lok Sabha Elections because of
his incapacity to deliver to the state as Chief Secretary so how come he shall be able to do justice with even
higher post of Chief Information Commissioner of State which is equivalent to Election Commissioner of India?

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जावेद उस्मानी की उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्य सूचना आयुक्त पद पर नियुक्ति का विरोध : उस्मानी के दागदार अतीत, लम्बी छुट्टियों पर जाने की आदत और प्रदेश के मुख्य सचिव के तौर पर असफलताओं का हवाला देते हुए सामाजिक =?u


जावेद उस्मानी की उत्तर प्रदेश के
मुख्य सूचना आयुक्त पद पर नियुक्ति
का विरोध : उस्मानी के दागदार अतीत,
लम्बी छुट्टियों पर जाने की आदत और
प्रदेश के  मुख्य  सचिव के तौर पर
असफलताओं का  हवाला देते हुए सामाजिक
संगठन 'तहरीर' ने राज्यपाल राम नाइक को
भेजी है विरोध याचिका : 2 जी स्पेक्ट्रम
घोटाला और हिण्डालको कोल ब्लॉक
आवंटन घोटाले का भी जिक्र है हमारी
विरोध याचिका में l 

राज्यपाल राम नाइक को आंग्ल भाषा में
ई-मेल द्वारा प्रेषित की गयी विरोध
याचिका अग्रलिखित है l

To,
Sri Ram Naik
Hon’ble The Governor of Uttar Pradesh
Rajbhavan,Lucknow,Uttar Pardesh,India,Pin Code - 226001

Sub. : Petition against selection of Sri Jawed Usmani, An IAS officer of the 1978 batch as Chief Information
Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh on grounds of Usmani’s dubious past, long-leave taking habits and his
gross incapacity to deliver results to the state of U.P. while working as Chief Secretary  
Letter No. : TAHRIR/1/2014-15/141104                       Date : 04-11-2014

Sir,
‘Transparency, Accountability & Human Rights Initiative for Revolution’ (TAHRIR) is a
Bareilly/Lucknow based NGO working in the fields of Transparency & Accountability in Public Life and
also for protection of  Human Rights in India. 

Through this petition/memorandum, we are bringing forth following self-explanatory facts exhibiting
the great lacuna and deliberate non-cognizance of given facts by the selection committee that made a go
through to the name of Sri Usmani for the post of Chief Information Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh. 
We are putting forth following facts before your goodself which are related to his dubious past, his habit
of being on long leaves and also about his proved incapacity:
1-	Possible involvement of Sri Jawed Usmani in 2G scam related case because documents obtained under RTI
by activist Sri Vivek Garg had revealed that In a letter dated 10th January, 2006, Sri J.S. Sharma, the then
telecom secretary, wrote to Sri Jawed Usmani, the then joint secretary to the prime minister, and sent a
different Terms of Refrences, which were approved by the telecom minister. There Terms of Refrences were
totally different from the original Terms of Refrences, in which, the pricing of spectrum was not even
mentioned. This was said to be the root cause and beginning of spectrum scam.
2-	Possible involvement of Sri Jawed Usmani in Hindalco coal Scam case as  Central Bureau of Investigation
had earlier decided to question Jawed Usmani, the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh and a former joint
secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, regarding the controversial coal block allocation to
Hindalco, though "as a witness". 
3-	Sri Usmani has been a habitual long leave taker, a fact revealed by a RTI plea filed by undersigned so we
are sure he shall not be able to do justice with the info-seekers.
4-	Sri Usmani was recently removed from the post of Chief Secretary just after Lok Sabha Elections of
course because of his proved incapacity to deliver results to the state as Chief Secretary so We are sure
that he shall not be able to do justice with even higher post of Chief Information Commissioner of State
which is equivalent to Election Commissioner of India and deliver to the state on transparency front.
So, in the larger interest of the society ,we are requesting you not to give a final nod to the name of Sri Jawed
Usmani as head of transparency regime in Uttar Pradesh and remit the matter back to the selection
committee  with the direction to select a person of clean & clear past and a proved professionally
successful track record on the said post. 

Humbly sent with lots of expectations,

Sincerely yours,

 Er. Sanjay Sharma 
Founder & President
Transparency, Accountability & Human Rights Initiative for Revolution
101,Narain Tower,F Block,Rajajipuram
Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh-226017
E-mail tahririndia@... 
Mobile 936961353

Letter No. : TAHRIR/1/2014-15/141104                       Date : 04-11-2014

( TAKEN FROM FACEBOOK WALL OF SANJAY SHARMA )

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eIPO viz. SC order : Giving RTI info the electronic way: SC asks Centre, states to decide

MY Take:


1..  THE SC ruling quoted in PTI story below makes it more important for :

"All Public Authorities to have Dedicated Email IDs for RTI Applications and Appeals in their  RTI Cells  [like PMO has done].... that will be another Option for an Applicant to  file an RTI application through emails using e-IPO as mode of payment of RTI Fee."

I have so far filed 92 RTIs (signed & scanned copies) through my registered Email ID and got the signed and scanned copies of responses by emails. RTI Fee paid by e-IPO which can be directly downloaded in pdf format. No Print Out required.


The 'Department of Posts' must expand e-IPO reach beyond Center to States."   

2.  Kindly go ahead and read PT I story below:


Best
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Giving RTI info the electronic way: SC asks Centre, states to decide

PTI I Nov 3, 2014, 07.32 PM IST


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and all the states to take a decision on a plea seeking setting up of a mechanism to provide information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act through "electronic" means.


"It appears the petitioner has filed the representations with the authorities. It seems, as of now, no decision has been taken. We direct the respondents (states and UTs) to take a decision within three weeks," a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and justice A K Sikri said.


Disposing of a PIL filed by Madhya Pradesh-based lawyer Rajeev Agrawal in his personal capacity, the bench said the plea be treated as a representation by the states and union territories and a decision be taken within three weeks.


The plea, filed through lawyer Amit Kumar, had sought a direction to all the states and the UTs to create "centralized RTI websites for submission of RTI requests" and allow online filing of appeals and payment of fees by using Internet in respect of every public authority of the government under the transparency law.


It had also sought directions to the states and others for constituting "call centre as voice facilitation centre for filing RTI applications and appeals over the phone" on the lines of action taken by Bihar government.


The plea has referred to certain provisions of the RTI Act which provides that a person can make a request "in writing or through electronic means" for getting i nformation from the authorities under the Act.


"The non-implementation of mandatory provisions of the RTI Act is resulting in violation of fundamental rights of the citizens guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India," the plea said. 


In most of the states, UTs and State Information Commission, there is no provision of receiving the application through electronic means, it said. 


 "It is unfortunate that even after nine (9) years of enactment of the RTI Act, the mandate contained in section 6(1) read with section 4 and 26(3)(c) has not yet seen the light of day till date in almost all of the states of India," it said.

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वैद्युत ऊर्जा के प्रवंधन में माया के मुकाबले अखिलेश अक्षम Akhilesh inefficient to Mayawati in Energy Management: यूपी की विद्युत आवश्यकता का महज 19.65% उत्पादन निजी क्षेत्र द्वारा only 19.65% of total Energy requirement of UP Produced by Private Sector: ऊर्जा क्षेत्र में पूंजीनिवेश =?u

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लखनऊ l कहने को तो उत्तर प्रदेश भारत का
सर्वाधिक आवादी वाला प्रदेश होने के
कारण औधोगिक घरानों , पूंजीपतियों और
निवेशकों  के लिए सर्वाधिक
संभावनाओं वाला प्रदेश होना चाहिए
पर बदहाल कानून व्यवस्था,
भ्रष्टाचार को पोषित करने के
निहितार्थ लागू छद्म प्रशासनिक
लालफीताशाही  और ऊर्जा की कमी के चलते
ही सूबे में औधोगिक क्षेत्रों में 
बड़े  पूंजीनिवेश की दर लगभग नगण्य है l
यह इस
 प्रदेश का दुर्भाग्य ही है कि आजादी के
67 साल बाद भी  उत्तर प्रदेश पर
पूंजीपतियों का विश्वास जम नहीं
पाया है और  आज यूपी की विद्युत
आवश्यकता का महज 19.65% उत्पादन ही निजी
क्षेत्र द्वारा किया जा रहा है l 

कहने को तो सूबे की सभी सरकारें ऊर्जा
क्षेत्र  में पूंजीनिवेश के बड़े बड़े
सरकारी दावे करती रही है और प्रदेश को
ऊर्जा क्षेत्र में आत्मनिर्भर
बनाने की बात करती हैं पर सामाजिक
संस्था 'तहरीर'*  के संस्थापक ई० संजय
शर्मा की एक आरटीआई ने इन सरकारी
दावों की पोल खोल दी है l  
	

*'तहरीर'   { Transparency, Accountability & Human Rights’ Initiative for Revolution –
TAHRIR }  लोक जीवन में पारदर्शिता संवर्धन,
जबाबदेही निर्धारण और आमजन के
मानवाधिकारों के संरक्षण के
हितार्थ उत्तर प्रदेश में जमीनी
स्तर पर कार्यशील संस्था  है l  

उत्तर प्रदेश पावर कारपोरेशन के
ऊर्जा क्रय अनुबंध निदेशालय के
जनसूचना अधिकारी कल्लन प्रसाद
द्वारा संजय को दिए गए जबाब के अनुसार
यूपी में निजी क्षेत्र में रोजा
तापीय विधुत परियोजना में 1200 मेगावाट,
लैंको अनपरा तापीय परियोजना  में 1200
मेगावाट और बजाज एनर्जी प्राइवेट
लिमिटेड द्वारा 5 परियोजनाओं में कुल
450 मेगावाट बिजली उत्पादन हेतु
पूंजीनिवेश किया गया है l संजय बताते
हैं कि
 इस प्रकार सूबे में केवल 2850 मेगावाट
उत्पादन हेतु ही निजी क्षेत्र
द्वारा  निवेश किया गया है  जबकि वर्ष
2014-15  क़े लिए यूपी की विद्युत आवश्यकता
लगभग 14500 मेगावाट है और सूबे में 1400
मेगावाट विद्युत ऊर्जा की कमी है l

संजय बताते हैं कि आरटीआई में दिए गए इस
जबाब के अनुसार यूपी ने पूर्ववर्ती
सीएम मायावती के कार्यकाल में
एनर्जी एक्सचेंज से वर्ष 2011 -12 में 34.3
मिलियन यूनिट  बिजली खरीदी थी जो
वर्तमान सीएम अखिलेश यादव के सत्ता
संभालने के बाद और  वर्ष 2012 -13 में 45.5
मिलियन यूनिट था पर  वर्ष 2013 -14  में
आश्चर्यजनक रूप से बढ़कर 1936.38 मिलियन
यूनिट हो गया जबकि आम जनता को विद्युत
आपूर्ति के सन्दर्भ में  कोई राहत
 नहीं मिली थी l संजय बताते हैं कि वर्ष
2011-12  में मायावती के कार्यकाल में भी 
यूपी की विद्युत आवश्यकता लगभग 13947
मेगावाट थी l

संजय का कहना है कि वर्ष 2014 -15  में भी
मात्र 6 माह  में  सितम्बर 2014 तक यूपी ने
एनर्जी एक्सचेंज से1518.23  मिलियन यूनिट
बिजली खरीदी है और 1251.14 मिलियन यूनिट
बिजली बैंकिंग  के जरिये क्रय की है जो
पिछले चार वर्षों में सर्वाधिक है पर
इतने पर भी आम जनता का  विद्युत
आपूर्ति के लिए त्राहि-त्राहि करना
स्वतः सिद्ध करता है कि वैद्युत
ऊर्जा के प्रवंधन में अखिलेश यादव
पूर्ववर्ती सीएम मायावती 
 मुकाबले अक्षम  रहे हैं l

वर्ष 2016-17  में  यूपी की विद्युत
आवश्यकता बढ़कर लगभग 19622 मेगावाट हो
जाने के मद्देनज़र कुशल  ऊर्जा
प्रवंधन की आवश्यकता पर बल देते हुए
संजय ने 24 घंटे निर्वाध विधुत आपूर्ति
पाने को आम नागरिक का मानवाधिकार
बताते हुए सरकार से   अपनी जबाबदेही को
सच्चे दिल से आत्मसात करते हुए
पारदर्शिता  के साथ काम करके  कानून
व्यवस्था  को पटरी पर लाने और
भ्रष्टाचार को पोषित करने के
निहितार्थ लागू
 छद्म प्रशासनिक लालफीताशाही   को
समाप्त कर सूबे में विद्युत ऊर्जा के
उत्पादन  में   निजी क्षेत्र द्वारा
पूंजीनिवेश के अवसरों को अमली जामा 
पहनाकर  प्रदेश को ऊर्जा क्षेत्र में
आत्मनिर्भर बनाने की अपील भी की है l  

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Secrecy Clauses in Multi-lateral Agreements vs. Customer Confidentiality in Banks and People’s Right to Know: A Possible Way Ahead [1 Attachment]

Dear all,
The attachment to this email contains a companion article to my previous one circulated on 27th October, 2014 on the subject of Double Tax Avoidance Agreements and their curbing effects on access to information.

In this sequel I have tried to argue as follows:

1) While the OECD and UN Conventions only required secrecy to be maintained according to the laws of the Contracting State, Article 22(1) of the Mutual Assistance on Tax Administration Matters Convention (MATAMC) ups the ante by subjecting the information to the legal safeguards available for such information in the partner State which provided that information- and not what is available in the requesting State. Article 22(4) requires a State to take a clearance from the Partner State which supplied the information if it is to be disclosed to any other authority including its own Supreme Court. 

2) The Multi-lateral Competent Authority Agreement is designed to operationalise the provisions related to the automatic exchange of information about persons covered by the MATAMC between Partner States. It only reinforces the secrecy requirements set down by MATAMC. India stepped back from signing this agreement, a couple of days ago.

3) The secrecy provisions of UN Convention Against Corruption are as stringent as well and do not override other treaties and agreements that cover related matters.

4) Indian Banks can disclose customer-related information under specific circumstances by applying the Tournier Principles.

5) Madras and Kerala High Courts applied the Tournier Principles to order transparency in Banks

Given the existence of clear principles both domestically and internationally where bank-related information can be disclosed where there is a duty to the public to disclose, or to disclose it to protect the bank’s own interest the Government of India can renegotiate with foreign tax jurisdictions from a position of strength. After all the Government is elected to represent the interests of its people instead of meekly giving to the interests of foreign tax jurisdictions who always negotiate from the goal of national interest. India has demonstrated its diplomatic muscle when it came to protecting national interests in the past at the discussions on Climate Change and the more recent WTO discussions on State subsidies to farmers and consumers. What is required is a sound strategy for renegotiating these matters and also solidarity building with other similarly placed developing countries that are also troubled by tax evasion by some filthy rich individuals and corporates.

 

It is important not to give in to the standards of secrecy that other jurisdictions have adopted when India’s own jurisprudence on transparency is robust. Will the NDA live up to its commitment to transparency even in the face of DTAAs and MTAs remains to be seen.

Please circulate this email and the attachment widely.

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Thanks
Venkatesh Nayak
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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
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The people of this country have a right to know every public act, everything, that is done in a public way, by their public functionaries. They are entitled to know the particulars of every public transaction in all its bearing": Justice K K Mathew, former Judge, Supreme Court of India, (1975)

"“Where a society has chosen to accept democracy as its credal faith, it is elementary that the citizens ought to know what their government is doing": Justice P N Bhagwati, former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India, (1981)

"Information is the currency that every citizen requires to participate in the life and governance of society”: Justice A. P. Shah, former Chief Justice, Delhi and Madras High Courts, (2010)




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REPORT: 'दंगा बैंक' बना यूपी, माया-अखिलेश नाकारे!

http://www.lucknow.amarujala.com/feature/city-news-lkw/mayawati-and-akhilesh-both-cannot-stop-riots-in-up-hindi-news/

REPORT: 'दंगा बैंक' बना यूपी, माया-अखिलेश नाकारे!
टीम डिजीटल
गुरुवार, 30 अक्टूबर 2014
अमर उजाला, लखनऊ
Updated  <at>  3:42 PM IST
तहरीर की रिपोर्ट में हुआ खुलासा
मायावती हों या अखिलेश यादव, दोनों ही
सीएम यूपी में दंगों पर लगाम लगाने
में पूरी तरह से विफल रहे हैं। यूपी
में हो रहे दंगों के आकंडे इस बात के
साक्षी हैं। 2010 से लेकर 2013 तक लगातार
प्रदेश में दंगों का ग्राफ बढ़ा है।

2010 की तुलना में 2011 में प्रदेश में होने
वाले दंगों की घटनाएं 19.97% तक बढ़े।
वहीं 2011 से 2012 तक दंगे 35.57% त‌क बढ़े हैं।
अगर 2012 से 2013 तक दंगों का प्रतिशत देखा
जाए तो ये 45 प्रतिशत तक बढ़ गए।

यूपी की सरकार महज एक दंगा बैंक बनकर रह
गई है। उत्तर प्रदेश में चाहें
मायावती हों या अखिलेश यादव, ये दोनों
ही सीएम के रूप में दावे तो बड़े बड़े
करते रहे पर यूपी के दंगों पर लगाम
लगाने में पूर्णतः विफल ही रहे हैं।

इस कड़वी हक़ीक़त का खुलासा सामाजिक
संस्था 'तहरीर' के संस्थापक संजय
शर्मा की एक आरटीआई पर राष्ट्रीय
अपराध रिकॉर्ड ब्यूरो के जन सूचना
अधिकारी के पी उदय शंकर द्वारा दिए गए
एक जवाब से हुआ है।
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REPORT: 'दंगा बैंक' बना यूपी, माया-अखिलेश नाकारे!
आंकड़ों से जानिए दंगों का ग्राफ
आंकड़ों से जानिए दंगों का ग्राफ
'तहरीर' लोक जीवन में पारदर्शिता
संवर्धन, जबाबदेही निर्धारण और आमजन
के मानवाधिकारों के संरक्षण के
हितार्थ उत्तर प्रदेश में जमीनी
स्तर पर कार्यशील संस्था है।

संजय को उपलब्ध कराई गई सूचना के
अनुसार उत्तर प्रदेश में साल 2010 में 4186,
साल 2011 में 5022, साल 2012 में 5676 और साल 2013 में
दंगों की 6089 घटनाएं सरकारी आंकड़ों में
दर्ज हैं।

गौरतलब है कि वर्ष 2010 से मार्च 2012 तक सूबे
की कमान मायावती के हाथ में थी और
मार्च 2012 से वर्ष 2013 तक की अवधि में
अखिलेश यादव सूबे के मुखिया रहे हैं।

इन आंकड़ों से स्पष्ट है कि उत्तर
प्रदेश में साल 2011 में साल 2010 के मुकाबले
दंगों की 836 अधिक घटनाएं (19.97%) हुईं। साल
2012 में साल 2010 के मुकाबले दंगों की 1489
अधिक घटनाएं (35.57%) हुईं तो वही साल 2013 में
साल 2010 के मुकाबले� दंगों की 1903 अधिक
घटनाएं (45%) हुईं हैं।

संजय कहते हैं कि इन आकड़ों के
साल-दर-साल विश्लेषण से भी यह स्पष्ट
है कि साल 2010 से 2013 तक यूपी में लगातार
दंगों की घटनाओं में वृद्धि ही हो रही है।
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REPORT: 'दंगा बैंक' बना यूपी, माया-अखिलेश नाकारे!
यूपी की सबसे बड़ी बाधा बन गए दंगे
यूपी की सबसे बड़ी बाधा बन गए दंगे
संजय का कहना है कि सभी सरकारें दंगे
रोकने के मामले में महज कोरी
वयानवाजी कर जनता को गुमराह ही करती�
रही हैं। ये दोनों सरकारें प्रदेश
में दंगे रोकने में पूर्णतयाः विफल
रही हैं। सूबे में दंगों की संख्या
में हो रही बेतहाशा उत्तरोत्तर
वृद्धि पर तंज कसते हुए संजय कहते है
कि इतनी तेजी से तो बैंक में रखा पैसा
भी नहीं बढ़ता है।

सरकार को दंगों का उच्च ब्याजदर पर
डिपाजिट कर जनता को ब्याज समेत वापस
करने बाले 'दंगा बैंक' की संघ्या दी है।

दंगों को उत्तर प्रदेश के सामाजिक और
आर्थिक विकास के रास्ते की सबसे बड़ी
बाधा बताया गया। सरकारें भी दंगे हो
जाने के बाद
महज सरकारी खानापूर्ति कर मामले की
इतिश्री कर देती हैं पर दंगों का असली
देश स्थानीय जनता सालों साल झेलती
रहती है।

संजय ने अब दंगों के परिपेक्ष्य में
प्रशासनिक अमले और स्थानीय
जनप्रतिनिधियों की स्पष्ट
जबाबदेही के निर्धारण के लिए
सामाजिक संस्था 'तहरीर' के माध्यम से
एक व्यापक मुहिम चलाने का ऐलान किया है।

संस्‍था ने इस सम्बन्ध में देश� के
प्रधानमंत्री , गृहमंत्री और� सूबे
के राज्यपाल, मुख्यमंत्री को पत्र
लिखकर प्रशासनिक अमले और स्थानीय
जनप्रतिनिधियों को दंगों को रोकने
के उपायों के क्रियान्वयन के प्रति
गंभीर बनाने हेतु नियम-कानून�
बनाने� की मांग करने का भी ऐलान किया है।

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Only 7% IAS officers filed property returns : Out of the serving 4,619 officers, only 311 IAS officers have filed the returns.

	
http://www.sunday-guardian.com/news/only-7-ias-officers-filed-property-returns

Only 7% IAS officers filed property returns

Out of the serving 4,619 officers, only 311 IAS officers have filed the returns.

NAVTAN KUMAR  New Delhi | 25th Oct 2014
	

DoPT’s IPR rules are listed on its website.

everal Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers are reluctant to file annual property returns, a
mandatory obligation under the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act.

According to an RTI reply, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has said that only "311 IAS
officers have filed online property returns in the prescribed format as mentioned in the Lokpal and
Lokayukta Act".

Though the sanctioned strength of the IAS is 6,270, the total number of serving IAS officers in the country
is 4,619, as per information provided by the DoPT. That means only about 7% of them have filed their returns.

In July, the DoPT under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, had issued a
notification that under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, every public servant must every year file a
declaration, information and annual returns of his assets and liabilities as of 31 March on or before 31
July. However, for the current year, the last date of filing such returns was postponed to 15 September.

The government had introduced the facility of filing the returns online, for which an application named
Property Related Information System (PRISM) has been designed.

"If IAS officers themselves do not follow the government's directives, how can they expect others to do
so?" asked Sanjay Sharma, the Lucknow-based RTI activist who filed the query.

"Corruption is another aspect of this issue. The fact that they are reluctant to share information about
their property hints at possible corruption. Our Prime Minister's USP is good governance. If IAS
officers conceal information about their property, how can Narendra Modi's vision of providing good and
efficient governance be realised?" Sharma asked.

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अखिलेश सरकार ने पुनः टाला सूचना आयुक्तों की बैठक

http://www.jansattaexpress.net/print/8510.html

अखिलेश सरकार ने पुनः टाला सूचना
आयुक्तों की बैठक

    'तहरीर' के धरने और सूचना आयुक्तों को
चुनौती देने से दबाब में आयी सरकार ने
उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्य सूचना आयुक्त
और 1 सूचना आयुक्त के चयन के लिए बीते
बृहस्पतिवार होने वाली बैठक स्थगित
कर दी है। 'तहरीर' के विरोध के चलते ही यह
बैठक इसके पहले भी एक बार स्थगित हो
चुकी है। 

अखिलेश सरकार ने पुनः टाला सूचना
आयुक्तों की बैठक 'तहरीर' के धरने और
सूचना आयुक्तों को चुनौती देने से
दबाब में आयी सरकार ने उत्तर प्रदेश
के मुख्य सूचना आयुक्त और 1 सूचना
आयुक्त के चयन के लिए बीते
बृहस्पतिवार होने वाली बैठक स्थगित
कर दी है। 'तहरीर' के विरोध के चलते ही यह
बैठक इसके पहले भी एक बार स्थगित हो
चुकी है।

उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य सूचना आयोग में
मुख्य सूचना आयुक्त और सूचना आयुक्त
का पद 30 जून 2014 से खाली है। इससे पहले
सरकार ने इन दोनों पदों पर चयन के लिए
पहले 28 जून 2014 को चयन समिति की बैठक
बुलाई थी जिसमें बिना आवेदन के सीधे
चयन समिति द्वारा इन दोनों पदों पर
चयन की तैयारी थी जिसका कड़ा विरोध
किया गया था और पूर्व की भांति आवेदन
मंगाने की मांग की गयी थी। हमारे दबाब
में यह बैठक स्थगित कर दी गई
 थी और प्रशासनिक सुधार विभाग द्वारा
बीते अगस्त में इन दोनों पदों पर चयन
के लिए आवेदन मांगे गए थे।

लोक जीवन में पारदर्शिता संवर्धन,
जबाबदेही निर्धारण और आमजन के
मानवाधिकारों के संरक्षण के
हितार्थ उत्तर प्रदेश में जमीनी
स्तर पर कार्यशील संस्था 'तहरीर'
द्वारा आरटीआई एक्ट की नौवीं
सालगिरह पर दिनांक 12 अक्टूबर 2014 को
राजधानी लखनऊ के लक्ष्मण मेला मैदान
धरना स्थल पर उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य
सूचना आयोग के निराशाजनक प्रदर्शन
के विरोध में धरना और यूपी के हालिया
कार्यरत 9 सूचना
 आयुक्तों पर अक्षमता का आरोप लगाते
हुए उनको कैमरे के सामने एक्ट पर खुली
बहस की चुनौती के कार्यक्रम का आयोजन
येश्वर्याज सेवा संस्थान, एक्शन
ग्रुप फॉर राइट टु इनफार्मेशन ,
आरटीआई कॉउंसिल ऑफ़ यूपी , ट्रैप
संस्था अलीगढ , सूचना का अधिकार
कार्यकर्ता एसोसिएशन, पीपल्स फोरम,
मानव विकास सेवा समिति मुरादाबाद , जन
सूचना अधिकार जागरूकता
मंच,भ्रष्टाचार हटाओ देश बचाओ मंच , एसआरपीडी
 मेमोरियल समाज सेवा संस्थान , आल
इण्डिया शैडयूल्ड कास्ट्स एंड
शैडयूल्ड ट्राइब्स एम्पलाइज
वेलफेयर एसोसिएशन, भागीदारी मंच,
सार्वजनिक जबाबदेही भारत निर्माण
मंच आदि संगठनों के साथ संयुक्त रूप
से किया गया. कार्यक्रम में
ट्रांसपेरेंसी इंटरनेशनल इंडिया
लखनऊ चैप्टर, सोसाइटी फॉर फ़ास्ट
जस्टिस लखनऊ और उत्तर प्रदेश रोडवेज
संविदा कर्मचारी संघ ने भी तहरीर को
समर्थन प्रदान
 करते हुए शिरकत की थी l 'तहरीर' इन सभी
संगठनों को उनके सहयोग के लिए
धन्यवाद ज्ञापित करता है l इस सम्बन्ध
में ज्ञापन को जिला प्रशासन के
माध्यम से भेजने के साथ साथ हमारे
द्वारा सीधे उत्तर प्रदेश के
राज्यपाल महोदय को तथा भारत के मुख्य
न्यायाधीश को भी प्रेषित कर दिया गया
है जो इस स्टेटस के साथ अपलोड किया जा
रहा है।

यदि आपके पास भी मीडिया जगत से संबंधित
कोई समाचार या फिर आलेख हो तो हमें
jansattaexp@... पर य़ा फिर फोन
नंबर 9650258033 पर बता सकते हैं। हम आपकी
पहचान हमेशा गुप्त रखेंगे। - संपादक

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