Perhaps, for the first time in recent period so many big political leaders have been issued statutory notices for illegal acts done by them. As per the statutory notice if they do not dismantle their illegal constructions, they all will face prosecution
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued statutory notices to several big names in Maharashtra politics, like deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, Punjab governor Shivraj Patil Chakurkar, ministers Anil Deshmukh and Patangrao Kadam, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde and state Congress chief Manikrao Thakare for removing illegal constructions in their commercial premises.
The BMC has issued the notices following complaints and a legal notice by social activist Amit Maru. All these big politicians have made changes to their allotted residential and commercial space at Sukhda Shubhada Co-operative Housing Society at the upmarket Worli area in Mumbai.
The notice issued by the BMC says...
“You are therefore hereby called upon:
To remove unauthorized addition & alteration ….. & discontinue the said unauthorized user from shop to office carried out beyond part occupation Certificate/ plan sanctioned u/No EE/5561/GS/A dt.16.10.2004
Within one month from the date of receipt of this notice by you:.
Please note that on failure to comply with the aforesaid requisition, you will be liable for prosecution under the said Act and the aforesaid requisitions you will be carried out at your risk and cost.”
According to Yogesh Pratap Singh, former IPS officer and now a well-known advocate and activist, this society was been built on the land earlier owned by Mumbai police. “Incidentally, this land was taken away from the home department and given to the political leaders of our nation for constructing posh flats and commercial premises,” he said.
The other big names who have been issued such a notice, include Ranjit Deshmukh, former minister, Anna Dange, vice-president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Pratapsinh Mohite Patil, Salil Deshmukh (son of Anil Deshmukh) and Ashok Patil.
“Since such large numbers of senior politicians have indulged in such illegal acts, therefore the conditions of allotment stand vitiated. Hence it would be desirable that the allotment of this land be cancelled and the land be reverted to the police department, which is desperately in need of setting up anti-terror and anti-crime units in the centre of the city and Worli is the ideal location for that. These units are required to tackle 26/11 type terror attacks on an efficient basis,” Mr Singh said.
Earlier, bureaucrat-turned-activist Abha Singh and Mr Maru, have alleged that Mr Munde, who is also deputy leader of BJP in Lok Sabha, was refusing to close his office at the society despite orders from the BMC.
According to advocate Singh, the BJP leader has merged shops originally allotted as convenience shops and connected it to the basement in Shubhda Co-operative Housing Society.
She said, the BMC sent a notice to Mr Munde, however, the BJP leader and others are not complying with the orders. “It is believed that for the reason of refusal to remove office and other illegal acts, the municipal corporation is now considering strict action of filing an FIR in the matter and to start demolition proceedings. We will also be shortly moving the Environment Department for action under the Environment Protection Act, 1986,” Adv Singh had said. (read more Gopinath Munde defies BMC order to close his Worli office )
While part of the seasonal improvement in the March trade deficit will reverse in April, the recent fall in oil and gold prices can lead to a saving of 1% of GDP on the current account deficit on an annualised basis, if the current price fall sustains
India’s trade deficit narrowed sharply to a two-year low of $10.3 billion in March from $14.9 billion in February, which was better than expected (Nomura expectation: $11.9 billion). While the improvement is partly seasonal as exports tend to rise at the end of the financial year (the average improvement in the trade deficit between February and March is $2.8 billion over the last three years), it also reflects a combination of higher exports and weak imports. These observations were made by Nomura in its First Insights report.
Exports rose 7% y-o-y in March from 4.2% in February. On a three-month seasonally adjusted annualised basis, Nomura estimates that exports grew at 19% from 7.4%, suggesting improving sequential external demand momentum. Import growth contracted by 2.9% y-o-y after rising 2.6% in February due to lower gold imports, weaker oil imports and the continued contraction in non-oil imports; the latter reflecting weak domestic demand.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, Nomura estimates that the trade deficit narrowed to $15.7 billion in March from $16.7 billion in February, indicating that both seasonal and non-seasonal factors are at play. While part of the seasonal improvement in the March trade deficit will reverse in April, the recent fall in oil and gold prices can lead to a saving of 1% of GDP on the current account deficit on an annualised basis, if the current price fall sustains. Hence, the recent combination of improving external demand, low oil/gold prices and weak domestic demand, will improve the outlook for India’s strained current account deficit.
On the basis of today’s trade data, the Q1 CY2013 (Jan-Mar) current account deficit is likely to be 4%-4.5% of GDP versus 6.7% in Q4 of CY2012, according to Nomura.
The CIC asked health departments of GNCTD and MCD, which run and maintain a large number of hospitals and clinics in Delhi, to suo moto publish all information as required under Section 4 of the RTI Act. This is the 76th in a series of important judgements given by former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi that can be used or quoted in an RTI application
The Central Information Commission (CIC), while allowing a complaint, asked
the Additional Commissioner (Health) at Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Principal Secretary (Health) at Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to make available suo moto the details of Public Information Officers (PIOs) and First Appellate Authorities (FAAs) at all offices and hospitals under its control.
While giving this judgement on 4 November 2010, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner said, “These boards (showing detailed information about Public Information Officers—PIOs and First Appellate Authorities-FAAs)—shall be installed at all hospitals, maternity centres, polyclinics, dispensaries and all other non-administrative and administrative units and offices of the departments.”
New Delhi resident Sushma Prasad, had filed a complaint to the Commission under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Here is what she said in her request to the CIC...
"Section (4) of the RTI act, envisages suo moto disclosures by all public authorities.
The Department of Health Services, GNCTD and Department of Health, MCD, run and maintains a large number of hospitals and clinics in the city. However, if one wishes to make a request for information under the RTI act, it is practically impossible to find out the details of the PIO, etc. It is welcomed that this information is available on the website of the departments; however the Commission may take into consideration the fact that a majority of patients coming to these hospitals hail from economically weaker sections of the society and thus, it cannot be assumed that all of them have access to the internet."
Mr Gandhi, the then CIC, while allowing the complaint said the Commission considers this as a bona fide request and observes that this information is a basic requirement under the Act and that the concerned departments ought to have done this earlier. However, that is not the case. There is a clear and unambiguous provision for the same in the Act, in the form of explanation to Section 4 of the RTI Act.
In his order, Mr Gandhi, said, “A sign-board of appropriate dimension shall be installed, mentioning the name(s), designation(s), contact details including the office address/room number, availability hours and telephone numbers of the PIOs, APIOs and FAA, as the case may be, who have been notified under the RTI Act, 2005 (in case of a change of PIO or Appellate Authority, the sign-board will be updated within ten days of the said change.) Information regarding the requisite fees to be paid under various provisions of the RTI Act 2005, modes of payment and the office where such fee will be accepted. Information regarding information handbook/manuals published under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Act; their location and time when they can be accessed should be also mentioned on the board. The exact link/URL to the page on the website of the department where the information handbook can be viewed will also be mentioned. No acronym/ abbreviation should be used. This information shall be inscribed both in Hindi, English, and shall be installed at a location having maximum public view. This will be maintained by the head of the public authority/head of institution as the case may be, or the officer(s) so directed by them in writing, so long as the RTI act is in force. This should be done by the 15 December 2010."
The CIC also asked the Additional Commissioner (Health), MCD and The Principal Secretary (Health), GNCTD to send a consolidated report of compliance of the above directions to this Commission by 20 December 2010.
CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION
Decision No. CIC/SG/C/2010/001324/10035
Complaint No. CIC/SG/C/2010/001324
Complainant : Sushma Prasad,
New Delhi - 110 087
Respondents : (1) The Additional Commissioner (Health),
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Room No. 28, Town Hall,
Delhi - 110 006
(2) The Principal Secretary (Health),
Govt. of NCT of Delhi,
Room no. 907, A - Wing, Delhi Secretariat,
I.P.Estate, New Delhi - 110 002