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Disclose details of Babu Jagjivan Ram’s bungalow, orders CIC

Central Information Commission, acting on a RTI appeal filed by Delhi-based activist Subhash Agrawal, ordered that for the sake of transparency, “all the information relating to the allotment, occupation and use of the bungalow at 6, Krishna Menon Marg, should be brought out in the public domain”

The Central Information Commission (CIC), today directed the urban development ministry to disclose information related to allotment, occupation and use of a government bungalow by family members of late Indrani Devi, including her daughter and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, in public domain. Earlier, the government has waived around Rs1.98 crore of pending rent owed by Ms Kumar for using palatial bungalow at 6 Krishna Menon Marg, revealed an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The direction came while hearing the RTI appeal filed by Delhi-based activist Subhash Agrawal who sought information on the occupation, allocation and use of the said bungalow.

Central Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra observed that, “As submitted by the Appellant during the hearing, he had been receiving often contradictory response/information from various authorities concerned regarding this bungalow and its use. He showed us several replies received from the Directorate of the Estates, CPWD and others which, instead of throwing clear light on the issues, confused the entire matter.”

It ordered that, “For the sake of transparency, it is extremely important that all the   information relating to the allotment, occupation and use of this bungalow should be brought out in the public domain.”

The CIC has directed the ministry to furnish the information along with all relevant files and correspondence within 20 working days. It has also directed to put all information related to the bungalow 6, Krishna Menon Marg, on its website, possibly within two months. This will enable citizens to access the relevant information freely.

In November 2011, the RTI query filed by Mr Agrawal had revealed that the Speaker has been served a Rs2 crore bill for illegally occupied bungalow. (Lok Sabha Speaker owes govt Rs2 crore as unpaid rent)

In 2004, Ms Kumar was allotted the bungalow number 6 at Krishna Menon Marg after she became the Union minister of social justice & employment. The same residence was the house of her father and senior Congress leader Babu Jagjivan Ram till his death in 1986. Ms Kumar was allotted another bungalow, number 20 on Akbar Road when she became the Speaker in 2009 and where she currently lives.

However, according to the news reports, Ms Meira continued to hold both these bungalows. A statement from the Speaker’s office had said that the family members of late Indrani Devi had vacated the Krishna Menon Marg bungalow by November 30 2002, and this was intimated to the CPWD (Central Public Works Department), NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council), director of estates and other authorities. It is also reported that the bungalow has been turned into a memorial for Babu Jagjivan Ram.

Further, in reply to another RTI application filed by Mr Agrawal, the DoE said that, “…a bill of Rs1.98 crore was issued in the name of family of Late Smt Indira Devi in respect of 6 Krishna Menon Marg. However, subsequently on receiving a clarification from Smt Meira Kumar, Hon’ble Speaker, stating that she has vacated 6 Krishna Menon Marg on 28-11-2002, a decision has been taken by the ministry to treat this as the date of vacation and as per orders the recovery notice was withdrawn.”



Shibaji Dash

4 years ago

All for " baith jaye', ' baith jaye', ' baith jaye' ?


4 years ago








In Reply to mahe 4 years ago

See it all is in genes.Her father forgot to pay income tax for years,as he was SERVING the nation & as he was allowed to go scot free,we should forget the rent.


In Reply to Hemant 4 years ago

Very true. It was for 10 years he did not file IT return as he was too busy self serving, sorry serving the Nation.

Public Interest Exclusive
Measure your Facebook addiction

A research conducted by the University of Bergen, Norway, revealed that Facebook addiction occurs regularly among younger than older users. It was also found that people who are anxious and socially insecure use Facebook, probably because they find it easier to communicate via social media than face-to-face

Women are more likely to develop Facebook addiction while ambitious people are at less risk, reveals a new research conducted in Norway. While many of us would accept to be hooked on social media, chances of Facebook being the most addictive networking site are high. And to measure this increasing trend of Facebook addiction, Norway-based researchers have developed a new instrument named the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale.

Cecilie Schou Andreassen, doctor of psychology, who is heading this first of its kind research project-Facebook Addiction-at the University of Bergen, Norway (UiB), explains, "It occurs more regularly among younger than older users. We have also found that people who are anxious and socially insecure use Facebook more than those with lower scores on those traits, probably because those who are anxious find it easier to communicate via social media than face-to-face."  

Ms Andreassen adds, "People who are organised and more ambitious tend to be less at risk from Facebook addiction. They often use social media as an integral part of work and networking."

The research also found out that women are more prone to Facebook addiction and the symptoms of Facebook addiction are similar to those of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and chemical substance addiction.

According to the research, Facebook addiction was related to extraversion. People with high scores on the new scale further tend to have a somewhat delayed sleep-wake rhythm.

The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale, developed at the UiB, Faculty of Psychology, in collaboration with the Bergen Clinics Foundation (Norway), is based on six basic criteria:

  • You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan the use of Facebook,
  • You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more,
  •  You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems,
  • You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success,
  • You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook, and
  • You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies.

All the six items are items are scored on the following scale- 1 for Very Rarely, 2 for Rarely, 3 for Sometimes, 4 is for Often, and 5 for Very often.

Ms Andreassen's study reveals that scoring of 'Often' or 'Very Often' on at least four of the six items may suggest that you are a workaholic.

In January 2011, 423 students-227 women and 196 men-participated in tests for the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale. UiB in a release said that, "The scale can facilitate treatment research, clinical assessment and can be used for the estimation of Facebook addiction prevalence in the general population worldwide."




4 years ago

Now we have scientific proof that modesty is indeed a learned affectation.

Sensex, Nifty may fall further: Tuesday Closing Report

The Nifty may hit 4800

The market settled near the lows of the day on selling in capital goods, IT and banking stocks and concerns about the lingering European debt crisis. Yesterday we had mentioned that the Nifty may dip a bit and then rally. The index has already seen a fall from the intraday high of 5,280 on 2 May 2012 to today's intraday low of 4,984. The benchmark may now see a further fall to the level of 4,800. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw a volume of 64.87 crore shares.

The market, which witnessed a splendid recovery yesterday after the government clarified its position on the proposed tax issues, opened flat today as IT services major Cognizant lowered its revenues and profit guidance for the fiscal 2012. The Nifty opened trade at 5,115, up one point over its previous close and the Sensex added three points to its previous tally to resume trade at 16,916.

Cognizant Technology Solutions reduced its guidance for FY2012 to 20% from 23% reported earlier on the back of muted demands.

The market hit its intraday high in initial trade itself with the Nifty touching 5,120 and the Sensex crawling up to 16,918. Volatility continued in subsequent trade with the benchmarks staying in the negative.

The indices recovered from their early lows but selling pressure once again pushed the market further southwards. The negative opening of the key European benchmarks added to the woes of the domestic market in noon trade.

News of global banking major JP Morgan downgrading TCS to 'neutral' from 'overweight' spooked the IT and technology sectors in trade today. The market tumbled over 2% in late trade to the day's low. At this point, the Nifty fell to 4,894 and the Sensex tumbled to 16,502.

The benchmarks settled a tad above the lows. The Nifty erased 114 points to close at 5,000 and the Sensex tumbled 367 points to finish at 16,546.

The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was negative at 546:1114.

While the broader indices also ended lower, they outperformed the Sensex with the BSE Mid-cap index declining 1.28% and the BSE Small-cap index closing 0.87% down.

Today's rout saw all sectoral indices settling lower. The top losers were BSE Capital Goods (down 3.44%); BSE IT (down 3.09%); BSE Bankex (down 2.84%); BSE TECk (down 2.62%) and BSE Power (down 2.52%).

The Sensex toppers were Coal India (up 2.04%); GAIL India (up 1.63%); Hindalco Industries (up 1.16%); Hindustan Unilever (up 0.29%) and DLF (up 0.16%. The losers were led by TCS (down 5.77%); BHEL (down 4.86%); ITC (down 3.97%); Tata Motors (down 3.88%) and Larsen & Toubro (down 3.70%).

The top gainers on the Nifty were GAIL India (up 1.91%); Coal India (up 1.52%); Hindalco Ind (up 1.38%); SAIL (up 0.70%) and HUL (up 0.26%). The key losers on the index were Jaiprakash Associates (down 8.77%); Reliance Infrastructure (down 5.94%); TCS (down 5.75%); HCL Technologies (down 5.56%) and Kotak Mahindra Bank (down 5.16%).

Markets in Asia, with the exception of China and Hong Kong, settled in the positive on hopes that Spain would boost its banks with liquidity and on firm corporate earnings reports. However, caution over the precarious situation in Europe put a cap on the gains.

The Jakarta Composite gained 0.53%; the KLSE Composite rose 0.36%; the Nikkei 225 climbed 0.69%; the Straits Times advanced 0.24%; the KOPSI Composite was up 0.54% and the Taiwan Weighted added 0.10%. Bucking the trend, the Shanghai Composite fell by 0.12% and the Hang Seng declined 0.25%. At the time of writing, the key European indices were down between 0.22% and 1.86% and the US stock futures were in the negative, indicating a soft opening for the US markets.

Back home, foreign institutional investors were net sellers of shares amounting to Rs630.81 crore on Monday while domestic institutional investors were net buyers of equities totalling Rs273.77 crore.

Generic drugmaker Cipla is looking into cutting prices of more cancer drugs after it slashed the prices last week of three treatments by up to 75% The company, which makes 23 cancer drugs, is working out the pricing, costing and other aspects before announcing further revisions. The stock fell 0.53% to close at Rs325.80 on the NSE.

Wind turbine maker, Suzlon Group, has signed a Rs305.32-crore contract with Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation for setting up a 50-MW project. The plant will be located in Jamnagar district of Gujarat. Suzlon Energy tanked 3.42% to close at Rs21.20 on the NSE.


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