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Fadnavis sitting on ministers' assets details: RTI activist
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is yet to take a decision on making public his cabinet members' declarations of their assets and liabilities,117 days after his government took office, an RTI activist said here on Wednesday.
 
"Transparency and clean governance were the two prime agenda on which the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government was formed in the state. However, nearly four months after assuming office, the twin agenda is being flouted by Fadnavis himself," said RTI activist Anil Galgali.
 
According to Galgali, information on the cabinet members' assets-liabilities was sought under Right to Information Act from General Administration Department under-Secretary D.K. Naik, who declined to provide the details on grounds of "non-availability".
 
"Since the same practice is followed at the Centre by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also in Bihar, I again wrote to the state government demanding that the assets/liabilities details be posted online in public domain. Till date, there is no response from the government in the matter," Galgali told IANS.
 
Naik replied that Galgali's RTI query was lying with the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) in Mantralaya and would be made available only after Fadnavis' decision in the matter.
 
Galgali said all the current 18 cabinet ministers and 12 ministers of state, including the chief minister, have to declare their assets-liabilities to Governor C.V. Rao.
 
"My letter on November 14, 2014, and a reminder on March 9, 2015, to Fadnavis is pending in CMO since November 27, 2014. This is clearly a violation of the Citizens Charter and Right to Service Act," Galgali said.
 
Interestingly, he pointed out how he had pursued the same issue with the previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party regime headed by then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.
 
"Only the names of the ministers came in the public domain, not details of assets-liabilities as Chavan was against making it public. The new BJP-SS government elected on the plank of transparency and clean governance seems to have continued the same policy," he said.

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Hooda government favoured Vadra in land deals: CAG
The CAG has blamed Haryana's previous Congress government led by then Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for showing undue favours to Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in his multi-million rupee controversial land deal with realty giant DLF.
 
Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, sold a prime 3.5 acre piece of land in Manesar in Gurgaon district to DLF in 2008 for Rs.58 crore. The land had, however, only cost his company around Rs.15 crore and was sold to DLF after obtaining change of land use (CLU) and other permissions from the Hooda government.
 
The Comptroller and Auditor General report, tabled in the Haryana assembly on Tuesday, said that the "possibility of extending undue benefit to particular applicant (Vadra's company) cannot be ruled out". It has also questioned the "distinction" made by the Hooda government for Vadra's company in giving permissions.
 
The Hooda government, on its part, had obliged Vadra with quick sanction of the permissions required.
 
Senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka had ordered the scrapping of the land deal, saying that it was illegal.
 
The controversy became a national issue with opposition parties alleging that the then Congress government was doing everything to help Vadra in his controversial land deals in the National Capital Region (NCR)and areas around Delhi.
 
Vadra had bought land in four districts of Gurgaon, Palwal, Faridabad and Mewat in Haryana adjoining Delhi. 
 
Alleging that Vadra's land deals caused loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer, Khemka marked a probe into all land deals of Vadra and his companies since 2005. But the Hooda government gave Vadra a clean chit and instead charge sheeted Khemka for his actions.

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Veeresh Malik

2 years ago

Once again it seems the present government is attacking the poor farmer in this Bob-the-Builder G-Jha-G dus number waale?

Auction of telecom spectrum concludes after 19 days
After 19 days of rigorous bidding, the auction of airwaves for telecom operators concluded Wednesday, with officials initially placing the figure of cumulative bids at over Rs.100,000 crore.
 
The auction was conducted for 800 MHz, 900 Mhz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz covering both mobile telephony and broadband, including 4G.
 
Till Tuesday, the government had received cumulative commitments of Rs.109,000 crore from the eight telecom operators in the fray -- Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Idea Cellular and Aircel.
 
A reserve price of Rs.3,423 crore per MHz was fixed for 800 MHz frequency, Rs.3,399 crore for 900 MHz band and Rs.1,425 crore for the 1,800 MHz band. The government also fixed a reserve price of Rs.3,511 crore per megahertz for the frequency for 3G spectrum.

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