“We hope that this vehicle will be leader in its segment," GM India president and managing director Lowell Paddock.
General Motors on launched the Bharat Stage IV emission norms compliant variant of its multi utility vehicle (MUV) Tavera, priced between Rs7.51 lakh and Rs10.34 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).
"With the help of this new Tavera we'll be able to now sell the vehicle in 13 cities where BS-IV norms are applicable. We hope that this vehicle will be leader in its segment," GM India president and managing director Lowell Paddock told reporters.
The company will source 2 litre BS-IV diesel engine from the Sonalika Group. The company has not been selling the MUV in 13 cities in the country where BS-IV norms are applicable.
GM India vice president P Balendran said the company expects to sell 25 thousand units of Tavera in this year compared to about 21 thousand units in 2011.
“We are watching all the figures, we are watching the developments, sometimes we will take action whenever it is necessary,” the RBI governor said
Jammu: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will respond appropriately to the market demands, if needed, governor D Subbarao said on Tuesday, PTI reports.
"I cannot really comment on it (general inflation)... if we find that markets needs response, we will give a response... but I cannot really speculate on the fiscal movements outside the schedule," he said.
The RBI governor further said, "but we are watching all the figures, we are watching the developments, sometimes we will take action whenever it is necessary". He was replying to the question of general inflation in the country due to which markets have become jittery.
He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an outreach programme organised in Samba district's Surara village, 45-km from here. On the question about central bank's next policy review, he said, "I cannot say. It is our policy on 17th April, it would be decided then". He further said "this campaign for the financial inclusion is a shake campaign, this is done by the public sector banks, private sector banks and foreign banks soon".
"So the idea is that every bank must participate, all the banks are doing this, how they do this, we left it to them", he said adding "there are various banks to prepare the financial inclusion plans which are discussed and approved in the boards and then are recommended".
RBI has only said that all the banks must fulfil certain targets and how they do it, we will have to check that, he said.
"This is an outreach programme. In this outreach programme... the programmes that involves top management of RBI, governor, deputy governor, executive directors, together with scheduled banks like Jammu & Kashmir Bank and others and district administration to go to village across the country, with two purposes," he said.
"One is to talk people and understand their problems and understand their hopes and expectations, second is to tell them what RBI is doing, just as I tried to tell them right now, so that they know what they expect of RBI", he said.
If one is afraid of being targeted after filing a RTI application, the online RTI Anonymous team is there to help you out. Nineteen year old Rajeshwar Boke from Maharashtra procured details of his educational scholarship amount with help from RTI Anonymous
Rajeshwar Boke is a 19 year old boy belonging to OBC (Other Backward Classes). He is presently studying in the second year in the Government Polytechnic College in Brahmapuri, a town in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. Being an OBC, he is entitled to a central government scholarship for all the three years of the course. However, he has been receiving a partial amount of scholarship money since the last one year.
In January 2012, Rajeshwar decided to use the Right to Information (RTI) Act to find out the status of his scholarship but did not know how to go about it. He began surfing the Internet for help and stumbled upon RTI Anonymous—a free online service through which any Indian citizen can file RTI applications anonymously. He called up Ritesh Singh, one of the three founders of RTI Anonymous to know how to use the service. Mr Singh obliged. So, Rajeshnwar filed his RTI application to the college as well as to the social welfare department which disburses the scholarship money.
Says Rajeshwar, “My suspicion about whether I was getting the right amount or not, came when the college for the first time started the online form system for admission. While I was filling up the form I saw that the annual scholarship amount mentioned therein were Rs3,880 for the first year; Rs4,200 for the second year; and Rs6,700 for the third year. However, I had received only Rs1,500 for the first year.”
After filing the RTI application, Rajeshwar received a fake reply from his college and was rebuked for having invoked the RTI Act. Instead of addressing his question of how much is the scholarship amount for students and how much is he entitled to, the college gave him a document of some general rules of the college. He though did not relent.
Ritesh Singh advised him to file a first appeal with the department of social welfare. Recently, the department ordered the college to make the scholarship amount public. Accordingly, the college provided him the information free of charge, as directed by the appellate authority. Says Mr Singh, “Rajeshwar got all the desired information and found serious irregularities in the scholarship disbursal in his college because of which he wasn’t getting the full amount of his scholarship. He forced the authorities to correct the irregularities benefiting hundreds of poor students in his college.” Mr Singh says Rajeshwar was in an emotional turmoil while filing his RTI as he was afraid that the college might take revenge on him by giving him less marks in some subjects but nonetheless he decided to pursue and that has been his secret of success.
As per a news report in the New Indian Express wherein the newspaper invoked RTI, there are 2.1 lakh beneficiaries of central government scholarship to poor students in Karnataka and the amount involved is Rs10.58 crore. However, only 44% of the money has been disbursed.
There are complaints from hundreds of students in Uttar Pradesh (UP) who have not received scholarships or have received only partial amounts. The educational institutions, in which they study, do not bother to address these complaints. Hence, it is advisable that students in large numbers should file a RTI application. This will form a pressure group and steadily every educational institution will be compelled to give the appropriate money and the social welfare department will be forced to release the money which it sometimes does not.
What is RTI Anonymous?
RTI Anonymous is an online service, through which any Indian citizen can file Right to Information (RTI) applications anonymously. They DO NOT HAVE TO REVEAL THEIR IDENTITY. The RTI Anonymous community will file those RTI applications in their name and upload the documents obtained as a reply on this website. The original requester will get an email when this happens. The original requester just has to draft the RTI application as best as he/she can and the RTI Anonymous community will take care of the rest.
How Does RTI Anonymous Work
Step 1: So person A, who is based in say, Kanpur has a problem with a particular road in his locality and needs to file a RTI Request. He submits a request to RTI Anonymous, with the details of the Public Information officer and his set of questions.
Step 2: An expert in drafting RTI (in our case, for example, an ex-PIO and retired registrar from Bangalore or a RTI Activist in Pune) will draft the RTI. Few other experts in drafting RTIs based either in different parts of India or concerned NRIs from different parts of the world, review and draft the RTI.The RTI request is then moved to the Drafted RTI Request category. If the experts decide that the request is frivolous or does not need anonymity or just too vague and needs more information, then its moved to its appropriate category (Non RTI, Non-Anonymous RTI or unclear RTI category).
Step 3: Once drafted, a concerned citizen from say, Chennai takes a printout of this drafted RTI and puts in the IPO for the required amount and speed posts it.He then updates the website with the speed post number.
The RTI Request is now moved to the Filed RTIs category.
Step 4: Once the Chennai guy receives the reply, he just takes a picture of the documents received with his cell phone or digital camera, uploads its to his PC and then to the website. At times, he just does a normal post to one of the RTI Anonymous’s core team member and they would then upload these documents to the website.
Step 5: Once uploaded, the original requestor (from Kanpur or wherever) gets an automated email and he can then download the documents that he had recieved.
Also any public interest litigation (PIL) lawyers or journalists/reporters can also download these documents from this website.
All done by REAL PEOPLE with REAL ADDRESSES
(Vinita Deshmukh is consulting editor of Moneylife. She is also an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)