RTI activist Subhash Chandra Aggrawal suggests that services like of telephone, water, electricity, etc should be disconnected for non-payment of any single bill, like are done in case of normal citizens
Former and current parliamentarians like Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Lalu Prasad Yadav, C Silvera, Abhay Pratap Singh, Dalbar Sigh, Uma Bharti, Shashi Tharoor and many others have collectively failed to pay their electricity and water dues of more than Rs6.27 crore, to New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), reveals the information sought under Right to Information (RTI). It also includes names of deceased members like Sunil Dutt and ABA Ghani Khan Choudhary, who defaulted for a whopping Rs42 lakh. While common citizen will be denied such services for non-payment of dues, the defaulting parliamentarians continue to enjoy the amenities.
Delhi-based RTI activist Subhash Chandra Aggrawal filed an RTI application seeking details about the pending electricity and water dues of present and former parliamentarians including ministers and prime ministers. Mr Aggrawal also sought the details of the steps taken to recover these dues.
In the reply dated 6 March 2012, the NDMC revealed the names of former parliamentarians defaulting in making payments till October 2011. Members have pending dues in amounts of thousands and even lakhs, in some cases. For instance, Jai Narian Prasad Nishad defaulted has arrears of more than Rs13 lakh, Jagdish Tytler for around Rs4.83 lakh, Gurucharan Singh Dadahoor for Rs1.58 lakh, etc.
The list of defaulting members runs into 60 pages. It includes names like Shibu Soren, Madhav Rao Scindia, Margaret Alva, Oscar Fernandes, Prabhu Nath Singh, Raj Babbar and others. The list also contains names defaulting members for miniscule amounts. For instance Anwar Hussain defaulted for Rs57, Farooq Abdullah for Rs105, Kanimozhi for Rs26, etc. However, the RTI reply failed to provide answer on the steps taken to recover such dues.
Mr Aggrawal has filed a first appeal to seek complete information. “I have appealed to get complete and detailed information together with related and sought documents on steps taken to recover NDMC dues from former and present parliamentarians,” he said.
Moneylife had reported that the present and former parliamentarians have collectively failed to pay telephone dues of more than Rs7 crore, as revealed by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) in reply to Mr Aggrawal’s RTI query. (http://www.moneylife.in/article/list-of-dues-from-parliamentarians-gets-longer/21610.html)
“Enquiry should be made why and how services were not disconnected on non-payment of any single bill like is done in case of normal consumers. Even now if present parliamentarians do not clear all their pending dues within a stipulated time-period of say three months, not only should recovery proceedings be initiated against them, but even their membership of parliament should be cancelled,” demands Mr Aggrawal.
He adds, “Services like of telephone, water, electricity etc should be disconnected for non-payment of any single bill, like are done in case of normal citizens. Likewise government accommodations should be forcibly vacated within one month of losing entitlement to retain these. In case of dues towards deceased parliamentarians, these should be recovered from such legal heirs who might have benefited from assets left by deceased parliamentarians.”
Earlier, another RTI response to Mr Aggrawal had revealed that the Speaker of Lok Sabha, who is in charge of looking after accommodation for Members of Parliament (MPs), has also almost Rs2 crore in unsettled dues for the bungalow which she has not handed over, even though the allocation has been cancelled. (http://moneylife.in/article/lok-sabha-speaker-owes-govt-rs2-crore-as-unpaid-rent/21589.html)
The US-based company promises incomes of up to $5,000 per day!
Free e-mail services, free video chatting, free broadcasting are few of the many things made easily available to all of us on the Internet. However, a multi level marketing (MLM) company is thriving on selling such services, which otherwise are mostly available free of cost.
MyVideoTalk (MVT) is a US-based MLM company selling products like video streaming broadcasts and meetings, customized email video messages and on-demand video web channels. It also claims to give rewarding compensation, incentives and other income, on buying its products and recruiting new members.
MVT has two packages each consisting of MyVideo Studio, which introduces the tools to get you started in your business; MyVideo Designer—to create an email and custom design it with full colour images, logos and banners; MyVideo Channel—a fully customizable video website with complete website hosting and support; MyVideo Broadcaster for live broadcasting to host events, trainings, and video conferences and MyVideo WebSite, where one can create personalized website for business and product marketing, among others. Its basic studio package costs Rs15,000 while the business builder studio package costs Rs27,000.
The MLM company also has a host of other income benefits for its members. It pays $50 as fast start retail bonus on the volume of sales by its members on joining.
In the first month of the sale, 20% commission is paid on the products purchased through the company’s retail shopping portal. The company promises a weekly team commission where a member/representatives can earn up to $150 every time they create 720 WSV (weekly sales value)/360 WSV earning up to $5,000 per day and a maximum of $35,000 per week. Then there are other typical MLM compensation plans such as monthly binary matrix, executive leadership matrix bonus and ultra bonus program.
Experts point out that the company follows a typical MLM plan and is bound to collapse under its own weight in the long run. It also has a questionable business plan. For instance, the company does not have its independent channel to send the customised video messages and has to rely on official channels of Google, Yahoo and Rediff. Interestingly, according to its website, the amount to paid to buy its product is given in Indian rupees, however, all the compensation income is given in dollar terms.
Moneylife has learnt that the MVT is extensively promoting itself at Nagpur in Maharashtra. Its products were also displayed at CompEx (computer exhibition) organised by the Vidarbha Computer Manufacturers and Dealers Association in January 2012. The company’s website does not have registration address or legal certificates.
As the financial year end comes to an end, several authorities have woken up and have started issuing letters and warrants to collect taxes, which the taxpayer has to pay within hours
Citizens receiving demand letters from government authorities in March every year is nothing new. However, Powai-based Eden Bungalows Co-operative Housing Society (CHS) got a shock when the tahsildar of that area issued a warrant and asked them to pay Rs3.36 lakh within 48 hours as dues for non-agricultural (NA) tax.
According to experts, every year, the authorities, under pressure to “achieve targets” of ‘collection’ take the gullible citizens for a ride and send notices demanding crores of rupees as dues. Most of the times a ‘compromise’ is reached. The notices are being issued as per the provisions of Section 180 and 181 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code and warrant of attachment related provisions are initiated as per the provisions of Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966, Section 168 to 173, 174, 179 and 184.
In case of Eden Bungalows CHS, the notice is issued with an increased rate as well. The rate has been increased by 19 times to Rs9 per square metre from 48 paise a metre. That too, without informing the society about the changes in tax rates, said Eden Bungalows CHS in its reply.
According to the petition, the builders (Hiranandani Developers) did not provide any copies of communication between the developer and government authorities. “The only act that has been done with lightning speed by the builder’s office is accompanying the government official to individual societies to deliver the 48 hours’ notice. My clients have reasons to believe that (Transfer of Development Rights or TDR) worth crores of rupees is being misused by the builder which legally belongs to the co-operative societies,” a reply from the society says.
Eden Bungalows CHS had also appealed the municipal commissioner, not to approve any TDR of any nature whatsoever for the society without its written consent. The society has also requested the police to file a first information report (FIR) against Hiranandani Developers for failing to execute the conveyance within four months from the date of formation of the society.