Citizens' Issues
Railway activist coordinating with hospitals for attending accident victims

After the abrupt closure of Bhagwati Hospital in the suburbs, railway accident victims were again being shunted around during the crucial golden hour after the tragedy. Activist Samir Zaveri is working to ensure that Sion Hospital, Nair Hospital and KEM are onboard to help Mumbai’s railway commuters

Last week, media reports announced that Bhagwati Hospital in Mumbai’s suburbs, to which railway accident victims in the suburbs used to be rushed, had abruptly shut down. Media reports further said that the immediate consequence was that accident victims were being shunted from one hospital to another and often lost precious time or their lives, because of the uncertainty. Railway accident victims in the Mira Road to Virar stretch are either being sent to private hospitals or “stabilised” at the BMC-run Shatabdi Municipal Hospital in Kandivili or Bhagwati hospital in Borivali and then to bigger hospitals like KEM, Sion or Nair hospital at Mumbai Central for treatment. Unfortunately, the two municipal hospitals are not well equipped to deal with major injuries, while other bigger hospitals are reluctant to accept these patients.


The refusal by big hospitals to admit accident victims has always been a serious issue and one of the factors responsible for hundreds of lives being lost every year. This issue has also been the subject of a Bombay High Court order. For the record, nearly 3,500 persons die due to railway related deaths every year on the Mumbai suburban railway network alone.


The Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline, spearheaded by activist Samir Zaveri, who himself lost both his legs in a railway accident at the age of 16, has now sprung into action to get alternatives onboard. Activist Zaveri, whose contempt petition filed in the Bombay High Court led to the framing of details and charges to be paid to private hospitals for the treatment of accident victims, has wrote to the deans of KEM, Sion and Nair Hospital. Mr Zaveri is seeking their cooperation to ensure accident patients or victims are provided immediate treatment in coordination with the railway authorities.

The response has been extremely positive. Interestingly, Saifee Hospital at Marine Lines in south Mumbai has not only assured free and fast treatment for rail accident victims, but has also put up a board to this effect. Also Dr Supe, additional-in-charge of Sion Hospital, has verbally assured Mr Zaveri that railway accident victims will not be refused admission and treatment.


Speaking with Moneylife, Dr GK Singh, medical officer at the Divisional Railway Manager’s office at Mumbai Central said, “The population of the area stretching from Virar to Mira Road has increased by several folds within the past 20 years. The government and the municipal corporation should take a note of that and build hospitals in these areas. Also huge part of this population is poor who cannot afford treatment in private hospitals.”



M&M Financial Q2 net profit up 18% to Rs221.2 crore

M&M financial reported 18% growth in net profit at Rs221.16 crore, driven by 31% increase in its total revenues and 17% growth in sanctioned loans

Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd (MMFSL), reported a 18% increase in its second quarter net profit on standalone basis due to higher revenues and 18% increase in sanctioned loan. 

During the quarter to end-September, the vehicle finance company said its standalone net profit rose to Rs221.16 crore from Rs187.61 crore while total revenues increased 31% to Rs1,203.2 crore from a year ago period. 

MMFSL, the country’s second largest NBFC, also reported a 31% growth in its total asset under management (AUM) to Rs31,146 crore during the second quarter compared with Rs23,770 crore a year ago period.

“During the September quarter company maintained healthy growth of business and profits despite slowdown in auto industry growth and continuing high cost of borrowings through control of transaction costs and maintaining high collection efficiency levels,” the Mahindra & Mahindra group company said.

MMFSL’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR) stood at 18% complying with the minimum requirement of 15% set by the RBI.

On Monday, M&M Financial closed 2.68% higher at Rs279.50 on the BSE, while the benchmark Sensex was marginally up at 20,893.9.


RTI Judgement Series: Publish info about works carried out in Delhi using councillors fund

The CIC directed the PIO to suo moto publish information about works carried out using councillor's fund in Delhi on the MCD website. This is the 185th 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 an appeal, directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) of engineering department at Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to publish information about projects carried out using Councillor's Fund during 2007-09 as per Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.


While giving the judgement on 25 February 2009, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner said, "The PIO will send the data on 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 to the appellant on a CD free of cost and also ensure that it put up on the website by 5 March 2009."


New Delhi resident Ashok Kumar, on 14 December 2006, sought from the PIO information regarding works carried out in Delhi during 2002-2007 using the councillor fund. Here is the information he sought...


1. Details for all works awarded during 2002-07 out of the Councillor Fund for All the wards of Delhi. Please provide this information year-wise and separately for each word

          a. Name of works awarded which are in progress or completed

          b. Location of these works and brief description of these works including  

          c. Total amount sanctioned for each works

          d. Status of completion

          e. Name of agency

          f. Date of start and date of completion

          g. Amount disbursed till December 2006 for each work

          h. On whose request was each of the works initiated

2. How much money was provided to each Councillor under the Councillor Fund in each year between 2002 and 2007?

3. Does the money under the Councillor Funds lapse at the end of the year? If yes, how much money lapsed for each Councillor in Delhi in each year between 2002 and 2007?

4. On what activities can Councillor spend the funds available to them under the Councillor Fund?

5. Please give me a copy of the guidelines for allocating funds under the Councillor Fund


In his reply, the PIO said, "In this regard, it is inform you that reply has been received from SE (P) you are requested to please deposit Rs20 of two IDs No445 & 517 and also requested to deposit Rs7,656 as documents charges of 3,828 pages @ Rs2 per page. After that reply will be given to you."


There was no mention of any order passed by the First Appellate Authority (FAA).


Kumar then approached the CIC with his second appeal.


During the hearing, Mr Gandhi, the then CIC, observed that the appellant (Kumar) had asked for certain information which he believes the PIO should publish suo moto.


The PIO stated that the public authority had not done this so far. However, he stated that data for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 is now on CD but has not been put up on the website.


While allowing the appeal, the Bench then directed the PIO to send the data of 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 to the appellant on a CD, free of cost, and also ensure that it put up on the website by 5 March 2009. The Bench also asked the PIO to send a compliance report to the CIC before 10 March 2009.




Decision No. CIC/WB/C/2008/00027/SG/2059

Appeal No. CIC/ WB/C/2008/00027/SG


Appellant                                            : Ashok Kumar,

                                                            New Delhi - 110017                        


Respondent                                        : ME-cum-E-in-C & PIO,

                                                            Municipal Corporation of Delhi,

                                                            Engineering Department,

                                                            Town Hall, Delhi – 110006


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