Citizens' Issues
RTI activists plead with information commissioners to compel public authorities to put up mandatory data on Web

Over 5.5 lakh RTI applications were filed in Maharashtra in 2010, but the number of appeals were lower, according to the official annual report. Last week, activists discussed with state information commissioners the ways to make RTI more vibrant and effective

A total 5.5 lakh RTI applications were submitted to various government departments in Maharashtra in 2010, confirming the state's pre-eminent position in the use of the Right to Information and public activism. According to the annual report of the chief information commissioner Vilas Patil, of the total applications, 59,000 (or about 10%) went into first appeals. However, the number of second appeals declined from 23,000 in 2009 to 19,000 in 2010.

These numbers are encouraging. But there are issues to be sorted out to ensure effective use of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Some of these issues were brought up at a meeting of the state information commissioners with regular RTI users, held at the office of the State Information Commission at Mantralaya on Friday.

RTI users, activists of the Mahiti Adhikar Manch and Maharashtra RTI Council, yesterday appealed to the seven information commissioners who were present at the meeting along with the chief commissioner to "enforce" on public authorities to suo moto disclose information on their websites, which is mandatory under Section 4 of the RTI Act.

In response to this plea, Mr Patil said he had sent a circular to about 350 public authorities across the state, in December 2010, directing them to do this by 31 January 2011. But he reported, sounding quite helpless, "About 60% of the public authorities have not even replied to me. What am I supposed to do? I suggest that RTI activists take up this matter with the chief secretary to ensure its implementation.''

Bhaskar Prabhu, convener of Mahiti Adhikar Manch and Maharashtra RTI Council, suggested that since YASHADA (the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration) had already worked out a format that facilitates monitoring of public authorities regarding suo moto disclosure under Section 4 of the Act, the information commission should use that to keep tab on them.

Navin Kumar, information commissioner for the Konkan Region, suggested that since there was a shortage of manpower, outsourcing to NGOs was a possibility. "Since the state commission has already drawn out a list of the 60% of those public authorities who have defied this rule, citizen groups could file RTI applications on each one of them, and file a complaint with the information commissioners, and we ensure you action."

Aurangabad information commissioner DB Deshpande said, "There are many instances of public authorities having followed this rule and having made their functioning transparent, like MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company), PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) and the University of Mumbai. The archaic system of punishment will not help.'' Activist Vijay Kumbhar suggested that if strong action is taken, like "issuing summons or levying penalty", public authorities would be motivated to adhere to Section 4.

On reducing pendency and hastening disposal of second appeals, Mr Kumar suggested that all ten posts of information commissioners should be filled, which means that three more officials should be added to the seven, currently. The average clearance of cases is around 300 per month. Activists lamented that "more than increasing the number of commissioners, the state should provide each information commissioner with full-fledged 'relevant' staff, in order to increase efficiency of disposing appeals." Mr Patil confessed that funds or manpower do not come by very easily.
 
Pune division state information commissioner Vijay Kuvlekar is said to have succeeded in reducing pendency, with a novel exercise to bringing the applicant and the appellate authority/PIO together on a one-on-one basis, to try and sort out the issue at that level. Of the 300 appeals, 200 were solved by mutual consent. Mr Kuvlekar suggested this could be one of the ways in reducing pendency. However, this line of action was unreasonably criticised by various quarters.

Mr Patil confessed that "most of the second appeals did not adhere to the norms of the RTI Act and were irrelevant. Many of them gave multiple appeals on the same issue, but we are compelled to go through each appeal, which wastes our time." Mr Kuvlekar pointed out that of the 2,700 appeals, 900 appeals belonged to 60 individuals.  Mr Patil said that "in Maharashtra much of the information is being successfully given by the public information officers and the first appellate authority. We have not received complaints about documents under the Adarsh case, etc." He says information commissioners are left with a large number of trash appeals.
 
Regarding digitalisation and computerisation of the State Information Commission's website, Mr Kuvlekar suggested a public-private partnership in which no money will be involved, but citizens and citizen groups come forward to undertake the digitalisation work. Mr Patil confessed that a sanction of Rs18 lakh to upgrade the website is still pending with the state government.
 
The two-hour interaction session concluded with the information commissioners agreeing to take up the compliance with Section 4 as top priority, with the help of citizens' groups, and towards having a full strength of ten information commissioners.

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Nagesh Kini FCA

5 years ago

Govt. and civic offices are not provided with internet that can save a lot on communication costs.
Where ever internet exists the results can be great.
I got an immediate RTI Appeal response to my appeal on the internet. Also to my complaint to the Insurance Ombudsman.

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P M Ravindran

In Reply to Nagesh Kini FCA 5 years ago

Sorry to disappoint you Mr Kini. Internet is only a tool, a media but what matters is the attitude of the user. I am glad that you had a few good experiences of public authorities responding to you through e mail. But here is one case where I filed an online complaint with the Central Information Commission about a long pending 2nd appeal and I got an automated acknowledgement also in the form of a complaint number. But after one month when I checked up the status of that complaint it was seen that no action had been taken pending receipt of signed copies of the complaint! I send the signed copies of the complaint by post and again checked after one month and the result was the same-no action has been taken pending receipt of the signed copy of the complaint!

nagesh kini

In Reply to P M Ravindran 5 years ago

The pleasant experiences must be acknowledged and placed on record.
There is no harm in giving the devil its due, when someone does good work.
In all cases constant followup elicits results.

P M Ravindran

In Reply to nagesh kini 5 years ago

No doubt the devil too must be given its due. But believe you me, in the 100 odd applications I had filed under the rti act and followed upto the 2nd appeal stage, I haven't got satisfactory response even in a single one of them. And mind you all of them have been in the domain of public interest and in the spirit of citizen oversight over the functions of public authorities. The subversion of law, including the rti act itself, is shocking!

C Jyoti

5 years ago

The comments are all very relevant to understand the true attitude of the Indian bureaucracy to the basic idea and purpose of the RTI, both as a movement and also as an Act of Parliament. Politicians are what all of us know they are. One CM's assets increase by several crores in two years while a non entity, fresh in politics, rises to power and becomes a multi-billionare in less than ten years--all with the toothless Acts in operation,viz., Income Tax Act, PCA, etc. Not one communication in writing from any govt. office/official carries the e-mail contact address of the issuing office or the signatory to the letter/notice/communication. Citizens are required to carry ID proof, but anybody can enter into one's house claiming to be from the municipality or police or some govt. office. About the police in India, less the better as they have license to kill. Despite all this, the real operators/administrators of the country, the IAS/IPS/IPS, etc., will never like to see that the people are given the real power. RTI has become an instrument in the hands of the very officers about whom any information ois ever sought and they then seek to "settle accounts" with the applicants. In the income tax department, the officers concerned and their staff openly threaten the RTI applicants and as a result there is hardly any RTI application about/against any action by corrupt officers. In the police, RTI is an anathema--any application about any police action tantamounts to treason in the eyes of the state/police. Unless and until the RTI activists of the mettle of Mr. Kini are able to force the govt. to make it mandatory to ensure that all govt. communications carry the e-mail ID/address(es) of the office/officer(s) concerned and also that, in the absence of the said information, no citizen would be required to treat the communication as official, our bureaucracy will not "behave". A retired civil servant showed me the record of dozens od emails sent to the MCD Commissioner and the TRAI which were never replied to or even acted upon.
The sum and substance of the matter is that the RTI is a non-starter in this false democracy.

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P M Ravindran

In Reply to C Jyoti 5 years ago

E mail may be high tech for the ignoramuses crowding our public offices but have you seen even the PIN codes in the address of these public authorities? And the contents are also mostly non-decodable!

Nagesh Kini FCA

5 years ago

Good for God's own country Kerala!
It is only non-babus like Sailesh Gandhi who make for good information commissioners/ICs.
What is so special about superannuated babus or retired judges as ICs?
Consumer Courts make do with activists and deliver.
We are no better in Maharashtra!

P M Ravindran

5 years ago

Yesterday, that is 12 Mar 2012, activists from all over Kerala held a dharna in front of the Kerala State Information Commission at Thiruvananthapuram. In one sentence the dharna was against the subversion of the RTI Act by the information commissioners themselves. It was interesting to note that all the 4 information commissioners had addressed a press conference a day earlier, repeating the usual platitudes and the big time media had not even bothered to report it, at least not in editions beyond Thiruvananthapuram! Kudos to the media for not not being party to misleading the public!

TD Sharma

5 years ago

P M Ravindran is very correct. Our bureaucracy is indeed thoroughly corrupt and anti-national, in every respect. At least, the top level. This is the only country which has to shamelessly advertise PATRIOTISM over the media, even after seven decades of independence won at the cost of the blood and lives of martyrs conveniently forgotten by the new KINGS. Corruption has become the official religion of the country, especially of the bureaucracy. The going rate for obtaining a completion certificate from the MCD is a minimum of Rs. 9 lakhs as last heard--and the rate goes up depending upon the location, area of the plot/property, etc. BSES, etc, DJB, and all govt./semi-govt. establishments are nakedly corrupt only because the top echelons are corrupt. Thus RTI is indeed a non-starter and, in most cases, the experience of the applicants is most insulting and heartbreaking, like that of an organisation (of retrenched workers of an erstwhile sterling company in Bengal) running a hospital and expanding their activities too. Someone may inquire as to how their RTI application for the obtaining 100% tax exempt donations was rejected twice by the top heavy committee in the CBDT. And this hospital commenced its bigger unit at another place on the 26th Jan this year. The reasons for rejection of the application for obtaining the benefit are too clear.

A BANERJEE

5 years ago

Thanks for the piece.
RTI in India sadly remains a non starter for the commoners, in my opinion. An indicator of the attitude of the bureaucracy to this potent weapon is the fact inter alia that not one single government communication carries the e-mail address of the sender of the letter. The hesitant and shy bureaucrats of India are not at all interested in transparency and hence hide behind all sorts of facades. They do not have the culture or breeding necessary to impel them to respond to the letters from the public and there is no law or custom requiring them to do so either. The same with the huge corporates who shy away from giving their e-mail contact addresses.
For the RTI to succeed and become purposively functional, the law must be amended suitably to compel the government officials of all levels and the corporates to clearly mention their e-mail contact addresses in all communications and products.

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P M Ravindran

In Reply to A BANERJEE 5 years ago

Please, do not consider our bureaucrats shy and hesitant. They are corrupt and treacherous! The information provided and those not provided, under the RTI Act, speaks volumes for their anti-people and hence anti-national traits.

nagesh kini

5 years ago

Thanks a lot Vinita for reporting on the SIC meet with RTI Activists.
Like any lay citizen, I'd want basic information. If the query is correctly worded and focused without being a fishing expedition going long winded and there is an adequate positive response to enable me to make use of the information provided, I see no reason to go in appeal at all.
All that is required to enlighten the lay citizen how to frame the query to elicit the right response and not go on to cross by asking why, how and the like.
The proposed PPP approach with the active participation of dedicated activists and organizations like Mahiti Adhikar Mach can go a long way.
RTI can be the forerunner to a more effective Lok Pal because of the information that is provided by the appropriate authority.

Nitin Kirtane

5 years ago

Yes it is very valid that RTI appeals must be disposed in the right time, yes there should be right staff to clear these appeals also , hope government looks into this subject also , yes there should be digitalisation computerisation of the website also , a superb article again Mrs Deshmukh, you are doing excellent social and RTI work, we need devoted activists like you and your knowledge in RTI is very good also , keep up the good work NK

Diesel, kerosene, LPG prices hiked

Group of ministers increases diesel price by Rs3 a litre, kerosene by Rs2 and domestic LPG by Rs50 a cylinder. Government also reduces excise duty on diesel from Rs4.60 a litre to Rs2 litre

New Delhi: The government on Friday hiked the price of diesel by Rs3 a litre, kerosene Rs2 a litre and cooking gas by a steep Rs50 a cylinder, seeking to raise Rs21,000 crore, but slashed customs and excise duties on petroleum products to give up Rs49,000 crore annually. The hike comes into effect from midnight tonight.

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, met today and took this decision, which oil minister S Jaipal Reddy said was done to cut down on the burgeoning under-recovery of oil marketing companies. The under-recoveries which stood at Rs1,71,140 crore will now come down by Rs21,000 crore.

Petrol prices that were increased by Rs5 a litre about a month back, were left unchanged today, reports PTI.

Mr Reddy told a news conference that the price of diesel would be raised by Rs3 a litre, the price of kerosene supplied through the public distribution system by Rs2 per litre and domestic LPG by Rs50 a cylinder. He described the increase as "very modest and minimal".

Explaining details of the duty restructuring, Mr Reddy said the meeting decided on elimination of 5% customs duty on crude oil and all petroleum products , that will result in a revenue loss of Rs26,000 crore for the government for the full fiscal year.

The excise duty on diesel has been reduced from Rs4.60 a litre to Rs2 a litre which will entail a revenue loss of Rs23,000 crore during 2011-12. He said it could not be cut any further as the special excise duty and the additional excise duty have been earmarked for the central road fund and the educational cess. On both these accounts, the government will incur a loss of Rs49,000 crore.

The latest price hike would lead to an increase in inflation by around 50 basis points, said D K Joshi, chief economist, Crisil. Inflation now is hovering at around 9%. The government last increased the price of kerosene by Rs3 litre a year ago.

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Virendra Kumar

5 years ago

If the price of petrol is hiked by 7.50 to recover the under recovery of 1,50,000 Cr. and left the under recovery of 21,000 Cr., Why not it was hiked by 8.50 to have a total recovery leaving 00.00 under recovery. There must some secret in this. Under recovery is only a pretext to hike the prices. It is astonishing the when the price of crude oil is being downward, our under recovery is upward. It can be understood by only a government economist.

Kerala gets tough with money swindlers and MLM companies

Kerala, said to be the country’s most literate state, is flooded with numerous ‘get-rich-quick’ or ‘earn-huge-return’ schemes offered by money swindlers. While the state director general of police has admitted noticing frauds amounting to over Rs1,000 crore, the worrying factor is that even a few policemen have been found to be involved in these MLM schemes

Following the hue and cry from a number of investors, the Kerala police has started investigations into several multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, two prominent names among these being Tycoon Empire International Ltd and Bizarre group of companies, and has arrested some of the promoters. Many of these cases have inter-state ramifications and have been handed over to the Crime Branch in Kerala.

Media reports have quoted Jacob Punnose, director general of police (DGP), Kerala, as saying that these investigations would be completed within five to six months. Chennai-based Tycoon Empire International had collected Rs370 crore from 50,000 investors, while Bizarre group collected Rs55 crore from depositors. Besides these two names, one other MLM company cheated people of around Rs300 crore. It operated 14 accounts in a private bank, using false names and addresses, and the Kerala police will report this to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), he said.

Earlier this month, the Kerala police arrested Abdul Arshad, managing director of Kochi-based Bizarre group, which has allegedly duped about 1.65 lakh people in Kerala alone. According to reports, Bizarre (which is created from the initial letters of Bold, Intelligent, Zealous, Ambitious, Responsible, Rich and Efficient) collected about Rs55 crore from one lakh investors through a money circulation scheme, and over Rs53 crore from 65,000 people as investment in the company's super market chain. Sulthan Bathery police has so far arrested 15 people associated with Bizzare, including its executive director, PT Kunjumuhammed, and seven business promoters.

Last week, police also registered cases against Bizarre and Tycoon Empire International. They were to find that one of their colleagues, a sub-inspector, was acting as chief executive of the Bizarre group. Police are now searching for KT Gopinath, the sub-inspector from Thrissure Armed Reserve Force who is absconding.

Bizarre would collect Rs14,250-Rs5,500 as membership charges and Rs8,750 for 8,000 shares in the company's super market. It promised to give discount cards worth Rs10,000 for buying goods from its stores. Bizzare officials created an image that the company was doing good business, by claiming that it aimed to enter the real estate and hospitals segments, and that it even planned to list on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). However, the Bizarre management could not keep its promises and investors began to register complaints against it, which led to the arrest of top officials.

According to a blogger, Kerala is flooded with numerous MLM schemes that are duping gullible people across the state. The netizen says, "The interesting fact is that most of these (MLM) companies are headquartered outside Kerala, but the number of agents in those areas is almost nil. Obviously, Kerala is becoming the easy place to trap people in these scams."

Take the example of Tycoon Empire International. The company's owners are from Chennai, but it has promoters from Kerala. According to media reports, the Kozhikode police has intensified investigations into alleged money swindling to the tune of Rs370 crore by Tycoon. Police said the company had collected money under the pretext of products, and that its claims to be an ISO certified company are false.

"The company, in its latest bid to regain the faith of investors, claimed to have ISO certification, but it turned out to be false. The Geneva-based organisation has denied issuing ISO certificate to Tycoon," PP Sadanandan, deputy superintendent of police, was quoted as saying.

Tycoon offered Rs10,000 per month, besides a commission for enrolling new members, to anyone who could invest Rs1 lakh. According to media reports, most of the people duped by Tycoon are from Payyoli and Vadakara regions and Palakkad and Thrissure districts of Kerala. A majority of those duped are police personnel, government employees and teachers.

In other case, police arrested three officials of Verizon Builders, another money circulating company. According to police, they were running an MLM scheme in the name of Verizon Builders and Developers Ltd and Encode Financial Services Pvt Ltd for the past three years. They would collect Rs6,000, including Rs5,000 as membership fee and Rs1000 as share in the business, under the pretext of real estate investment. In addition, the members were promised Rs1,000 for every pair of new joiners they brought with them. Besides real estate investment, Verizon also offered products like insurance and ULIPs.

The MLM companies not only targeted residents from Kerala, but also trapped people from overseas, especially people employed in Gulf countries. In the case of Apple A Day Properties, also an MLM company, after numerous complaints, Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy conducted a video-conference with victims from Gulf countries. The company has cheated people in the state to the tune of over Rs100 crore, under the pretext of real estate projects and buying flats. Last week, Apple A Day Properties' promoters, Saju Kadavilan and Rajiv Kumar Cheruvara surrendered, and they are in police custody till 30 June 2011.

Other companies who have cheated gullible people in Kerala include names like Nano Excel, UniPay2u, RMP, Visarev. The case of Nano Excel is very interesting. While the company has allegedly looted Keralites of over Rs100 crore, the company has itself complained of cheating by one of its directors. On 16 April 2011, Nano Excel issued a notice informing its distributors to stay away from the director, saying "This is to inform that Patrick Thomas who was director in the company is terminated due to mis-appropriation of funds and management administration. Those distributors still in communication with him, personally or officially, do so at their own risk. We now have our new administration team in our headquarters New Delhi, streamlining all defaults of Patrick Thomas executed so far, and our new administration will be a promising team to service you better from now ,sorry for the inconvenience."

The Kerala police has also warned hotels, restaurants and convention centres across the state, not to allow money-chain companies to hold any meetings on their premises.

Moneylife has consistently warned people about MLM scams, and yet finds the 'get-rich-quick' frauds spreading across the spectrum, from millionaires to the penniless and from the uneducated to the highly qualified. The Kerala example underlines the desperate need to spread financial literacy across the country.

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SAYED

5 years ago

GOOD NEWS TO ALL SHARE HOLDERS OF BIZARRE GLOBAL MARKETING....

GOOD NEWS TO ALL SHARE HOLDERS OF BIZARRE GLOBAL MARKETING....

GOOD NEWS TO ALL SHARE HOLDERS OF BIZARRE GLOBAL MARKETING....

EVERY THING HAS BEEN CLEARED, ANYBODY WHO WANT TO SUBMIT THEIR SHARES AND TAKE THEIR MONEY BACK,

VERY SOON OFFICE WILL BE OPENED, WORK IS UNDER PROCESS...

LEADERS GET READY TO WORK IN FULL WINGS, THERE WILL BE NO HURDLE , JUST PLAN IN BIG WAY AND START NETWORKING .

GET READY LEADERS.................NOBODY WILL LOST MONEY IN BIZARRE....

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Aneesh

In Reply to SAYED 5 years ago

when it happens???

I didn't get share certificates yet please advise me what should i do

my cont no: 00971553047123

Samit Misra

5 years ago

first search the Unipay2u frauds... Too Big scam even in India...

joseph

5 years ago

hi

raza gundhi

5 years ago

like this few more companies still running in karnataka, cheating peoples money...few are vegazeal.com, enliteinfra.com, (which was ceized by ccb, bangalore but still the MD of this company is again started another company in the name of goldenlegend.biz), giridhariindia.com, hifindia.com and many more companies . pl take necessary action on them...to save public..

atik peerzada

5 years ago

i want to know how to get back principal amount from tycoons empire international ltd.

Sreedhar

5 years ago

Ponzi Schemes – Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Bernie Madoff?

What is a Ponzi scheme?

Why do Ponzi schemes collapse?

How did Ponzi schemes get their name?

What steps can I take to avoid Ponzi schemes and other investment frauds?

http://www.sec.gov/answers/ponzi.htm

Kishore N

5 years ago

MLM - PONZI FRAUD

Tycoon empire directors Kamalakannn & sadashivam arrested by Kerala Police in Chennai

JOHN

5 years ago

DIRECT SELLING GUIDELINES OF KERALA GOVERNMENT SAID TO BE ENACTED ON 12.09.2011 !!!

Amway advertisement says they are law abiding corporate citizen !

They say they have complied with the Direct Selling guidelines enacted by the Government of Kerala!

What are the guidelines?

Why the Government of Kerala conceal these guidelines from the general public?

Kishore N

5 years ago

NANO EXCEL MLM FRAUD

ACTION COUNCIL WEBSITE

http://www.nanoexcelactioncouncil.net/

Kishore N

5 years ago

MLM Fraud ---- DXN & NANO EXCEL

MADHYAMAM NEWS PAPER EXPOSES DXN - MADDINENI NEXUS and
MALAYSIAN MUSHROOM (Ganoderma lucidum) Fraud

Maddineni knew that people of Kerala would easily fall prey to cheats. That is why he introduced his Nano Excel Fraud to Kerala. Some years ago he defrauded them in the name of "Malaysian Mushroom". These mushrooms are available in Kerala itself especially in Wayanad district. He marketed products based on this mushroom as “magic medicine” in Kerala some years ago. This Mushroom is known as "marakkoon" (Ganoderma lucidum) in Kerala.

Maddineni WAS ONCE THE REGIONAL MANAGER OF DXN.
All DXN offices (http://www.dxn-india.com/) in Kerala are now closed by the Police.

Read more:
http://www.madhyamam.com/news/116036/110...

Joji

5 years ago

Are there any "genuine" Money chain companies?

The Kerala government recently set up a high-level committee to examine the complaint that "genuine businesses" were being affected by the drive against money-chain companies. Their report is awaited.

Is it a ploy to save AMWAY?

Many people believe that it is only aimed at helping out AMWAY.

Kris

5 years ago

DIRECT MARKETING FRAUD - NANO EXCEL

Doctor arrested for MLM fraud

The times of India:-

HYDERABAD: Task Force sleuths nabbed managing director of an international multi-level marketing (MLM) firm, who duped over two lakh people to the tune of Rs 347 crore, from his flat in Kondapur on Tuesday


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/...

Kishore N

5 years ago

NANO EXCEL (MLM) FRAUD - UPDATE

CRIME BRANCH ISSUES LOOKOUT NOTICE FOR HARISH MADDINENI

(Mathrubhumi News Paper dated 27.08.2011)

The Police have issued lookout notice for Nano Excel Managing Director Mr. Harish Maddineni at various airports.

Kris

5 years ago

Dear Br. Siju Stephen,

Please enlighten us about the "true MLM companies" operating in India. Kindly give us the names and schemes of such "true" companies.

Regards,

Kris
Federation of "Anti-social" workers !

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Elangovan

In Reply to Kris 5 years ago

Hi Kris, You can get details about True MLM Companies @ http://indian-desk.blogspot.com/2011/08/...

Kris

In Reply to Kris 5 years ago

Dear Br. Siju Stephen,

Where are you? I am eagerly awaiting your reply. Kindly reply.

regards,

Kris

Sajjan

In Reply to Kris 5 years ago

Kris,

These Sijus, Clements are all AMWAY yes-men. They may be thinking that they can fool Anti- MLM activists also.

Whenever tough questions are asked, MLM cheats would leave the place.

sijustephen

5 years ago


First of all we as Indian citizen must get a clarification from our authorities reguarding MLM and MONEY CHAIN, but I am sure you will not get it from them, because they have not yet found the relevance and real scope of MLM in India till now but in reality its high time to realize, regulate and legalize the MLM Industry.
The MLM companies operating in India is said to be following the regulations set internationally. But to tell you sincerly you may not find much companies in India operating LEGALLY AND TRULY as in other countries.


"MLM is a scientific and professional approach of marketing of PRODUCTS/SERVICES done by a MANUFACTERER to the end CUSTOMER
excluding the service of TRADITIONAL INTERMEDIARIES and ADVERTISEMENT and providing the CUSTOMER a chance to regain the amount spent on the product by promoting it VIA WORD OF MOUTH ADVERTISEMENT through a scientific BUSINESS PLAN.

Dear if any one which is mentioned in capital letters is missing then please be clear its not a TRUE MLM Company.

THERE ARE VERY FEW MLM COMPANIES IN INDIA PLAYING THE GAME BUT MOSTLY NOT FROM INDIA.

There are some companies from India also but they too are undergoing the tidal wave against the MONEY CHAIN scam and they have to emerge their TRUTH through court.

I too am waiting to see the reality after the cleaning process that is happening since 2 months by the Kerala Police.

Lets hope for the best.

Any way TRUTH will raise back with double effect and MLM will win the heart of India in another 20 years.

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Kris

In Reply to sijustephen 5 years ago

Revered Sir,

since you are a professional MLM social worker, I would like to know from you the details of true MLM companies you have been propagating for the "upliftment" of the downtrodden.

Anna Kerala

In Reply to sijustephen 5 years ago

Pyramid schemes are illegal. They are illegal because they are exploitative and dishonest. They exploit the most vulnerable of people: the desperate, the out-of-work, the ignorant. Those who start and practice such fraud, should, and increasingly are, being punished for their crimes.

But add a product for cover, and call it an MLM, and people are willing to swallow its legality. Is this true? Really? Who says so?

It is a fact that a few large MLMs have survived against the best efforts of law enforcement officials to shut them down, spending millions of dollars to protect, lobby, and insulate themselves. But the same could be said for any organized crime. It is difficult to stop once it becomes so large.

And MLMs look so legitimate to the public, so decent. So many nice people are involved. Surely, it can't be illegal! The people lower down may even defend the very organization that is robbing them, hoping that they might get their chance to make "the big money" later.

But if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. Unless it is an MLM, and then it is NOT a pyramid.

Talk to a mobster, don or bhai or gangster, and he will tell you that he is "merely misunderstood in his benevolent intentions." "We are just trying to 'build our business.'" "It's all a conspiracy to make us look bad." "The Govt, neta log are out to get us because they are jealous or afraid of our new way of life." "Why, look at all the good we do!" "We are looking more legitimate every day." "Here's a statement from a famous DA that the Gang is really a good organization and no harm ever comes from it." "We've even got a minister to endorse us now!"

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