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RTI Judgement Series: PIO asked to get information under Section 5(4) from principal secretary

The CIC directed the PIO of MCD to get information from principal secretary, urban development at GNCTD and provide it to the appellant. This is the 182nd 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 a complaint, directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) at Slum and Jhuggi Jhopri Department in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), to seek information from principal secretary of urban development at Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and provide to the appellant. The PIO was seeking clarification from the principal secretary of urban development at GNCTD, which was not forthcoming.

 

While giving the judgement on 7 July 2009, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner said, "The Bench directs the PIO of MCD to seek assistance of the principal secretary, urban development at GNCTD under Section 5(4) to obtain the information and supply it to the Appellant. In case the information is not supplied to the Appellant before 30th July 2009 the Commission will consider ordering the compensation to the Appellant."

 

Delhi resident Amit Kumar Sinha, on 12 February 2009, sought from the PIO information regarding non-receipt of money deposited by him with the MCD. He also complained that his name has not been included in draw for allotment of plot.

 

In his reply, the PIO said Sinha's name was not in the survey list and hence the appellant was eligible for allotment of plot in draw and his case for refund of Rs7,000 is under consideration before the GNCTD.

 

Sinha, citing unsatisfactory and false information provided by the PIO filed his first appeal. There was no mention of any order passed by the First Appellate Authority (FAA).

 

Sinha then approached the CIC with his second appeal.

 

During the hearing, Mr Gandhi, the then CIC, noted that Sinha had sought information about allotment of plot for relocation. However, the PIO stated that Sinha was not eligible for the allotment of plot.

 

Sinha also paid Rs7000 in 2002 and wanted to know when his money will be refunded.

 

The PIO stated that Department had been writing to the principal secretary, Urban Development from 1 July 2008 and sent subsequent reminders to get clarification on the same.

 

While allowing the appeal, Mr Gandhi directed the PIO of MCD to seek assistance of the principal secretary of urban development at GNCTD, under Section 5(4) to obtain the information and supply it to Sinha. "In case the information is not supplied to the Appellant before 30th July 2009 the Bench will consider ordering the compensation to the Appellant," he said.

 

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Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2009/001305/4012

http://www.rti.india.gov.in/cic_decisions/SG-07072009-01.pdf

Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2009/001305

 

Appellant                                            : Amit Kumar Sinha

                                                            Narela, Delhi-110040

 

Respondent                                        : Public Information Officer &

                                                            Assistant Director (SUR)

                                                            Municipal Corporation of Delhi

                                                            Slum and JJ Department

                                                            New Delhi

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RBI sets up panel to boost mobile banking across the country

The committee will consider the advantages and challenges of having a single application across all handsets in an SMS-encrypted environment

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a technical committee to examine the feasibility of encrypted SMS-based fund transfers to boost mobile banking in the country.

 

RBI said, the committee will study challenges faced by banks in mobile banking. It will consider the advantages/ challenges of having a single application across all handsets in an SMS-encrypted environment, it added. It will also think over fund transfers that can be facilitated using an application which can run on any mobile handset.

 

B Sambamurthy, director, Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, will chair the committee and Vijay Chugh, chief general manager at RBI, will be the member secretary.

 

The members of the committee will include officials of State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank and Anthony Thomas, chief information officer of Vodafone India.

 

The committee may include specialists in the field as permanent invitees, the central bank said.

 

The committee will also look at any other solution to expand the reach of mobile banking and accordingly, draw a roadmap to implement those solutions.

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Nomura expects the industrial sector operating profit to decline 17.7%

Nomura has sounded the warning bells on the Indian industrial sector and expects it to slow down amidst poor execution and downward pressure on margins. It is bearish on L&T, Cummins India while optimistic on Adani Port & SEZ and Gujarat Pipavav Port

Nomura Equity Research is pessimistic on the industrial sector and expects the cumulative operating profit, excluding L&T, to decline 17.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) on the back of a 5% drop in revenues, owing to poor execution and margin pressure. The note said, “Particularly for L&T, we expect another quarter of weak revenue growth on the back of elongating execution cycle in exports, lower order book/bill ratio in exports as at the start of 2QFY14, and continued execution problems in domestic market (including impact from the all India sand mining ban).” Furthermore, Nomura is bearish on L&T, Cummins India while optimistic on Adani Port & SEZ, Gujarat Pipavav Port.
 

The note said, “We believe L&T could yet again disappoint on revenue growth (and hence on margins), as we believe the company's execution cycle has been rising due to a mix of longer-cycle orders from Building & factories segment and high-profile Rail/metro projects such as DFC and Riyadh metro. We also expect a negative impact from the all India sand mining ban. We expect 100bps compression in margins on back of lower operating leverage resulting in EBITDA de-growth of 2% y-o-y. We expect strong order inflow of approx Rs300bn in 2QFY14.”
 

Commenting on Cummins India, the Nomura said, “We expect a negative surprise from Cummins India on the back of revenue disappointment from the power generator segment. We expect a bigger decline in Cummins’ genset sales in 2QFY14 due to greater power availability from the Grid, low electricity demand, and low commercial real estate supply. However, margins could surprise positively on the back of INR depreciation benefitting exports. Overall, on y-y basis we expect EBITDA to de-grow 13.0% y-o-y. We expect management commentary on demand environment for 2H and cost control will be the key variables to watch.”
 

It is bullish on Crompton Greaves and said, “We expect a better quarter from Crompton Greaves as we expect sequentially stable margins in power systems and industrial business in domestic markets. In international business, we expect some benefits to flow in this quarter from company-specific initiatives taken in the past along with some improvement in macro environment in EU/US. In our view, management commentary related to improvement in international business will be the key factor to watch.”
 

Strangely, towards the final section of the report, showing the valuation, it has sought a “reduce” on Crompton Greaves despite being bullish in the report.

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