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RTI reveals how Prasar Bharati board’s decision for DG’s post was changed

The board, on 15 March 2011, unanimously shortlisted five candidates for the post of DG of DD and AIR. However, within eight days, the board members were ‘asked’ by the I&B ministry to convey their order of 'preferences'

While the Union government always keep saying that Prasar Bharati, which controls All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD), is an autonomous body, when it comes to appointments for the top post, the autonomy vanishes, reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. 

 

The file-notings received through a RTI petition by Subhash Chandra Agrawal, reveals that eight out of nine members of Prasar Bharti Board including its chairperson, changed their decision made on 15 March 2011 for twin posts of Director Generals (DG) of DD and AIR. The preferences given by the board members were changed on 23rd March.

 

“Board's unanimous resolution passed on 15 March 2011 in this regard was signed by all the members during the meeting itself where file-notings clearly reveal that finalised short-listed names were according to preference of short-listed members. But there are no signatures of board members on the changed decision dated 23 March 2011, suggesting probability of fulfilling the formality of seeking ‘consent’ of members telephonically," Mr Agrawal alleged.

 

After the interviews held on 15 March 2011, the board short-listed three persons for DD and two persons for AIR for the post of DG. The names suggested after extensive interviews—in that order—were LD Mandloi, Tripurari Sharan (1985, IAS, Bihar), and Ramsubhag Singh (1987, IAS, Himachal Pradesh) for the post of DG, Doordarshan, while G Jayalal and LD Mandloi were short-listed for the post of DG, AIR.

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Mumbai crime branch team gets reward for 26/11 probe, finally!

The 46-member team that probed the 26/11 Mumbai terror has been awarded a paltry sum of Rs6.58 lakh and that too after four years, by the Maharashtra government

The 46-member team of the Mumbai crime branch that probed the 26/11 terror attack has finally been awarded Rs6.58 lakh by the Maharashtra government. This is a paltry amount compared with rewards given in other cases, and these cops are also denied a one-step promotion, as well. This also took the state government more than four years to clear the hurdles of rules and regulations.

 

Rakesh Maria, the then joint commissioner of police (crime) and Deven Bharati, the then additional commissioner of police (crime) and Ashok Durafe, retired assistant commissioner of police, have been rewarded with just meritorious certificates.

 

Inspector Ramesh Mahale, who was the chief investigating officer and put together the 11,350-page charge-sheet received Rs1 lakh, the highest cash award given by the state government. There are five senior police inspectors (SrPIs), including Mahale, 11 PIs, 10 assistant PIs, one police sub-inspector and 16 constables. The Mumbai police had formed 11 teams for the probe.

 

As per the government guidelines, no employee should be paid a cash award more than his/her total monthly salary. However, in this case the rule was amended.

 

The reward amount is too low compared with other rewards given by the government. For example, the investigating team probing journalist J Dey murder case got an award of Rs10 lakh from the state home ministry.

 

In another such case, Iqbal Shaikh, the now retired ACP, and his team was awarded Rs10 lakh in 1993 for recovering 1,400 kg of RDX from Mumbra and Kausa areas near Thane. The irony is he received the cash award 18 years after the announcement.

 

Here are the names and designations of the members from the 26/11 investigating team...

 

Sr. No

Name, designation

Award

1

Rakesh Maria (IPS), Addnl DG, (ATS)

Certificate

2

Deven Bharati (IPS), Addnl DG, (Law & Order)

Certificate

3

Ashok Durafe, ACP (retired)

Certificate

4

Ramesh Mahale (SrPI)

Rs1 lakh

5

Arun Chavan (SrPI)

Rs20,000

6

Abdul Rauf Shaikh (SrPI)

Rs25,000

7

Damodar Chaudhari (SrPI)

Rs10,000

8

Vilasrao Wankhede (SrPI)

Rs5,000

9

Prashant Marde (PI)

Rs40,000

10

Dinesh Kadam (PI)

Rs20,000

11

Dattatray Bhargude (PI)

Rs20,000

12

Kundlik Nigade (PI)

Rs25,000

13

Keshav Shengle (PI)

Rs25,000

14

Shripad Kale (PI)

Rs25,000

15

Vilas Gangawane (PI)

Rs25,000

16

Ravindra Badgujar (PI)

Rs10,000

17

Nandkumar Gopale (PI)

Rs10,000

18

Ninad Sawant (PI)

Rs10,000

19

Smt Shalini Sharma (PI)

Rs10,000

20

Ashwanath Khedkar (API)

Rs15,000

21

Vijay Shinde (API-retired)

Rs10,000

22

Ajay Sawant (API)

Rs15,000

23

Dnyaneshwar Wagh (API)

Rs15,000

24

Pravin Kuyeskar (API)

Rs25,000

25

Vilas Datir (API)

Rs10,000

26

Vaibhav Dhumal (API)

Rs25,000

27

Yogesh Chavan (API)

Rs10,000

28

Padmakar Devre (API)

Rs10,000

29

Mahammad Ajam Patel (API)

Rs10,000

30

Pravin Prabhu (PSI)

Rs5,000

31

Yasin Shaikh (Hawaldar)

Rs7,000

32

Harishchandra Hake (Hawaldar)

Rs5,000

33

Rajendra Yadav (Hawaldar)

Rs10,000

34

Pralhad Madne (Hawaldar)

Rs7,000

35

Shivaji Sawant (Hawaldar)

Rs7,000

36

Vinod Kamble (Hawaldar)

Rs5,000

37

Santosh Desai (Police Naik)

Rs25,000

38

Girish Anerao (Police Naik)

Rs20,000

39

Subhash Ghosalkar (Police Naik)

Rs5,000

40

Chandrakant Raut (Police Naik)

Rs5,000

41

Sharad Shinde (Constable)

Rs7,000

42

Bhaskar Patole (Constable)

Rs5,000

43

Rahuk Kamble (Constable)

Rs5,000

44

Viresh Sawant (Constable)

Rs5,000

45

Asam Farukhi (Constable)

Rs5,000

46

Bhausaheb Gaikwad (Constable)

Rs5,000

 

Total

Rs6.58 lakh

 

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COMMENTS

Vinita Deshmukh

4 years ago

Rakesh Maria, who co-ordinated the control room was a disaster and `To the last bullet' book has proved that there was complete failure in communication between the control room and officers on ground zero. Deven Bharati fled from the scene when he was asked to go to ground zero. Hence, both of them do not even deserve a certificate! No court martial against Deven Bharati for running away from duty. Lots of praises for Rakesh Maria in the two member Pradhan Committee report. Sad is the state of our governance.

Vaibhav Dhoka

4 years ago

Public should raise fund to reward these officers and their team.

India’s fiscal deficit at 97.4% of budget estimates in April-Feb

The government has estimated the fiscal deficit for the current fiscal at Rs5,13,590 crore or 5.1% of GDP in the Budget for 2012-13

The country’s fiscal deficit has touched 97.4% of the budget estimates during April-February period of the current fiscal.

 

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit (the gap between expenditure and revenue receipts) stood at over Rs5.07 lakh crore at the end of February, according to the data released today by the Controller General of Accounts.

 

The government has estimated the fiscal deficit for the current fiscal at Rs5,13,590 crore or 5.1% of GDP in the Budget for 2012-13.

 

However, in the revised estimate, it pegged the deficit at 5.2% for the fiscal ending 31 March 2013.

 

The fiscal deficit rose from the budgeted levels due to the rising subsidy outgo. To contain it at 5.2%, the government has taken a number of steps like rationalisation of expenditure including 10% mandatory cut on non-plan expenditure.

 

Besides, steps have been taken to cut the subsidy outgo on petroleum products.

 

Fiscal deficit in the corresponding period last year was 94.6% of the budget estimates.

 

Expenditure during the current fiscal up to February was 85.2% of the budget estimates against 83.9% in the same period last fiscal.

 

Total expenditure stood at over Rs12.19 lakh crore and total receipts stood at over Rs7.12 lakh crore or 78.3% of the budget estimates.

 

Tax revenue during the period was over Rs5.71 lakh crore or 77.1% of the budget estimates compared with 76.9% achieved in the same period last year.

 

The government has rolled out the fiscal deficit road-map for the 12th Five-Year Plan. It estimates fiscal deficit to come down to 4.8% in 2013-14 and to 3% of GDP by 2016-17.

 

The government bridges its fiscal deficit through market borrowings.

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