Vinita Deshmukh, RTI activist and senior journalist invited by Goa Chief Information Commission for a series of lectures on the Right to Information Act

The convenor of the RTI Forum for Instant Information will hold a series of lectures to commemorate the Information Week that is celebrated every year

Vinita Deshmukh, senior journalist and RTI (Right to Information) activist will hold three lectures-cum-workshops in three colleges between 10th October and 12th October at the Goa College of Home Science, Goa and GVM's Bed College and Goa Polytechnic College, Althino. The topic is will be 'Empower yourself with the knowledge and use of RTI'. She will give a concluding public lecture at the Goa State Museum on 'Role of Citizen Participation in the RTI movement.' India Against Corruption and Swabhiman Trust have invited her on 11th October to speak on the 'Role of RTI in removing corruption.' This will be presided by a workshop for citizens on the use of RTI.

Ms Deshmukh has highlighted the irregularities in the Dow Chemical Plant project in Pune which ultimately had to withdraw its project from Pune district. She had procured vital information through inspection of files under Section (4) of the RTI Act. She had found details through inspection of files under the Section of the same Act regarding toll tax charges being collected by Ideal Road Builders, the agency that maintains the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.
She has received the invitation for these RTI workshops from the Goa government, Directorate of Art and Culture, Panaji, Goa.

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TVS Capital Funds appoints Madan TN to head research

Madan brings with him around five years of experience from his previous assignment with CRISIL where he oversaw the research delivery of large analyst teams working across a range of sectors.

TVS Capital Funds Ltd, which is in the process of raising its top- up 'Fund Scheme 1B', is expanding its core investment and research team. To further strengthen the team, TVS Capital has recruited Madan TN as head of research to play a significant role in deal sourcing and evaluation. Madan brings with him around five years of experience from his previous assignment with CRISIL where he oversaw the research delivery of large analyst teams working across a range of sectors.

Madan's expertise is in equity valuation and he has conducted workshops and seminars on practical issues of valuation for investment professionals across the industry. His earlier assignments include Morgan Stanley Capital International and Ernst & Young. Madan is a chartered accountant by qualification and was ranked 7th in India in the CA Final Examination.

Earlier this month, TVS Capital hired Gulshan Khatri as the head of investor relations. Khatri earlier assignment was with IDFC.

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Auto, taxi drivers to get health cover under RSBY

Government has now decided to bring auto and taxi drivers under its ambit for health cover

After extending health cover under Rashtriya Swasthiya Bima Yogana (RSBY) scheme to domestic and beedi workers and porters among others, Government has now decided to bring auto and taxi drivers under its ambit.

A cabinet note on the issue has been prepared and sources in Labour and Employment Ministry said the move was initiated in view of the swelling number of auto and taxi drivers in the unorganised sector.

They said the ultimate aim of the Ministry would be to bring everyone in the unorganised sector under the flagship RSBY programme, under which beneficiaries are entitled to hospitalisation coverage up to Rs30,000 for most of the diseases that require hospitalisation.

About 4,500 private hospitals and 2,000 government hospitals are empanelled under the scheme. The sources indicated that the modalities of the scheme including payment of premium would be marginally different in case of auto and taxi drivers.

At present, beneficiaries need to pay only Rs30 as registration fee while central and state government pays the premium to the insurer. The state government would be identifying the auto and taxi drivers and the help of the regional transport offices would be sought.

RSBY scheme was originally envisaged to cover BPL families, but was subsequently extended to MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) workers, construction workers and domestic workers among others. A budgetary allocation of Rs350 crore was made for the RSBY in the current fiscal.

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