PMO asks for investigation and action against Speak Asia

The RBI and the ministries have already stepped up their investigations against the MLM company

It seems that pressure is mounting on the government to tighten the noose around the dubious multi-level marketing (MLM) company Speak Asia online Pte Ltd. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Income-Tax (I-T) department have already initiated investigation against Speak Asia and bank accounts of the company's franchisees have been frozen.

Sources have confirmed that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is investigating the operations of the online survey company, which was promising Rs500 a week for just filing online surveys. The investigation would mainly look into financial irregularities, money collection and remittances abroad. Meanwhile, other pyramid schemes are also making headlines with regularity.

Recently, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) forwarded the complaints filed by Kirit Somaiya, former member of parliament (MP) and national secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) along with the complaints of party MPs Prakash Javdekar and Hansraj Ahir, to the home secretary, finance secretary and ministry of corporate affairs (MCA). In a release, Mr Somaiya said the MCA and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) have intimated him that they have started an inquiry and investigation into the functioning of Speak Asia.

Moneylife and its affiliate Moneylife Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes financial literacy, had sent a representation, dated 17 May 2011, to the prime minister, urging him to completely ban MLM companies in India or to bring them under the regulation of either the RBI or SEBI. We also requested urgent intervention to investigate Speak Asia for the ambiguities prevailing over its business model and source of funding. (http://foundation.moneylife.in/promotion/speakasia/index.html)

Moneylife columnist Veeresh Malik also filed a Right to Information (RTI) query on 14th June with the PMO, seeking to know the action taken on the representation sent by Moneylife.

The ministry of corporate affairs had earlier said that it would not take any action against the survey company. "Speak Asia is not registered in India so we cannot initiate any investigation against it. MCA does not have any database of the company," corporate affairs secretary DK Mittal had told media persons.

Experts point out that since the PMO has also forwarded the complaints to the ministry of corporate affairs, it remains to be seen what action the ministry will take, as they had earlier shown their inability to initiate any investigation.

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    COMMENTS

    govindan

    8 years ago

    THE PRIZE CHITS AND MONEY CIRCULATION SCHEMES (BANNING) ACT, 1978 (ACT NO. 43 OF 1978)

    AN ACT TO BAN THE PROMOTION OR CONDUCT OF PRIZE CHITS AND MONEYCIRCULATION [12th
    December, 1978.]

    http://www.mp.gov.in/difmp/Prize_Chits_M...

    Kris

    8 years ago


    Speak Asia Phase 2 launching soon. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    It is no "phase 2". It is "face 2"

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.........................................

    REPLY

    kamal

    In Reply to Kris 8 years ago

    Dear Kris ,
    Please change your mindset , You are not the complete man like raymonds models . you are not better then others if you know "one correct word" .
    I hope you will behave like a mature one . one more thing I will request "Please spare some time to understand the concept of SOAL" this will change your life.
    Regards

    nandu

    8 years ago

    Dear Speakasians...

    speakasia phase 2 is lounching soon..so don't be panic.ignore all negetive comments about our company..
    JAB HATHI CHALE BAZAAR TO KUTTEY BHOUNKE HAZAAR....FEEL PROUD TO BE A SPEAKASIAN....GUD LUCK..:)

    REPLY

    Omprakash

    In Reply to nandu 8 years ago

    Nandu I completely agree with you, and it is just a matter of few more days.
    All these असम्प्रप्ता आत्माओ will shut their mouth. Yes that time is not far away. So say and write whatever you all wish to because you will not get time later.

    nandu

    In Reply to Omprakash 8 years ago

    jab koi aapki aalochana kare..kuttey ki tarha peeche hi pad jaye..to samaj lena tum kamyaab ho rahe ho...us kamyabi ka koi matlab nahi jahan aalochak na ho..guys...hum jeet rahe hain...hum kamyaab hain...tabhi humari aalochana ho rahi hai..so take it possitively....ye bhi socho ye log speakasia k peeche hi hyon pade hain..ramsurvey k peeche kyon nahi pad rahe...means hum jyada kamyaab hain..cheerrrrrssss..

    rock

    8 years ago

    acording to ZEE BUISNESS speakasia is going to relaunch

    new management takeplace soon

    website will start from 10thof july
    ...
    new website with capacity of 4 lakhs online member at a time.

    PROUD TO BE A SPEAKASIAN

    Kris

    8 years ago

    BAN SPEAK ASIA

    MLM FRAUDSTERS ARE MISUSING NAMES OF ANTI-MONEYCHAIN CRUSADERS.

    BAN SPEAK ASIA

    WHKHAN

    8 years ago

    Sorry Everyone. I quit Speak Asia. now i reealize that it is a fraud Company. I fully agree with you zess

    REPLY

    rakesh

    In Reply to WHKHAN 8 years ago

    kutte ki tarah laut mat ana!

    zess

    8 years ago

    ALL THE DESPERATE SOUL(SAOL),

    2day u all are trying to protect SAOL by any means coz reality is pinching ur ego. 2mrw you may be the first person to throw a shoe at promoters of the SAOL.You will never get back your money in life.Instead of posting bullshit,why don't you ppl try to recover ur hard earn money? pity on u ppl......huh !

    REPLY

    WHKHAN

    In Reply to zess 8 years ago

    DEAR ZESS,

    HAVE U EVER DONE ANY MLM ?
    HAVE YOU EVER GONE THROUGH ANY MLM TRAINING ?
    PLZ ATTEND SOME TRAINING,READ BOOKS AND START THINKING POSITIVE.
    NEVER SPEAK IF YOU ARE NOT AWARE.
    NO MONEY IS BLOCKED IN SAOL.
    WHO HAS TOLD U THAT WE ARE TRYING TO RECOVER OUR MONEY ?
    UNNECESSARILY U ARE WORRIED FOR OTHERS.
    KISI KA PAISA NAHI PHANSA HAI BHAIYA JI.
    100% SPEAK ASIANS NE ENJOY KIYA HAI, AUR 100% SPEAK ASIANS ENJOY KARENGEY.
    JINHEY FAITH NAHI HAI UNKEY LIYE YE BUSINESS NAHI HAI.
    REFUND POLICY ARAHI HAI. PAISA LO AUR NIKAL LO.
    JUST WAIT.
    ITNI JALDI BHI KYA HAI?

    Kishore N

    In Reply to WHKHAN 8 years ago

    All the people who underwent great MLM training have lost money in Kerala. That is why Kerala Police banned MLM meeting. One of the readers challenged you to conduct a meeting in Kerala. I also request you (Speak Asia) to conduct an MLM training class in Kerala without delay.

    kamal

    In Reply to zess 8 years ago

    Dear Zess, Again the same Q. Could you Please find a single person who has loose his money ??
    not even a single complaint is register against SOAL.
    I am sure that You are not an speakasian , try to understand the concept , spare some of your time get the real information, I am sure you will be will speak asia . Please Do not pass any comment without any knowledge .

    Kamal

    8 years ago

    I am still not able to understand that Why the some people are against the SAOL , No one has come out with complaint of money loss. Channel like star and some others are barking for there TRP . Please let me know the name of single panalist who understands the concept, is against the SAOL ??

    NO froud and Nothing is wrong , please stop passing the negative comments against the right Company and concept

    REPLY

    WHKHAN

    In Reply to Kamal 8 years ago

    BROTHER, SAB TRP KA KHEL HAI. CHHOTE MANJHOLEY AUR OCHCHE LOG SPEAK ASIA SE JAL RAHEY HAIN, KYUKI UNKI DUKAAN BAND HO GAI HAI. W.H.KHAN

    Omprakash

    In Reply to Kamal 8 years ago

    Kamal,

    See all those who are barking do not know what is the concept of SAOL. These people are simply jumping into a running bus without knowing where they want to go. I think we, Speak Asians should now learn to ignore these headless chickens.

    I am using this word just because, I did not see any one who has shown real concern about the cause. All of them are belong to unsatisfied group, who do not wish see others flourishing.

    Having said that, we will continue to be united in supporting SAOL.

    That's it.

    Kishore N

    8 years ago

    PROUD TO BE A SPEAKASIAN..recently i have been joined speakasia..it rockssss.plz join under me..i will give u a strong power leg..JAI BHARAT JAI SPEAKASIA..

    REPLY

    kishore N

    In Reply to Kishore N 8 years ago

    This is fraud. Please delete this comment. Fraudsters are misusing my name.

    This is the real face of Speak Asia.

    zess

    In Reply to Kishore N 8 years ago

    Another BURBAK !!!

    Kris

    8 years ago

    speakasia rocks....proud to be a speakasian...speakasia ka koi kuch nahi ukhad sakta..RMP..DEWSOFT,SOSS,TVI,EBIEZ,OZONE NETWORK all sucks,, but SPEAKASIA is a genuine company..so guys plz join SPEAKASIA..if u earn more n more income n secure ur future...

    REPLY

    kris

    In Reply to Kris 8 years ago

    speak Asians are typical MLM fraudsters. They will go to any extent. They are misusing Anti-Moneychain crusaders name.

    I am determined and I wil continue my fight against MLM fraudsters.

    BAN SPEAK ASIA

    Kishore N

    8 years ago

    Take Action against MLM companies - HIGH COURT OF KERALA

    According to various media reports a division bench of Hon. Kerala High Court directed the Police to take action against money-chain MLM companies even if there is no complaint.

    zess

    8 years ago

    There are three types of people who invest money in a Ponzi Company like Speak Asia.

    1. Illiterate person convince or lure by others.

    2.Literate but not properly educate himself/herself.Think I am the only person in this world who knew everything.

    3. Very brainy person who want to make big bucks before the company shut down its door.they know the modus -operandi of such company.even though, by taking a risk they invest their money.

    I ask you speakasian- Don't you ashamed of yourself when you interact with down-line panelist, who's hard earn money is lost forever due to ignorance of you?






    REPLY

    Kishor N

    In Reply to zess 8 years ago

    Or kuch tere jaise fattu bhi hote hain jo speakasia join nahi ker paaye or ab apne dosto ko kamata dekh k apni bhadas is 3rd class blog p utar raha hai..:)

    WHKHAN

    In Reply to Kishor N 8 years ago

    I fully agree with you Zess speak asia is fraud company. Now only I realized. I lost money.

    ABDUL

    In Reply to zess 8 years ago

    Dear Zess,
    these dumb investors dont want to here anything against speak asia. i know finally they are digging a grave for themselves. i am a share broker from hyderabad, and u will not believe people who were trading with me for several years and was earning good between 20-40% annually closed their accounts and jumped into speak asia. when i inquired they said YOU WERE FOOLING US ALL THESE DAYS BY JUST GIVING MARGINAL PROFITS, WHILE WE CAN EARN 40% PER MONTH, THE SAME AMOUNT THAT WE CAN EARN THROUGH YOU IN WHOLE ONE YEAR. i was stunned by there reply and promised myself while filling there account closing form, that i will never allow them to open a trading account through my broker. im waiting for news to arrive that speak asia is down, so that i can call up these dumb investors and ask them about their health!

    zess

    In Reply to ABDUL 8 years ago

    @ADUL , they are in a very depressed state after losing their hard earn money in an easy earn scheme.Now in hibernation mode,can't hear ur voice.talk to them when they gain conscious.

    Omprakash

    In Reply to ABDUL 8 years ago

    Hello the GREAT broker,

    By calling Speak Asians DUMBS and expressing your desirousness to know about Speak Asia is down, you have proved what kind of ridiculous DUMB human being you are!

    It is our culture that when one is going through tough time, he prays god even his enemy should not experience such bad things. But what you have expressed is totally opposite. Again you are saying you will never allow them to open trading account through your broker. Do you think you are the only one in India? How ridiculousness you are exhibiting? Don’t you feel shame? OR you don’t have it at all?

    I personally as an HNI know very well how your broker community and so called Technical & Fundamental Experts is work, and how your community loots the public at large. So don't try to show your smartness over here, moreover no Speak Asian has sought your advice. We all Speak Asians have invested our hard earned money and we know very well how to safeguard it.

    Furthermore, as an HNI, I am giving an open challenge to your brokers and so called experts community. If you have little amount of humanity and respect for your profession, just don’t look for filing your bloody stomach. Remember! You collect fees for getting them profits and if you show your expertise and get desired results, your customer will be more than happy to pay you more fees as well as some more clients.

    As professionals, we must respect our professional ethics and principles barking on forum just because your customers closed accounts would not help you in anyway. If you think you have that guts to get them profit, you should worry about closure of accounts.

    Hope you understand and try to live and work as an HUMAN.

    WHKHAN

    In Reply to zess 8 years ago

    MR. ZESS/ MR. LITERATE, KINDLY DONT WRITE SUCH THINGS. MAY BE U ARE SICK. YOU MAY VISIT A DOCTOR. WE SPEAK ASIAN NEVER ASK ANYONE TO JOIN UNDER US,AS WE DONT REALLY NEED DOWN LINE. WE EARN FOR OUR OPINIONS. BUT YOU CANT UNDERSTAND W.H.KHAN

    Omprakash

    In Reply to zess 8 years ago

    Hey Zess,

    You are another illiterate person who who has jumped into a bus without knowing where he want to go!

    I, as a Speak Asian can confirm you and those who are under this kind wrong perception that, we have to go to downline. FOR you kind information I personally have never asked anyone to join under my sponsorship or otherwise. Because I know it doesn't suit to my attitude.

    But it does mean that, those who came trusting me and requesting me to sponsor them with my ID, I did not say no.

    For your kind information when one joins as member,

    a) He is not must for him to expand his down line. As his survey income is sufficient for him to earn decent income.

    b) However, expanding down line is just an choice available if one wishes to explore and help others and himself.

    So before jumping to running but, try to understand what it is and then talk about it. As far as what Moneylife & few others are doing is nothing but gaining publicity. Nothing else.

    If Speak Asia has cheated any member, why no one has complained?

    Hope now onwards whoever wants to comment, will first try and understand about the company and then talk about it.

    zess

    In Reply to Omprakash 8 years ago

    Omprakash

    I simply say...try to recover ur invested money.No nid to explain the concepts of SAOL to us.You ppl recruit the innocent ppl by magic of ur honey tongue.Came here, I will show you how their condition now after the payment stop.Do some social work by teach poor ppl not to invest on such type of fraud company.

    S K Mukherjee

    8 years ago

    If such type of investigation happens from Government of INDIA, then I thing Speak Asia is already prepared for that.
    Speak Asia is already hired Law firm to protect company against such type of en-query as every other company do. They are doing every activity as per the Legal Advisors advice, to avoid any controversy and face any investigation; In future they will do the same process as other big group of companies do. So it will be a normal process. Speak Asia is already enter into 2nd phase of “Precession Mass marketing” business module with tagline consumer empowerment. Before registering here they are entering into E-commerce. Before Entering E-commerce, they are doing massive conferencing with their panellist to explain their Business model. It means Company is doing its every activity with concrete plan keeping in mind with legalities and they are already prepared for every incoming aspect.

    Once again my Kudos to Speak Asia Online and Speak Asia’s management team for doing such marvellous work for, "We the members of Speak Asia".

    Long live SAOL and I wish success to them.

    Kris

    8 years ago

    .....................the dubious MLM companies are ensnaring gullible people with promises of huge returns. Take for example, Speak Asia, the online survey company has claimed to have 19 lakh panellists enrolled into its schemes.


    read:

    http://www.moneylife.in/article/blue-chi...

    REPLY

    SAFWAN

    In Reply to Kris 8 years ago

    Mr. Kris..

    If you here anything you will believe that.. and will decide only the news came in news paper is true....
    try to understand facts...
    You are a fatherfool to belive what others tell..
    sorry... I don't have time to waste...

    Proud to be speakasian

    safwan kerala

    S K Mukherjee

    In Reply to SAFWAN 8 years ago

    Thanks for your valuable comments!! Yes it is true almost 70% of all media & newspaper are only a business and looking for high TRP and site ratings for Ads. If they will brings attractive news then they will get a solid income from Ads.

    Regards
    S. K. Mukherjee

    kris

    In Reply to SAFWAN 8 years ago

    what? safwan "kerala". ha ha ha . where are you now? fled from kerala?

    safwan

    In Reply to kris 8 years ago

    I am an indian native place in kerala...
    I love my country and where I live... like all love their mother..
    I feel so bad for your rubbish comment...

    Amit

    In Reply to safwan 8 years ago

    Safwa......you are right......there is always an opposition for new things....& initially new people also link it with negativity.

    safwan

    8 years ago

    speakasia is a genuine... we don't have any doubt..
    some other money laundry companies ran away... while some issues come.. against..
    but speakasia fights back with more power with legal facts...
    speakasia inviting any authorities to investigate about the company..
    we all support speakasia...
    nobody can't destroy truth...
    some rubbish, bullshit medias like starnews plays dirty game... against speakasia..
    we all support speakasia

    REPLY

    kris

    In Reply to safwan 8 years ago

    Fraud Asians favorite word - "bull shit".

    Amit

    In Reply to kris 8 years ago

    Kriss...if you paid the fee (Rs.11000.00) to Speak Asia, soon you are give Exit Option, & you will get your money back to your bank account.

    Requesting you to stop writing baseless & bull shit comments...

    Groupon's SoSasta.com leaks entire database from India

    SoSasta.com, which offers discount deals to over 3 lakh users in 11 cities across India, says its entire database was 'accidentally' leaked over the Internet and indexed by Google

    Groupon, the world's largest daily deals website, has admitted that a security issue has affected subscribers of its Indian unit SoSasta.com.

    This was discovered by Australian security consultant Daniel Grzelak, who found the entire user database of SoSasta.com was accidentally published over the Internet and even indexed by Google. The database contained email addresses and clear-text passwords of around 3 lakh users of SoSasta.com.

    Mr Grzelak told Risky.Biz portal, which deals with such security issues, that he was searching for publicly accessible databases containing email addresses and password pairs, when he stumbled upon the user database of SoSasta.com. He said, "A few hours and tweaks later, this database came up. I started scrolling and scrolling and I could not get to the bottom of the file. Then I realised how big it actually was."

    According to the report on Risky.Biz, Mr Grzelak contacted the portal to seek advice on disclosure. The website, in turn contacted Andrew Mason, chief executive of Groupon. "The database was removed immediately and the company has launched an internal investigation to find out how it wound up publicly accessible in the first place," said the report on Risky.Biz. "Groupon is notifying all its SoSasta users of the incident and is advising them that the passwords they used on the website are now compromised and cannot be relied upon to secure other accounts."

    According to the ZDNET India IT blog, Groupon sent an email to local users on Monday, which reads: "Over this weekend, we've been alerted to a security issue potentially affecting subscribers of Sosasta. We wanted to let you know that the issue has been brought under control and your accounts are secure. However, as a precautionary measure, we recommend that you change your SoSasta password immediately, by visiting the SoSasta website[...] Please be aware that none of your financial information (Credit Card, Debit Card, NetBanking etc) has been compromised since this information is not stored on SoSasta, as per law."

    Chicago-based Groupon bought SoSasta.com from Kolkata-based Friday Media Pvt Ltd for an undisclosed amount, in January. At present, SoSasta.com offers discount deals in 11 cities (Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Nagpur).

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    Kudos to Delhi Municipal Corporation for facilitating online RTI applications



    What the external affairs ministry has been unable to achieve in terms of facilitating Indians abroad on RTI—to make online RTI applications and also pay the fees online—the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has successfully introduced this facility


    Last week, I had written about how Indians living abroad are finding it difficult to file RTI applications to various government departments back in their home country, thanks to red tapism. I had highlighted how despite the Department of Posts (DoP) making arrangements with Axis Bank for online payments for overseas online RTI applications, the finance ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are sitting on the issue and have yet to take a decision. (Read: "Indians living abroad keen to use RTI, but the government isn't making it easier")

    In the meanwhile, very quietly, yet actively, the Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) has created history, by becoming the first to facilitate online RTI applications along with online payment of fees through credit or debit card. This is one of the most pro-active examples of a public authority (meaning government department, in RTI parlance) responding to citizens' issues, in line with the principles of transparency and good governance, the very fundamentals of a healthy democracy, facilitated by the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

    How did it all begin? Dr RC Patnaik, chief of the information technology department of MCD, who has been designated to bring in e-governance reforms in the civic body says, "The MCD has around 200 public information officers (PIOs) and we receive a lot of RTI applications everyday. Since most citizens are not aware about the correct PIO to whom they should address their query, transferring the applications to the appropriate PIO was a cumbersome job. Sometimes it would take a month to pass on such applications to the right desk. As a result, central information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi would admonish us for defaults and penalise us too.''

    This set Dr Patnaik thinking about an online option, at the behest of the municipal commissioner. "So a few months back, I hit upon the idea of scanning the RTI applications which came to the wrong PIO and sending it to the right one by email. Although it temporarily solved much of the problem, it still was not clear sailing.''

    Dr Patnaik's IT team then began exploring the possibility of filing RTI applications online, along with online payment of the Rs10 fee for every RTI application under Section 6 of the RTI Act. The hurdle of online payment was solved through an official arrangement with Axis Bank. The bank was hesitant initially, as this is a very small amount. But since property tax is paid online through Axis Bank and that is a major sum in a city like Delhi, it agreed to process the small transaction also, as a goodwill gesture.

    Dr Patnaik explained, "The RTI applicant has to pay Rs11; the one rupee extra is the transaction charge.'' He was not sure whether MCD would be criticized for the one rupee extra charge. However, the central information commissioner put this matter to rest saying, "Any RTI applicant has to either pay for the postage or fuel if he or she goes personally to MCD to file the RTI application. In the case of online application you pay just one rupee, which in fact saves precious time and travel expenses for citizens.'' Mr Gandhi congratulated the MCD and expressed the hope, "Now, every municipal corporation should follow suit.''

    In just five days after initiating the online RTI application facility, the MCD received 71 applications from citizens in Delhi and two from people in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. "In this technological era, we are committed towards e-governance for the comfort of citizens,'' Dr Patnaik says.

    We gather from the website, www.mcdonline.gov.in, "The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is among the largest municipal bodies in the world, providing civic services to an estimated population of 13.78 million citizens in the capital city. It is next only to Tokyo in terms of area."

    To enter the RTI application area, click on the sub-category "RTI online'' on the homepage of the MCD website. On the right side you will see the online RTI application. It has also uploaded other forms related to RTI applications.

    Now that MCD has set a precedent, all municipal corporations must follow suit. "Every government department can now have online RTI applications and we are ready to guide and help them.''

    In another first, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has over the past two years, set 3pm to 5pm, every Monday, for any citizen to conduct inspection of files, as allowed under Section 4 of the RTI Act. He or she can visit any of the departments of the PMC and check the files required. This is over and above any other time that citizens can inspect files during working hours. PMC was also the first to set up an RTI library, which has been named after renowned journalist-activist Prakash Kardaley. All these efforts are the result of rules under Section 4 which focus on suo moto disclosure by the government department.

    MCD's endeavour on online RTI applications is a big boost for citizens' participation and it should not remain a solitary example. RTI activists in every city must move to shake up the civic bodies in their areas, and insist that they follow the MCD initiative.

    Do write to me for any help regarding this at [email protected],com.

    (Vinita Deshmukh is a senior editor, author and convener of Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She can be reached at [email protected].)

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    COMMENTS

    malq

    8 years ago

    1) The MCD was amongst the earliest to really try, as an organisation, to work with people on RTI. Despite everything which is wrong with the MCD, much of which is also due to the strange "thing" that Delhi is, where bigger thieves and looters move around openly - there were eager as well as honest people in the midst who tried.

    2) Early adopters of RTI, including Arvind Kejriwal (now LokPal Bill and more), Parveen Amanullah (now a Minister in Bihar) and others worked through the early days, amidst tough opposition from existing vested interests. Blade slashing when going to submit an RTI? MCD organised weekend camps and made it easier to send them by post, as well as gave people the option of both Acts, State and Centre.

    3) Long story short, MCD (like Delhi Metro, DTC and some other local bodies) appears to be on its way to try to help. Ofcourse, if you go to the MCD office, then much has not changed - but steps like this, atleast for those with Credit Cards, solves some issues.

    4) There are a few glitches - an instant email copy of the application, option to apply online and send the payment later by some other means, other languages . . .but no two ways, this is a great step forward by an organisation which was simply never admired for anything in the past.

    It just shows that yes, we can do things the correct way, if we want to.

    Thanks, Vinita, for this great article, and thank you Mr. Phatak.

    nagesh kini

    8 years ago

    Response to A Banerjee
    Vinita is absolutely right. A properly worded and focused RTI query does elicit better response. No way with inquisition of why, how, when type cross question. Amchi BMC has been quite responsive to the extent of telling us not to go for RTI. Sec.4 is an useful tool or weapon!

    A BANERJEE

    8 years ago

    Well, I for one would keep my fingers crossed despite this initiative. This is because, I have never been fortunate enough to have received a single response to my several emails to MCD Commissioner who, being an IAS, is naturally above law and id unapproachable. His secretary is equally unapproachable and, the author ought to have noticed, there is no e-mail access addresses of a single MCD functionaries available anywhere. The culture of bribes obtains even more forcefully and not one single paper can move without that "extra" payment (rates commensurate with inflation!) that is customary in MCD under any party, be it Congress or BJP! The ordinary middle class people building or reconstructing/remodelling/extending their residences are the worst hit as, for every single procedure, one must pay a huge sum for getting the required permission/sanction and approaching the higher officials is neither safe nor permissible, with the IAS Commissioner remaining beyond reach as ever. I had seen some serious complaints some time ago in the website of consumercomplaints.in about the encroachment of public land/space/footpath by the rich and powerful in certain south Delhi gated communities. Strangely, there has never been any action taken while, in the same localities, the moment a resident of modest means commences reconstruction/repairs of his dwelling unit, the visits by the MCD hoologans begin demanding bribe which is compulsory. Otherwise, under some rule, the construction is stopped and the ratepayer harassed. What then is this hype about the ONLINE RTI facility? Does the author think that, any resident of modest means, seeking any information under the RTI Act from the MCD will be safe and be immune frome harassment bordering on danger to life and property?
    Let this be the start of a debate on this move by the MCD which is bound to be only a showpiece as the MCD officials are immune from any action by any authority.

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    Vinita Deshmukh

    In Reply to A BANERJEE 8 years ago

    I tend to believe you on the corruption front of the MCD. However, MCD's online RTI application should be commended as the common, faceless man can sit at home and invoke this Act with the click of the mouse. When more and more citizens file applications which i should think they would as it is made simple now. then the pressure on the municipal corporation to be transparent will be more. Subsequently it should lead to dip in corruption. It may be a long drawn battle but we have to make a beginning somewhere. So, I think we all should spread the good word to invoke RTI applications on so many issues that hurt the common man in Delhi and become a huge citizen pressure group. I know it is only logical to be cynical but we need to get off it whenever there seems an iota of hope of change for the better. Hope you agree/

    A Banerjee

    In Reply to Vinita Deshmukh 8 years ago

    Having been in the civil service and an activist of sorts, and having been a Delhi-ite and also a witness to how the MCD functions, I would like to keep my fingers crossed. This is because, if due to any RTI application any MCD official or employee were to be in trouble, the RTI applicant would need protection. But, yes, let us hope.

    nagesh kini

    8 years ago

    Not that the Mun.Corp.of Greater Mumbai is lagging behing. They do respond but at their own sweet will and pleasure.
    My RTI application sent to a Ward Office was forwarded by the AE Maint. to the Tree Officer who reports to him with a cc to me. He replies and says a part of the info relates to the AE Environment with whom he shares his room, in fact both are seated next to each other! Another response follows.
    This is a futile exercise to gain time and/or avoid replies.
    To save on time and waste of stationery, instead of 10 Public Info. Officers at the Ward Office, the BMC HQ must be having many more, there ought to be just one department collating all the data and forwarding a consolidated response.
    In another RTI applicatioin
    the SRA replied to all queries but said those relating to Bank Guarantee and Security Deposit of the same Contractor are with the Accounts who took time to respond.

    narayan varma

    8 years ago

    good of you to share this info which i consider landmark and needs to be sent to all Public Authorities one has a contacts and I shall do so. Thanks
    N. Varma

    Nitin Kirtane

    8 years ago

    This is a awesome effort by the minicipal corporation of delhi to allow filing of RTI online and payment , this is very useful to thwe commen man , good work by Mr Patnail also to the PMC to keep aside one day to allow inspections , an excellent article by Mrs Deshmukh again as this is a important issue , keep up your good work and writing on social issues , all the best NK

    K B Patil

    8 years ago

    Dr RC Patnaik, chief of the information technology department of MCD, deserves to be congratulated for his initiative. The sad fact is that this important news is yet to be highlighted by leading newspapers and TV news channels.

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