Right2Information

Right to Information – Master key to good governance

18 officers in service sans verification – Information obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act,

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 25, 2006

18 officers in service sans verification

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=189750

Mumbai, June 24: Eighteen officials—ex-servicemen from the Armed Forces—have joined the Customs Department since 1990. However, 16 years later, the department does not know much about them, even that their said qualifications are genuine, as the documents of a majority have not yet been verified.  The verification is conducted by the office of Commissioner of Customs (General) based in Mumbai at New Customs House, Ballard Estate, as the commissioner is the cadre-controlling authority in Mumbai.

Commissioner of Customs (General) N Sasidharan, when asked about the officers not having been verified, said: ‘‘Verfication of ex-servicemen’s certificates is a lengthy process. We keep reminding the concerned agencies.’’

As per information obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act, nine ex-servicemen have been employed in the Customs Department as Preventive Officers since 1990—they are responsible for collecting information, conducting raids and seizures—and nine ex-servicemen joined in as examiners—they are responsible for examining goods that come in and leave the country through the customs’ channel.

The 18 officials were employed in the Customs Department through examinations conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. Interestingly, it was only after the RTI application was filed that the Customs Department woke up to the fact that it had never verified the certificates submitted by the ex-servicemen.

As on June 5, the Customs Department had verified the certificates of two preventive officers and one examiner. The rest are now in the process of being verified. Meanwhile, the Preventive Officers have been promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Customs while the Examiners’ current status is that of Appraising Officers.

3 Responses to “18 officers in service sans verification – Information obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act,”

  1. ravisuvarna said

    K. Gopal Rao Says:

    Resp.Sir,
    Sub:Police Inaction in the case of house grabbing by Deepak Niranjanath Pandit
    Superitendant of Customs,Air Cargo Complex,Mumbai,brother of producer/Director Ashok Pandith by misusing official power /and connection at high places

    We, Mr&Mrs.K.Gopal Rao aged 75 years and 65 years are the Legal owners of flat no 803 Brookhill Tower,Andheri(w),Mumbai.Mr and Mrs. Deepak Pandit are known to us through Ravi Suvarna who is also Superirendant of Customs ,
    approached to us for temperory shelter for a period of 2-3 months,since in the society in which they stay do not have lift and Mrs Arushi D.Pandit was undergoing a major heart surgery in Leela Hospital and need one bedroom in our flat.Hence,we allowed Mr. Deepak Pandit to stay in our flat with his wife and son(One son is away in angalore),by providing one bed room and allowed them to use common hall and kitchen
    on humanitarian and medical ground with out charging a single rupee.

    In Sept 2007, we visited our native place in Karnataka,and locked other 3 bedrooms apart from which has been used byDeepak Pandit and his wife Arushi Pandit by showing blind faith
    and trust and handed over the keys of main entrance.When we came back from our native place,we found our other two bed rooms locks were broken and the bedrooms have been used
    by Mr.Deepak Pandit and Mrs.Arushi D. Pandit.When we asked about this mischief,Mr Deepak Pandit very rudely replied that we people should vacate the flat along with our belongings.We were
    shocked and surprised after this incident.
    Then we immediatly contacted Ravi Suvarna and Ravi Suvarna contacted Deepak Pandit about vacating the flat.He bluntlydenied to vacate the flat and also threatened with dire consequences and that his brother Mr Ashok Pandit is a very influential political person,and Deepak pandit himself is a Custom Officer and by virtue of his position/post he will grab our flat.
    Further we approached to one/two reputed persons in the society and narrated the things which have been going on and requested them to mediate the dispute.He refused to meet the
    persons and asked us to pay Rs 10 lakh otherwise he will not vacate the flat .At the same time he mentioned that we will see how he will grab our flat.

    Recently we have come to know that other than his house in
    Juhu (no 214)juhu Shantivan co-operative Housing Society,bldg
    no 13,gulmohar cross road no 6,Andheri(w),he has got one house
    at Takur Complex, kandivili(E),and one at Andheri(E). He has rented
    out all these houses and took shelter at our place on sympathetic/humanitarian grounds.

    We have approached the oshiwara police and lodged written complaints dtd 4/10/07 and 28/02/08 but to no avail.Police have threatened to arrest our grand daughter if she doesn’t vacate the house and she was forced to leave the house at 0400 AM on 05/10/07(By SI Gaikwad,Kadam on the instruction of the PI Sonawane of Oshiwada Police Station).As we are old
    aged and can not run from pillar to post,I kindly request yourgoodselves to Publish this issue on your Paper because this kind of acts by people by misusing the legal provisions to their advantage and grabbing only shelter of senior citizens by taking the help of police and security staffof the building.This is nothing but breach of trust and they know that if it goes to court it will take years together.These kind of issues should be debated and people should be educated about this kind of offences/crimes(misuse of legal provisions) which were probably made to safeguard poor tenants

    We kindly request your goodselves to take up the matter so that people will get educated about such kind of abuse of legal provisions and also wrong people who misuse the provisions of law to their advantage which were made to safeguard the weeker sections by using official power and connection at high places.As we are old aged and can not run from pillar to post,We kindly request you to publish in your paper after investigating the case and being convinced as an issue(House grabbing).He has made an extra(double) door in our absence and now he is not allowing us to enter the house with the help of Oshiwada police.If a public servant can behave like a goon and grab only house of senior citizens then we are in the same age old tradition of slavery.(We are ready to produce any kind od evidence reg the fact that he is forcefully/illegally stying in our house).He has not got any papers/reciepts

    Yours sincerely,

    Mr.&Mrs. K.Gopal Rao.
    76/41,14th cross,PadmanabhaNagar,
    Bangalore-70
    Cell No 09343952727
    So many people have suffered or lost their houses due to this kind of planned tactics(Khabja). If you publish the article/News,it will definately help people who go to help people innocently and get trapped.I hope there should be amendments in the legal provisions to safeguard genuine cases.As the legal process takes years together and culprits enjoy the possession merrily.Here the system(Law and order/police and legal system has also to be blamed).If things like this continues people will lose humanity and stop helping even in genuine cases.Please help us atleast in educating(legalities) people about this Khabja

  2. sir.
    Pranam. s o thana kotwali city Bijnoure and s p Bijnoure.(up) will not give me any information about my application
    sir please help me about my application
    And send me R T I. C I C UP offish Address
    Ganesh Prasad kala (National Football Player)
    71/5 Bakralwala Neshvila Road Dehradun uttrakhand
    Phone no 9412403060

    • sir.
      Pranam. s o thana kotwali city Bijnoure and s p Bijnoure.(up) will not give me any information about my application
      sir please help me about my application
      And send me R T I. C I C UP offish Address
      Ganesh Prasad kala (National Football Player)
      71/5 Bakralwala Neshvila Road Dehradun uttrakhand
      Phone no 9412403060 Email kg99999@gmail.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: