Orissa anti-bribery camp-update
Posted by rtiact2005 on July 11, 2006
The table below lists out the detailed data regarding the cases in the camp till 10th July
DAY WISE RTI CASES IN THE CAMPAIGN PROCESS
PHONE CALLS RECEIVED
TYPES OF CASES REGISTERED
Problems relating to BPL card 82
Problems relating to pension and gratuity
Problems relating to lands
Problems relating to transfer of employees
Problems relating to old age and widow allowances
Problems relating to sanitation in slum areas (Municipality)
Problems relating to expectation of bribe
Problems relating to non payment of dues
Problems relating to passport 09
Problems relating to loans
The rally was organized on 10th of July 2006. As many as 320 volunteers took part in the rally from Vani Vihar to PMG chowk. D.N.Padhi, Chief Information Commissioner of Orissa addressed the rally at the end point.
Peculiar cases relating to Indira Awas, Pesions, Land disputes, Passports, B.P.L. Cards, electricity bills etc are coming to the camp. Some of the peculiar cases are mentioned below:
The PIO at Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Mr. Patnaik demanded a sum of Rs. 20/- as the application fee irrespective of people belonging to the BPL list. He said that their office has not received any circular regarding the revised fee structure even though the fee structure has been revised vide IPR department letter no.-S.R.O. No. 251/2006 dated 29th May 2006.
Rourkela Municipality officials refused to accept the application forms under RTI.
Similarly Nayagarh Municipality officials do not have an idea about RTI.
One gentleman, Mr. Sarat Padhi deposited a sum of Rs. 1 lakh as the first installment and then Rs. 85,000/- as the second installment to purchase a house at Kalinga Nagar from BDA. He withheld the payment of subsequent installments in apprehension, as he did not receive the receipt slips of the first two installments about which he duly intimated the BDA vide a letter and the letter is also there with BDA. He requested for the receipt slips a number of times but in vein. After a span of around 6 years, BDA sent a receipt slip of the first installment. After being convinced about the deposit of the money, Mr. Padhi deposited the rest of the amount in full. Now the BDA is asking Mr. Panda to deposit an interest of around 6 lakhs to get the house.
45 labourers representing 428 labourers of Balugaon sub-division in Khurda returned back satisfied from the 15-day Right To Information awareness-cum-assistance camp at CYSD. Apart from being told about their rights as citizens of the country, the labourers were also given information on issues related to pending bills and compensatory packages for those working abroad, particularly in Kuwait.
People who have not received their BPL cards are coming in large numbers with their grievances.
People have not received their passport in the stipulated time period and coming with their grievances.
In all these cases, we are trying to facilitate as to how people should fill up the application form with right kind of questions, which would enable them get the right information within the stipulated time limit. We have a number of cases being registered daily but successful cases can only be noted when we follow up the cases in the immediate future. In this national level campaign, we get to know about successful stories of people from other parts of the country, particularly Delhi, Maharastra etc. The reason being that Right to Information is quite popular in those places and even prior to the RTI Act 2005, they had their own set of rules on RTI. People in those places are more aware in comparison to places like Orissa, where we have started operating since last nine months only. Therefore, this awareness cum assistance campaign formally paves the way for a bigger and continuous campaign across the state in the most immediate future.
PLACE OF THE CAMP CYSD, E-1, Institutional Area, Gangadhar Meher Marg, Bhubaneswar– 751013, Orissa.
CONTACT Tel.:- 0674-301725, 2301339, 2300774. Fax:- 674-2301226.
MOBILE: – 9937533730, 9861117243, 9937997853.
Prepared by Srimat