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Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on February 28, 2008

Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund

——— Forwarded message ———-
From: “Shailesh Gandhi” <shaileshgan@ gmail.com>
To:all RTI@yahoogroups. com>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:42:01 +0530
Subject: Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund
After a 27 month RTI saga the Chief Minister has conceded that
the Maharashtra CM’s fund will come under RTI scrutiny. But the path to
reach here has been a long and chequered one. On 26 October, 2005 I asked
for some simple details about the money spent from the CM’s relief fund
which was refused by the PIO, on the grounds that it is a Registered Trust
with no Government controls, hence not a Public Authority. A first appeal on
21 February 2006, by me arguing that this was a Public authority in all
senses, prompted the first appellate authority to give a decision it would
be a breach of Legislative privilige! A second appeal was filed to the
Information Commission on 10 April, 2006, and the Single Commissioner held a
hearing on 1 June, 2006, but did not issue any order. I argued that if the
Legislative assembly chose not to ask questions on a particular matter, it
could not supercede my Right to Information. After repeated questioning
about this by Citizens and media, the full bench of the Maharashtra
Commission was called on 7th December, 2007. Four Commissioners- one each
from Nagpur, Aurangabad and Pune met in Mumbai with the Chief Commissioner
in Mumbai,- for the hearing. After I made my opening argument for a minute
the State lawyer said they wanted to make a written submission and that the
Advocate General would place the State’s arguments, hence the matter should
be adjourned by six weeks. I protested that the State could have presented
its submissions earlier and the Advocate General could not be the only
person in the State to present arguments. Besides, if at all an adjournment
was desired, the State should have asked for it earlier. After the full
bench had assembled, the State was only flexing its muscle and devaluing the
Commission by insisting on an adjournment. The Commission however was
willing to agree to the State’s demand, and the next hearing was fixed on
7th January, 2008. On that day, again the four Commissioners assembled in
Mumbai and the Advocate General presented the same arguments which the PIO
and the First Appellate authority had presented. I also argued that the CM’s
relief fund trust had 12 members- six ministers and six secretaries who were
all Public servants, and every paper or telephone of the CM’s relief fund
was Citizen’s money, apart from the argument of the disclosure being a
breach of legislative privilige being completely illogical. The Advocate
General also told the Commission that they had recently written to the
Legislature to elicit their opinion. My protests notwithstanding the
Commission again gave in to the State’s diktat and decided on another
hearing on 29 Jaunary, 2008 for giving final orders.

On 29th January, the Advocate General stated that they felt it was
necessary to give their arguments made on 7th January in writing to
‘crystallise’ what they had said. My protests that the Commission was
allowing the State to denigrate the Commission and thereby the RTI Act fell
on deaf ears. The decision has still not been given by the Commission. In
the meantime I asked the Charity Commissioner for details of the Trust and
got information that apart from the initial filing of details in 1967, no
details had been filed! Media had also been highlighting all this and on
27th February, 2008 the CM displaying sagacity announced that the details of
the CM’s fund would be disclosed under RTI.

The same cannot be said about the senior officers in the State who
doggedly refused to give information in a show of arrogance. The Advocate
General also does not appear to have been keen to advise in the letter and
spirit of the law, but was only concerned with defending what he perhaps
perceived as his clients, ” the Government officers”. I wish the Advocate
General would understand the RTI act better since he will have to give an
opinion in future as well on a matter which has become very important for
Citizens. The Information Commission also appears to be willing to be taken
around the mulberry bush by the State, and this will result in a devaluing
of the position of the Commission and concomitantly the RTI Act. I am hoping
the Commission will display wisdom and give its reasoned order atleast now.

In one sense however, this is a true triumph of democracy with RTI being
the tool to bring accountability; Citizens and media highlighting a gross
mistake; and the CM at some point acknowledging that the State had been in
error, and taking corrective action. On this count I would thank the CM for
not sticking to an arrogant position, and graciously accepting the Right to

shailesh gandhi

28 February, 2008

PS.: As per the CIC’s order on 15 March, 2008, details of PM’s Relief fund
have to be given under RTI. However my RTI application asking:

As of 31st March, 2007 I want the details of the amounts deposited in banks
or any other place, in the following format:

Name of bank or Institution where

Money is deposited
Interest rate at which money deposited

Has been rejected, on 4 January, 2008 refusing to give even this
information, saying it may amount to ‘disclosure of information including
commercial confidence, trade secrets or disclosure of intellectual property
the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of third
parties’! There is also another still more obfuscating reason given,
claiming fiduciary relationship of the officers holding the information.
There is a balance of over 1400 crores, and my first appeal has also been
rejected without any reasons. At the current disposal rates of the CIC, the
second appeal I have filed might be heard after the present Shri Habibullah
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22 Responses to “Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and RTI”

  1. khan said

    you meant mr suresh joshi not mr habibullah as the latter has jurisdiction only on central matters.



    (World Peace, Aids, Drug Addiction, Blood Donation, Pollution, Population, Women Impunity, Dignity of Lob our, Pulls Polio Golden India, Get lost- Terrorist) Etc.

    (Chief Programmer & Director)

    The Hon. Chief Minister,
    Govt. of Maharashtra,
    Mantralaya, Mumbai.

    Sub: Application for Grants Aids based recorded songs/ new type of School recorded songs for children’s broadcasting by your depts. For Cultural Awareness/Educational/ Rural development in (Hindi) with Entertainment Asia specific.

    Respected Sir,

    Kindly refer to the cited above I am the singer and composer of the above songs. My group stage programmed of the above songs is more than 11 years by the cultural affairs Government of Maharashtra . I have got acceptance from the Mumbai University Vocational Department and Recommended by the Deputy Secretary Department of Cultural, Honorable Union Minister letter no. vide F-9-55/2001-ZCC, 3rd July 2001, Govt. of India for performing different states and different cities Recommended by the Hon. President, Govt. of India letter No. vide P1/D “48076 dated 24-Oct.2002. Recommended has been Hon broadcasting Minister. Govt .of India DO no.vide1770/VIP dated on 28th Nov. 2003. Accepted this Music Project by the Secretary of Secondary & Higher Secondary School Education Govt. of Maharashtra dated on 26 July 2004 recommended by the Hon. Prime Minister of India to the DG Office All India Radio.
    These songs are composed based on Indian folk and light classical (Indian). The themes are strongly reflected to the National and International crises. I think this Music project definitely will give a big contribution for Awareness, Education, World Integration and Friendship. I can send to you sort of work English Version demo recorded Cassettes/Hindi version recorded video CD and all my recommended and acceptations letters copies whenever you want.
    Everybody is Music lover of this world. We can very easy to reach to the one and all by Music, take our awareness comment. I am also a Music teacher looking at present all in the school of India learning before issue based songs. My Music project is based on current issues; it is very needful for every students. I had worked as cultural awareness volunteers by world Youth org Australia, and place was Nepal Katmandu for the three months.

    Lets go we do try to make for a refined, beautiful, Peaceful world for coming generation if again return the ancient time it is very shame for us. I am the little power of the God. Just only try.

    So, with my rich experience in the field of music, I hope you would consider my case favorably. And if kindly give me an opportunity/chance by your depts. I assure you that your dept. would be getting the great personality as per your expectations and standards set by you.

    Thanking you in anticipation,

    Yours sincerely,


    I will do the strictly prefer contact to me by E-Mail.

    92, Siddhartha Viher, Wadala(W), Mumbai 4000 031 Mob;- 9967209630.
    E-mail: shubhadeep2002@yahoo.co.in

  3. Respected Sir/Madam,

    When I will get financial support by your dept? And what are the procedures about matters?

    I humbly request to you if kindly send to me for above matters then I will remain grateful to you.

    Thanking you
    Yours Sincerely,


  4. ravisuvarna said

    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,
    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

  5. respected sir
    i want information about scholarship avalible highersecondary school teascher son
    plz forword me
    i reqiured it fr my PG studies

  6. girish said

    actually i wanted to know how should one apply for chief minister fund grants and aid …. if i am denied it why was i denied a grant how can i file the complaint …..



    (World Peace, Aids, Drug Addiction, Blood Donation, Pollution, Population, Women Impunity, Dignity of Lob our, Pulls Polio Golden India, Get lost- Terrorist) Etc.


    (Chief Programmer& Director)

    The Hon. Chief Minister,
    Govt. of Maharashtra,
    Mantralaya, Mumbai.

    Sub: -Application for your kind interferes for open land of Govt. of Maharashtra allotment above my Awareness Music Academy City Survey No-6A, Village Manvani..

    Respected Sir,

    Kindly refer to the subject cited above Firstly, I had been remarked by the CMO above matter dated on 17/10/07.Sencondly, Hon. Minister for Revenue dated on 05/09/09. Thirdly again I had been recommended by the CMO dated on 21/02/10.According to property card and advice of CSO, Gore gown I had applied above city survey No. But the govt. land is available there although the CSO of Gore gown Mr.B.A.Redekar said to me that no land for Academy.

    I am a composer and singer of different type of songs- based on National & International social cause. My group performing stage shows of this program with the association of department of culture affairs Govt. of Maharashtra. Since last 11 years. This program was very much appreciated by (Vocal department) Mumbai University& Deputy secretary department of Education Govt. of Maharashtra & feed back of this program also very good.

    This musical project has been appreciated & recommended by Hon. President of India / Hon. Pre Minister of India/Broadcasting Minister/Cultural Minister (Their letters vide no- will enclosed whenever you want).

    These songs are composed by me based on Indian folk& light classical (Hindustani)
    The theme of this program strongly reflect the factual position of National& International
    Crises. I think this musical program will defiantly help to create awareness in the field of education/world integration/friendship global brotherhood. And also development mind of Indian citizens and Performing worthy through out India.

    In view of above circumstance the last way for me your kind interferes. Please help me above matter and then I will remain grateful to you.

    Thanking you in anticipation,

    Yours Sincerely,


  8. Geetha C. Shetty said

    Sub: Help for hospitalization.

    Sir, I wanted help from cheif Minister’s Relief Fund for hospitalization. how can I apply. please suggest.

  9. Dear Sirs/Madam,
    According to advice I have to writing this latter, my new types of awareness music Academy is Mumbai.
    And Bank accounts is United Bank of India, Fort Mumbai, Pin code No- 400001
    I have to waiting for your precious response,
    Thanking you in anticipation,

    Yours Sincerely,

  10. Sunil Lokhande said

    Sub: Help for cancer treatment from Chief minister relief fund.

    Dear Sir,
    I wish to apply for getting funds from Chief minister fund for my father medical treatment. May I request to send me details like..application form,procedure,docc.requirement etc.

    Request to send the same at the earliest.

    Sunil Lokhande
    Email- lokhande@keihinfie.com

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