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Penalty of Rs 25,000 slapped for not providing information under the RTI Act
06.10.16 - TEAM PT
Penalty of Rs 25,000 slapped for not providing information under the RTI Act



The State Information Commission slapped a penalty of Rs. 25,000 on Mr. Charanjit Singh, Executive Officer O/o Nagar Council, Khanna for causing inordinate delay in providing the information to the applicant under the RTI Act, 2005.

Disclosing this official spokesperson of the State Information Commission said that the penalty was imposed by the single bench of S.S. Channy, Chief information Commissioner, Punjab. Narrating the facts of the case the spokesperson said that Ghanwinder Singh, S/o Balvir Singh vide application dated January 22, 2015 addressed to PIO , O/o Executive Officer Nagar Council, Khanna sought information regarding the payment made to the contractor Rupesh Rupa for the work of concretization of streets and drains form January 1, 2012 to till date. The certified copy of the tender passed to construct street number 9, Krishna Nagar, Ward number 19 was also sought.
 
 Failing to get any information within 30 days as mandated under Section 7(1) of the RTI Act, 2005, the appellant had filed first appeal with the State Commission.

 Chief Information Commissioner in his order has stated that "From the material available on record, it has been established that there has been unnecessarily delay in conveying the right kind of information and inform the information seeker about the correct state of affairs on the issues raised by the complainant in regard to his request for information.  No explanation for delay has been given by Mr. Charanjit Singh, Executive Officer him.  Rather, his failure to even response to the show cause direction by the Commission reinforces the fact that he has been without any reasonable cause, guilty of remissness in the discharge of his duties.  He is, therefore, deserves to be penalized.
 
In the final order Chief Information Commissioner further said that "As the delay is of more than one year, I impose a penalty of Rs. 25000/- upon Sh. Charanjit Singh, Executive Officer o/o Nagar Council, Khanna, District, Ludhiana. The amount of penalty i.e. Rs. 25000/- should be deducted from his salary in two equal monthly installments for the month of October and November and be deposited in the treasury under the relevant head.




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Congress to move court against Punjab govt move on Rs 31,000-cr grain ‘scam’
06.10.16 - TEAM PT
Congress to move court against Punjab govt move on Rs 31,000-cr grain ‘scam’



Punjab Congress today rejected the state government proposal to convert the Rs 31,000 crore theft, committed on the state on account of the food grain scandal, into loan. The party has decided to approach the court to scuttle the move.

Reacting to the admission made by the state government about missing food grains to the tune of Rs 31,000 crores, Punjab Congress vice president and Chief Spokesperson, Sunil Jakhar said, "you cannot convert a theft into a loan and put the liability on the people of the state for another 20 years”.  

Jakhar has been vigorously raising the issue of the scandal for quite some time. Earlier the RBI and the consortium of 33 banks refused to provide CCL guarantee to Punjab over, what was earlier thought to be Rs 21,000 crore scandal.

The Congress Chief Spokesperson demanded that instead of putting the liability on the people of the state, the responsibility must be fixed and the theft amount recovered from the personal properties of those responsible.

"Why should people of the state, who are already burdened with over Rs 1.25 lakh crore debt bear the liability of the theft committed by few people in power?” he asked, while asserting, come what may, the Congress party will not allow it.

"You cannot condone a massive scandal of such humongous proportion by an executive order and we will not let that happen”, he asserted, while adding, the Congress party will use all the legal and constitutional means to ensure that not only are the real culprits punished, but also made to repay the money they have defrauded people of, from their personal accounts.

The PCC vice president said, truth had finally come out and the state government had to eventually admit to the fraud despite the BJP led NDA government at the centre desperately trying to shield it under the patronage of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Jakhar said, given the nature of irrefutable evidence against it corroborated by the CAG also, which pointed out to use of ‘ghost trucks’ bearing registration numbers which later turned out to be of the two wheelers, the state government had no way but to admit to the fraud.

Besides, he added, the state cannot hide behind the excuse of "misappropriation” as it is actually an intentional and deliberate theft and the thieves need to be identified, exposed and punished.




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Facebook to be used to reach all potential voters
04.10.16 - TEAM PT
Facebook to be used to reach all potential voters



As India gears up for its 2017 Legislative Assembly Elections across five states (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand), Facebook has partnered with the Chief Electoral Officer in each of these states to run a voter registration drive for the first time in India.
 
With over 155 million people in India on Facebook, the ‘Register to vote’ button is designed to encourage citizens across these five states to exercise their vote in the upcoming elections. From 6th to 9th October, Facebook users in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand who are 18 years and above will receive a reminder in their News Feed to register to vote for a day. By clicking on the "Register Now" button, people will be directed to the National Voters’ Services Portal which will guide them through the registration process.
 
Ankhi Das, Director, Public Policy, Facebook India, said, "Every day we see the power of connecting people in big and small ways. We are proud of this and recognize our responsibility. As we grow, our connection and contribution to the economies and communities around us is increasingly important. We have a unique ability and responsibility to show people this reminder and deliver relevant information on where to vote.”
 
VK Singh, IAS Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab said "To reach to potential voters specially in young age group who are on Facebook, a special drive has been jointly planned by CEO office and Facebook India office. A reminder to register their names for the forthcoming election will come on timeline of all Facebook users of 18 years and above in Punjab on 6th October. The current drive to include new names will close on 7th October and forms received later than that will be processed in January 2017 only. Hence it is imperative that all voters not registered till now must submit their forms in hard copy or online till 7th October. We are determined to see that no voter is left behind from registration. The CEO also urged the voters to like the official Facebook page @The CEO Punjab on Facebook to see all future announcements and also to provide feedback or suggestion to the CEO office”
 
The feature will be available for people on Facebook in Punjab on the 6th October, for those in Manipur on the 7th October, for people on Facebook in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on the 8th October and for people on Facebook in Goa on 9th October.




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