शनिवार, 7 अक्तूबर 2017

5th National Convention on “Right to Information” in Odisha

Open Invitation
5th National Convention on “Right to Information” in Odisha

 Dear friends

We are inviting  you to the 5th  National  Convention of  National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) which will be held from  14th to 16th October, 2017  at  Utkal Mandap ( Near Rabindra Mandap), Bhubaneshwar. Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhiyan (a State-level Network of RTI Activists leading campaign for effective implementation of RTI Act in Odisha) is hosting   this convention  which will celebrate twelve years of the use of the Right to Information law and reflect on the current challenges in its implementation in  different parts of the country.

RTI users, Activists , Experts from across the country will   be joining  in this convention and share their experiences of the use of the law by movements, campaigns and individuals and discuss the impact of the RTI Act on governance in the country. A mix of plenary sessions, parallel workshops and an RTI mela will be organised to ensure vibrant peoples’ participation. A host of  Eminent personalities and RTI Activists like  Prof. Pravat Patnaik, Economist, Prashant Bhusan and Sri Anand Grover,  Advocate, Supreme Court, Mrs. Aruna Roy, Sri Wajahat Habibullah, former Central Chief Information Commissioner, Sri Shailesh Gandhi,  former Central Information Commissioner, Mrs. Annie raja,  Prof.  Sridhar  Acharyulu, Central Information Commissioner, Sri Sunil Kumar Mishra, Odisha Chief Information Commissioner, Sri Venkatesh Nayak, Mrs. Anjali Bhardwaj, Sri Nikhil Dey and many others  will be joining in the convention.

The convention will provide an opportunity to deliberate on the current challenges impeding the effective implementation of the RTI Act, including attacks on RTI users.

To trace the trajectory from transparency to accountability in the past four years, since the last NCPRI convention was held in Hyderabad, discussions will be organized on the status of various anti-corruption and grievance redress legislations, including the Whistleblowers’ Protection law, the Lokpal Act, the Prevention of Corruption Amendment Bill and the grievance redress bill.

Recent developments around the right to privacy and how it is likely to interface with peoples’ right to information will be deliberated upon. The convention will also provide an opportunity to discuss and develop strategies for safeguarding and furthering freedom of speech and expression, which is the cornerstone of any democracy and is enshrined in Article 19 (1)(a) of the constitution from which the right to information flows.
Information commissioners, government functionaries, RTI users and people associated with movements and campaigns from across the country will participate in the convention.  An RTI Mela will be organized in collaboration with various citizens’ groups, where campaigns and organizations from different states will put up stalls showcasing the use of the RTI Act.

We request you to   attend and participate in the deliberation of the Convention.  We have fixed Rs.100.00  as  Registration fee to be paid by  each participant to attend the convention. Please kindly confirm your participation by sending an email to  odishasoochanaadhikar@gmail.com or message to mobile no. 9937843482. We have arranged low cost boarding and lodging for all the participants.  The Convention will start each day at 9.30 am to 5 pm followed  by cultural programme in the  night.

Best wishes and regards,
 Pradip Pradhan
State Convener
M-9937843482


मंगलवार, 26 सितंबर 2017

Performance Audit of Odisha Information Commission

Report
On
 Performance Audit of Odisha Information Commission
 ( From Januarya 2016 to July 2017)
Introduction

As per section 15 and 16 of the RTI Act,  State Information Commissions  will function as   an independent and autonomous  body  and   final adjudicating  authority  without  being  subjected  to directions  by any other authority  under  this Act.  The State Chief Information Commissioner  and State Information Commissioner  shall be persons of eminence  in public life  with wide knowledge  and experience  in law, science and technology , social service , management , journalism, mass media , administration and  governance.  The  logic  behind   requiring  such qualifications  for      selection of  Information Commissioner  is  that  the people   getting   appointed  as  Information  Commissioner  should be learned ,  knowledgeable, efficient  to hear  and dispose the case  and render justice to the Information-Seekers  who were harassed, denied or mal-treated  by the officials  in their pursuit to access the information,  impose penalty on erring PIO ( section 20) and award  compensation to the affected parties {section 19(8)(b)}.  So the primary work of the Commission is to hear  and  dispose the case at the earliest in order to dispense justice  to the  victims.

 Besides that the Commission has  the power to recommend  to the Public Authorities, if  it appears that  the practice of public authority  in relation to the exercise  of its function  under this Act  does not  conform  with the provisions and spirits of the Act,  to take  the steps  which ought  in their opinion  to be taken for  promoting and conformity.

Keeping in  mind  the above-mentioned  mandate of Odisha Information Commission,  we have    audited  to understand  their performance  by  collecting  the information  from   the office of the Commission through RTI  and  analyse  how the commission has  fulfilled  mandate of the Act.

Needless to mention here that   Odisha  Information Commission  is functioning  with  Sri Sunil Kumar Mishra, Chief SIC,  Sri L.N.Patnaik, SIC  and Smt. Sashi Prava Bindhani, SIC.  Both  the SICs  go appointment  in June 2015, while  Chief  Information Commissioner  was appointed  In Nov. 2016.

 RTI Application was filed  to Odisha Information Commission  seeking information about  details of  Complaints, Second Appeal cases   heard, disposed  per month  by each Information Commissioner and   no. of cases  in which penalty  was imposed from January 2016 to July 2017. On 8.9.17, the PIO   has supplied the  information.

A.   No. of Cases  ( Complaint case and Second Appeal) heard   and dispsoed by Each Information Commissioner   from January 2016 to July 2017  ( 19 months )
Name of  State Information Commissioner
Total Cases heard
Total cases disposed
Penalty imposed  in cases
Sri L.N.Patnaik , SIC
3894
1293
41
Smt. Sashi Prava Bindhani
4220
868
1
Division Bench ( Sri L.N.Patnaik and Sashi Prava Bindhani)
443
72
19
Total
8512
2233
61

  Analysis
1.       Sri L.N.Patnaik  heard only 200 cases  per months . It means in an average,  Sri Patnaik heard only 10 cases  per day  ( 20 days in a month taken for hearing ).
2.       In case of rate of disposal by  Sri Patnaik , it was found  that  only 68 cases  has been disposed  per month.  The percentage of disposal of total no. of  cases heard by Sri Patnaik is 33%.
3.       The Percentage of penalty imposed on total no. of cases disposed by Sri Patnaik is 3%.

4.        Smt. Sashi Prava Bindhani  heard  222 no. of cases  per month.  In an average, she heard only 11 cases  per day.
5.       In case of rate of disposal by Smt. Bindhani, it was observed that she disposed only 45 cases per month. The percentage of disposal out of of total no. of cases heard within 19 months by Smt. Bindhani is 20 %.
6.       Out of total no. of 868 cases disposed  by Smt. Bindhani, she has imposed penalty only on one case.

7.         In Division bench,   Both L.N.Patnaik and Smt. Sashi Bindhani  heard 443 cases  and disposed 72 cases.  The  percentage of  rate of disposal  by Division  Bench is  16 %.

B.      No. of cases heard and disposed  by  State Chief Information Commissioner  ( SCIC)   from  Nov. 2016 to  July 2017 ( 9 months ).  He got appointment and started hearing from Nov. 16 .
Name of  State Information Commissioner
Total Cases heard
Total cases disposed
Penalty imposed  in cases
 Sri Sunil Kumar Mishra 
2460
777
13

1.       Sri Mishra, SCIC heard highest no. of cases   i.e., 273 cases  per month  and  disposed  recorded no. of  86 cases per month.  In an average, he heard 13 cases per day.
2.       The percentage of disposal out of total cases heard  by Sri Mishra is 31%.

C.   Over all Analysis
1.       Sashi Prava Bindhani still stands as worst performing Information Commissioner in  Odisha. The disposal rate of cases by Smt. Bindhani is low in comparison to that of other two Commissioners. When her  case  disposal rate  is  20% ,   the  rate of  disposal of  cases  by  Sri L.N.Patnaik, SIC  and Sri Sunil Mishra, SCIC is 33 % and 31 % respectively.

2.          Smt. Sashi Prava Bindhani stands lowest in rank of disposal of cases per month.  While Sri Sunil Mishra, SCIC disposes recorded no. of 86 cases per month, Smt.  Bindhani disposes just 45 cases per month and Sri Patnaik, SIC disposes 68 cases.  Due to inefficiency, lack of knowledge and expertise, Smt. Bindhani could not perform well and lingers  the cases by fixing date time and again.  As it has been witnessed several times, her performance during hearing of cases is very disgusting and discouraging.

3.       Sashi Bindhani is seen very supportive to erring and corrupt officials and always come forward to protect them. That’s why though she has individually  disposed 868  cases,  but penalty  has been imposed  only  in one case.  But Sri L.N.Patnaik  has imposed penalty in  41 cases . Sri Mishra, SCIC  has imposed penalty in 13 cases. 

4.       It deserves  to be mentioned here that Smt. Bindhani is receiving salary  amounting  Rs. 2,20,000.00 per month excluding other perks. Her appointment is loss to state exchequer.


Srikant Pakal
Team leader of Audit Team
M- 9338455092
Date- 24.9.17


रविवार, 24 सितंबर 2017

NGT starts hearing of Complaint case on Illegal KIMS forest land

NGT starts hearing of   Complaint case   on KIMS forest land illegally occupied by KIIT

Dear friends

On 20.9.17, National Green Tribunal heard the Case No.  65/2017/EZ  & M.A. 211/2017/EZ  filed  by Subash Mohapatra vs Govt. of Odisha  challenging  illegal and unauthorised  use  of forest  land  by Achyut Samant-led-KIIT  for  construction of  building  for  KIMS ( Kalinga Institute of Medical Science). NGT   has asked all the opposite  parties  i.e.,  Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, Govt. of Odisha, District Collector, Khurdha, Divisonal Forest Officer, Chandaka Wildlife Division, Bhubaneswar  to file affidavit  by  1.11.2017.  KIIT  was also allowed  to file affidavit.

In his complaint petition, Dr. Subas Mohapatra  has pointed out   that Plot no 516 in Patia Mouza in Bhubaneswar tehsil is having an extent of 55 Acres of forest land mostly of Jungle-2Kisam, a category of forest land under Revenue Khata has been encroached by KIIT  for constructing educational institution and medical college. Further Record of Rights is in the name of Industrial Development Corporation and the same has been transferred in favour of IDCO without obtaining approval from central government as required under Forest Conservation Act 1980.

The CAG in its audit report  has  observed   that around 34.41 Acres of forest land against which no forest clearance from MOEF had been obtained so far(as of December 2012) while a hospital building and structures were constructed on such land in blatant violation of forest conservation act 1980.

Though General Administration Department, Government of Odisha wrote letter dt. 30.12.2012 to Secretary KIIT, for submission of proposal for diversion of forest land of an area of 10.91 acres , the authority of KIIT  has  not  complied it so far.

Despite  being aware about  illegal  construction over forest land  by KIIT, the State Govt. remained mute spectator  and did not take any step to recover the land  due  to  unholy alliance of  Achyut Samant  with  State administration.

Sri Sankar Prasad Pani, learned environment lawyer is  pleading the case.

This is the second case  filed  against KIIT in NGT.

Pradip Pradhan
M-9937843482 
Date-23.9.17




रविवार, 10 सितंबर 2017

Bench Mark Value of Land in Bhubaneswar, Capital City of Odisha

Bench Mark Value of Land in Bhubaneswar, Capital City of Odisha

Dear friends

RTI Application was submitted  to the PIO, Dept. of General Administrationand Public Grievances seeking information about  details of Bench Mark Value of land  in Bhubaneswar. The PIO has provided the  following information.

Consequent upon revision of Bench Mark Value of land in respect of  different Mouza  under the Bhubaneswar Tahasil by the  Govt. in Revenue and Disaster Management Department with effect from  10.5.2016, Government in GA Dept. has revised  the premium of Government land  within limits of  Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation  at par with the Bench Mark Value adopted  by District Sub-Registrar, Bhubaneswar/ Khandagiri  with effect from 7.9.2016. The details is as follows.

Bench Mark value of  Land  under BMC area
{ Rupees shown in lakhs  per acre ( 43560 sqft.) }
Sl.No
Name of Mouza
Residential
Commercial
Agriculture
1
Aiginia
290.00
425.00
200.00
2
Ashok Nagar
1031.00
1311.00
X
3
Badagada
250.00
x
X
4
Banguary
200.00
x
X
5
Bapuji Nagar
1275.00
1550.00
X
6
Baramunda
840.00
940.00
820.00
7
Begunia
300.00
x
160.00
8
Bhagabanpur
165.00
220.00
140.00
9
Bharatpur
260.00
x
x
10
Bhimpur
350.00
575.00
x
11
Bhoi Nagar
1020.00
1110.00
x
12
Bhouma Nagar
750.00
810.00
x
13
Bhubaneswar Sahar
456.00
696.00
x
14
BJB Nagar
770.00
1012.00
x
15
Bomikhal
650.00
1000.00
x
16
ChandrasekharPur
800.00
1250.00
600.00
17
Damana
700.00
x
x
18
Dumduma
300.00
400.00
x
19
Gada Gopinath Prasad
600.00
950.00
x
20
Gadakana
450.00
800.00
x
21
Ganga Nagar
910.00
910.00
x
22
Ghatikia
209.00
209.00
x
23
Gopabandhu Nagar
1040.00
1310.00
x
24
Goutam Nagar
900.00
1123.00
x
25
Govind Prasad
700.00
1100.00
x
26
Haridas Pur
200.00
x
150.00
27
Haripur Patna
191.00
194.00
x
28
Jadupur
270.00
x
x
29
Jagamara
460.00
540.00
x
30
Jayadev Vihar
1440.00
1650.00
x
31
Jeypur
250.00
270.00
x
32
Jharpada
600.00
700.00
x
33
Johala
150.00
250.00
x
34
Jokalandi
600.00
x
x
35
Kapileswar
295.00
x
x
36
Kapilprasad
280.00
403.00
x
37
Keshari Nagar
1150.00
x
x
38
Kharavela Nagar
1444.00
2530.00
x
39
Laxmi Sagar-1
800.00
1104.00
x
40
Laxmi Sagar-11
700.00
840.00
x
41
Madhusudan Nagar
1007.00
x
x
42
Mancheswar
600.00
x
x
43
Meherpali
300.00
x
x
44
Naharakanta
300.00
500.00
x
45
Nakhara
260.00
310.00
x
46
Nayapali
Nilakanth Nagar
1250.00
1110.00
1650.00
x
X
x
47
Nuagaon
170.00
150.00
100.00
48
Pahala
200.00
300.00
x
49
Paika Nagar
910.00
1050.00
x
50
Paikarapur
126.00
x
90.00
51
Pandra
750.00
900.00
x
52
 Patia
1000.00
1200.00
400.00
53
Patrapada
238.00
275.00
144.00
54
Pokhariput
420.00
x
165.00
55
Rajarini
500.00
800.00
x
56
Rudrapur
300.00
450.00
x
57
 Saheed Nagar
1350.00
1700.00
x
58
Samantapuri
1020.00
1170.00
x
59
Sampur
213.00
248.00
174.00
60
Sankapur
160.00
x
150.00
61
Satya Nagar
1150.00
1250.00
x
62
Subudhipur
150.00
x
x
63
Sundarapada
250.00
x
110.00
64
Surya Nagar
1031.00
1320.00
x
65
Vanivihar
950.00
x
x

Pradip Pradhan
M-9937843482

Date-9.9.17