Wed, Jul 26, 2017 | updated 12:41 AM IST

100 percent jump in expenditure for CIC Convention 2015: RTI

Updated: Aug 30, 2016 14:54 IST      
100 percent jump in expenditure for CIC Convention 2015: RTI

New Delhi [India], Aug. 30 (ANI): In October, 2006, on completion of one year of the RTI law, the Central Information Commission (CIC) and government organised the first ever RTI Convention with clear objective to take stock of the evolution of the RTI Act, 2005 during previous one year and to chart 'Way Ahead'.

It involved sharing experience among the stakeholders, consisting of both sides i.e. information providers (Officials from the Centre and state governments) and information seekers of the civil society, using transparency law. A balance of numbers of participant was ensured among the stakeholders to achieve realistic outcome.

Thereafter, it had becomes a yearly affair. (2014 was exception, when the convention could not take place as the post of the Chief Information Commissioner, was lying vacant.)

2015 CIC Convention held for taking stock of 10 Years of Transparency Law will be more remembered for the controversies it generated by inviting only about 10 RTI practitioners of Civil Society from across the nation among 2000 invitees, thus creating imbalance among the stakeholders.

It was reported that 7 of the civil society members had boycotted the inaugural session in solidarity with others who were not invited. The rest of invitees were believed to be government officials from centre and states, including State Information Commissioners (SICs).

From the point of view of civil society, in the absence of representatives from different regions of the nation, the convention was a failure as it did not meet the objectives of the annual convention. At the most the convention could be treated as conduct of training/awareness under Section 26 for the government officials.

The analyses of expenditure reveal 100 percent increase in the expenditure from the past. CIC instead of maintaining austerity involving tax payers' money, in keeping with the spirit of the RTI Act.

CIC had incurred Rs.28.6 lakhs of taxpayer's money of which 13.5 lakhs has been spent on hospitality items mainly for the government officials who attended the Convention on duty and would have been entitled for TA/DA.

This revelation was made in response to an RTI filed by Lokesh Batra. (ANI)

Separatist leader Shabir Shah arrested in Srinagar

Updated: Jul 26, 2017 00:33 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], July 26 (ANI): Separatist leader and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Shah was arrested from his residence, where he was under house detention for a very long time, in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar.

Full Story >>

J-K Police arrests stonepelter, who turned into LeT terrorist

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 23:21 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], July 25 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said they have arrested a stone-pelter, who turned into Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, from the Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir's Batramulla district.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra),[India] July 25 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the site of building collapse in Mumbai's Ghatkopar on late Tuesday evening and directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file a report on the incident within 15 days.

Full Story >>

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], July 25 (ANI): The Indian Army's Konark Corps have deployed rescue columns in flood affected districts of Barmer, Pali and Jalore district of Rajasthan.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra),[India] July 25 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sunil Shitap, who was earlier being held responsible for Ghatkopar building collapse, has now been booked for culpable homicide.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss details regarding Darjeeling unrest and flood situation in the state.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra)[India], July 25 (ANI): The Mumbai Police have confirmed that 19 people have been extracted till now, after a four-storey residential building collapsed in suburban Ghatkopar, Mumbai on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

India rejects OIC resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 21:59 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): India on Tuesday outrightly rejected the resolutions passed by the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

Full Story >>

PM Modi announces ex-gratia for Gujarat flood victims

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 21:10 IST     

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], July 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next kin of those killed in Gujarat floods, and Rs. 50,000 to those injured.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday handed over additional ex-gratia amount from the Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (ABCWF) to ten next of kin of battle casualties.

Full Story >>

Central team arrives in Assam to take stock of flood damage

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 21:09 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The Chief Secretary of Assam, Vinod Kumar, chaired a meeting with the visiting Inter-Ministerial team to assess the damage caused by recent floods at Assam, in Guwahati, on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Manipur's 'society' empowering women through handloom

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 20:46 IST     

Imphal (Manipur) [India], July 25 (ANI): Manipur based Renu Handloom and Handicraft Co-operative Society is working towards the women empowerment from last two decades.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): A Pakistani terrorist was convicted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under a 2006 Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case by the Principal City Civil and Sessions Judge Shri Basawaraj S. Sappannanavar on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Lucknow terror operation: NIA arrests two more suspects

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 20:45 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Tuesday made two more arrests in connection with the links to suspected Islamic State terrorist Saifullah, who was killed in a shootout in Lucknow, earlier in March.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): Former Calcutta High Court judge Justice C.S. Karnan, guilty of contempt of court, has made a representation before President Ram Nath Kovind seeking remission of his jail term.

Full Story >>

Ahmedabad (Gujurat) [India], July 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected areas in Gujarat.

Full Story >>

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], July 25 (ANI): The The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) team and a team of AIIMS doctor on Tuesday reached Simla for the probe of a gang-rape-and-murder of a 16-year-old girl.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday said that 'helpless' Janata Dal (United) is asking Congress to convince Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav to resign, who has been named in an F.I.R.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday backed the ruling of the Madras High Court making Vande Mataram complusory to sing once in a week and said it is a good thought and people should not have any problem practising it.

Full Story >>

Separatist leaders sent to 10 day-NIA custody

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 19:00 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): A Delhi court on Tuesday sent all seven separatist leaders - Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate - to a 10 day-National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody over money laundering charges to fund terror in the Kashmir Valley.

Full Story >>