Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Barwala, Hisar: Clash between Sant Rampal's supporters & police, mediapersons who were hurt given medical care

Barwala, Hisar: Clash between Sant Rampal's supporters & police, mediapersons who were hurt given medical care

Framework for Security Cooperation between India and Australia

The Prime Minister of India and the Prime Minister of Australia reaffirm that the Strategic Partnership between India and Australia is based on converging political, economic and strategic interests; a shared desire to promote regional and global peace, security and prosperity; and a commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law.
They have decided to establish a Framework for Security Cooperation to reflect the deepening and expanding security and defence engagement between India and Australia, and to intensify cooperation and consultation between Australia and India in areas of mutual interest. The Framework will be implemented in accordance with the Action Plan below:
Action Plan
1. Annual Summit and Foreign Policy Exchanges and Coordination
a. Annual meeting of Prime Ministers, including in the margins of multilateral meetings
b. Foreign Ministers’ Framework Dialogue
c. Senior Officials’ Talks led by India’s Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Secretary of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
d. East Asia Talks between External/Foreign Affairs senior officials
e. 1.5 Track Australia-India Dialogue
2. Defence policy planning and coordination
a. Regular Defence Ministers’ Meeting
b. Annual Defence Policy Talks
c. Annual 1.5 Track Defence Strategic Dialogue
d. Service to service engagement including regular high-level visits, annual staff talks, joint training and regular exercises as agreed
e. Regular bilateral maritime exercises
f. Explore defence research and development cooperation, including through visits by Australian and Indian defence material delegations and efforts to foster joint industry links
3. Counter-terrorism and other Transnational Crimes
a. Annual Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and other Transnational Crimes
b. Cooperation in CT training and exchanges between experts on countering improvised explosive devices, bomb incidents and technologies
c. Exchanges on counter-radicalisation
d. Cooperation between police on investigation of transnational crime
e. Cooperation on extradition and mutual legal assistance requests
f. Cooperation between AUSTRAC and Financial Intelligence Unit-India
g. Exchanges on cyber policy and cooperation between CERT India and CERT Australia
h. Cooperation on combating illegal migration
4. Border Protection, Coast Guard, and Customs
a. Annual meetings of the Joint Working Group on Visas, Passports and Consular Matters
b. Exchanges and cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and Australian border protection authorities
c. Cooperation between Customs authorities, including training
5. Disarmament, Non-proliferation, Civil Nuclear Energy and Maritime Security
a. Annual bilateral dialogue on Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and International Security, including maritime security
b. Australian support for Indian membership of the export control regimes
c. Early operationalization of civil nuclear energy cooperation and Australia’s support for strengthening India’s energy security by supply of uranium for India’s safeguarded nuclear reactors
d. Cooperation between agencies engaged on international search and rescue, including through information exchange and regional dialogue
e. Cooperation on these issues in relevant international fora, including the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum
6. Disaster management and peacekeeping
a. Exchange on approaches to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
b. Collaboration in the East Asia Summit on disaster management
c. Cooperation and exchanges on peacekeeping issues, including between peacekeeping institutions
7. Cooperation in Regional and Multilateral Fora
a. Close cooperation in regional and multilateral fora, including the East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum, ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus, the Indian Ocean Rim Association, Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, the UN and its specialised agencies, and the G20
b. Support for India’s bid to be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council
Progress under the Action Plan will be reviewed through established institutional arrangements, including the Foreign Ministers’ Framework Dialogue and the Defence Ministers’ Meeting.

Green Telecom Tower Conference


Thank you for showing interest and registering for the Green Telecom Tower Conference taking place on Thursday 18 December 2014, Hotel Le MeridienNew Delhi.

We have an excellent line-up of speakers for this conference and are expecting the participation from the following industry stalwarts:

  1. Rita Teotia, Additional SecretaryDoT
  2. Robert J Ravi, AdvisorTRAI
  3. Naresh Kumar Gupta, Director CFA (Consumer Fixed Access)BSNL
  4. Prashant Singhal, Global PartnerE&Y
  5. RN Nayak, CMDPowergrid
  6. Umang Das, Director General, TAIPA & Chief MentorViom Networks
  7. Tanveer Mohammad, COOUninor
  8. TV Ramachandran, Resident DirectorVodafone
  9. Vishant Vora, Director, Vodafone
  10. Rajan Mathew, Director GeneralCOAI

And many more…

The key agenda highlights will be:
·                     Enabling Inclusive  Growth in a Connected Ecosystem
·                     Mapping Challenges, Tenacity and Growth Plans of National Grid  with Integration of Microgrid
·                     Deployment of Smart Grid in Tower Cluster & Multiple Energy Flow systems
·                     Solarization: Bankability and Funding
·                     Functionality, Efficiency and Adaptability of Batteries for Hybrid  Generation
·                     Last Mile Service Delivery
·                     Evolving Legal & Accountability Framework
We have special early bird discounts (up to 15%) on the standard delegate pricing. The special rate per delegate applicable up to1st Dec. 2014 is INR 9,550 (inclusive of service tax at 12.36%).
We also have discounts on group bookings (3+ delegates). For group bookings, please drop in an e-mail to priti.dutta@ubm.com
CLICK HERE to know how to register and make a payment for the conference.
Feel free to call me for any further clarification on +91 22 61727404.
We look forward to welcoming you at this engaging winter discussion!
Best regards,
Priti Dutta
UBM India is India's leading live media and events company that engages people and enriches businesses. We at UBM India provide the industry with platforms that bring together buyers and sellers from around the world, through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars, tech media, live events, data services and powerful media brands. UBM India hosts over 20 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. A UBM Asia Company, UBM India has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. UBM Asia is owned by UBM plc and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the leading exhibition organizer in Asia and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. For further details, please visit www.ubmindia.in

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World Toilet Day
Beyond Infrastructure: Building New Attitudes Also Needed to End Open Defecation, UN Says

1 billion people don’t use toilets: 1 in 6 people in developing regions;
New UN-Water GLAAS findings underscore
critical gaps in monitoring, particularly for sanitation in rural areas

(United Nations, New York, 19 November) -- The UN today called on religious, education and opinion leaders in developing regions to join government officials and champion a halt to open defecation, a practice of 1 billion people worldwide — one-sixth of the developing world’s 5.9 billion inhabitants.

At UN Headquarters in New York marking World Toilet Day, coordinated by UN-Water, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson highlighted the health threat posed by lack of access to sanitation, and the particular dangers open defecation poses for women and girls.

Said Mr. Eliasson: “We know that political will at the highest level is critical to address these challenges. However, we also know that success at ending open defecation goes beyond infrastructure.  It requires the understanding of behaviors, cultural attitudes and social norms.”

“Throughout all life stages, women and girls bear the greatest burdens caused by the lack of toilet access. Girls are more likely to drop out of school if they don’t have access to a safe and clean toilet. Women and girls can also risk harassment and sexual abuse when trying to use public toilets or when trying to find somewhere to defecate in the open. Universal access to sanitation has a clear role to play in defending women’s safety, dignity and equality,” said Mr. Eliasson.

The Deputy Secretary-General, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in March 2013 launched the Call to Action on Sanitation. This in turn inspired the UN’s End Open Defecation campaign created earlier this year (opendefecation.org; #opendefecation).

Said Chris Williams, Executive Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, a global membership organization hosted by the United Nations: “The active support and efforts of leaders of religion, education and public opinion are needed as much as that of elected and other government officials. We call on all leaders of societies and cultures where open defecation habits are still tolerated: Help us end the taboos associated with frank talk about the dangers of the practice and the benefits of proper sanitation and hygiene.” 

“A generation ago, the idea of smoke-free restaurants, theatres, airports, banks and other public places seemed improbable.  Attitudes were changed by the concerted focus of political leaders, health officials and advocates, and today the notion of sharing such spaces with smokers has become almost universally foreign. It is beyond time for all of humanity to have access to adequate toilets and to use them.”

Breaking the taboo on a major health problem

The practice of open defecation is deeply rooted in poverty but has also been related to convention and customs in some countries and societies — representing, for example, some of the only times other than worship when women from rigid family circumstances may meet.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where 25% of the population practices open defecation, diarrhea is the third biggest killer of children under five years old.

Studies estimate that a child dies every 2.5 minutes because of unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation and hygiene.  Children with diarrhea eat less and are less able to absorb the nutrients from their food, which makes them even more susceptible to bacteria-related illnesses.  Compounding the problem: the children most vulnerable to acute diarrhea also lack access to potentially life-saving health services.

The recent Ebola outbreak, meanwhile, shone a public spotlight on the open defecation issue in West Africa where worried health officials in Lagos and Nigeria, citing human waste as a vector of the virus, appealed through the media for citizens practicing open defecation to stop. 

In Liberia, the nation most affected by Ebola, roughly half the nation’s 4.2 million citizens don’t use toilets; in rural Sierra Leone, the second worst-hit country, the estimate is 28%.

WHO and UNICEF have issued joint guidance on WASH and Ebola (http://bit.ly/1E5vyYn), including the need for separate toilets for use by patients and health care workers in Ebola clinics.

UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water:
Critical gaps in monitoring; resources not targeted to greater needs; rural sanitation neglected

Recent estimates from the WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme indicate open defecation was almost halved in developing regions between 1990 and 2012, down from 31% to 17% of those populations. 

About 825 million people — 82% of the 1 billion practicing open defecation — reside in just 10 countries:

Five in Asia:
   India, 597 million (47% of the national population)
   Indonesia, 54 million (21%)
   Pakistan, 41 million (22.5%)
   Nepal, 11 million (40%)
   China, 10 million (<1 span="">

Five in Africa:
   Nigeria, 39 million (22%)
   Ethiopia, 34 million (36%)
   Sudan, 17 million (45%)
   Niger, 13 million (72%)
   Mozambique, 10 million (38%)

In the rest of the world, the number of people practicing open defecation is estimated at 182 million.

Published today by WHO on behalf of UN-Water, the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report says “countries are unable to confirm whether funding is directed towards actual needs or to report back on whether they have met financial allocation targets.” 

“More importantly, data often does not inform decision-making: less than half of countries use data in the allocation of resources to sanitation. Existing plans for reaching disadvantaged groups are commonly left unmonitored. Less than half of low and middle income countries track progress in extending sanitation services to the poor.”

The vast majority of those without improved sanitation are impoverished rural residents. And, according to the report, where rural sanitation progress has occurred, it has primarily benefitted richer people, increasing inequalities.

“Political commitments to ensure everyone has access to water and sanitation are essential to human health and are at an all-time high,” said Dr. Maria Neira, Director of the WHO Department of Public Health and the Environment. “International aid for the sector is on the rise. But we continue to see major financial gaps at the country level, particularly in rural areas.”

GLAAS data show sanitation expenditure as a proportion of overall WASH expenditure growing from 20% in 2010 to 40% in 2014. Aid commitments for sanitation, however, fell to one-fourth of water and sanitation in ODA in 2012, compared to one-third in 2010.

Estimates indicate that expenditures for rural sanitation comprise less than 10% of total water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) financing.

“Despite considerable health benefits to be had through hygiene promotion … hygiene remains a neglected component of WASH,” says the report.

Reducing open defecation worldwide

Open defecation is declining steadily in Asia, and in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In South Asia the percentage dropped from 65% in 1990 to 38% in 2012, with the greatest reductions in that region recorded in Nepal (from 86% in 1990 to 40% in 2012), Bangladesh (from 34% to 3%) and Pakistan (from 52% to 23%). 

The 25% of people in sub-Saharan Africa not using toilets is down from 36% in 1990.  However, the practice is growing in 26 of sub-Saharan Africa’s 44 countries.

Countries are taking action and the Sanitation and Water for All partnership has created an overview of national commitments: http://sanitationandwaterforall.org/commitments/country-commitments.

For example, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged 111 million toilets and an end to open defecation by 2019, an ambition channelling the view of the nation’s late spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, who termed sanitation “more important than independence.”

Nigeria has set a target date of 2018 for the end of open defecation, while Burundi is evaluating a framework for eliminating the practice by the end of 2016.

Meanwhile, from 1990 to 2012, open defecation in Ethiopia fell by 55 percentage points, from 92% to 37%.  According to the GLAAS report launched today, key elements of Ethiopia’s success include:

* Strong political will for improving access to water and sanitation. According to the Ministry of Health: “The government has shown demonstrable, high level political commitment to enhanced sanitation coverage over the past few years. This goal is reflected in the national Health Extension Program, the National Hygiene and Sanitation Strategy and a national step-by-step protocol and Sanitation Action Plan (SAP) for achieving universal access by 2015. There has been significant improvement in access to safe sanitation and hygiene in Ethiopia since the Health Extension Program began in 2002/2003.

Human resources and education. Health Extension Workers educate communities about sanitation and help create cultural acceptance of toilets.  The nation’s 39,000 HEWs are trained at nine Training Vocational and Educational Centres and the government has upgraded the degree levels for sanitation and hygiene to improve qualifications.

Governments that have invested in behavior change programmes, rather than just in constructing of toilets have seen the most positive results.

Community approaches such as Community Led Total Sanitation, for example, offer an innovative approach to eliminate open defecation. This approach focuses on the behavioural change needed to ensure real and sustainable improvements and the creation of open defecation-free villages, since even a minority practicing open defecation puts a whole village at greater risk of disease. Through the use of simple and effective demonstrations which explain the link between open defecation and disease, families make the decision to change their sanitation practices and the community as a whole comes together to decide on what steps need to be taken to achieve an open defecation free environment.

Says Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes: “UNICEF has been successfully implementing these approaches at scale in more than 50 countries, leading to some 26 million people abandoning open defecation in the last six years. They encourage innovation, mutual support and appropriate local solutions, thus leading to greater ownership and sustainability.

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UN World Toilet Day is coordinated by United Nations Water (UN-Water) - the UN’s inter agency coordination mechanism on all fresh water related issues, including sanitation.

For more information:
World Toilet Dayunwater.org/worldtoiletday
End Open Defecation campaignopendefecation.org; #opendefecation

UN Call to Action on Sanitation:

IndiaOz agree on closer cooperation on security and trade

India, Aus agree on closer cooperation on security and trade
Seeking to enhance defence ties, India and Australia on Tuesday established a framework for security cooperation, as they decided to conclude a long pending Free Trade pact by the end of next year and an “early closure” of the civilian nuclear deal that will facilitate uranium trade.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott held talks and decided to establish a Framework for Security Cooperation to reflect their deepening and expanding security and defence collaboration for advancing regional peace and combating terrorism among other challenges.
After the summit talks at the Prime Minister’s office, just two months after Abbott’s maiden visit to India, the two countries signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and Arts and Culture.
“This is a natural partnership, arising from our shared values and interests, and our strategic maritime locations,” Modi said at a joint press conference with Abbott.
“Security and defence are important and growing areas of the new India-Australia partnership – for advancing regional peace and stability, and combating terrorism and trans-national crimes,” he said.
The security framework, finalised hours before the talks, lays out an extensive “action plan” including annual prime ministerial summits and maritime military exercises, besides cooperation in counter-terrorism, border control and close consultations on regional and international institutions.
It’s confirmation came only after Chinese President Xi Jinping left Canberra for Tasmania, Australian media reported. Modi said the two sides also “agreed on seeking early closure on the civil nuclear agreement, which will give Australia a chance to participate in one of the most secure and safe nuclear energy programme in the world.”
Modi and Abbott had summit talks in Delhi last month during which India and Australia sealed a civil nuclear deal.
Australia has about 40 per cent of the world’s uranium reserves and exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of yellow cake annually.
India and Australia had commenced negotiations for the sale of uranium in early 2012.
Later in a rare address to the Parliament, Modi said the region has seen huge progress on the foundation of peace and stability.
“But, we cannot take this for granted. Preserving it will be the most important task in the region. India and Australia can play their part in it – by expanding our security cooperation and deepening our international partnerships in the region,” he told the lawmakers.
Modi on Tuesday said Australia will not be at the periphery of India’s vision but at the centre of its thought, as he called for closer bilateral security cooperation and a comprehensive global strategy to tackle the menace of terrorism.
Modi, while addressing the Australian Parliament, the first Indian Prime Minister to do so, said, “It has taken a Prime Minister of India 28 years to come to Australia. It should never have been so. And, this will change. Australia will not be at the periphery of our vision, but at the centre of our thought.”
Modi addressed the Parliament after holding bilateral talks with Prime Minister Tony Abbott following which the two countries signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and Arts and Culture.
During the talks, the two sides sought an early conclusion of negotiations for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement and a closure on the civil nuclear deal.
Addressing the Parliament, Modi said terrorism has become a major threat.
“In India, we have seen its face closely for three decades. And, we see it with the clarity that comes with it. Terrorism is changing in character and expanding in its reach,” Modi said.
“Internet has made recruitment and call to violence self-generated. It also feeds off money laundering, drug trafficking and arms smuggling. We have to deepen our bilateral security cooperation. But, we need a comprehensive global strategy for a global problem,” he said.
In order to tackle the new security challenges, Modi sought closer security cooperation, a policy of no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between nations, a resolve to isolate those who harbour terrorists, willingness to empower states that will fight them, a social movement against extremism in countries where it is most prevalent and every effort to delink religion and terrorism.
“India sees Australia as one of our foremost partners in the region. There are few countries in the world where we see so much synergy as we do in Australia,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister also called for support for the process of economic integration across the region and an open global trading system that remains integrated. “We must guard against regional trade initiatives becoming instruments of political competition. However, economic integration by itself won’t be a strong basis for peace and stability, without strong regional institutions,” Modi said.
Modi also called for collaboration in the field of maritime security.
“We should collaborate more on maintaining maritime security. We should work together on the seas and collaborate in international forums. And, we should work for a universal respect for international law and global norms,” he said.
Modi said countries needed to ensure that outer space and cyber space remain instruments of connectivity and prosperity, not new frontiers of conflict.
More importantly, he said, both the countries can work together to deal with piracy and range of other issues related to security.
“The oceans are our lifelines. But, we worry about its access and security in our part of the world more than ever before,” he said.
“Responding to the region’s disasters, combating proliferation, acting against piracy, we can work together on a full range of security challenges,” the Prime Minister said.
Modi said India and Australia were members of several institutions “critical” to the region and the world and both the countries should coordinate more closely on different global fora.
He said the two countries need not have to rely on borrowed architecture of the past nor did the two have the luxury to “choose who we work with and who we don’t.”
“But, what we do need is to work together and with others to create environment and culture that promotes the currency of co-existence and cooperation; in which all nations, small and big, abide by international law and norms, even when they have bitter disputes.
“India and Australia are members of several institutions that are critical for this region and the world. We should coordinate more closely in East Asia Summit, G20 and the Indian Ocean Region Association,” Modi said.
Modi said, India’s development and growth provides a long term opportunity for Australia and it has immense opportunities in the field of agriculture, food processing, mining, infrastructure, finance, technology and energy.
“We have a new Mission for turning ‘Make in India’ into a global name just as Computer in India is. But, we want to find new pathways to prosperity, not simply travel down the roads of the previous century. Much of India’s future cities and infrastructure is yet to be built and so we have a unique opportunity to make our choices now.
“India’s development, demography and demand provide a unique long term opportunity for Australia – and all in the familiar framework of democracy. There is no other example of this nature in the world. Indian investors, too, are coming here in growing numbers and commitments,” Modi said.
He highlighted that since his government came to office, no region has seen more intense engagement on India’s part than Asia Pacific region.
Modi said Australia has immense opportunities to participate in India’s progress and in turn, India will be the answer to Australia’s search for new economic opportunities and desire to diversify global economic engagement.
He said India and Australia were connected to each other with history and geography.
Modi once again highlighted the example of Walter Griffin, who designed Canberra and was buried in Lucknow, after narrating his story to Abbott and Obama during the G20.
Modi, during his address, also talked about Australian novelist and lawyer Jang Lang, who helped Rani Laxmibai against the Birtish East India Company.
“This morning, Prime Minister and I honoured our soldiers, who 100 years ago made the supreme sacrifice together in the battle of Gallipoli. The man who designed this beautiful capital of Canberra, Walter Burley Griffin, lies buried in the old city of Lucknow in India.
“More than 150 years ago, an Australian novelist and lawyer John Lang fought the legal battle for a brave Indian freedom fighter, the Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai against the British East India Company in India’s first War of Independence. He also lies buried in the Indian hill town of Mussoorie,” Modi said.
He said both the nations had common love for cricket and are set to battle it out on the cricket field next month. “We celebrate the legend of Bradman and the class of Tendulkar together.
We are impressed by Australian speed as you are charmed by the Indian spin, until of course Shane Warne came along!” the Prime Minister said amidst laughter in the Parliament.
Speaking about his clear cut majority government in 30 years, the Prime Minister said there was a new “high tide” of hope and energy in India.
“Today, we have a government with a majority after thirty years. From the remotest village to the biggest cities, there is a new high tide of hope in India; a new energy. It is the energy of our youth the 800 million people below the age of 35 eager for change, willing to work for it – because, now they believe that it is possible. That they can make it happen. It is this force of transformation that we will unleash.
“In the six months that we have been in office, we have moved forward, thinking with ambition, acting with speed; seeking growth not just for growth, but to transform the quality of life of every Indian,” Modi said.
Lauding the people of Australia for making what the nation is today, Modi said generations of people’s representatives have made the country one of the greatest nations of the world. Media agencies

Transparency Watchdogs of India- too transparent to make their asset detail

Press Release : Transparency Watchdogs of India  too transparent to
make their asset details public. पारदर्शिता से परहेज  करते पारदर्शिता
के रखवाले : आयुक्तों की संपत्ति की सूचना सार्वजनिक न करने को कुतर्कों
तक का सहारा ले रहे सूचना आयोग Central Information Commission makes
lame excuses to deter exposure of asset details of its Commissioners
under RTI, Uttar Pradesh info-commissioners fail to file asset details
as mandated by Lokpal & Lokayukta act , exposes RTI.

Lucknow. भारत में पारदर्शिता की मुहिम के लिए भला इससे बड़ा और कोई
दुर्भाग्य क्या होगा जब पारदर्शिता के रखवाले ही पारदर्शिता से परहेज
करते नज़र आ रहे हैं l  सामाजिक संगठन 'तहरीर' के संस्थापक लखनऊ  निवासी
सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और इंजीनियर संजय शर्मा द्वारा दायर  एक आरटीआई  में
केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग द्वारा अपने आयुक्तों की संपत्ति की सूचना सार्वजनिक
न करने के लिए  कुतर्कों का सहारा लेने का एक मामला सामने आया है तो बहीं
संजय शर्मा द्वारा दायर  एक अन्य आरटीआई में उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य सूचना
आयोग के  आयुक्तों द्वारा अपनी संपत्ति  की जानकारी अभी तक आयोग को ही
नहीं  दिए जाने का खुलासा हुआ है l

‪#‎तहरीर‬ ‪#‎tahrir‬{ Transparency, Accountability & Human Rights’
Initiative for Revolution – TAHRIR }  . भारत में लोक जीवन में
पारदर्शिता संवर्धन, जबाबदेही निर्धारण और आमजन के मानवाधिकारों के
संरक्षण के हितार्थ  जमीनी स्तर पर कार्यशील संस्था  है l

संजय ने बताया कि केंद्र सरकार के कार्मिक और प्रशिक्षण विभाग (डीओपीटी)
ने लोकपाल और  लोकायुक्त कानून के तहत "लोकसेवक  :फर्निशिंग आफ
इनफार्मेशन एंड एनूअल रिटर्न आफ एसेट्स एंड लाइबलिटीज एंड द लिमिट्स आफ
एम्जेम्पशन आफ एसेट्स इन फाइलिंग: नियम, 2014"  अधिसूचित किया था । इसके
तहत सभी लोकसेवकों  के लिये अपनी,अपनी पत्नी/पति तथा आश्रित बच्चों की
संपत्ति और देनदारियों का ब्यौरा देना अनिवार्य हो गया था जिसके लिए 5
नये फार्म जारी किये गये थे  जिनमें नकदी, बैंक जमा, बांड, डिबेंचर्स,
शेयर तथा कंपनियों की इकाइयों या म्यूचुअल फंड में किये गये निवेश, बीमा
पालिसी, भविष्य निधि, व्यक्तिगत रिण तथा अन्य किसी व्यक्ति या इकाई को
दिया गया कर्ज समेत अन्य संबंधित जानकारी देनी अनिवार्य  थी ।फार्मों  के
अनुसार लोकसेवकों को अपने, पति-पत्नी या अपने उपर आश्रित बच्चों के पास
उपलब्ध वाहनों, विमान या जहाज, सोना एवं चांदी के आभूषण तथा अपने पास रखे
गये सर्राफा के बारे में भी जानकारी देनी थी। लोकसेवकों को अचल संपत्ति
तथा रिण एवं अन्य देनदारियों के बारे में  31 मार्च 2014 की स्थिति  के
आधार पर 15 सितम्बर 2014 तक  जानकारी देनी थी। नए नियमों के मुताबिक, अगर
लोकसेवक समय पर संपत्ति की जानकारी नहीं देते हैं या गलत ब्योरा देते हैं
तो उनके खिलाफ कार्रवाई का प्रावधान है।

केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग के जन सूचना अधिकारी और उपसचिव सुशील कुमार ने 20
अक्टूबर को दिए जबाब में लिखा है कि लोकपाल और  लोकायुक्त कानून 2013 के
तहत  बनाये गए  "लोकसेवक  :फर्निशिंग आफ इनफार्मेशन एंड एनूअल रिटर्न
आफ एसेट्स एंड लाइबलिटीज एंड द लिमिट्स आफ एम्जेम्पशन आफ एसेट्स इन
फाइलिंग: नियम, 2014"  के अंतर्गत कार्यवाही प्रचलन में है। संजय  का
कहना है कि उन्होंने सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा संपत्ति की घोषणा के 5
फार्मों की सत्यापित प्रतियां माँगी थीं और  सुशील कुमार  का  कार्यवाही
प्रचलन में होना लिखना  सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा संपत्ति की घोषणा की सूचना
सार्वजनिक न करने के लिए  कुतर्कों का सहारा लेने से अधिक कुछ भी नहीं है
l संजय  ने इस मामले में केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग के अपीलीय  अधिकारी ए. के.
दाश  को अपील  भेज दी है l

उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य सूचना आयोग के जन सूचना अधिकारी ने  30 सितम्बर को
दिए जबाब में लिखा है कि लोकपाल और  लोकायुक्त कानून 2013 के तहत  बनाये
गए  "लोकसेवक  :फर्निशिंग आफ इनफार्मेशन एंड एनूअल रिटर्न आफ एसेट्स एंड
लाइबलिटीज एंड द लिमिट्स आफ एम्जेम्पशन आफ एसेट्स इन फाइलिंग: नियम,
2014"  के अंतर्गत राज्य सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा संपत्ति की घोषणा के 5
फार्मों की सत्यापित प्रतियां उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य सूचना आयोग के कार्यालय
में धारित ही  नहीं हैं l

संजय ने राज्य सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा संपत्ति की घोषणा की सूचना अभी तक
आयोग को भी नहीं दिए जाने  पर खेद व्यक्त करते हुए बताया कि कुछ
नवनियुक्त सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा भ्रष्टाचार में लिप्त होकर अपने
परिवारीजनों के नाम पर अचल सम्पत्तियों में भारी निवेश की शिकायतों की
पुष्टि करने हेतु ही उन्होंने यह आरटीआई डाली थी और  इस  आरटीआई के जबाब
ने उनकी नवनियुक्त सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा भ्रष्टाचार में लिप्त होकर अपने
  परिवारीजनों के नाम पर अचल सम्पत्तियों में भारी निवेश की आशंका को और
भी पुष्ट कर दिया है l संजय  ने  अब  राज्य सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा
संपत्ति की घोषणा की सूचना अभी तक सार्वजनिक नहीं करने के इस मामले में
राज्यपाल से मिलकर राज्यपाल से हस्तक्षेप करने की अपील करने की बात कही
है l

Lucknow based Social activist and Engineer Sanjay Sharma filed a RTI
with the CPIO of Central Information Commission ( CIC ) to get
certified copies of asset details filed by Info-commissioners as
mandated by Lokpal & Lokayukta act in 5 performa. Reply sent by Sushil
Kumar, Deputy Secretary ( admn. ) & CPIO of CIC asserts that The
action is under process. Sanjay says that this makes it clear that
till now, either info-commissioners at CIC have not submitted asset
returns on these 5 performa or CPIO of Central Information Commission
is making  lame excuses to deter exposure of asset details of its
Commissioners under RTI.

Sanjay said that In July, the Department of Personnel & Training
under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, had
issued a notification under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act that
mandated  every public servant to file a declaration, information and
annual returns of assets and liabilities of his family including
himself as of 31 March 2014 and that too on or before 15 September
2014. INFO-COMMISSIONERS too, are public servants and are very much
required to comply this notification in letter & spirit, said Sanjay.

Sanjay said that its shocking that even the transparency watchdog of
India is reluctant to make annual property returns, a mandatory
obligation under the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, public. If
info-commissioners themselves do not follow the government's
directives, how can they direct others to do so?" asked Sanjay , the
Lucknow-based Social activist & founder of ‘TAHRIR’ who filed the

"Corruption maybe another aspect of this issue. The fact that
Info-commissioners are reluctant to share information about their
property hints at possible corruption. Our newly elected Prime
Minister's USP is good governance. If Info-commissioners conceal
information about their property, how can Narendra Modi's vision of
providing good and efficient governance be realised?" Sanjay asked. In
this matter, Sanjay has sent First appeal to A. K. Dash, First
appellate authority of CIC.

On a separate RTI plea of Sanjay Sharma, PIO of Uttar Pradesh State
Information Commission ( UPSIC ) has flatly written that no
information related to  asset details of its Commissioners i.e. the
certified copies of asset details filed by Info-commissioners as
mandated by Lokpal & Lokayukta act in 5 performa was available with
him which meant all of the info-commissioners have failed to file
asset details as mandated by Lokpal & Lokayukta act.

Sanjay says that he filed this RTI with UPSIC on a tip-off of
purchasing a large chunk of land and investments in real estate by
some info-commissioner of UPSIC in the name of members of his family
out of money made by corrupt practices at UPSIC and adds that this RTI
reply by PIO of UPSIC has further cemented his doubts on honest and
integral discharge of functions by existing info-commissioners of
UPSIC. Sanjay shall soon meet Governor of U.P. to intervene in this
matter and do the needful to make info-commissioners accountable to
the public.

-Sincerely Yours,

Urvashi Sharma
101,Narayan Tower, Opposite F block Idgah
Rajajipuram,Lucknow-226017,Uttar Pradesh,India
Contact 9369613513
Right to Information Helpline 8081898081
Helpline Against Corruption  9455553838


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