Friday, October 28, 2011

Daya Maheshwari Memorial Trophy 2011 Winner announced:


Smt.Daya Maheshwari(22.07.2011-01.08.2011



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Daya Maheshwari Memorial Trophy 2011 Winner announced:






Bharat Pensioners Samaj on 29th of October 2011 announced BSNL & DOT Pensioners Association Gujarat Circle Ahemdabad as the winner of Daya Maheshwari Memorial Trophy 2011. Trophy in the memory of Social worker; Late Smt. Daya Maheshwari (22.07.1942-01-08-2011) wife of S.C. Maheshwari carries a cash reward of Rs 5000/-Plus Citation for the out standing services to the Pensioners’ Community during the year .

Web-based PENSION PORTAL a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan

Web-based PENSION PORTAL a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan - Release of Grant-in Aid to Pensioners Associations for implmentation of the Portal.
http://circulars.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/USC-2.pdf

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Diwali



My hearty  diwali wishes to you & your family! Let this festive days brings tons of happiness & prosperity to you & your family! Have a nice time and safe Diwali


Diwali Is the festival of LightsHappinessProsperity...

                                          We wish that this DIWALI...
                                                       Lights your way towards
                           True Happiness andProsperity... !!    S.C.Maheshawri & family

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Double Whammies- Government to muzzle CAG and RTI Act?

http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?278635#.TqJ3gr238a0.blogger What began as a few whispers is now a booming drumbeat. Powerful senior ministers are asserting that the Right to Information Act (RTI), till now flaunted as one of the UPA government’s biggest gifts to the aam aadmi, is “transgressing into government functioning”. Similar misgivings are being voiced on another constitutional body that has been in the news lately—the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). Put together, this has raised fears of a possible attempt to muzzle the proverbial messenger.
“The government has not made it clear what can or cannot be made public, which is what’s leading to controversies.”Sudha Pai, Professor, JNU 
“Both (RTI and CAG) are messengers that bring to people something that has been stolen or gone wrong,” says former CAG T.N. Chaturvedi. But that’s not how a beleaguered government is seeing it. Facing varied governance scandals, it says that RTI is being misused for political and business ends. Over the past few weeks, one RTI response brought to fore the rivalry between Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P. Chidambaram. Another RTI reply has cast doubts on the CAG’s assessment of losses to the exchequer in the 2G case.
Are they really hampering government functioning? That’s arguable, feels former chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, pointing out that if government agencies share information or store it well in the first place, no time would be lost in retrieving and giving RTI responses. “The apprehensions,” Habibullah stresses, “arise due to the fact that we have been an insular government and very secretive so far. The use of RTI is not to impair law or government functioning.” On concerns over leakage of sensitive information, he cites the example of the army, which has streamlined the system with adequate checks.
Civil society, meanwhile, is happy that RTI is now helping improve services by generating, for instance, public debate and action in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh for monitoring nrega and better supply of subsidised foodgrains, respectively. Voicing civil society’s fears, Nikhil Dey of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information says: “We’re worried that the government will dilute the RTI on some pretext. If at all we need to rethink, it’s only about better implementation.”
Till now, civil society has managed to thwart attempts by the government to impose many new conditions—like word limit or multiple questions in an application. So far, the government has promised there would be public consultation for any amendment.
“The CAG is not interested in running down the government or the PMO. Its report can only hold a mirror to events.”T.N. Chaturvedi, Former CAG 
“Why should there be any rethink on RTI? Nobody can fully cleanse the system, but at least RTI is helping to do so in bits and pieces. It has put some fear in the system,” says former chief election commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh, who still lends support to various anti-corruption movements. The general consensus is that despite the odd misuse of RTI for political ends, it has only helped improve government functioning. Unfortunately for the government, the full potential of RTI is still being unravelled.
http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?278635



Friday, October 21, 2011

News letter 22.10.2011


Greeting,

Wish You all a very happy Depawali

Important announcements :1  56th AGM of Bharat Pensioners Samaj is scheduled to be held on 04.011.2011 from 10.00hrs onwards in Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 11001.All members Affiliates & supporters are cordially invited.
BPS announces winners of 2011 awards

2. With the intention of developing healthy competition and to encourage better service to Pensioners by its affiliated Associations. Bharat Pensioners Samaj, introduced PEMS i.e. Performance evaluation & monitoring system, under which best performing Association of the year is rewarded 
 Batta Memorial Trophy  with a cash Prize of Rs 5000/. From  2010  a  Spl. Prize Trophy plus two runners-up cash prizes were added to this system. From this year replacing the Spl prize Trophy, BPS announces introduction of Daya Maheshwari memorial Trophy with cash prize of Rs 5000/-

This year's result for winners of these prizes is as follows as follow:

1. AICGA Pune
2. BSNL & DOT Pensioners Association Ahemdabad.
3. DAPWA Chandigarh
4. RSCWS Mohali

Winners are requested to be present on 04/11/2011 in 56th  AGM of Bharat Pensioners Samaj to receive  the awards
                        
Secretary General Bharat Pensioners Samaj                                        Dated.16. 10.2011


Documents uploaded on website :  www.bharatpensioner.org



              



Other information
 
Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week as ‘Grievance Redressal Week’


F.No. DGIT (Vig.)/PV/201 0-11 /VAP                                                                                            Date : 20.10.2011
To,
All the CCsIT(CCA)
Madam/Sir,
Sub : Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week as “Grievance Redressal Week” – Reg. Ref : DO letter even number of DGIT (Vig.) dated 28.09.2011.
Please refer to CVC Circular No. 09/07/11 dated 12.09.2011 and DO letter of DGIT (Vig) dated 28.09.2011 and accordingly the Department would be celebrating Vigilance Awareness Week from 31st October to 5th November, 2011this year on theme of “Participative Vigilance”.
2. The CVC during its consultative meeting with the CBDT on 18.10.2011 has conveyed that the VigilanceAwareness Week 2011 should also be observed as “Grievance Redressal week”. Hence in addition to the various activities suggested in the earlier communication , the week long celebration should be combined with the whole hearted effort to redress pending grievances of the tax payers in the areas like Rectifications , Appeal effects , issuance of Refunds , Requests for PAN Migrations etc .
3. Special arrangements be made to facilitate the tax payers and adequate publicity should also be given so that maximum grievances get redressed during the week.
4. At the end of the week, a consolidated report on achievements be sent to this office in respect of all the CC sIT in your region in the following format :
S.N.
Item
Pendency as on30.10.2011
Disposal duringthe Week
1.
Rectification Applications


2.
Appeal Effects


3.
Refunds related Grievances


4.
PAN Migration related matters


5.
Any other type of Grievance



1. This information be sent along with a consolidated report about the manner in which the VigilanceAwareness Week was observed along with photographs, CDs etc. It is proposed to compile the reports in form of souvenir for submission to the CVC. It is therefore requested to send the report and also to mail the same on email id adarsh.modi@ymail.com to facilitate the compilation latest by 15.11.2011.
This issues with the prior approval of the DGIT(Vig) & CVO , CBDT , New Delhi.
Yours Sincerely
Sd-
(Adarsh Kumar Modi)
Addl.DIT (Preventive vigilance)
Copy to : (i) The DsIT (Vigilance) North/East/South/ West, zones for information and coordination. (ii)The Web Manager, irsofficersonline.gov.in with request to display the same on website. (iii) The DIT(S) IV with request to display on the web site incomtaxindia.gov.in
Sd-
Addl.DIT (Preventive vigilance)
 Er.S C Maheshwari
Former DEN C.Rly.
Secretary (Railway)
Bharat Pensioners Samaj (Member SCOVA)
Genl. Secy. RREWA
490A/16 Gurudwara Road;Civil Lines .Gurgaon-122001
Website :         http://www.bharatpensioner.org/


Thursday, October 20, 2011

RREWA writes to AIRFF

RREWA writes to AIRRF

S.C.Maheshwari writes to Y.N. Sastry

To
Y.N. Sastry,
President AIRRF Secuderabad.

Reference : Your Delhi Tour report as published in AIRRF magazine September-Oct.2011

Dear Sh. Sastry ji,

Khudee  Ko Kar Buland  etna  ke  Har  Takdeer se phele  Khuda Khud Bande  se Punche Batta Teri Raja Kya hai

RREWA, is a Symbol of LOVE Affection & Service among Pensioners in 83 Countries and 132 cities of India. Under the able guidance of V.K. Agarwal former CRB & MM Agarwal former C.E. N.Rly. RREWA serves Pensioners & Family Pensioners w/o asking for their affiliation, alliance, member ship or the Department on an average it disseminate 17,127 pages of information to pensioners every month.
 It is a proud affiliate of Bharat Pensioners Samaj which has the rare distinction to have found space in the Publications of UNO, several Sociologists & Anthropologists.
DO NOT KNOW WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF SINCERE & SLFLESS ORGANIZATIONS? Is it their desperation or insecurity?
Sastry ji, we in RREWA do not believe in self praise &self  image building. However, I am grateful to you for having found me important enough to mention my name in your publication & discussions. For your knowledge I am not the President of RREWA and please do not get disturbed if I disclose, that besides RREWA several other affiliates of BPS are SCOVA members as well as recipient of Grant in aid.  NFRPA's reply to your letter should be sufficient to pacify your  ego .
                Sastry ji, out of 1200000 Rly Pensioners only 3 lakh Rly. Pensioners have joined one or other Associations i.e AIRROA,S 30 Retired  officers Association, S29,Retired .officers Association,140 Rly Pensioners Associations affiliated to AIFPA,200 Rly pensioners Associations affiliated   AFPA,130 Associations of Rly Pensioners affiliated to BPS & 80 Rly Pensioners Associations affiliated to AICCPA, you claim affiliation of  250 Associations.
Your claim of  being the sole leader of 5 lakh Rly. Pensioners  is a big farce.  When  you came to join Dharna on 04.07.2010.  There were not even 15 Pensioners with you. 
Regarding II National Convention of Rly Pensioners Associations at Secunderabad you may kindly go through the  IFA (Toronto) news letter Feb 2011at  URL : http://www.ifa-fiv.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=101&Itemid=272
Circulated all over Europe, Asia & Africa .These National Conventions are aimed at reaching consensus & understanding among Pensioners & their organizations w/o interfering with their identity or autonomy and not to divide them.
            
You too will be welcomed if you decide to join us as a delegate of your organization.

With due regards

Sincerely Yours,

Er. S.C.Maheshwari

Secy.(Railways) Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Genl. Secy.RREWA

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF SINCERE & SELFLESS ORGANIZATIONS/PERSONS


RREWA
A Symbol of LOVE Affection & Service

in 83 Countries and 132 cities of India

Under the able guidance of V.K. Agarwal former CRB & MM Agarwal former C.E. N.Rly RREWA serves Pensioners & Family Pensioners w/o asking for their affiliation, alliance ,  member ship or the Department . 
It is a proud affiliate of Bharat Pensioners Samaj which has the rare distinction to have found space in the Publications of UNO, several Sociologists & Anthropologists.
DO NOT KNOW WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF SINCERE & SLFLESS ORGANIZATIONS?
Is it their desperation or insecurity?
Visit our website Mr Sastry :  www.rrewa.org
Adesperate & confused  Y.N. Sastry PRESIDENT AIRRF 's 
report as published in Railway Federation News Sept.-Oct.2011 issue

In view of the SCOVA meeting being held on 21-09-2011 at New Delhi, the important Central Office bearers from different railways have been invited to be at Delhi on 20-09-2011 morning.
Sri M.M.P. Sinha, E.C.RIy. with 3 members, Sri Kishan Singh, N.C.Rly. with 2 members, Sri Munsha Singh, N.RIy. with 4 members, Sri K.N. Pandey, W.C.Rly, Sri Kurmi, W.RIy. Sri T. Purnachander Rao, S.C.Rly along with the other important office bearers of the Railways also

came to Delhi, Zonal President Sri J.N. Rao, Zonal Secretary Sri K. Narayana of South Centra' Railway also participated.
A meeting with the Add!. Member Staff with the representatives was held on 20.9.2011 al
12.00hrs.                                
They discussed the subjects likely to come up before the SCOVA meeting. Sri Y.N. Sastry emphasized (or providing a sort of recognition, accommodation, travelling facilities for the important; office bearers of the AIRRF. The Adalat to be conducted as per the Guide Lines already given by Railway Board and the Pensioners Associations have to be dealt according to the instructions already existed. The Addl. Member Staff Sri S.K. Sharma is very kind enough to hear the members and promised to look into their problems and suitable instructions will be reiterated to all the Railways. The meeting is very useful and successful. The Federation thanked Sri M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary/NFIR for arranging this meeting with the Railway Board.
All these 20 members attended the Department of DOPT at Lok Nayak Bhavan and met Smt. Tripti Ghosh, Director and also impressed upon her to insist all the Departments to follow the instructions for implementing the Pensioners Portal successfully.
Sri Y.N. Sastry very specifically brought to her notice that conducting of the meetings of Govt. of India, Advisory Committee of the users for Web Based Pensioners Portal etc. inviting local Pensioners associations namely BPS, IESC, NCCPA, RREWA out of which two are not even members of this SCOVA and RREWA of Sri S, Maheshwari is nothing but a group of Railway Pensioners of BPS. if at all such important meetings to be held, the non-rotating members of the SCOVA to be invited.
Pre-SCOVA meeting was held at JCM Office under the President-ship of Com. Sri Umraovmal Purohit, Secretary Staff Side (National Council). After introducing each other thorough discussions were held on the action taken report' given by the Pension Ministry. As regards the Agenda items it will be represented in the SCOVA meeting by the representatives of the concerned departments. All people expressed happiness.

Copy of the Letter Dated:05-07-2011 written by Mr Y.N. Sastry President AIRRF Secunderabad

To The Secretary, DOP & PW,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension,
 Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, Naw Dejhi -110 003.
Sir,
Sub: Cpnstitutfon of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)
Ret:- No42/50/2010P&PW(G) dt.24-6~2011.
The Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies was !ast Re-constituted vide the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare Resolution No.41/22/2008-P & PW{G) dated 29-5-2009. In the Rotating Group, item 5. The President, Retired Railway Employees Welfare Association, 490-A/ 16, Gurudwara Road, Gurgaon -122 001 (Haryana) was one of the 'Non-Official1 Members. 2. Again in the Re-constituted SCOVA vide reference above, the same Organization, i.e. the President, Retired Railway Employees Welfare Association, No.490/A/16, Gurudwara Road, Gurgaon-122 001 was also shown in the Rotating Group against item No.2. It is to bring to your kind notice that the same Organization represented by Sri S.C. Maheswari, who is the President of the Retired Railway Pensioners Association^ Gurgaon, Hariyana State is also the Secretary, (Railway Pensioners) of Bhamt Pensioners Samaj. The Bharath Pensioners' Sarnaj itself is a 'Non-Official' Member of Standing Group.,Thus the Bharat Pensioners Samaj is now represented by the Secretary General of Bharath Pensioners Samaj and also Sri S.C. Maheswari, President of the Retired Railway Employees Welfare Association, Gurgaon who is the Secretary, (Railway Pensioners) of Bharath Pensioners Samaj. With his position the Bharath Pensioners' Samaj is getting maximum advantage of not only Membership in the SCOVA but also getting the Grant-in-Aid for Pensioners' Portal double whereas the Co-Ordination Committees and other Organizations of other States who are not represented lost the representative capacity. 3. You are requested to Kindly look into and do needful and permit Sri S.C. Maheswari to represent his own Organization and prevent him to style as Secretary (Railway Pensioners) B.P.S. or delete his Organization from the list of SCOVA


Note by SCM : Sastry ji, We in RREWA do not believe in self image building. However, I am grateful to you for having found me important enough to mention my name in your publication. For your knowledge I am not the president of RREWA and please do not get disturbed if I disclose, that besides RREWA  several other affiliates of BPS are SCOVA members as well as recipient of Grant in aid.                  














                                                              


                                             





Tuesday, October 18, 2011

HOW THE SOLICITOR GENERAL IS BLUFFED BY THE MINISTRIES



HOW THE SOLICITOR
GENERAL IS BLUFFED BY THE MINISTRIES IN BRIEFING THEM?
HOW THE COURTS IN TURN GIVE VERDICTS BASED ON THE “BLUFF-BRIEFS” PRESENTED AND  ARGUED BEFORE THEM BY SUCH SOLICITOR GENERALS!!

READ THIS RECENT CASE- AN EYE OPENER- WE NEED TO BE ALERT ALWAYS ABOUT GOVT BLUFFS IN “COUNTERS”!
MORE OFTEN THAN NOT THE DEPTS CONCEAL FACTS AND COVER UP THEIR OMISSIONS AND ERRORS WITH BLUFFS!-Courtesy: N Natrajan - Chennai

BPS monthly magazine - Oct. 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bharat Pensioners samaj introduces Daya Maheshwari Memorial Trophy with Rs 5000/ cash reward


Friends,
With the intention of developing healthy competition and to encourage better service to Pensioners by its affiliated Associations. Bharat Pensioners Samaj, introduced PEMS i.e. Performance evaluation & monitoring system, under which best performing Association of the year is rewarded  Batta Memorial Trophy  with a cash Prize of Rs 5000/. From  2010  a  Spl. Prize Trophy plus two runners-up cash prizes were added to this system. From this year replacing the Spl prize Trophy, BPS announces introduction of Daya Maheshwari memorial Trophy with cash prize of Rs 5000/-
This year's result for winners of these prizes is as follows as follow:

1. AICGA Pune
2. BSNL & DOT Pensioners Association Ahemdabad.
3. DAPWA Chandigarh
4. RSCWS Mohali

Winners are requested to be present on 04/11/2011 in 56th  AGM of Bharat Pensioners Samaj to receive  the awards

Secretary General Bharat Pensioners Samaj                                        Dated.16. 10.2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

RIGHT TO INFORMATION- A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT?


RIGHT TO INFORMATION- A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT?
Naveen Tewari
Published in: The
Hindustan Times, 13 October 2011
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THE FIRST SHOCK CAME WHEN THE U.P. GOVERNMENT APPOINTED THE STATE CHIEF
INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS.

ALARM BELLS STARTED RINGING IN OUR MINDS.

THE APPOINTMENTS RAISED SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW SERIOUSLY THE
GOVERNMENT OF UTTAR PRADESH HAD TAKEN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACT IN LETTER AND SPIRIT

The Right to Information Act was passed in India in the year 2005. But the founding fathers of our constitution had already enshrined it in the constitution as a fundamental right under article 19(1-a). The right was not exercised by the people due to their general ignorance of law and also because it was not developed into an implementable form with a delivery mechanism and system.

Slowly over the years the pressure for transparency in governance and accountability in administration increased to a very high level.  The enactment of the Right to Information Act eased some direct stress on the government by giving an outlet to people to seek reasons for their problems.

This Act gave us sky high hopes, by fooling us into believing, that our elected representatives, our lawmakers were serious and sincere about bringing about positive changes in the way they govern us.
However, the future it projected in terms of transparency was too good to be true. But tormented as one was like the rest of the country by the indignities that were heaped on us by the corrupt and corrupting government, one decidedto go with the flow of wide eyedoptimism the Act’s passage generated.

Having foundthis ultimate panacea of all our ailments we enthusiastically  embarked upon a community effort of spreading awareness about it. Training camps were organized on how to write an RTI application, how to file the first appeal,  how to file a complaint or second appeal. We went from office to office to find out who were the Public Information Officers and whether appellate authorities were appointed or not. Even a preliminary  general survey of different offices filled us first with despair because we found that hardly any of the offices had taken it seriously. Either the PIOs were not appointed or they themselves denied the knowledge of being the PIO of the particular department. Our despair slowly turned to hope when we saw that our enquiries stirred the sleeping system and soon enough the PIOs were to be found in their respective offices. In the beginning there was initial resistance in the departments to receiving and processing the applications. But a sustained effort by a large number of applicants and pressure from some organized groups  like ours started wearing the resistance down. It helped that the group  had some very senior retired bureaucrats working as  volunteers. The media also gave priority coverage to any news concerning RTI and both the successes and failures were magnified to draw attention of the people and the government.  

The first shock came when the U.P. Government appointed the State Chief Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners. Alarm bells started ringing in our minds. The appointments raised serious questions about how seriously the government of Uttar Pradesh had taken the implementation of the Act in letter and spirit. The government of the day treated this law with the same casual contempt as it had treated other institutions and instruments of governance. The Commission was doomed to become a defunct court like the consumer courts, the Bar Council and the Press Council etc. The post of commissioners became choices for rewarding friendly journalists, sycophants and loyal bureaucrats. Although the writer of this column raised the alarm during the meetings of our group unfortunately no one saw the writing on the wall. The damage was done. The Commission was crippled before it could take even baby steps in the direction of enforcing the Right to Information Act.

In this bleak scenario some stray incidents took place preventing the fluttering flame of hope from sniffing out. As a result of group efforts and also due to some extent his ill luck, we managed to get the SCIC suspended from office for misconduct. The Supreme Court put its seal on his fate. Barring that lone exception, we could not prevent the government from making further appointments in total violation of the norms and procedure and in clear contradiction of the provisions of the RTI Act.

The public by and large is in the same ambivalent state of despair and hope. Some front rung leaders of the movement realize their folly and admit in private the failure of the experiment. While all our hopes and aspirations from the RTI Act have not been fulfilled it has provided succor and courage  to many. There is already a sizeable number of cases where the sustained use of RTI has resulted in the corrupt being shamed or punished, some opening up of government systems and information even if forced by the courts, of creating a fear in the officialdom.

NAVEEN TEWARI
(The author is the State Convener of U.P. Right to Information Campaign, National
Alliance of People’s Movements - NAPM. Email: nct.lko@gmail.com)

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Published in: The Hindustan Times,
13 October 2011