Saturday, September 22, 2012

IRDA Appoints Manik Sonawane Insurance Ombudsman for Five States

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has appointed Mr. Manik B Sonawane, recently retired Haryana IAS officer as Insurance Ombudsman ( Bima Lokpal) for Five northern States of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir and Chandigarh for Three year.

As per information, the office of Insurance Ombudsman is located in sector 17, Chandigarh, prior to Mr. Sonawane; Mr. K M Chadha was working as Insurance Ombudsman in Chandigarh.

Dinesh Singh Rawat says:

It could give solace to Mr. Manik Sonawane who had failed to get his name included in Haryana State Information Commission as State Information Commissioner by Search committee headed by Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda but now this appointment is his answer to Haryana government led by  Mr. Hooda who instead of him rehabilitated Other Retired IAS Officer belonging to Schedule caste and a IPS (Retired) Officer of  Rajasthan Belonging.


Top Bureaucrats Presents Rosy Picture to Hooda on Urban Development

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): A group of high ranked bureaucrats indulged in urban development in Haryana on Friday painted rosy picture of state’s cities and towns in front of Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda in meeting held in Chandigarh.

In this meeting Mr. Hooda was informed that Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) had approved to cover three towns of the State namely Faridabad, Gurgoan and Panipat under the scheme. HUPA had also approved Rs. 16.86 crore for Slum Free City Planning for these towns.

It was also informed that the respective Municipal Commissioners had been directed to conduct Bio Metric, GIS Mapping and Socio-economic surveys in these towns so that a Detailed Project Report should be sent to Government of India.

The Chief Minister was apprised that under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme of Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), an 18 MLD capacity Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Bahadurgarh had been set up and made functional.

Apart from this, the work on 10 MLD capacity STP at Ambala Sadar, Sewerage project at Ambala Sadar, 36 MLD capacity STP at Bahadurgarh, 5 MLD capacity STP at Charkhi Dadri, 6 MLD capacity STP at Narnaul, Solid Waste Management (SWM) at Rohtak, SWM at Yamunanagar and Jagadhari and SWM at Karnal and Indri were in progress.

 It was informed that Sonepat had been selected under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme in Satellite towns for two projects namely Municipal Solid Waste Management Scheme and Augmentation of water supply for Sonipat through rainy wells.

With the augmentation of the water supply project in Sonepat, there would be no problem of drinking water in the times to come.

Mr. Hooda was apprised that for the convenience of general public, the Municipal Corporation, Gurgaon had introduced E-delivery of various citizen services. He was informed that these services would be introduced in all the Municipal Corporations within next six months, the process of which was already going on.

The State had a total of 76 Urban Local Bodies including nine Municipal Corporations, 14 Municipal Councils and 53 Municipal Committees. The budget outlay of the department for the year 2012-13 had been fixed at Rs. 1654.20 crore.  

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mrs. Sharda Rathore, Principal Secretary  to Chief Minister Mr. Chattar Singh, Chief Secretary Mr. P.K.  Chaudhery, Additional Principal Secretary Dr. K.K. Khandelwal, Principal OSD Mr. M.S Chopra, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies department Mr. Ram Niwas and several other senior officers were also present in the meeting.
IHN Investigates:
As per the Planning Commission of India, the state has spent Rs 297.5 crores in 2007-08, Rs 423.9 crores in 2008-09, Rs 1,318.0 crores in 2009-10 and Rs 785.7 crores in 2010-11 thus Haryana invested total of Rs 2825.2 crores in 11th five years plan, which was 2.1 percent of its total spending during the corresponding periods.

A study conducted by the 13th Finance Commission reveals the poor state of finances of the municipal bodies of the country. On a per capita basis, the total revenue of municipal bodies was a meager Rs. 733 in 2002-03 and it went up to Rs 1430 in 2007-08, whereas Haryana remained at Rs 830 per captia in this category whereas esteemly low as compare to Maharashtra’s Rs 3417 and Rs 2667 of Chhattisgarh, this is also not satisfactory for the state which claims itself as number one state of India.

The own revenue of Municipalities (0.50 per cent of GDP) are a little over half of their total revenue (0.94 per cent of GDP).

Further, as per Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission progress report published by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation as on June 30, 2012 Haryana lone city under JNNURM, Faridabad could able to achieve 20-25 percent of indictors mentioned in mission , again contrary to what senior officers shared with Mr. Hooda today.

On Sewage Treatment Plant issue ,none of sewage treatment plants is running properly in state, we can see open municipal wastes in outskates of all of cities and towns and sewage system in state urban areas are still depended on past practices which we are following centuries.

The IHN requests Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Hooda to personally verify the physical process and implementation of high claims projected by the concerned bureaucrats to shield their incompetency to envision the urban development planning suited to the state like Haryana which due to its proximity with National capital has to share extra burden, and its cities and towns should be planned keeping in view of the extra scope.

Dinesh Singh Rawat says:

The future planning in Indian bureaucracy is rare thing to find, most of them are working on contingency planning as suits to their political masters of the time and changes as their masters chnage.

Under such circumstances the way all top officers in Haryana tried to convey Mr. Hooda a rosy picture about urban planning which Chief Minister could see as bureaucrats in question always bend as per wishes their political masters  included Mr Hooda to fulfill the politico- personal interests by ignoring the basic of urban development planning.

I am of view the urban should be devise by technical experts on the issue not by officers and Political heads should try to put extra.a time on future planning so that state could Heep the benefits of its proximity to Delhi throne

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Birthday Boy Hooda Wars Chautala over Human Right Commission Constitution

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): Haryana Government led by Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda has decided to completely ignore the role Leader of Opposition in selecting functionaries for constitutional and statuary bodies.

After, row of tussle to select three State Information Commissioners in the State information Commission, now on Saturday Meeting was scheduled to select chairman and two members for the state first Human Right Commission that too after 18 years of long wait.

As per Human Right Act of 1993, amended in 2006 the committee consisting Chief Minister of the state, Speaker of State Assembly, Home Minister and Leader of Opposition is empowered to select chairperson and members of the state Human Right Commission.

The Scheduled Meeting for the same was held at Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s official residence and names of Justice Virender Kumar Jain, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice H S Bhalla, a former Judge of the Orissa High Court and a 2001-batch IAS officer, JS Ahlawat, who had retired as deputy commissioner Panipat in April 2012, were proposed by Government on which all present expect Mr. Chautala, who raised objection agreed.

While Taking to media after Meeting, the Leader of opposition clarified that he has written protest note on the way the names of chairperson and members were proposed unilaterally and without application of mind to fulfill real objective of Human Right Commission Act passed by Indian Parliament in 1993, as non of three members whose names were discussed for proposed commission belongs to women, Schedule Caste and Backward castes sections of society, all of these sections are prone to atrocities in present societal framework in Haryana. 

It is to mention that on August 31, 2012 the Search Committee comprising Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Education Minister, and Mrs. Geeta Bhaukkal and Leader of Opposition, Mr. Om Prakash Chautala met to select three SICs for State Information Commission but like Human Right Commission failed to reach on consensus, resulted into unilaterally announcement of Names of three SICs.

It is to remind that the search or selection committees for all constitutional and statutory bodies are made comprising State political head (Chief Minister), the minister concerned and Leader of Opposition to make selection for these independent bodies transparent and without any controversy, but the ways the these selections are being made would raise question mark over public acceptability of these constitutional and statutory bodies in public domain.

Dinesh Singh Rawat Says; The politicization  of Constitutional and statutory authorities is the worst thing to be happened in any democracy .

Chautala Not to Allow FDI in Retail Sector in Haryana If Voted to Power

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): Indian National LokDal chief and Leader of opposition, Mr. Om Prakash Chautala has categorically opposed the Centre Cabinet decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in retail sector.

The strong worded statement on FDI in Retail sector has come during a press conference held at his official residence in Chandigarh on Saturday, where he categorically announced that if his party voted to power, would not allow FDI in retail sector in Haryana and if allowed by present congress government would withdraw as a first step, while coming to power.

Mr. Chautala furthered alleged that Hooda Government is only serving the interests of rich and forget to look after the poor, farmers and traders who had voted congress but now feeling cheated because of continuous series of scams of several crores , prices rising of essential commodities including diesel and LPG.

The FDI in retail sector would make small traders and their support teams’ persons unemployed resulted into unrest in society and will offer over Rs 30000 lakh crores India’s retail market to MNC like Wall Mart.

Dinesh Singh Rawat Says:

FDI in Retail is a serious issue should be allowed only after wide range of deliberations and not to divert public and media attention from  big scams.

The act by Congress government would surrender country interest in long term and may have some linkage with US presidential elections as unemployment and slow economic growth are the main issue there to debate during coming elections. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Supreme Court Ruling on Court Proceedings Publication May Hamper Public Faith on Indian Justice Delivery System

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to frame guidelines across the board for reporting sub-judice matters but laid down a constitutional principle under which aggrieved parties can seek postponement of publication of court hearings. 

A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said it was laying down the constitutional principle which will allow the aggrieved parties to seek from appropriate court the postponement of the publication of court hearings. 

The bench said the concerned court will decide the question of postponement of reporting court proceedings on case-by-case basis. 

“We are not framing guidelines but we have laid down constitutional principle and appropriate writ courts will decide when the postponement order has to be passed on case-by-case basis,” the bench also comprising justices D K Jain, S S Nijjar, Ranjana Prakash Desai and J S Khehar said.
“Hence, guidelines on media reporting cannot be framed across the board,” the bench said.
While propounding the doctrine of postponement of publication of court proceedings, the bench said it is a preventive measure and not a prohibitive and punitive measure. 

It further said that temporary ban on publication of court proceedings is necessary to maintain balance between freedom of speech and fair trial for proper administration of justice. 

The bench said the postponement of publication of court proceedings would be required where there is a substantial risk of prejudicing the trial and administration of justice. 

Further the CJI, who read the judgement, said reasonable restrictions on reporting of court proceedings were needed for societal interest and this doctrine of postponement is one of “neutralising technique“. 

The apex court has undertaken the exercise of framing guidelines after receiving complaints of breach of confidentiality during the hearing of a dispute between Sahara Group and market regulator SEBI.
The issue of breach of confidentiality came up when certain documents regarding the dispute between Sahara and SEBI were leaked to the media. 

Source: The Hindu 

Dinesh Singh Rawat Says;

This decision by Supreme Court may ease  public pressure and media trail on administration of Justice, but It would hamper an important edict of Justice, The Justice should be manifested long with justice has been done".
Because, It enhances the  public faith on Justice Delivery system ultimately helps in maintaining society in order, which is the prime goal of any justice Delivery System including India's.

If, as Supreme Court in its order says that,"it was laying down the constitutional principle which will allow the aggrieved parties to seek from appropriate court the postponement of the publication of court hearings. 

The bench said the concerned court will decide the question of postponement of reporting court proceedings on case-by-case basis. "

Which clearly means in very case loser in case would approach concerned court with this Supreme Court authority in hand and could able to order not to publish the court proceedings by Media, and the chances of misuse would be high in all those cases involving high ranked persons.

Moreover, It would increase extra burden of cases on already overburden Indian courts, which are now aiming at "Justice for All "

Lastly, Manifestation of Justice among commons that in front of law all are equal would fade further as, they could not be able to know who is facing law for whom, which they easy know through media publication of court proceedings now?

Last and not the least Though media publications of court proceedings public eye keep watch on behavior and actions of Judiciary , continuous bad actions put question mark over intention of judicial officers, whereas, good acts enhance public faith on Justice delivery system.

In Country Like India, where there Judiciary is kept out with least checks to maintain its independence, but blocking even social check by society through media publications of their actions and behaviors  during delivering justice would be like becoming omnipotent without public responsibility in background that the process to select High Judiciary in India is dubious and completely opaque??


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

High Court Quashes Selection of Haryana 1980 PTI Teachers

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday quashed the selection of 1980 PTI school teachers by Haryana Staff Selection Board in 2009.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered to start fresh selection process in a transparent manner after removing all appointed PTI teachers in five months.

Dinesh Singh Rawat Says:

it is against the spirit of Constitution of India, should be condemned 

High Court Quashes Subhash Ghai Land Allotment for Films Institute

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday cancelled the land allotment to Bollywood films director Subhash Ghai by Haryana Government in Jajjhar district near AIMMS-2.'

It is to mention that on May 29, 2012 the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the allotment of 20 acres of panchayat land in Jhajjar district to Ghai's firm Mukta Arts and film school Whistling woods.  

Dinesh Singh Rawat Says:

It only happens in India???

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Haryana Issues Termination Orders of 195 Ineligible Guest Teachers Out of 719

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): Haryana’s Director, Secondary Education on Saturday issued termination orders of 195 ineligible guest teachers to implement the order passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in August, 2012.

In its order which states, “subsequently, it has been found that some of the guest faculty were engaged, in violation of the departmental instructions dated 29.11.2005 and time to time guidelines issued by the Department regarding the engagement of the guest faculty. 

To ascertain the correctness of the facts all the District Education Officers were directed vide letter dated 27.10.2010 to inquire into the matter and send the report to the Directorate that how many guest faculty are engaged by the DDO in violation of the departmental instruction in their respective district. As per report of the District Education Officers, it has been found that 719 guest faculty in all streams are engaged contrary to the instructions.

Consequently, a show cause notice was issued to you that why your service may not be dispensed with being engaged as guest faculty contrary to the departmental instructions. Your reply to the show cause notice is duly considered by the Director Secondary Education, Haryana. 

In compliance of the Hon'ble Court direction passed in Civil Writ Petition No. 4587 of 2011 dated 05.08.2011, an opportunity of personal hearing is also given to you on 04.08.2012 to put forward your defence in support of your claim before the departmental committee headed by Joint Director, School. 

The committee submits its report to the undersigned and observed that your appointment as Teacher guest faculty is against the Govt. Instructions.

After going through the reply filed by you and report of the committee, it has been found that your initial engagement was not in accordance with the departmental instructions because you have not possessed requisite qualification to your credit as guest faculty. Consequently, your service is hereby terminated with immediate effect.

Above order was issued by Mr. A Sreenivas, IAS, Director, Secondary Education.

It is to mention that High court on August 13, 2012 ordered Director, Secondary Education to pass appropriate orders within three weeks on the basis of reports received from three committees set up for giving personal hearing to guest teachers issued notices to show cause why their services should not be dispensed with since they did not fulfil the requisite qualifications at the time of their engagement.
Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain dismissed the two applications filed by Vaneeta Devi and 20 other guest teachers and 172 others.

The termination orders were issued district wise can be access at Haryana School Education 

Source; Intelligent Haryana News

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

HC Bars Toll Fee on Delhi-Gurgoan Expressway Toll Plaza by 20 September

Gurgoan (I-Haryana News): The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed not to charge toll fee from vehicles passing through the Delhi-Gurgoan expressway toll plaza in Gurgoan.
A division bench comprising Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar directed expressway concessionaire Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL) not to charge toll for next 15 days starting midnight Tuesday on Public Interest Litigation regarding the frequent traffic scowls at the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway toll plaza.

The bench expressed its displeasure at the concessionaire not being able to control traffic jams at the busy toll plaza.

The court directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to convene a meeting with the concessionaire and the Haryana government to find a permanent solution to the traffic jams at the toll plaza.

The court pointed out that the differences between the three sides were leading to unnecessary harassment of commuters.

The toll plaza sees long queues of cars and other vehicles, causing traffic jams, throughout the day. Commuters on the Delhi-Gurgaon highway have been facing a harrowing time due to the snarls.

The high court directed the Haryana government to provide adequate security at the toll plaza for the next 15 days.

Counsel for the concessionaire argued that the state authorities and the NHAI were not cooperating in finding a solution to the traffic problem, leading to chaos at the toll plaza. However, the court did not find favour with the argument.

The court fixed next date of the case on September 20, 2012.

Toll on Indian Roads are like open loot with clear sanction of NHAI, by construction  companies under patronage of  Politicians.

Good direction by High Court, Lets see what will Happen After September 20, 2012.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Information Commissioners Oath Taking Fails to Attract CM, Ministers

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): The Oath Taking Ceremony on Monday of three new State Information Commissioners remained low profile as it could not able to attract people, bureaucracy and state politicians.

None of the three members of Statutory search Committee have attended the oath taking function of of those able Information commissioners selected by them to implement Right to Information act in the state.
Leader of opposition, Mr. Om Prakash Chautala had oblivious reason for not attending the function because he had already officially lodged his disapproval the manner through which all three newly State Information Commissioners were selected.

But, Absence of other two members, Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Education Minister Mrs. Geeta Bhukkal were raised the eyebrows of many that what were the reasons which forced them to keep away from the Oath Taking Ceremony of all those selected by both ignoring the objection raised by Leader of opposition.

The thin presence of imminent personalities from all sections of society again pointed that all was not in air, when Intelligent Haryana News asked a senior minister absence of Chief Minister and ministers in function, he on condition of anonymity told that neither Mr. Hooda nor any other ministers want to answer media quires related to controversy erupted in selection of  new State Information Commissioners, so only minister, Haryana Finance Minister, Mr. Chattha, who had attended the function skipped from scene  as soon as  Oath Taking Ceremony concluded.

All New three State Information Commissioners appointed on Monday on recommendation of two members of Statutory committee  under Right to Information act ,Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Education Minister Mrs. Geeta Bhukkal are retired government officer. 

Major General (retired) Jagbir Singh Kandu is a retired army officer, who belongs to district Jind, from where Brigadier Nand Lal Punia, former Chairman, Haryana State Staff Selection Commission and now Chairman, Teachers Selection Board comes. 

Mr. Sajjan Singh, Retired IAS officer, who had also worked as Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana

Mr.P R Meena, Retired IPS officer of Rajasthan, who landed in information Commissioners fray all of sudden, courtesy? As per IHN Investigation  Mr. P.R. Meena, IPS (AGMU:80) who worked as Additional Secretary (Security) in Lok Sabha Secretariat on deputation basis, retired from service on 31st August, after noon  2012. 

Last not the least the Selection of three State Information Commissioners clearly exhibits the politics in selecting persons who have to act to implement Right to Information Act in state, any ambiguity in their selection would hamper their natural status in the minds of RTI users.

Dinesh Singh Rawat Says;

It is a serious tent made by politicians into Right to Information Act, which has empowered commoners to know what your government is doing and how?

By Placing in Information Commission, IAS and IPS officers as Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners is an act against the the real spirit of RTI act.

The ambiguous method adopted by Haryana to select all the present CIC and SICs has lowered the esteem of this statutory institution in public eye.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Shivalik Vikas Manch Dares Hooda for Open Public Debate on Lal Dora Issue

Chandigarh (I-Haryana News): The Panchkula based the Shivalik Vikas Manch has dared Haryana Chief Minister, Mr.Bhupinder Singh Hooda for open Public debate on Lal Dora extension Issue, as it has prepared the vision document on extension of Lal Dora (Inhabitant area) of Haryana Villages and ready for open public debate on this with Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, as he is concerned minister along with Chief minister of Haryana 
It is to mention that because of a Public Interest Litigation filed by the Shivalik Vikas Manch in Punjab and Haryana High Court vide CWP 6169 in 2010 to increase the Lal Dora of every villages of Haryana, the Haryana Government was forced to amend the two acts, The Punjab Scheduled Roads and Controlled Areas Restriction of Unregulated Development act and The Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control act to nullify its two notifications issued in 2003 to extend the inhabitant area of villages(Lal Dora) by 60 percent.
The open challenge for Public debate on this public interest issue (Lal Dora) was announced by Mr. Vijay Kumar Bansal, President, Shivalik Vikas Manch on Sunday in a press conference held in Panchkula.
To know further on the issue, when Intelligent Haryana News asked Mr. Ravi Sharma, counsel and chief Patron of Shivalik Vikas Manch, what they have prayed in their PIL on extension of Lal Dora in Haryana’s Villages, and how things have been changed after recent amendments passed in Monsoon secession of Haryana Legislative assembly?
Mr. Ravi Sharma told IHN that Manch through its president Mr. Vijay Kumar Bansal has filed CWP 6169 in 2010 in honorable Punjab and Haryana High Court  arguing to direct Haryana government to expand the Lal Dora of the villages of the state as per Haryana government’s official notification  LEG-27/2003 dated December 17, 2003 and LEG-24/2003 dated October 15, 2003 these above mentioned notification clearly say that inhabitant area of every village would be increase by 60 percent of present area under Lal dora.
Mr. Sharma further shared that till 2010 Government of Haryana kept mum over these notifications which were aimed to fulfill the object of Rural Housing, which has remained out of sight of Haryana Town and country Planning department headed by Chief minister Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Counsel for Shivalik Vikas Manch reminded that the public interests involved in this writ petition are of people residing in Haryana’s villages, because of increased number family units since last time when Lal dora (Inhabitant area) of villages was fixed, thus forcing the villages to migrate from their native villages to urban areas in want of legalized housing, or fell in trap of real estate developers to sell their land at throwaway prices to get housing for their family in developers’ licensed colony that too on their own land in their love to reside in their native villages.

Whereas, Mr. Vijay Kumar Bansal, President, Manch has termed Haryana government rolled back  on Lal Dora issue as a step against villagers, most of them are farmers to whom most of Haryana politicians claim belong to, including Chief Minister , Mr. Hooda.

Mr. Bansal further reminded that The Honorable High Court giving the importance of the issue of rural housing had issued notices to Punjab and Chandigarh, whereas, we prayed only for Haryana State, and Punjab is filed reply that they are working on this and Chandigarh will file its status report in next date fixed on September 29, 2012. 

Mr. Bansal said that, Mach has prepared the vision document on extension of Lal Dora of Haryana Villages and ready for open public debate on this with Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, as he is concerned minister along with Chief minister of Haryana. 

Know what Lal Dora of Village is?
The term “LAL DORA” was used for the first time in the year 1908. It is a name classification given to that part of the village land which is part of the village “Abadi” (Habitation). 

It was supposed to be used for non agricultural purpose only. It is that part of the land which was supposed to have been an extension of the village habitation, wherein the villagers used to have their support systems, livestock etc. 

In the olden days, these areas were marked by the land revenue department by tying a Red Thread (Lal Dora in Hindi language) around it, to make a boundary and to distinguish it from the agricultural land.

Source: Intelligent Haryana News

Dinesh Singh Rawat says; The issue raised  by Shivalik Vikas Manch is of very importance nature, i.e. Rural housing, it is hard reality that in India that none of government including Haryana have work on the issue, whereas, the name of the department is Town and country planning , and department has not done even single work on rural planning, thus adding fuel in problem of rural housing particularly in Haryana and other states.

I wold like to write a research report  on Rural housing after the Punjab and Haryana High Court decision on PIL filed by Shivalik Vikas Manch, as it would affect the migration within nation in want of homes.