[New Delhi] RTI Activists Meets Jitendra Singh For Transparent Machanism
A group of RTI activists met Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh and discussed issues regarding citizens’ right to information and related concerns.
During the meeting, Singh allayed the apprehensions about there being any move to dilute the Right to Information (RTI) Act, as reported by a section of the media.
On the contrary, he said, the government, in the last four years, had worked on the principle of increasing citizen participation in governance with more accountability and transparency, an official statement said.
The delegation of RTI activists, representing Right to Information Activists Social Welfare Society, shared Singh’s concern about frivolous RTI applications.
It suggested that a mechanism to check such applications be evolved, like imposing a fine or making it mandatory for the applicants to disclose their Aadhaar number, the statement said.
The delegation also favoured a continuous and aggressive awareness campaign to educate the masses about the utility of RTI to ensure transparency and simultaneously cautioning them against its misuse for mala fide motives, it said.
Singh said the government had made efforts to fill all the 11 vacancies of the Central Information Commission (CIC).
The CIC, under the previous governments, has at times even functioned with just three or four members, he said.
He added the government had tremendously brought down the pendency of RTI applications and also cut down the disposal time.
The minister said most of the public bodies, numbering around 2,000, have been brought under the purview of the RTI Act in the last four years.
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[New Delhi]Delhiite Babus Lodge Their “Anguish” Over Assault On Anshu Prakash
A delegation of AGMUT Cadre I.A.S Association, Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services (DASS), DANICS officers’ association, Delhi Jal Board, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), engineers and Delhi Government Employees Welfare Association met Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh here today. The delegation was led by Ms Manisha Saxena, Secretary, AGMUT Cadre I.A.S. Association.
During the meeting, the delegation expressed deep anguish over the incident of alleged assault and misbehaviour with Shri Anshu Prakash, Chief Secretary, Delhi Government on February 20, 2018. The resolutions passed by IAS associations of all States/UTs and other services such as IPS, IRS, IFoS and various officers/employees associations of Government of NCT of Delhi were also presented to the Minister.
The delegation also mentioned about the previous such incidents when the officers were assaulted in past.The delegation demanded that there should be clear guidelines while functioning in the administration.
In response, Dr Jitendra Singh said that it is the responsibility of DoPT to ensure that bureaucrats and officers are treated with dignity and provided a work-friendly environment. The Minister assured that the concerns expressed by the officers in their resolution will be discussed with the concerned authorities.
[New Delhi] 1156 Cases Pending with CBI :Govt Admits In RS
1081 Regular Cases (RCs) and
75 Preliminary Enquiries (PEs)
were pending investigation/enquiry by CBI as on 31.12.2016. Dr. Jitendra Singh admitted In Rajya Sabha Today
As per Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Harivansh in the Rajya Sabha,Following Steps Are Taken To Minimize The Pending Load
(i) Approval for appointment of 66 Public Prosecutors has been conveyed to CBI.
(ii) Approval has also been conveyed for extension in deputation tenure of 31 Public Prosecutors on contract basis.
(iii)Government has sanctioned additional 92 Special Courts for CBI out of which 88 have become operational.
(iv)Power has been delegated to Director, CBI for extending of deputation in respect of Inspectors in CBI for the 9th and 10th year and also for extensions to 6th, 7th and 8th year which at present is approved by a Committee consisting of 3 members.
(v)CBI has been exempted from consultation with UPSC for recruitment to the post of DSP for a period of 3 years.
(vi)CBI imparts training to its officers/ employees in order to enhance their skills at its training centers.
Recently a scheme namely Advanced Certified Course for CBI officers has been started to enhance their investigation skills, forensic data collection, collection of evidence, skills etc. by providing them training from National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.
(vii) A plan outlay of Rs. 309.52 crore has been allocated for implementation of various schemes viz Modernization of training centers in CBI, CBI e-governance, comprehensive modernization of CBI branches/offices, Construction of CBI office building at Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai and comprehensive modernization and purchase of land/construction office/Residence building for CBI etc. over 12th Five Year Plan
[New Delhi]Defence Awarded For Redressing 2000 Grievances During the Quarter Dr Jitendra Singh awards Certificates of Appreciation to the Ministries/ Departments for their performance in CPGRAMS
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh awarded the Certificates of Appreciation to the Ministries/Departments based on their performance in the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS),
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the number of grievances received have increased in the last two years. It is an indication of increasing faith of the citizens in the grievance redressal mechanism, he added. He also said that he himself and the senior officers of Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) have been personally calling the citizens whose grievances have been redressed. These calls are made at random to the citizens to take feedback from them and to ascertain their satisfaction level.
The CPGRAMS is an online web enabled application to facilitate speedy redress of public grievances as it allows for online lodging and status tracking of grievances by the citizens. The system is flexible enough to be extended to multiple levels as per the requirement of concerned Ministry/Department/ Govt. Organization for speedy forwarding and redress of grievance.
The following Ministries/ Departments have been awarded:
Group/Categories Quarter Apr- June, 2016
[A ](Ministries/ Deptts. receiving upto 300 grievances during the quarter)
Deptt. of Chemicals and Petrochemicals
[B](Ministries/ Deptts. receiving 301-2000 grievances during the quarter)
Deptt. of Expenditure
[C ](Ministries/ Deptts. receiving above 2000 grievances during the quarter
Deptt. of Defence
[New Delhi] India, Canada Discuss Civil-Nuclear Cooperation
India and Canada have discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including the civil-nuclear cooperation
The discussion was held during a meeting between Union minister Jitendra Singh and visiting Canada Minister for Natural Resources, James Gordon Carr, here yesterday.
As a country with large energy requirements, India looks forward to promoting nuclear energy production at a significant scale and the two nations can jointly work to achieve this, said Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office.
He referred to a common technological base of Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) in which India and Canada are global leaders and it is an area offering opportunity of potential bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Singh referred to the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Canada in April 2015 during which a long term uranium procurement contract was signed by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India with the Canadian Uranium producer CAMECO.
Thereafter, the first consignment of Canadian uranium reached India in December 2015 and the second consignment is expected by November this year,
Carr said that he looks forward to greater growth in Indo-Canadian cooperation during the years ahead. He also extended invitation to Singh to visit Canada at a time of his convenience.