Thursday, December 13, 2012

Modi’s tours and gadgets: Guj govt mute on RTI queries

Ajay Umat TNN
Ahmedabad: Chief minister Narendra Modi
may have kicked up a storm by flashing an RTI query on Sonia Gandhi’s
travel bills. Here’s a look at the RTI queries which have remained
unanswered in Gujarat.
Information hits air-bump:
The government has been silent on RTI applications seeking details of
Modi’s foreign tours — who paid for the CM’s private jets and how much
industrialists accompanying Modi paid for the trips.
SIT-ting quiet: Applications seeking details
on how much
the government spent on
foreign travel
of R K Raghavan, head of SIT which gave the Modi government a clean
chit in riot cases, are pending for three years.
Gizmos under gaze: A known gadget freak, the CM’s house is full of
gizmos. But the CM’s office has evaded questions on what gadgets have
been bought for the CM’s residence and which department paid for
Vibrant secrets: Applications seeking details about Vibrant Gujarat
summit and the followup investments have run into a wall. The last
summit in 2011 had claimed that MoUs worth $450 billion had been
signed but not much money poured in.
Canal canards: Modi government appointed a committee to probe the
corruption in the Sujalam Sufalam irrigation scam. But, its report has
been kept under wraps for three years now. Excavating truth: The
Gujarat HC transferred the probe into murder of RTI activist Amit
Jethawa to the CBI. Jethawa had raised the issue of illegal mining.
Queries pertaining to illegal mining have remained unanswered.
Brakes on info: The government has not revealed details about the
incentives given to car companies Tata, Maruti, Ford and Peugeot on
the pretext that these are business secrets.