Bell the cat with click of a button
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) seems to be the most ‘net savvy’ of all government institutions. Nowhere on the website of CAT could one find a phone number of the members or for that matter of the main office reception. On the page giving details of the benches all over the country, only the addresses and email ID are provided. Seems, with CAT you have to deal directly in person, travelling from wherever place you are or mail and wait, may be for
eternity, for a response.
‘No relief’ for junior officers at Planning Commission
Inclusive has got a new definition from country’s top body — the Planning Commission. It recently got toilets renovated and then installed access cards so that only senior officials — joint secretary and above — can use them. Not only that. A personal having a smart card was posted so that only senior officials could pee and restrict the entry of others. The brouhaha over the discrimination reached the ears of plan panel deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia who called off the buff.
DoPT rejecting RTI requests on ‘ingenious excuses’
If the Maharashtra government is out to cripple the right to information (RTI) law in the state, officials at the department of personnel and training (DoPT) handling the RTI Act in Delhi are doing no better. The department has found ingenious excuses to reject information requests. So, it has been rejecting requests seeking information on proposals to amend the RTI Act and rules, saying the file was under submission to higher authorities. Of course, this is not a legally tenable response under the Act but DoPT couldn’t care less. So it is no coincidence that it was Maharashtra, where Prithviraj Chavan is a former central minister incharge of DoPT — that imposed restrictions on the number of words an application could have.