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Vyapam key accused influenced departmental probe: RTI

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New Delhi: Pankaj Trivedi, the former controller of examinations and director Vyapam, gave a clean chit to Sandhya Srivastava, a former finance officer of Vyapam who was accused of negligence in carrying out financial duties and irregularities between 2006-09, revealed an RTI reply.

Financial irregularities of more than Rs.4 crore were revealed just in the sale of application forms and examination fees for 14 entrance examinations conducted by Vyapam in 2006-07 when the same officer was there.

The RTI reply received by Ajay Dubey in May 2015 revealed that Sandhya who was accused of financial irregularities between 2006-09, was given a clean chit in May 2012 by the then chairman of Vyapam, Ranjana Chaudhury, on the recommendation of Trivedi, a prime accused in the multi-crore scam.

A document accessed by IANS showed that Trivedi had recommended to the chairman of the board that Srivastava should be given a clean chit.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recently registered an FIR against Trivedi for cheating, criminal conspiracy and under the IT Act, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act.

The executive committee of Vyapam initiated a departmental enquiry against the finance officer in June 2009 on the basis of the 2007-08 internal audit of Vyapam.

The charges against the officer were negligence in discharging financial responsibilities, irregularities in reconciliation process (failure to keep records of advance given to examination centres), and irregularities in reconciliation process of Vyapam’s bank accounts.

“All the charges against the officer were revoked on the recommendation of Pankaj Trivedi and she was given a clean chit. If one of the prime accused in the Vyapam scam gives a clean chit to an officer then the entire inquiry is questionable,” RTI activist Dubey told IANS.

The CBI on Thursday registered its 18th FIR in connection with its ongoing probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

The first information report (FIR) was registered against 64 people connected to the alleged illegalities committed in the police constable recruitment examination conducted by Vyapam in 2013.

The FIR was registered on charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy and under the IT Act, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act.

(IANS)

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Was Taj Mahal Once a Shiva Temple? The Debate over the Tomb Continues

According to some historians, Taj Mahal was incipiently a Shiva Temple offered to the Mughals as a form of the gift by a Rajput king

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New Delhi, August 16, 2017: The famous monument from the Mughal era, Taj Mahal is once more in contention as the Central Information Commission (CIC) has requested the Central government to clear up unequivocally whether it is a tomb or a Shiva Temple. An RTI came to the CIC regarding the same, in response to which the quasi-constitutional body solicited answers from the culture minister.

But where did this question come from and what is the source?

According to some historians, Taj Mahal was incipiently a Shiva Temple offered to the Mughals as a form of the gift by a Rajput king. The hypothesis says that the temple was later formed into the monument that dwells graves of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his adored wife Mumtaz Mahal, mentioned IndiaNews.

Also Read: Firozabad Glass Industry is Declining: Is Taj Mahal to be Blamed? 

In 2015, a case was recorded in Agra by six lawyers, requesting that the tomb ought to be given over to Hindus for worship. The litigation solicited to forbid Islamic religious actions performed in the monument and remove the graves.

PN Oak, a revisionist historian also made the claim in his 1989  book “Taj Mahal” that the name Taj Mahal was procured from a Sanskrit word “Tejo Mahalay’ meaning a Shiva Temple.

The Cultural Minister Mahesh Sharma denied the claims in response to the question put forward to him that the Seventh wonder of the world was a Shiva Temple.


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Nearly 35 percent paucity of teachers in 23 IITs: RTI

Gaud stated that currently, IITs stand at 1:16 student-teacher ratio while they are trying to attain 1:10 student teacher ratio

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Indore, February 15, 2017: “As against sanctioned strength of 7,744 teachers, 5,072 teachers are teaching 82,603 students in 23 IITs. This means 2,672 posts are lying vacant which is 35 per cent,” Neemuch-based activist Chandrashekhar Gaud told citing a reply from an official in Union HRD ministry. The break up was provided till 1st October, 2016

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An RTI inquiry unveiled that around 35 percent of posts of teachers are remaining vacant in 23 IITs in the entire country.

Gaud stated that currently, IITs stand at 1:16 student-teacher ratio while they are trying to attain 1:10 student teacher ratio.

According to “Super 30” founder, Anand Kumar spoke, “the government opened new IITs in the last couple of years in a haste, but has failed to provide necessary infrastructure like laboratories etc. This is affecting the quality of these IITs, which in long term could affect the brand IIT at a global level.”

According to Gaud, the old IITs too are equally affected by the paucity of teachers.

“In old IITs, 30 per cent posts of teachers are lying vacant at IIT Bombay, Delhi (35%), Guwahati (27%), Kanpur (37%), Kharagpur (46%), Madras (28%), Roorkee (45%) and IIT BHU (47%),” he stated quoting from the HRD reply.

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Only 3935 teachers are working against 6250 posts that accounts 37 per cent lesser than sanctioned strength, in these eight IITs

The paucity of teachers in IIT Bhubaneshwar is 35%, IIT Gandhinagar (11%), IIT Hyderabad (16%), IIT Jodhpur (39%), IIT Patna (20%), IIT Raipur (24%), IIT Tirupati (39%), IIT Palakkad (28%) and IIT Dhanbad (36%).

 

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Rs 6 Crore allocated for propagation of Right to Information (RTI) Act for the ongoing Fiscal

Up to November 26, the government has spent an amount of Rs 3.94 crore out of the total allocation for this fiscal

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New Delhi, Dec 1, 2016: The Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday that a sum of Rs six crore has been allocated for the propagation of Right to Information (RTI) Act for the ongoing fiscal.

For 2016-17, the budget allocation is marginally high from the last fiscal’s Rs 5.27 crore but very low from Rs 21 crore earmarked for the year 2014-15, according to a written reply by the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh in the lower House, mentioned PTI.

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Up to November 26, the government has spent an amount of Rs 3.94 crore out of the total allocation for this fiscal, it said.

The then UPA government brought the RTI Act that empowers the citizens to seek time-bound reply on governance-related information, failing to which actions are taken.

– prepared by NewsGram with PTI inputs