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Murky Business Of LED Lights
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation follows the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to replace street lights by LED ones. They have signed an agreement with TPDDL and Havells. This developing scandal under the Narendra Modi, India Against Corruption noise makers and other state governments needs urgent remedial action. There are more than 4 lakh street lights in the area administered by these two corporations. The public is exploited in numbers in crores. The turnover is huge and so are the profits, kickbacks, black money and tax evasion- may be even manipulation of foreign exchange, money laundering and duty drawback also. It is so because the whole market stands captured by Chinese products of suspicious quality standards violating the law applicable to household electrical goods. Traders don’t keep products of popular brands but on asking give a smirk. Nobody keeps Phillips or Havells products because the Chinese goods give traders huge profit margins. Demanding only non-Chinese goods one gets Havells LED tubelights @650/390 apiece. A look at the packaging reveals that the printed MRP on it is Rs. 1190/745 apiece followed by “imported by Havells”. The name of the country of import is not printed. So Havells do not manufacture it in India! It too is likely to be a CHINESE product without disclosing the country name! Hindi Chini Lutaayee khusaayee. If these are the retail prices, the wholesale price will be even less than Rs 40, the same as that of a conventional branded tube light of Phillips. Is this how the Indian consumers should be allowed to be exploited? Is this how government agencies should loot the tax revenue in the treasury? These Chinese tube lights are not even “tube lights” in the conventional sense but a strip sold @25 rupee a metre on Diwali, wrapped in a tube! Is this the Make In India achievement? Is this pricing the usual business (or ease of doing business) in medical devices, medicines, heavy industrial machinery, defence equipment et al? Who looks after consumer interests? Should these products be not banned? Can’t the citizens’ watchdogs like the Competition Commission or the NCDRC take any action suo moto ? Or printing such prices is another trick for maintaining account books to show loss in business ? Only governments at the centre and the states can answer.
M L Gupta
Withdrawing the appeals filed before the CIC
The services of the appellant along with two others were terminated from the Central University Jharkhand (CUJ) by its Second Executive Council vide Resolution dated 14.09.2013. This group of terminated employees of CUJ together with others had been making complaints to various authorities seeking to declare the constitution of 2nd Executive council as illegal. They had together filed around 450 RTI applications (online) and 400 appeals (online) under RTI Act, 2005. All these applications sought information on alleged corruption in the CUJ, Constitution of Second Executive Council (EC) of the CUJ, amendment to the statute relating to EC, fund release to the CUJ etc. The appellant informed the Commission that he had been reinstated and he did not have any complaint against the CUJ. He further stated that the CUJ authorities had taken proactive steps to provide him the information that he sought and requested the Commission to allow him to withdraw all his appeals listed to be heard on 20.04.2017. The CIC allowed him to withdraw the appeals.
The case highlights how the RTI Act has been used by an employee to get his job back. There is nothing illegally in allowing withdrawal of appeal, however, it is prone to misuse. In cases such as these where the appellant requests for withdrawal of appeal, the CIC should direct putting the reply on the website of the public authority and make it public.
Citation: : Shri Kumar Pankaj Anand v. Ministry of Human Resource Development in CIC/SA/A/2015/901302/MP, Date of Decision: 08th June, 2017
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