Sunday, March 30, 2014

Is drinking water facility at Terminal 3 Airport, Delhi adequate for user friendly?

Is drinking water facility at Terminal 3 Airport, Delhi sufficiently user friendly?

GMR claims The New Delhi Airport at Delhi to be of world class standard. While visiting the web-site of New Delhi Airport, one finds that the Airport also provides for water facility. The quote as provided on the web-site is reproduced here:

"There are several places across the airport where RO (Reverse Osmosis) treated Drinking water is available. Should you want to purchase bottled mineral water, it can be done at the different food outlets available at a reasonable cost."

However, one can find out at the Airport that it does not provide the tumblers (not even disposable) for drinking the water. If someone tries out to drink water, it either goes to nose or spills over the face. GMR has not given the slightest consideration to small children and old-aged people who form a sizeable percentage of passengers traveling via airlines, and who would have considerable difficulty in drinking water this way. It would seem then that the Airport Authorities are trying to compel/coerce the travellers to buy packaged water from the commercial outlets at Airport. And if that indeed is the case, what is the use of providing ROs? 

I have already stated these views on their web-site where the feedback form is provided. A copy of this article is also being emailed to them for the appropriate steps as providing a safe drinking water hygenically is also part of Consumer Protection Act like in any other shopping malls, multiplexes etc..  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Have you ever travelled through Air India flight and come across .............

!!!!!!!!!My experience with Air India flight on 15th March 2014!!!!!!!!!!

I had a chance to travel on Air India flight from Bangalore to Delhi on 15th March 2014.  I had traveled quite a lot through Air India flights in the past. However, the experience encountered on flight AI-404 on 15th March 2014 reminded me of the tendency of their downward growth and continued support on Govt. of India for its survival. I am just mentioning below some of the points reflecting its unprofessionalism:

1. The AC even at the boarding point was not working. I just thought may be due to take-off process, the AC might have been switched off. Surprisingly it was giving hot air.
2. Even after take off, the AC did not work. The same was informed to the cabin crew atleast three times. Every time it was being stated that the concern has been informed. Hence the entire flight was covered in a hot and suffocated environment.
3. The TV display panel did not work during entire journey. The reason stated as usual "Technical"
4. It was quite surprising to note that the latchet of lockers above the seat No. 10D was getting opened time and again and cabin crew was time and again trying to close it through use of some tapes. I was occupying seat No. 11D. When I started looking here and there, the same was the situation seen at least at 4 lockers.
5. My surprise did not end here. More surprises meted out when I went to the toilet 'D' finding huge length of tapes used even to close the cover below the wash basin and at many other places. My fellow passenger informed me that the toilet on the other side 'E' was having wash-basin fully choked.
6. I had to request cabin crew three times to provide the feedback form. The feed back form was filled up but no body collected. I had to go at the back to handover the same. Cabin crew was in so much hurry to serve the food that they came to serve tea/coffee immediately after serving the food.

While there could be some technical reason, there are some issues of unprofessionalism and could have been controlled with proper interface.

I have been expecting that some senior person after going through the feedback form would revert back. However, this is yet to be reciprocated. I would update if some senior official contacts me. Meanwhile I will be forwarding the link of this post to the concerned department for their perusal and corrective steps if they wish to.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

If CIC favors Public Information Officers? Is RTI Act really effective?

If  CIC favors Public Information Officers (PIO)? Is RTI Act really effective?
Congress alwayz claim gifting of RTI Act to Indian citizens. The Act has been enacted constitutionally.  However,

1.The political parties themselves are not respecting the Act.

2. Attending hearing at CIC (Central Information Commission) is of not much use as many important points are being missed in a hearing of 4-5 minutes. They alwayz try to wind up the hearing in some 5-10 minutes. In fact it seems the Right to Information Act ( सूचना का अधिकार अधिनियम ) to be proactive to the Public Authorities. I am unable to guess why?
3. I have been raising appeals before CIC against Delhi Police, Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA), Department of Post (DoP) for the past more than two years.
4. I have now got two RTI appeals before CIC listed for hearing on 13th March 2014 and three appeals for hearing on 19th March 2014. I am just in confusion whether to attend the hearing or not as many hearings attended in the past have not yielded any information despite complaining to CIC. There have been clear evidencing that the Public Information Officers have acted malafidelly still no penalty imposed on them. If the information have been received from the Public Authorities, possibly a nexus should have surfaced out in the family dispute matters.

The thought of not attending the hearing is based on the fact that all points for arguments are already given in the 2nd appeal. At least by not attending the hearing,  I expect all those points to be addressed in the CIC order. It is just trying out this technology.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Why political parties should not be debarred to contest the elections if the parties refuse to comply with CIC verdict dtd. 3rd June 2013.

Why the political parties should not be debarred to contest the elections if the parties refuse to comply with CIC verdict dtd. 3rd June 2013?

One of our partner "Prakash India" has send a mail to CIC and Election Commission regarding "political parties' under the ambit of RTI Act 2005. The copy of the mail is reproduced below:

"Central Information Commission (CIC) after much hesitation had issued show cause notice to six national political parties on07.02.2014 giving them four weeks time to reply for their not complying with CIC-verdict dated 03.06.2013. But none of the six political parties appear to have responded to show-cause notice issued by CIC in stipulated four weeks ended on 07.03.2014. 
It is total disrespect to an institution (CIC) set up by a legislation passed by the Parliament. To save honour of the institution and also to get citizenry justice in their right for information, CIC should immediately fix an urgent hearing at the earliest possible date to penalise political parties in every possible manner including imposing maximum penalties and also recommending Election Commission for cancellation of their registration apart from allowing an exemplary compensation to petitioners especially when maximum penalty under the RTI Act is just rupees twenty-five thousand while there is no limit on allowing compensation as per law."
A copy of the mail that I have mailed to CIC as well as Election Commission on 10th March 2014 is also reproduced below:
"This is really disheartening to note that the political parties themselves are themselves dis-respecting to the constitutionally enacted RTI Act. In fact such political parties need to take a lead and set an example so that the other stakeholders starts respecting the Constitution. One of the leading party has every now and then been speaking on several public platforms that the party has given RTI Act to the citizens. There is no use of an Act which does not get implemented in its true spirit. Political parties are also public authorities as they are in the business of public services and are key stakeholders in management of public money.

The development over the past few years are otherwise also giving a signal of weakening the ACT instead of its further strengthening. The non- enforcing of the Act on political parties would further encourage the Public Authorities to defy the provisions of RTI Act. Hardly any penalty is being imposed by CIC on the Public Authorities. 

It is therefore requested that in case the political parties are still defying to the CIC orders, a recommendation on immediate basis may please be passed onto Election Commission for their immediate disqualification to contest the forthcoming elections."

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Reliance Gas- What is the issue and is it a scam?

Reliance Gas- What is the issue and is it another scam?

One of my professional friend Mr. Deepak Jain has studied the disclosures made by "Aam Admi Party (AAP)" about Shri Mukesh Ambani of Reliance. He has tried his best to make it simplified for a better understanding of the issue that arises out of disclosure by Shri Arvind Kejriwal. I have considered the issue to be important for all consumers as each of us are consumers and are affected badly and thus I am reproducing the same.

रिलायंस का गैस घोटाला क्या है?
लोग पूछ रहे है रिलायंस का गैस घोटाला क्या है? 

सरल और आसन शब्दों में ये घोटाला इस प्रकार है। 

■कृष्णा गोदावरी बेसिन में गैस का कुआ है, उस कुए की गैस सरकार की यानी हम सब की है। 

■उस कुए से गैस निकालने का ठेका रिलायंस को मिला। रिलायंस ने खुद कहा की गैस निकलने का प्रति यूनिट खर्चा 1$ से भी कम है, और ठेका रिलायंस को मिल गया। 

■कुछ साल बाद रिलायंस कहती है की उसे पैसा गैस के अमेरिका और यूरोप के मार्किट रेट के मुताबिक चाहिए और हमारी सरकार ने रिलायंस की बात मान ली। और जो मंत्री रिलायंस की बात नहीं मानता था, उसे हटा दिया जाता था, जयपाल रेड्डी उसी की वजह से पेट्रोलियम मंत्री पद से हटाये गए। 

■जब रिलायंस की बात नहीं मानी जाती तो रिलायंस उत्पादन कम कर ब्लैक मेल करती है। जब उत्पादन कम होता तो उस गैस से चलने वाले सैकड़ो बिजली उत्पादन केंद्र बंद हो जाते और बिजली की किल्लत हो जाती। गैस इम्पोर्ट करते तो दाम ज्यादा चुकाना पड़ता, जो नुकसानदायक होता। सरकार लाचार हो जाती और झुक जाती, कुछ झुकाव भ्रष्टाचार की वजह से भी हो जाता। 

याद रहे रिलायंस गैस की 
मालिक नहीं है, उसे सिर्फ गैस 
निकलने की अनुमति है। 

■उदहारण के तौर पर एक बात सोचते है। आपके घर में दो टैंक है, एक नीचे है और एक ऊपर। आपने नीचे की टैंक से ऊपर के टैंक तक पानी की पाइपलाइन का ठेका किसी प्लम्बर को दिया। काम होने के बाद अगर प्लम्बर कहे की मुझे हर लीटर का पैसा चाहिए और उतना चाहिए जितना रेट मार्किट में है। क्या आप उसे उतना पैसा देंगे?? 

⇨ ठेका पानी ऊपर पहुँचाने का था या फिर पानी की मिलकियत देने का? 

⇨अगर वो प्लम्बर कहे की मै पाइप लाइन बंद कर दूंगा तो क्या आप डर जायेंगे? 

✔✔आप किसी और को बुलाकर ठेका दे देते है। जिस तरह यहाँ ठेकेदार अपने आपको पानी का मालिक मान बैठा है, वैसे ही रिलायंस मान बैठी है की वो गैस की मालिक है। 

■एक और उदहारण ट्विटर पर देखने को मिला. 

✔मेरी फ्रीज़ से सामान निकल कर उस सामान से मेरे नौकर ने सैंडविच बनाया और मुझसे कहने लगा की बाज़ार में सैंडविच 50 रुपये में मिलता है, मुझे भी 50 रुपये चाहिए!! 

कुछ ऐसी ही स्थिति इस घोटाले की है. 

★गैस हमारी, और उसे निकालने के खर्च को मूल्य निर्धारण का आयाम न मानते हुए, किसी कमिटी ने मार्किट रेट को आयाम बना दिया!! 

✔ असल में खर्चा और कुछ प्रतिशत मुनाफा जोड़कर एक मूल्य तय किया जाना चाहिए, लेकिन ऐसा नहीं किया जा रहा है. 

■कुछ एक्सपर्ट इस बात से खुश है की 8$ है तो क्या हुआ, अंतर्राष्ट्रीय बाज़ार से तो कम है. लेकिन सवाल ये है की हमारी गैस की कीमत अन्तराष्ट्रीय कीमत के आधार पर तब तय की जानी चाहिए जब उसे विदेशो में बेचा जाता है, यहाँ पर बिलकुल उल्टा हो रहा है. 

यहाँ भारत को 8$ में और बांग्लादेश को 2.5$ में गैस दी जा रही है. 

✔सरकार को न झुकते हुए, करार रद्द कर किसी नयी कंपनी को लाना चाहिए था, लेकिन सरकार और उसके मंत्री पैसा खा कर रिलायंस को 1$ की चीज़ के लिए 8$ देने को राज़ी हो गयी!! 

लोग कह रहे है इससे 
रिलायंस को 54000 
करोड़ का मुनाफा हर 
साल होगा। मै कहता 
हु इससे इस देश की 
जनता को हर साल 
54000 करोड़ का 
नुकसान होगा। 

⇨⇨⇨ इतना ही नहीं, CNG के दाम, फ़र्टिलाइज़र के दाम अगर बढ़ गए तो फिर इस देश की अर्थव्यवस्था का भगवन ही मालिक होगा. 

■फिलहाल रिलायंस की ही पार्टनर कंपनी यही गैस 2.5$ में बांग्लादेश को दे रही है!! ⇨⇨ इसका मतलब 2.5$ में गैस निकालने का खात्च और मुनाफा दोनों जुड़े हुए है। 2.5$ डॉलर की चीज़ के सरकार 8$ क्यों देना चाहती है, इसका उत्तर कोई नहीं दे रहा। 

ツツ अब बात इस मुद्दे पर हो रही राजनीति पर. 

■आज तक मुकेश अम्बानी पर किसी पार्टी के नेता ने कुछ बोलने की हिम्मत नहीं जुटाई. 

✔अरविन्द केजरीवाल ने मुकेश अम्बानी पर आरोप पहले भी लगाये थे और आज भी लगा रहे है. 

✔उन्होंने तो मुकेश अम्बानी के स्विज़ बैंक के खाते का भी नंबर देने का दावा किया था. लेकिन बाकि पार्टियों की इस मुद्दे पर ख़ामोशी कुछ अलग इशारा करती है ! 

इशारा ऐसा है की जो अम्बानी के खिलाफ कुछ बोलेगा, उसे उस पार्टी में भी जगह नहीं मिलेगी. 

◢ अरुण शौरी बीजेपी के उदहारण है और जयपाल रेड्डी कांग्रेस के जिन्हें अच्छे काम के बावजूद विभाग बदलना पड़ा. 

कुछ पूंजीपति इस देश को चला 
रहे है, इस देश की सरकारों पर 
इन पूंजीपतियों का नियंत्रण है, 
ऐसा प्रतीत होता है. बिजली और 
गैस आज की जरुरत है और 
शायद इसी जरुरत को ये 
कंपनिया सरकार की मज़बूरी 
मानती है और ब्लैकमेल और 
भ्रष्टाचार कर अनैतिक 
धन कमाती है. 

⇨⇨इस पूंजीवाद को रोकना बेहद आवश्यक है. और लोग सही कह रहे है की केजरीवाल इस मुद्दे पर राजनीती कर रहे है, और मै चाहता हु की सभी दल यही राजनीति करे. 

देश की सम्पदा देश के लोगो की है, उसकी रक्षा इन पूंजीपतियों से करे और इमानदार उद्योगपतियों को अवसर प्रदान करे
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