Orissa Information Commission Makes a Farce of RTI Act, Alleges Top Activist

Orissa’s top information activist Pradeep Pradhan has alleged that the State Information Commission is more active in violating the RTI Act than implementing.

In a statement he has relied upon information obtained through RTI on 28 December 2011 that show that the Commissioners have disposed off 1338 cases without having any enquiry into or hearing on them, within a period of four months from August to November, 2011. When the State Chief Information Commissioner has disposed off 374 complaint cases, one State Information Commissioner has disposed of 320 complaints as against disposal of 644 complaints by the other within this period. None of them has disposed of any second appeal Case during this time.

Under Sections 18, 19 and 20  of RTI Act,  the Information Commission has been empowered  to  receive, hear, enquire and dispose the Complaints  and  Second Appeals and also to impose penalty on defaulting PIOs as and where required. 

Therefore, the hearing of the cases is crucial in the entire process of disposal of a case, as it  gives an opportunity of hearing to the concerned PIO, on whom lies the burden of proof as to whether he acted diligently to provide the requested information to the applicant, he has pointed out.
He has further alleged that, while disposing the cases in the above manner, the Commission generally  directs  the concerned 1st Appellate Authority  to  dispose the case  at their level and ask the concerned complainant, if necessary  to approach the Commission   again in the form of a complaint or second appeal, in case  he or she is dissatisfied with the decision of 1st Appellate Authority. 

But this is a farce, he says, inasmuch as “no record of compliance of such directions” according to information obtained from the Commission’s office, “is maintained  by the Commission”.  It means, Pradhan asserts,  the Commission is concerned about the rate of disposal of cases in its own arbitrary way, but not so concerned about the  actual rate of compliance of its orders for providing the information to the deprived applicants.

Thus the Commission is encouraging the PIOs to disregard the RTI Act altogether. They are  showing a careless attitude to the RTI applications, being overconfident that there  is no fear of penalty  from the Commission, the activist has pointed out.

Rejecting the claim of the Commission in public forums that there was compliance to the Commission’s orders to the extent of 90 %  as false, he has observed that the Commission may be feeling a self-congratulatory satisfaction by dishing out the figures of reduced pendency, but in the process they have made RTI Act a casualty of their arbitrary action. If anything, the Information Commission has made a farce of the RTI Act by such arbitrary disposal of cases, he has stated.

SHIV MUSIC MAKES A MAGNIFICENT MILESTONE: PRESENTS ROMANTIC ALBUM ‘AAKHI TA KAHUCHHI’

The lips may not be uttering the feelings, but eyes certainly say if heart is full of longing. Thus says the title song ‘Aakhi ta kahuchhi’ of the new romantic album of Shiv Music released on 7 January in the packed-to-capacity Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.

Shiv Pattanayak, inheritor of a noted real estate empire of Bhubaneswar, who is leading his business to higher heights of beautiful success, is, in the domain of his heart, a creative genius, whose Hindi album ‘Ajnabi’ has earned him tremendous fame as an excellent singer and composer.

The present album is in Oriya.

The title song is sung by Shiv at the start and repeated by Tapu Mishra at the end of the album with both of them partnering in a number at the middle.

Commencing Song: AAKHI TA KAHUCHHI
Playback Singer: Shiv Pattanayak
Lyrics: Phantu
Music: Bidyut Roy
Acting: Shiv, Rudra and Amrit
Technical Direction: Narayan Ghadei
Direction: Gouri Shankar

Closing Song: AAKHI TA KAHUCHHI
Playback Singer: Tapu Mishra
Lyrics: Phantu
Music: Bidyut Roy
Acting: Pinki and Samar
Direction: Narayan Ghade

The rest of the songs are sung by Shiv alone with with different actors and actresses enacting in every number.

When Bidyut Roy has given the album melodious music, Narayan Ghadei and Gouri Shankar have given direction with Santosh and Bapi on the camera. Actual Media and Digital Dreams have nurtured it with editing when Titu and Jitu, both of Digital Dreams are credited with Montaz and Mastering respectively and Dillip Kumar Swain with choreography.

After lighting of the lamp of launching, the VCD, containing the album was released.

Eminent Techno-educationist Biswajit Mohanty praised Shiv Music and its founder Shiv Pattanayk for enrichment of Orissa’s culture through his melodious endeavor.

Chief of orissamatters.com Subhas Chandra Pattanayak congratulated Shiv on production of the album in Oriya and blessed the venture as new milestone set on the ever progressive path of Orissa’a cultural exquisiteness.

Here below are samples of captures from the rest of the songs in the Album:

Song: MUN JE AMANIA PAKSHEE / Playback singer: Shiv Pattanayak / Lyrics: Sachi Mohanty / Music: Bidyut Roy / Acting: Santu and Mamata / Direction: Narayan Ghadei

Song: MAAR BAJI / Playback singer: Shiv Pattanayak /
Lyrics: Phantu / Music: Bidyut Roy Acting: Chinku, Amit, Sumi and team /
Choreography: Dillip Kumar Swain / Direction: Narayan Ghadei

Song: YOCHHANABHIJA SEI RATI / Playback singer: Shiv Pattanayak and Tapu Mishra / Lyrics: Phantu / Music: Bidyut Roy / Acting: Bishu and Pinki / Direction: Narayan Ghadei

Song: SEI BATA DEI GALABELE / Playback singer: Shiv Pattanayak / Lyrics: Tyagi Tirupati / Music: Bidyut Roy / Acting: Sarthak and Lina / Direction: Narayan Ghade

Song: YEEBANA PATHE / Playback singer: Shiv Pattanayak /
Lyrics: Phantu / Music: Bidyut Roy / Acting: Tusar and Rani / Direction: Narayan Ghadei

Song: HAJI YAICHHI / Playback singer: Shiv Pattanayak /
Lyrics: Phantu / Music: Bidyut Roy / Acting: Satya, Rani and Ritika / Direction: Narayan Ghadei

Song: TAME YADI BHALA PAUTHIBA / Playback singer: Shiv Pattanayak / Lyrics: Julu / Music: Bidyut Roy / Acting: Shiv and Sonali
Technical Direction: Narayan Ghadei / Direction: Gouri Shankar

Shiv and his team also presented on the stage some of the numbers of the album on request.

The evening had commenced with fusion music rendered by Bidyut Roy setting the ecstasy for the event.