Civic activists file RTI application
AS Reported in Times of India 13 May 2008, 0515 hrs IST,TNN
PUNE: Following the furore over appointment of NCP activist Babasaheb Galande as transport director of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), the civic activists on Monday used the Right to Information Act (RTI) demanding PMPML Managing Director Subrao Patil to disclose under on what basis the appointment was made.
Activists Vivek Velankar, Sujit Patwardhan and others approached Patil on Monday with the demand. "We asked him what was the procedure followed. We have also sought to know how many applications were received and who were the applicants.
This information has to be disclosed suo-moto by the authority under section 4 1(b) and (c) of RTI," Velankar said. Patil assured the activists that the information would be made available to them on Tuesday.
The issue has been embroiled into controversy since Friday, when it was announced that Galande, who is associated with Nationalist Congress Party, has been appointed on the post of transport director as one of the experts.
As reported by TNN in The Times of India, Pune Edition on 14 May 2008: Welcome
Galande not qualified
Armed With RTI Info, City Activists To Approach State Govt
Pune: In a blatant violation of rules, political activist Babasaheb Galande was appointed as transport director of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahandandal (PMPML), despite not meeting the prerequisites, revealed documents furnished under the Right to Information Act.
Last week, PMPML board member Ajit Apte and Pune mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale had announced that Galande’s appointment, saying that he had been found most eligible out of the seven applicants.
However, Galande’s association with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had raised severe criticism from civic activists. Activists Sujit Patwardhan, Vivek Velankar and others had sought information from PMPML managing director Subrao Patil under section 4 of the RTI Act about the procedure adopted during the appointment process.
Circulating copies of the requirements for the position, as well as the qualifications of the all the seven applicants, Velankar said the documents clearly reveal that Galande was not qualified for the designation.
“It is distinctly stated that the person applying for the post should have 10 years’ experience in public or semi-public transport service as a director. It mentions that the work experience should be in bodies like the state transport and Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT). However, Galande does not meet any of the requirements,” Velankar said.
He pointed out that of the seven applicants, there were three who met the requirement to a certain extent and it was surprising indeed as to why their applications had not been considered.
“We have nothing against any one person, but this is a matter of improving the public transport system and only an expert could contribute in bettering the situation. This was the idea behind having the post of a director, as an outside appointment. This, however, has been violated,” Velankar said.
He added that all activists, including Vijay Kumbhar of Surajya Samiti, Sandeep Khardekar of Creative Foundation, Jugal Rathi of PMP Pravasi Manch and Prashant Inamdar of Pedestrians First will be approaching the state government.
“The PMPML has sent its decision to the state government for final approval, but we will also write to the state requesting that the matter should not be approved. We will also send details of the appointment procedures that we have received under the RTI,” Velankar said.
Who’s the best? - The person applying for the post should have 10 years’ experience as director in public or semi-public transport service. Galande does not meet the requirement
- Out of the seven applicants, three met the requirement to a certain extent
- Activists write to the state government requesting that the appointment should not be approved