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    CIC asks NTPC to pay Rs 11 lakh to Farakka project land oustee


    CIC asks NTPC to pay Rs 11 lakh to Farakka project land oustee

    As Reported in Economic Times, 18 Jun, 2008 PTI

    NEW DELHI: Coming down heavily on NTPC for denying a job to an oustee of Farakka power project, the Central Information Commission has asked it to pay over Rs 11 lakh to him.
    The transparency panel also directed the power major to explore ways to redress grievances of other farmers who were rendered landless due to the project.

    "The NTPC is required to pay a compensation for all kind of losses and other detriment suffered by the oustee in the process of securing justice through different ways, including his claim for the right to work," Information Commissioner M M Ansari said.

    The Commission directed the public sector power company to pay Rs 11.28 lakh in lieu of the money that could have been accrued to Murshidabad resident Mohd Samad Khan, whose land along with that of 42 others, was acquired in 1980s for the project in West Bengal.

    "NTPC has failed not only in keeping its promise of providing work opportunity but has also belied the expectation of the land oustees to protect their social interest mainly right to work. The Company is expected to provide the benefits of its activities to the larger public without depriving poor farmers of their source of sustenance," it said.

    Terming the denial of job to the farmer as lackadaisical, the Commission said, "A breach of confidence between citizens and elected government or its instrumentalities may lead to mass resentment. It may even incite violence, which may not only retard progress but also destabilise democratic setup."

    The observations were made on an appeal of Khan, who, despite apex transparency panel's earlier order, was denied a copy of a survey conducted by the NTPC for providing jobs to 42 families of land oustees.

    CIC asks NTPC to pay Rs 11 lakh to Farakka project land oustee- Power-Energy-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times


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    Re: CIC asks NTPC to pay Rs 11 lakh to Farakka project land oustee


    Can CIC gives such relief..
    i wonder if shey r becoming another frankstein...
    i think they should not become activist and should not grow out of their size and do what they r expected to do...
    how they can order ntpc to give 11 lakh to someone...
    they can atmost impose 25000 penalty
    any commenta

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    Re: CIC asks NTPC to pay Rs 11 lakh to Farakka project land oustee


    As reported by PTI in hindustantimes.com on 10 March 2010:
    HC sets aside order of CIC directing NTPC to pay compensation- Hindustan Times

    HC sets aside order of CIC directing NTPC to pay compensation

    The Delhi High Court has set aside the order of Chief Information Commission directing NTPC to pay a compensation of around Rs 11 lakh to an oustee who was not given job after his land was acquired for the Farakka Thermal Power Project.

    The High Court held that the Commission can grant compensation only when an applicant suffers loss due to denial of information.

    Justice S Muralidhar passed the judgement on a plea by NTPC against the order of CIC directing it to pay compensation of more than Rs 11 lakh to Mohd Samad Khan whose land was acquired for the power project in Murshidabad in West Bengal but a job was denied to him.

    Interpreting the provisions of the RTI Act which empowers CIC to grant compensation, the Court said while exercising the power a finding would have to be made by the CIC on the extent of approximate loss.

    "The compensation that has to be awarded under under the Act is for the loss or the detriment suffered 'on account of the denial of such information' and not just about any loss or detriment suffered by such person," the Court said.

    Appearing for NTPC, Attorney General GE Vahanvati had contended CIC was not empowered under the RTI Act to direct for payment of compensation.

    The Court also set aside the general directions issued to the NTPC by the CIC in its order to take steps to alleviate the economic difficulties of other land oustees.
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    Cic is only the facilitator for information to be given to the citizens by the govt with that info individual can fight his case at proper forums.

    thank you

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    A papad seller fights for his rights - for 28 years


    A papad seller fights for his rights - for 28 years
    As reported by Kanu Sarda in SIFY 2010-03-14 by IANS

    Mohammad Samad Khan, a papad seller in West Bengal, has been fighting for his rights with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the energy giant, for the past 28 years but has not lost hope.
    It started in 1982 when the NTPC acquired the land of Khan and others for the Farakka thermal power project in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.

    The NTPC had then promised all those who had given their land a job under its rehabilitation scheme which laid down that any one family member would be given employment in the corporation on the basis of educational eligibility and technical experience.

    Khan, alongwith 1,000 other people, had given their land to the NTPC, hoping to get a job. But he was not among the lucky ones who got a job. Khan got a letter from the NTPC in 1984 saying he will get a job soon, but despite repeated reminders nothing happened.

    In 1988, the NTPC called him for the post of store keeper, but his candidature was rejected.

    In 1991, he again knocked at the NTPC's doors, but in vain. He then decided to take the help of the Right To Information (RTI) act for justice.

    But when the NTPC did not gave him satisfactory answers, he appealed to the Central Information Commission (CIC), which asked the corporation to give Khan Rs.11 lakh as compensation for not providing him information.

    Khan is now in Delhi as the central government had filed an appeal against the CIC order.

    'I will continue to fight for my rights,' Khan told IANS in an interview.

    Though Justice S. Muralidhar earlier this week set aside the CIC order directing the NTPC to pay compensation, the high court asked the state-owned firm to consider his case for a job.

    The high court held that the Commission can grant compensation only when an applicant suffers loss due to denial of information.

    Khan had approached the CIC after the NTPC refused to give him certain information regarding his job.

    The court ordered the NTPC to give him Rs.5,000 as litigation expenses.

    'My fight will continue till the time I get justice. I have no money left but I will still fight,' Khan said.

    The court said: 'Considering that the respondent (Khan) is not a resident of Delhi and has come here only for the purposes of this case, it is directed that the learned counsel for the NTPC will arrange to have another set of the entire information and documents provided to him.'

    Sonia Mathur, counsel for Khan, told the court that 'Khan has already suffered for the past 28 years and the government should now at least help him out.'

    A papad seller fights for his rights - for 28 years

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