Tuesday April 17 2007 00:00 IST
<SMALL>BANGALORE: A senior IAS officer who was given six different postings during the past six months has invoked the Right to Information (RTI) Act to know what the government expected from him.
MD of Mysore Lamps, M N Vijayakumar, has no salary, supporting staff or official car as he heads a sick company.
At the time of posting, his terms of deputation were not specified. Vijaykumar had sought the clarification under RTI from Commerce and Industries Department and from Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, but to no avail.
He finally appealed before Karnataka Information Commission which on Friday ordered the government to comply with his demand by Friday.
In September 2006, Vijaykumar was posted as regional commissioner of Gulbarga and as principal secretary to minorities department on October 26, 2006, before sending him back to Gulbarga on October 27.
On February 3, 2007 Vijaykumar was posted as Bangalore regional commissioner again to be transferred as principal secretary to department of public enterprises on February 24. Interestingly this decision too was reversed before he could take charge. He was finally posted as MD Mysore Lamps.
As Bangalore Regional Commissioner, Vijaykumar had formulated a scheme where the citizen could have access to the files through web cameras. He was transferred just a day before the scheme was to be launched. In his complaint, he has also said that he faces threat to his life.</SMALL>
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Tuesday April 17 2007 00:00 IST
<SMALL>As Bangalore Regional Commissioner, Vijaykumar had formulated a scheme where the citizen could have access to the files through web cameras. He was transferred just a day before the scheme was to be launched. In his complaint, he has also said that he faces threat to his life.</SMALL>
When someone mentions in his complaint that he is facing threat to his life, does this not come under "Life and liberty" case and has to replied within 3 days?
From the press report, we have no way of knowing if "the threat to his life" is related exclusively to provision of information alone, in which case, a speedier reply within three days can be invoked. But obviously there is something more to it, than what has been published in press. If the real story behind this officer's suffering comes out, more skeletons in the cupboard might be revealed.
Honest MD deterred to enter factory in Karnataka PT Bopanna | Bangalore
... while Mallika shoots inside
It may sound strange that Bollywood siren Mallika Sharavat has no problem in entering the premises of a Government factory in Bangalore, but its doors are closed to the Managing Director of the factory, who happens to be a senior IAS officer.
On Monday the Managing Director of the government-owned Mysore Lamps MN Vijay Kumar was barred entry to the factory by the security guards. However, he held the 'board meeting' of the factory on the roadside, outside the factory premises.
The problem with Vijay Kumar, who holds the rank of a Principal Secretary to the Government, is that he is a whistleblower and exposes corruption in the departments where he is posted.
Consequently, he has been transferred half a dozen times in the past six months from one post to another.
Presently, he has been made the Managing Director of Mysore Lamps, a factory under closure. Vijay Kumar has not been told about his responsibilities or about the other members of the board of directors of the factory.
This has not deterred him one bit. He has sought details under the Right to Information Act (RTI) on his responsibilities.
He is not alone in his fight, as his wife Jayashree too has joined him in fighting corruption in the bureaucracy. She has sought details under the RTI on the assets of some of the IAS officers. Jayashree has blamed State Chief Secretary PB Mahishi for her husband's plight. She added: "The corrupt people in the system want him to quit the job. They made him the Managing Director of a defunct company, denied vehicle and salary. Now, they are preventing him, the MD, from entering the factory."
When he arrived at the factory on Monday, the employees of the defunct factory were there to receive him, outside the gate. Vijay Kumar discussed with the employees steps that could be taken by the Government to revive Mysore Lamps, once a profit-making public sector undertaking.
It is learnt that Vijay Kumar later lodged a complaint with the Yeshwantpur Police against the Chief Secretary for preventing him from discharging his official duties.
Some of the employees were quoted as saying that Bollywood star Mallika Sharavat was allowed to shoot for a film in the factory premises sometime ago, but the MD was being prevented entry.
It is time for the authorities to wake up against the issues raised by IAS officers, instead of trying to treat him like an untouchable.
hi everybody ,
I just fail to understand how one can stop anybody from drawing salary and other official obligations as i know everything is decided under norms for a particular level rank officers of Govt. ANY way it is a height of bureaucracy and unbelievable. See you later