Lokacho Adhar to CM: First declare zero tolerance on concealing info


 Lokacho Aadhar has demanded from the Chief Electoral Officer to take suo moto cognizance of extension of service granted to Electricity Department staff at a time when the election code of conduct was in force around the last assembly elections.
Demanding from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to direct PIOs to disclose information regarding extensions granted to staff in all government departments under RTI, D’Mello said it took him four months to get this information from the Electricity Department, even as he called the CM’s zero tolerance towards corruption a bluff. “The CM should first declare zero tolerance towards concealing information which would pave the way to end corruption at all levels,” he asserted. 
Revealing information obtained under RTI Act at a press conference on Tuesday, Lokacho Aadhar President Trajano D’Mello informed that on April 19, 2012, 10 employees of the Electricity Department were given service extensions with retrospective effect from February 13, 2012.
D’Mello mentioned that the term of these personnel ended on February 13 when the election code was in force, hence the renewal of contracts was done by the BJP government on April 19 with retrospective effect from the previous date. 
“Service extensions were given during Congress rule and the BJP has inherited this legacy. The extensions granted on April 19 with retrospective effect are in clear violation of the code of conduct and the SEC should taken suo moto cognizance of the same,” he demanded.
D’Mello has also called for a white paper on all service extensions by the present government within eight days and termination of all such contracts as the same denies youth, their right to employment.    
He warned that if the government does not pay heed to this demand, then he would file RTIs to seek information on extensions granted in all other departments. “There are extensions granted in all departments and the CM should direct PIOs to release information under RTI regarding the same,” he stated. [H]