Thursday, July 06, 2017

River Front scam report denied in RTI

Times of India: Lucknow: Thursday, July 06, 2017.
Right to Information (RTI) activist Dr Nutan Thakur had sought the documents related with formation of the Judicial Inquiry Commission in the River front project along with the inquiry report and the action taken on it.
According VN Tiwari, Section Officer, Irrigation and Water resource department denied the information saying that action in the irregularities of the project is going on, hence the report cannot be provided as per provisions of section 8(h) of the RTI Act.
Nutan said the state government stand is not correct because section 8(h) is only as regards criminal investigation and not administrative inquiries and gives impression of something being hidden in the matter.
Gomti Riverfront was one of the dream projects of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. After BJP came to power, on June 20, an FIR was lodged against eight engineers of irrigation department for their alleged role in anomalies while executing the project in Lucknow. The FIR was lodged on the basis of the report of the judicial panel set up by the Yogi government to probe the irregularities in the Rs 1590-crore project.