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    Right to information practised by govt: Chidambaram's dig over economic data 'suppression'

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    The former finance minister's remarks come after a media report cited the latest consumption expenditure survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO) to claim that consumer spending fell for the first time in more than four decades in 2017-18, primarily driven by slackening rural demand.

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    In another tweet, Chidambaram also urged journalist Aatish Taseer and Amnesty India head Aakar Patel to not "give up the fight".
    NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday took a swipe at the Centre over allegations of suppressing data on consumer spending, saying this is the right to information practised by the government.

    The former finance minister's remarks come after a media report cited the latest consumption expenditure survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO) to claim that consumer spending fell for the first time in more than four decades in 2017-18, primarily driven by slackening rural demand.

    The report also claimed the NSO report was approved to be released on June 19 this year but was withheld by the government agency owing to its "adverse" findings.

    "Last year, data on employment was suppressed. Now, data on consumption is being suppressed. This is the right to information practised by the government," Chidambaram, who is lodged in jail in cases of corruption and money laundering, said in a tweet in Hindi.

    In another tweet, he also urged journalist Aatish Taseer and Amnesty India head Aakar Patel to not "give up the fight".

    In the tweet posted by his family on his behalf, Chidambaram said, "Hang in there Mr Aatish Taseer and Mr Aakar Patel. Don't give in to intimidation, don't give up the fight."

    Last week, the Ministry of Home Affairs revoked the OCI card of British author Taseer, saying he concealed the fact that his father was a Pakistani.

    Critics have countered it, claiming Taseer was being targeted for his write-up "Divider-in-Chief" in the Time magazine which was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the 2019 parliamentary election.

    The CBI on Friday registered a case against Amnesty International India and three of its associate organisations for alleged violation of laws pertaining to Rs 36 crore foreign funding.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Chandran Krishnan Peechulli266 days ago
    Most irresponsible answerCOAS Sectt. (Petition Cell), RTI CellADG MT (AE), PCDA(P)
    Lt.Col, GSO-1, Sigs-4, for Signals Officer in-Charge,
    Directorate General Signals ( Sigs-4), General Staff branch, Integrated HQ of M O D (Army),
    DHQ PO New Delhi-110011.
    Dear Sir,
    Subject:- There is no Line OR Control, in the expected “Line of Control” in the Indian Army, though being from the ‘Uniformed Services.’ Regret to note, of lacking the basic Code of Professional Ethics, by flouting its own orders by way of discriminating to their whims and fancies. Mentioning the army rank but not disclosing the name, being guilty. Instead of viewing the welfare of your ex-soldier, causing deliberate continued delay-tactics, to deprive me of ex-serviceman’s rights.
    • Marking the Letter Content Page, Sent by REGD>Post, but sending in Ordinary> post. “News matters. So does the source”. Tel.No. though mentioned but without service. Email sent never responsibly replied. A person’s elected government causing neglect, causes concern to citizens.
    • Surprisingly to hear from your RTI Cell that Grievance Representation, does not come under the purview of RTI Act. Which statement, is illogical and unreasonable from your end.
    • Please be informed that IF genuine rightful grievance is NOT redressed i.e. for such neglects and deprives, when not dutifully attended, necessitates RTI queries with noting, for clarity and transparency. Hence, please try to widen your scope of thinking, while being a human in this modern innovative age, taking arbitrary action violating RTI Act 2005, victimizing individual.
    References: B/44469/2737/Sigs(B-4)dated the 29th Oct.2019, to hand only yesterday evening (5th Nov.2019, A/N.). Though inner content letter superscripted as sent by Regd. Post, sent by Ordinary Post, by your cheap tactics. You, referring my Letter for Right to Information Act 2005, which needs the required clarity and transparency, with noting for action taken to necessitated previous letters, but you respond so short-sightedly with your ‘Egoistic mind’ purposefully leaving behind, neglecting to answer any of my important queries. This truly reveals your hidden face-value, camouflaging with the glamorous uniform with medals, badges and appellate(shoulder ranks) that you wear as uniform.
    Abhi 268 days ago
    Nothing wrong he said, propagandist are commenting and putting all their efforts to highlight unproven, baseless things. You will believe it when once you read the information about how his last bail application denied by refferring some other irrelevant cases.
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