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Role of Articles 275 and 282 in Federal Fiscal Transfers

Role of Articles 275 and 282 in Federal Fiscal Transfers

press to take up this issue to inform the public back home what is happening to their taxpayers' money. By refusing to give this right to information obviously millions of dollars of World Bank, UN, bilateral money is going down the drain. There is a virtual cottage industry in place whose sole job is to falsify bills and vouchers and muster rolls so that cement for schools and dispensaries (shown complete on paper but incomplete for everyone to see) goes into building houses for politicians and engineers. Till the MKSS raised the issue there was no danger. Now with the central government coming on to the scene as a concerned partner there is a real possibility that all centrally-sponsored scheme funds will be made more transparent and accountable and an order allowing for photocopies is imminent. A letter from the secretary to the government of India looking after panchayati raj has been sent to all chief secretaries pressing the need for such a step. It was an urgent strong letter falling short of an order and the chief secretary of Rajasthan knowing his aversion to openness and transparency will ignore it. It is no longer a rational issue for him. His public statements on various occasions on the MKSS and the right to information has been sad and tragic coming from an officer who is known in the state for supporting the underdog and encouraging the spirit of volunteerism. "Do you think the state is wearing bangles?'' Knowing him for so many years the tragedy is he himself did not think of this issue earlier or else he would have gone far beyond the order demanded by the MKSS on his own. Now that someone else has stolen the thunder he refuses to believe and accept that the MKSS is not wanting to embarrass the government by going to the press. That the MKSS believes that every citizen should have this right to be informed and they would exercise and explore all possible avenues available in a democracy to achieve this aim is way beyond his comprehension.

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