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Indian Health Organisation removes forged message of Pranab Mukherjee: RTI activist
Alleging that the company has 'misused' the name of former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for commercial interests, Subhash Agrawal maintains that the 'forged message' was removed from Indian Health Organisation's website after he filed an RTI application.

IF YOU still doubt the impact of an RTI application, you need to check this: Indian health organisation (IHO) has removed from its website the recommendation message of former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, after an RTI application revealed that finance ministry had never sent any such message, a reputed RTI activist has alleged.


Demanding strict-most action including criminal complaint to be filed against IHO for alleged misuse of name of Union Finance Minister that too allegedly on a forged letter-head with his alleged forged signature, Delhi-based RTI activist, Subhash Agrawal said: “I had set out to find if they (IHO) were cheating in the name of medical discounts by misuing the name of UPA presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee.”

IHO website doesn't host the message anymore and when asked whether it existed before, Agrawal said: “Yes, it did exist along with the message from Kiran Walia, but it has been removed after I got the RTI reply from Finance Ministry.”

Replying to his letters dated 24th May, 2012 and 8th October, 2011, Finance Ministry makes it clear that 'no such message has been given by Hon'ble Finance Minister to Indian Health organisation'.

The activist has filed the RTI application after finding 'numerous complaints' registered against Okhla-based IHO on 'Jago Grahak Jago' website, launched by Consumer Affairs Department.

Asking further whether any private company can use the word 'Indian' in their name, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution replies to Agrawal: “Using the word “Indian” in the name of private company/ firm viz. 'Indian Health Organisation'(IHO) violates the provisions of Emblems and Names (PIU) Act, 1950.”

The company, on the other hand, claims to be aiming at building the biggest network of quality doctors in India who are easily accessible and are far more affordable to the general population.


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