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RTI Drive to Continue Against Planning Commission and Other Public Offices : SC Agrawal
An RTI response from the Planning Commission of India may again create trouble for its deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia. This time, the RTI response shows that his office has used tax payers' 35 lakh rupees to renovate its two washrooms.

RIGHT TO Information Activist SC Agarwal whose latest RTI application has made Planning Commission of India face criticism from all around, said that he would continue to file RTI applications in Planning Commission as well as other government entities to get more information about their operations.

"Yes, it will continue. Not only the Planning Commission but other offices of the government will also have to face to RTI applications from me,” said SC Agrawal, RTI Activist.

Notably, response to SC Agrawal's RTI revealed that Planning Commission has spent Rs. 35 lakh on the renovation of two hi-tech toilets at its head quarters in national capital.

RTI response explains that the Commission has spent 30 lakh rupees on the renovation, and another five lakh rupees have been spent to install door access system in the two rest rooms.

After the installation of the door access system in these hi-tech toilets, some of the senior officials at the commission have been exclusively given smart cards to use these washrooms. The Commission has also installed CCTV cameras in the lobby that leads to these privileged toilets.

The response to the RTI application also reveals that it was just a pilot project with three more such privileged toilets on the cards for the Plan Panel Headquarters.

The RTI activist has demanded that Prime Minister, in his capacity as Planning Commission's Chairperson, should look into the posh mindset of decision-makers at Yojana Bhawan - especially when the government is on an austerity-drive.

Internationally acclaimed social service organization Sulabh International that works in the sanitation sector has said that at the cost of 35 lakh rupees three brand new public toilets can be constructed. The organization said that this much amount would be enough to renovate 10 toilets from the worst condition to deluxe level using the Sulabh model. 

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