Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on a petition which said there is corruption, manipulations, favoritism, omissions of the govt. officials and state agencies and violations of settled principles of rule of law and provisions of the Constitutional and of the Official Language Act 1963 in conducting rupee symbol and others symbol public competitions.
And there are no uniform guidelines for public competitions to select symbols and logos of entities of national importance.
Petitioner RTI activist Rakesh Kumar Singh, who had earlier challenged the selection of the Rupee symbol when he and other RTI activists found down below shocking facts about Rupee Symbol:
2. One of the finalist Nondita Correa father Charles Correa sent recommendation letter to Prime Minister Office and RBI prior to competition.
3. Design concept or brief was not put in front of jury along with Indian Rupee symbol design. RTI - Q. 7
4. No marks or grades were allotted to selected (2644) candidates design entries; in the process of shortlisting top five finalist design entries.RTI - Q. 16 D
5. Jury had spends less than 20 seconds on each design entries to analyze it . Hindustan Times report
6. Three jury member were absent in two days long meeting dated 29th Sept. and 30th Sept. 2009. RTI Q. 3
7. One jury member from Ministry of Culture was absent on the day of final presentation. RTI Q. 4
8. All seven jury member had never meet in this whole selection process in any given time.
9. No records are available with Finance Ministry which could indicated, how many total design entries Finance Ministry had received? RTI Q. 5
10. Advertisement was only published in English language. RTI Q. 7
11. Rupee symbol violates Article 351 of constitution of India.
12. Rupee symbol in font size 4 is not readable and computer screen display shows the fill effects.
13. Rupee symbol even in font size 10 with bold weight is not readable and computer screen display shows the fill effects too. DIT Doc.
14. RBI and Minister of finance don't have any clue about "design aspect ration" of rupee symbol used on Indian currency.
Now, RTI activist approached the Bench again in the wake of the court’s suggestion that he should file a PIL instead to raise general concern over lack of guidelines.
On Wednesday, a Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri admitted his petition and asked the central government’s counsel, Jatan Singh, to file a counter affidavit in four weeks.
The MHA must inform the court if there are guidelines in place for convening public competitions for selection of such symbols and how the government ensures equal opportunities for all citizens to participate, if there are no such guidelines.
Singh highlighted selection of five symbols — Indian Rupee, UID, ‘I’ Mark, Railways and RTI. He said selection of all these symbols lacked democratic process and deprived several people of the right to participate and be counted for their ideas.
“There was lack of wider national participation and (such competitions) are conducted in a manner to benefit selected groups,” the petition said, adding that the process was repugnant to the concept of participative society.
Singh added that the advertisements for public competitions were usually issued only in English, in complete violation of the Official Language Act. Also, in the case of selection of the UID symbol, entries were sought only by e-mails, thereby depriving many people not conversant with computers from participating, he said.