One year of RTI: Success stories
Oct 11, 2006 13:53 IST
A 70-old-woman gained access to files regarding pension and other benefits of her dead son — a Delhi Police constable who died in a road accident five years ago. Laxmi Devi of Bhiwani district had appealed to the Central Information Commission for access to notings in files pertaining to her son’s terminal benefits worth Rs 4 lakh. Laxmi was penniless after her son Anoop Singh’s death. Her daughter-in-law was drawing pension even after her remarriage in August 2005, Laxmi Devi told the panel.
It was a unique combination of the right to information and the right to food. Villagers received their quota of ration through the Public Distribution System after villagers of Channagiri Taluka forced authorities to conduct public hearings to redress their grievances by filing RTI petitions. The villagers were not getting wheat for Rs 2 and rice at Rs 3 as announced by the state government.
A resident of Borivili, Devraj Roy, filed an application under RTI asking for information about various projects announced by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation. He found that most of the schemes were either on paper or had progressed marginally. But the officials had spent Rs 36 crore on hotel accommodation and in air-fare to foreign destinations. It jolted the officials.
The government cut a sorry figure when RTI activist Shekhar Singh moved the CIC demanding information on how far the government had progressed in granting 20 per cent reservation to students from the economically weaker section in private schools.
The CIC said the government had failed to furnish “full information” on 40 applications.