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Are we blackmailers?- Irfan Banka responds to Haq Khan's comment about RTI activists (J&K)

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This is to remind you of your statement against RTI Activist on the floor of Assembly on 6th of February 2018. You have told the Legislative Assembly that RTI Activists are big blackmailers which is absolutely condemnable. I along with my associates at J&K RTI Foundation, am a campaigner of the revolutionary Right to Information Act (RTI) Act since my first year of Engineering Studies and you have no right to call me a blackmailer.

 

Mr. Haq, there bare uncountable stories on success through RTI and the empowerment of common man; and believe me, nobody till date could give a single evidence of blackmailing through RTI. Have you ever thought that the blackmailing is only possible if the government officials are corrupt…I have personally observed that the PIOs are using RTI for creating smoothness in their offices! Recently an officer called my friend to obtain some information from his office through RTI which he could not provide to the people because of some higher authority orders. RTI is the only tool in the state that could expose wrong doings in the offices and the whistleblowers must be appreciated for their acts rather than calling them blackmailers.

 

Mr. Haq, now decide who is a blackmailer? A common man using RTI or a corrupt official who is not allowed to misappropriate government funds and is hence blaming whistle blowers? I am not saying that all RTI Applicants are RTI Activists, there may be some who act indecently; but there is no scope of blackmailing when an honest official faces an RTI Applicant.

 

Read more at: https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/opinion/are-we-blackmailers/275761.html

 

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[irfan Banka is Chairman, J&K RTI Foundation]

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Thank you for sharing...

 

This is to remind you of your statement against RTI Activist on the floor of Assembly on 6th of February 2018. You have told the Legislative Assembly that RTI Activists are big blackmailers which is absolutely condemnable. I along with my associates at J&K RTI Foundation, am a campaigner of the revolutionary Right to Information Act (RTI) Act since my first year of Engineering Studies and you have no right to call me a blackmailer.

 

Mr. Haq, there bare uncountable stories on success through RTI and the empowerment of common man; and believe me, nobody till date could give a single evidence of blackmailing through RTI. Have you ever thought that the blackmailing is only possible if the government officials are corruptÂ…I have personally observed that the PIOs are using RTI for creating smoothness in their offices! Recently an officer called my friend to obtain some information from his office through RTI which he could not provide to the people because of some higher authority orders. RTI is the only tool in the state that could expose wrong doings in the offices and the whistleblowers must be appreciated for their acts rather than calling them blackmailers.

 

Mr. Haq, now decide who is a blackmailer? A common man using RTI or a corrupt official who is not allowed to misappropriate government funds and is hence blaming whistle blowers? I am not saying that all RTI Applicants are RTI Activists, there may be some who act indecently; but there is no scope of blackmailing when an honest official faces an RTI Applicant.

 

Read more at: https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/opinion/are-we-blackmailers/275761.html

 

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[irfan Banka is Chairman, J&K RTI Foundation]

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