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http://www.lawetalnews.com/NewsDetail.asp?newsid=4418 LAW ET AL NEWS.COM 27-07-2011 Policing PDS with right to information weapon 26.07.2011 | 20:22 Ahmedabad Vijay Shah Gujarat has become the first state in the country where disclosure of all stocks has been made compulsory at fair price shops. This became possible due to the efforts of an 18-year-old in a Gujarat village and his use of the Right to Information Act. The teenager, Bhadresh Wamja, filed an RTI application seeking details of the stocks dispatched from the public distribution system (PDS) to the fair price shops. A second year B Com student, who heads a movement called Youth Against Corruption in his area, Wamja came to know through newspapers that APL (above poverty line) cardholders were eligible to get rations under the public distribution arrangement through fair price shops. Himself an APL card holder, Bhadresh was in for a surprise when he enquired about it from his village fair price shop. He was flatly turned down and informed that there were no such provisions for APL card holders. So he was forced to purchase his requirements at prevailing market prices. In a quandary, he called up the ‘mahiti adhikar’ (information rights) helpline and was told that the department of food and civil supplies of the Gujarat government dispatches foodgrains and assorted supplies every month for BPL (below poverty line), APL and Antyodaya cardholders. Bhadresh filed an RTI application on 11 February 2011, seeking details of the stock dispatched and received by the shop. “This brought problems for me and my family and we began receiving threats from the local village functionaries as the PDS shopkeeper and the gram sevak were all involved in the irregularities”, he pointed out. Undeterred, Bhadresh contacted the whistleblower helpline of the Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel which helps and guides all such RTI Activists. The helpline immediately wrote to the food and civil supplies department of the government, the RTI chief and the relevant police station. This resulted in arrest of Paresh Jaiswal who operated the PDS shop. Jaiswal however secured bail in two days and the vicious circle of threats and warnings began all over again, alleged Bhadresh. “I was threatened several times, but I did not give up and kept up the fight. However, some of my relatives intervened to bring about a compromise”, Bhadresh said. He, however, filed an RTI application against the civil supplies department on March 1. The continuing crusade finally bore results and on April 30, the state government passed an order under section 4(1)(b), making it compulsory for all fair price shops in the state to disclose all the details about rations received and kept in the shop. “This is a just reward for the initiative of the young lad which will prove a boon for all ration cardholders in the state”, said Pankti Jog of Pahel here on Tuesday.
Hi, My name was changed in gazette once by my parents and want to rechange it back to the original name. Whereas all my current documents and certificates are with Oldname and did not used the changed gazette name. Example: 1. My name in Birth certificate is Mr. X 2. I learned that my parents have changed my name to Mr. Y in the gazette 3. Whereas my name as Mr. X is used legally in all the certificates and correspondes. Query: Please advise how do I change my name to Mr. X as official name Thanks in advance for any help !!! Raj Kumar
arunareddit posted a topic in Discussions on RTIHi, I am from hyderabad, Andhra pradesh. My daughter is a minor. she needs some information from Manadal revenue office/ Thahasiladar. can a minor (age below 15 ) person ask for certain information under RTI act, 2005? is there any age limit specified in the rti act 2005? if minors can not file application under RTi act, are their parents are allowed to file application on behalf of thier minor children? Pls let me know. I would apprciate your help. Thanks in advance.