RTI act empowers common man
Posted by rtiact2005 on June 30, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006 (New Delhi):
The Right to Information campaign kicks off across the country on July 1. Ordinary people now refuse to cower down before the system and have used the act to fight back.
Nanu, a daily wage labourer, was thrown out of the food and supply office when he tried to get a ration card made.
A 70-year-old rickshaw puller from Madhubani in Bihar struggled for five years to get a home under the Indira Awas Yojana. The officer in-charge asked for Rs 5000 just to process the application.
These are just some of the names of people across the country who refused to be bullied by a corrupt system. When pushed to desperation they fought back with the Right to Information Act.
The power of an act like Right to Information is that it belongs to each one of us and allows us to know what we are entitled to and find out what the government is spending money on.
The act thus becomes a powerful tool in the hands of the common man to fight corruption.
From July 1-15, camps across the country will not just publicise the act but trained volunteers will also help people file their applications.
Several people across 52 cities are involved including students, lawyers and housewives.
At the Government Law College, the venue for the Mumbai camp, final training sessions are being held for volunteers. More than 200 have already attended the sessions.
Some people have described this as one of the most important pieces of legislation, which makes the bureaucracy and government accountable.