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HT DRIVE AGAINST BRIBE : Now, babus out to scuttle RTI drive

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 4, 2006

Now, babus out to scuttle RTI drive
HT Correspondent
Lucknow, July 3

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1735094,0015002500000000.htm

WHY SHOULD you pay Rs 40 for obtaining information that should rightfully be furnished to you on a fee of Rs 10? This was the common refrain of scores of harried people, who flocked from all over the State to HT’s Drive Against Bribe camp, being held in association with several self-help groups here at the Bhim Rao Ambedkar Mahasabha office, on Monday.

Apparently, the ‘babus’ have devised their own devious ways to discourage and deny information being sought from them by the people under the Right To Information (RTI) Act. Not only the applicants are asked to provide the requisite Rs 10 fee through a bank draft and hence pay Rs 30 towards service charges to the bank but they are also being asked to make the application on a prescribed proforma. This ‘norm’ has been adopted by both the district administration and the LDA here, who have devised their own forms for entertaining applications under the Act.

“This is just another ploy that has been invented by the officials to dissuade people from applying,” said SR Darapuri, a retired IPS officer, who is supervising the awareness camp. He said the officials were duty bound to accept an application on just a simple sheet of paper and Rs 10 as fee under the Act, which did not specify any proforma for such applications. Sure enough, Chief Information Commissioner Justice MA Khan himself confirmed his contention. “I would be writing to the heads of all departments that they should desist from the practice of demanding bank draft and accept applications on simple paper,” Khan told Hindustan Times.

Besides 90 applicants, the camp got 150 calls from Varanasi, Bahraich, Sitapur, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Barabanki, Sultanpur, Allahabad and Gonda.

While majority of these people complained that several departments were yet to appoint their respective public information officer for receiving applications, some others pointed out how the State’s secretariat remained out of bounds for them.

The irony is that the State Government has appointed deputy secretary/under secretary level officers as PIOs, who neither have telephones nor the authority to get passes issued for those wishing to meet them in this connection, pointed out Darapuri. “In fact, I along with IC Dwivedi (an ex-IPS officer) and Sandeep Pandey had met principle secretary, administrative reforms GP Verma and apprised him of the problem but no remedial measure has been taken so far,” he added.    

14 Responses to “HT DRIVE AGAINST BRIBE : Now, babus out to scuttle RTI drive”

  1. Yashwant Rao said

    RTI
    Is the corruption killer weapon we all have to save it because its made for to do free us from corruption and make to officers and leades accountable, for their duties.
    So if This act is helping us then why we can not help it for its stablishment.

  2. I am demanding information about promotion of handicapped Lekhpal related information from revenue department under the RTI Act. I demand information from the four steps where these files are moving. i.e. Chief Revenue Officer/A.District Magistrate Allahabad, Commissioner Allahabad Mandal, Rajaswa Parishad U.P., Lucknow and Secretary, Revenue, U.P., Lucknow. But no answer were received till date/40 days.
    It means, Uttar Pradesh Government officials are not vigilant about this Act. It is clear that Right of Information Act is only the act to show the people we want to fight against corruption and want suchita. RTI Act is bogus act as like other acts. It is also found that Chief Information Commissioner, U.P. Lucknow is not doing anything. They not solve the problem/not providing information/nor punished any officer because they are also bureacrate also.

  3. anadi kumar singh said

    dughra village selected as ambedakar samagra village in gorakhpur(u.p.).sanjeeva kumar singh,prashant singh,lalji singh,etc so many times wants the details of village fund but village secratary,pradhan, B.D.O.URUWA NOT INTERESTED RTI ACT.

    • ANADI SINGH said

      ambedaka samagra village of gorakhpur u.p. ke karyo me vyapt corruptions ko mitane ke liye sahyog karane ki kripa kare.thanks

  4. ANADI SINGH said

    uttar pradesh ke pashu hospital me milane wali sarkari medicines ke bare me kisano ko bataya nahi jata hai, jo rti-2005 hetu ek gabhir mudda hai.

  5. anadi kumar singh said

    gorakhpur me sarva shiksha abhiyan pradesh ke others jilo ki apeksha kafi pichra hai.bsa ofgice me kafi bhrastachar vyapat hai.jisaki soochana D.M.,COMMISSIONER,A.D.BASIC KO DI JA CHUKI HAI,FIR BHIKOI KRYAEWAHI HONA MUSKIL HAI.MEDIA KO INSTING OPERATION KARANA CHAHIYE.

  6. anadi kumar singh said

    BSA OFFICE ME PROMOTION,POSTING,ME PAISOO KA KHEL JARI HAI,SIRF AMARUJALA PRESS HI INKE AGAINST AWAJ BULAND KIYE HUYE HAI.

  7. anadi kumar singh said

    SPECIAL BTC-2008,2007,URDU BTC KE CANDIDATES KE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS KA VARIFICATION LIST BHI NAHI OUT KI GAYI JISASE FARJIWARA KO ROKA JA SAKE.JABKI 12 MAHINO SE BHI NADHIK SAMAY SE PROCESS ME VARIFICATION CHAL RAHA HAI. YADI JALDI LIST OUT HOTI TO 420WALE BAHAR HOTE AUR SCHOLAR CONDIDATES KA BHALA HO JATA PER DHANYA HO BSA GORAKHPUR .

  8. anadi kumar singh said

    purvachal me water pollution,japanese insephelitis se bachav ke liye ngo,doctors,media ko age ana chahiye.

  9. sir.
    what is your Rite to information chief commissioner Utter parade sh office Address how can public complain without A dress
    Ganesh Parsad Kala

  10. mohit chaudhary said

    what is the address of RTI office in ghaziabad uttar pradesh ???

  11. suresh kumar vig said

    how can I get information from lko. dev. auth. regarding a freehold case file

  12. This post is worth everyone’s attention. Where cann I find out more?

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