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Khetramani finally gets her land records through RTI – a case successful

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 15, 2006

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From: nishikanta mohapatra <nishimohapatra@yahoo.co.in>
Date: 15-Jul-2006 12:04
Subject: [antibriberycampaign] Khetramani finally gets her land records
through RTI – a case successful

Khetramani finally gets her land records through RTI Submitted by CYSD,

Khetramani Samantrai bought a small piece of land near Dhauli, Bhubaneswar
from Subha Behera.  Karunakar Swain a notary prepared the land deed
documents, which was submitted at the District Sub-Register Office (DSO) in
Bhubaneswar after completion of the legal formalities. But Khetramani did
not receive the original documents in spite of producing the receipt of the

Khetramani Samantrai and Karunakar Swain have been constantly visiting the
DSO since the last one and a half years but the clerk concerned did not hand
over the documents to them.

On 13th July 2006 she came to the RTI camp held in CYSD Bhubaneswar, seeking
guidance as to how she could redress her grievances using RTI.

At the camp, Khetramani was assisted by volunteers in filling up the
application for information under section 6 (1). A few volunteers
accompanied her to the DSO and approached the head clerk to know the cause
of the delay in providing the original documents. The response from the
clerk was not very convincing.

The case was discussed with the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the DSO.
When the volunteers insisted in registering the complain through RTI, the
PIO intervened and asked the officials to look into the case and produce the
land deed papers immediately. The head clerk then produced the document in *15
minutes* and officially handed it over to Khetramani who finally got justice
after resorting to the RTI tool.

“From today you have to wear a crown of thorns. Strive ceaselessly to
cultivate truth and non-violence. Be humble. Be forbearing. The British rule
no doubt put you on your mettle. But now you will be tested through and
through. Beware of power; power corrupts. Do not let yourself to be
entrapped by its pomp and pageantry. Remember you are in office to serve the
poor in Indian villages. May God help you.” – Mahatma Gandhi on August 15,


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