Right to Information – Master key to good governance

Got job cards using RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 1, 2006

Got job cards using RTI

After returning from the camp organised in Bhubaneswar on ‘National campaign against Bribe using of Right to Information’ Mr. Dhaneswar Patra of Seva Bharati tried to experiment the use of RTI in his own area. He along with the members of ‘Jalaitamu Mahasangha’- the people’s network there, approached the BDO of Tumudibandha block of Kandhamal district of Orissa to know the following information:
(a)   List of all the names registered under NREGA in the Tumudibandh block.
(b)   How many job cards have been released by the block to Mundigarh panchyat
(c)   When job cards will be given to the people of the area
(d)   The work plans under NREGA for the financial year 2006-07 of the whole block.

The applicants reminded the BDO of his obligation of making suo motu disclosure under section-4 of RTI act.
The BDO quickly responded and visited the Mundigarh Panchayat the very next day and promised to release five hundred job cards within two days and the rest eventually. He promised to make available all the information sought and asked for the cooperation of the community to complete the registration and distribution of job cards under NREGA.

This is one of the few examples which proved the efficacy of the RTI as in instrument in getting the legitimate demands of the public fulfilled.

Pradeep Baisakh

2 Responses to “Got job cards using RTI”

  1. I am coming from a rural village named as Harichandan Pur, Po-Fatepur, Via-Khaira, Dist-Balasore, PIN-756048, where communication facility i.e Roads are so conjusted and muddy in rainy season, so that peoples in that village are not connected rightly to town in this modern world. Road work orders are passed so many times, but unfortunately, roads are not repaired / constructed properly.

    It is prayed, to instruct the said department officials to repair / construct roads.

    Thanking you,
    Yours truely,

    Bibhuti Panigrahi.
    Mob. No.098682-55837

  2. rktripathy said

    Commendable job from Seva Bharti. We need to aware people about RTI act so that corruption can be eliminated totally from government departments at least.

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