Here is a case of empowerment. An illiterate vendor filed a Right to Information application after losing his only means of livelihood to Delhi Police and VIP movement. The Chief Information Commission has now given a favourable order and asked the police to look into the matter of his livelihood.
Ganga Sahai was one of the many selling little consumer items at Dhaula Kuan from his rehri (pushcart). In June 2007, the police took away his rehri to clear the area for regular VIP movement. They even detained him and his associate for three hours at Dhaula Kaun police post for protesting against it.
Sahai took help from a friend and challenged the police action through the Right to Information Act. A year later, he got a favorable order. The police had replied that he had encroached on public land and the rehri had to be removed as it came in the way of VIP movement.
The reply did not satisfy Sahai. He filed an appeal before the Joint Commissioner of Police, southern range. From there too, he failed to get any justice. He filed his second appeal with the Central Information Commission.
Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said grievance redressal was not part of the RTI Act but provided Sahai a chance to plead his case with the police. “Keeping in view the indigence of Ganga Sahai, he may visit the office of R.K. Verma, assistant commissioner of police, and provide him details regarding which he seeks remedy,” Habibullah said.