Does the government have a security plan in place to deal with an invasion by zombies? A Mumbai resident sought this information in a Right of Information (RTI) inquiry, which went viral on social media.
In an application to the home ministry, Ajay Kumar questioned what India’s chances of survival were if it was attacked by “alien zombies” and “extra-dimensional beings”.
“What means does the Government have at its disposal to defeat them,” he asked, and also if it could “do this without Will Smith”, referring to the Hollywood actor who fights zombies in the film I Am Legend and tackles aliens in the Men in Black.
Even as the RTI Act has empowered the common man, it has also opened the floodgates for frivolous inquiries like this, which are a burden on the designated ombudsmen at government offices.
Though Twitterati got a few laughs because of the light-hearted RTI inquiry, it was not what was intended. In fact, Kumar wasn’t perplexed that the application was “leaked” on social media.
“I filed the RTI as an act of political protest against the entire intolerance fiasco,” Kumar told Huffington Post.
Kumar was reported as saying that he wanted to intentionally waste the time of government officials. And he succeeded.
Union minister Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter on Wednesday to highlight how such unnecessary requests waste officers’ time.
The subject matter is too scientific.— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 21, 2016
This kind of RTIs will waste the precious time of the office staffs. pic.twitter.com/gVWbqt53PY