RIGHT TO Information (RTI) does not necessarily guarantee that you will be given accurate information when callous and indifferent officials are out to thwart the very exercise. In the case of Dr Neeraj Kumar, a former Lucknow University professor, the reply by the Higher Education Department to his query left him flabbergasted.
Challenging a decision taken against him, Dr Kumar had sought the Government Order on the basis of which the university administration claimed to have acted in his case. “I was shocked when joint secretary Jagannath Pal in the Higher Education Department informed that the said GO was not available with the department,” said Kumar, who was among the 125 people who turned up at ‘Hindustan Times Drive Against Bribe Camp’ on Thursday.
But such attempts on part of the ‘babus’ to hoodwink and dissuade people from exercising their franchise have failed to deter them. Instead, for people like Uday Shukla, it has made their resolve to get the desired information even stronger.
Shukla’s is a unique case. “My three daughters, who were studying in Navayuga Radiance School in Rajendra Nagar, have been expelled from the school, simply because I dared to raise my voice against the whimsical decisions taken by its management,” said Shukla. One such step that I challenged was the school management’s decision to change its dress code mid-way through the sessions, he added. Shukla has now petitioned the school under RTI seeking reasons and grounds on which his daughters were expelled from the institution.
On the other hand, the DGP’s office after its initial quick response to the queries posted to it under the RTI by the citizens on Wednesday seems to have once again retreated into a shell on the issue.
It’s officers refused to receive applications from at least two people on Thursday one of whom Raj Kumar, a resident of Naya Haiderganj in Thakurganj was shown the door on the pretext that all officers were busy attending a meeting.
“Government officers are simply refusing to mend their ways.
Their attitude continues to be callous and uncooperative,” said SR Darapuri, himself a retired IPS officer, who is supervising the proceedings at the camp.