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Passport to a fair deal

Prashant Gupta had been waiting for his passport for five months now (see HT dated July 5). Having exhausted all means of persuasion to get his job done, Gupta, a resident of 3/417 Vikas Nagar, finally approached HT?s Drive Against Bribe Camp on July 4. Here he was helped in moving an application under the RTI with the Regional Passport Office.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2006 01:11 IST

Prashant Gupta had been waiting for his passport for five months now (see HT dated July 5). Having exhausted all means of persuasion to get his job done, Gupta, a resident of 3/417 Vikas Nagar, finally approached HT’s Drive Against Bribe Camp on July 4. Here he was helped in moving an application under the RTI with the Regional Passport Office.

He had applied for the passport on February 17 and was told by the Regional Passport Office staff that it would take them eight months to deliver the passport. But all this was before he moved his application under the RTI.

On Sunday, an excited Prashant, who wishes to pursue higher studies in Australia called up a self-help group leader of the training-cum-assistance camp to inform that his passport had been delivered at his house. “I desperately need the passport as it is one of the mandatory requisites for clearing TOFEL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language),” he had told HT last Tuesday at the training camp at Ambedkar Mahasabha Office on Vidhan Sabha Marg.

On Sunday, several people got themselves registered at the camp. They were then duly assisted by members of the vountary organisations on moving an application against the department concerned under the RTI. The turnout, however, was marred by the rain.

 

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