One year of RTI: Tales of failure
Free flow of information is still a distant dream despite efforts by the government.india Updated: Oct 11, 2006 13:52 IST
The police responded with a threat when Vipul Patel filed an RTI application seeking information on the money collected by the police as penalty. The traffic department told Patel about the money collected over the past two years, but refused to divulge the name of the bank where the amount was deposited.
They suspected his motive and said Patel would be held responsible for any 'untoward' incident.
An application seeking information about recruitment of teachers on contract basis proved costly for three villagers - Hemlal Verma, Pawan Kumar and Girish Kumar, who wanted to know why candidates with lower marks were given jobs.
The Kasdol block executive officer slapped a bill of Rs 1.02 lakh for a dossier. He charged Rs 100 for a page against the stipulated Re 1.
Even the Prime Minister’s Office had denied information on a RTI application, seeking file notings on the appointment of the Central Information Commissioners.
Almost 10 months after filing the application and two appeals with the CIC, the applicant is yet to get the requisite information.
An innocuous query by a slum-dweller Madhuben in Ahmedabad irked a municipal corporation official. He sent a henchman to her house, who intimidated her: how dare she seek a reply from a government office.
Madhuben, member of a self-help group, noticed a red mark on her house in Vasna and wanted to know whether her house would be demolished. The municipal corporation refused to answer her query and threatened her with dire consequences instead.