The ration shop owner was left with no option but to give in. The prescribed format was also attached with the letter and the applicant if he wanted the information should apply for it in the attached format. Have these government servants who were to implement the Act been provided with any training or the details of the Act and what it entailed. On the prescribed format available with all government departments was written Form A — rule 6. They unanimously decided that the next time they would all go to the ration shop on the same day to get their kerosene.
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The line provides a theoretical explanation for looking at the poor as a category to be taken care of through targeted ameliorative programmes. Change comes but slowly. And someone very truly said…. On the prescribed format available with all government departments was written Form A — rule 6.
Considerable number of applications have been successful and the information sought has been received without much difficulty. The next time they went to the shop they showed the information to the shop owner and demanded that this time and each time henceforth they would take the 10L and no less. Citizens using RTI to make the administration work according to rule. The Act is meant to stop those bad practices in government, which keep people poor and those that continue to lead to corruption and injustice, and slowed down development.
The story proves to some extent that law and government can be made to serve ordinary citizens. It said that the application that was made was not in the prescribed format as scheduled in the RTI rules. And this time they would take the full 10L or nothing. They unanimously decided that the next time they would all go rtk the ration shop on the same day to get their kerosene.
State Level RTI: Gujarat
The departments were instructed that all applications under the Act gujaratti to be received in that format alone. There was no uniformity even in a single taluka. The interesting story commences from here. It is being seen, as a panacea that can cure much of that is wrong with present day governance. Funnily enough rule 6 of the Gujarat rules pertains to the appeal procedure and not application formats. Website Design by Creative Epple.
Right to Information Act in Gujarati. |
Being even slightly above that does not solve your problem at all. This newly enacted law has emerged out of a long struggle by civil society groups. When most families do not own gas cylinders they have to rely on kerosene for cooking.
We added to their woes. Another problem was that the kerosene was provided only once a month and if a person came back for a second time for the remaining kerosene due to him the shop owner would merely send him back empty handed saying that it was all over.
One such programme of our government is the provision of subsidized rations to such families under the Public Distribution System PDS. In 15 days time Mohanbhai got a response from the DSO.
The information was received within 30 days and was quite a relief for most people. All ration shops owners were supplying kerosene according to their whims and fancies.
With a history of success in other cases we decided to file one more such application. What is equally important is awareness of the legislations and how to access these legislations.
RTI Act in Gujarati
The ration shop owners were for sure not happy gujrati this. When even the prescribed formats were printed wrongly not much needs to be said about the understanding of this Act within government functionaries. This response was completely against the law or the rules. It is also called survival strategies.
This has led to considerable change in the area and the system to some extent at least has started working or I would say that where people are aware of their entitlements and demanding the same they are getting what is due to them.
Have these government servants who were to implement the Act been provided with any training or the details of the Act and what it entailed. In the rules it was rtii that the applicant was not required to use the prescribed format. I work with an active group of citizens in Kalol town in the Panchmahals district of Gujarat.