Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Government being pressurized through RTI for the Relief work

Five Asha Parivar RTI fellows in Bihar and their associates including Mahendra, Vandana Pandey, Vinod, Manoj (Siwan), Snehlata, Tarkeshwar and PC Ghosh (Katiyar), have been pressing the Bihar government for delivery of services as claimed on paper. For instance, if the newspapers published government reports of 300 boats dispatched and none can be seen operating in the field, RTI application has been filed to request for the details of the implementation.

Mahendra is in Poornia with Narmada Bachao Andolan team along with Medha Patekar. On the demand of Medha Didi, DMs of three districts (Saharsa,Supaul and Madhepura) have been transfered for irregularity in relief work. Many groups along with Manoj and Mahendare met Medha Didi yesterday in Patna. Medha Didi and other representatives met State Government officials with media covering it. (Article at: http://www.patnadaily.com/news2008/sept/090608/medha_patkar_in_bihar.html). NBA group is very active in Sahrsa, Poornia and Araria district.

A helpline has been started in Patna by RTI fellow Vandana and others, who will provide guidance to volunteers coming from outside for relief work. Many additional Asha parivar volunteers from Uttar Pradesh are joining RTI and R&R efforts.

RTI fellows in bihar have started applying RTI applications under section 7(1) to get information in 48 hours, about the relief work.

Mahendra can be reached at 9852022262 and another contact Chinmay at: 9923936658

While the Government has enough funds and resources to deal with the immediate problem, effective implementation is yet to bee seen. RTI applications, Information helpline and other coordination will help build pressure on the Government machinery.



whocares said...

please put up the information that was recieved from the govt after filing RTI application. it will be interesting to see what was the response..

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