Thursday, August 07, 2008

Right or not, info still hard to come by

Last September when retired government employee H B Agarwal submitted an application in Lucknow’s public works department seeking information under the RTI Act, he had hardly imagined the harrowing wait that lay in store for him. Since then, he has been regularly visiting the State Information Commission (SIC) trying to get the answers to his queries. Agarwal had sought details of the expenditure incurred in the construction of a one-km-long road in the city’s Bakshi Ka Talab area. After eight months of waiting, he filed a complaint with SIC but to no avail. “I know there were some financial irregularities. But I am still waiting for the information,” he says.

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