Sunday, October 11, 2009

Honour for RTI crusaders - 50 citizens felicitated in Ranchi

Social activist Bindubhushan Dubey's quest for information had exposed how the state's lone chopper Dhruv was being misused by VIPs and their kin. Shashibhushan Pathak, also a social activist, was instrumental in unveiling the pathetic plight of rural schools where forces were stationed to fight Naxalites. Both Dubey and Pathak were among 50 responsible citizens who were felicitated today for wisely using the Right to Information (RTI) Act for the larger good. The Jharkhand RTI Forum honoured them with its prestigious RTI Citizens Award at a function in the capital. Some of the other noted citizens who received the award were former MLA from Jamshedpur (west) Sarayu Roy, Ranchi-based businessman Deepak Lohia, senior lawyer Lalit Bajla and CPI leader Ramendra Kumar. Journalist Balbir Dutt, who was the chief guest, and acting chief information commissioner Ram Bilas Gupta handed over the awards.

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