Sunday, October 18, 2009

School dropout is watchdog of public funds

Education is not necessary for empowerment, as many success stories related to the Right to Information (RTI) Act have shown. Take the case of school dropout Dilip Kataria, 31, from Dhavadia village in Khambha taluka of Amreli district. This spunky villager is doing his bit to ensure that public money is not misused in his village, but utilised for the government schemes it's meant for. Kataria, who works as an electrician earning daily wages, has filed as many as 1,000 RTI applications in various government departments. They have been mostly related to basic civic amenities like roads and water, and irrigation facilities.

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