Friday, July 30, 2010

Common man empowered, fights for rights

For the past 15 years Sanjaykumar Pande, a resident of Rakhial in Ahmedabad, was forced to live with drinking water shortages, bad roads and a non-existent drainage in his area. After being a silent witness for long, he decided to act. He filed a Right to Information (RTI) application regarding the state of basic civic amenities in his municipal ward. His application, however, was rejected by the authority concerned. Sanjay decided to appeal in the State Information Commission. Although there were 3,500 appeals pending at that time, it did not deter him and he patiently waited for his turn, which came after one and half years. During the appeal proceedings, he was called six times and the authorities did not have replies to his questions.

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