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Right to Information Act: campaign against bribe gathers momentum

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On Friday alone, different centres set up under the drive received over 200 applications

NEW DELHI: The campaign against bribery and for creating awareness among the people on how to effectively use the Right to Information Act as a tool to counter corruption has gained momentum with help desks witnessing a tremendous rush of applicants. On Friday alone, different centres set up under the campaign received more than 200 applications. The campaign launched by leading non-government organisations, volunteers and students to take on those seeking bribe for getting things done is ably assisted by residents welfare associations across the national capital.

15 cases solved on the spot

The Nand Nagri centre once again managed to get 42 RTI applications within an hour of setting up the counter and by the end of the day, 50 applications had been filed and 15 cases were sorted out on the spot. "In one case, a couple had been making the rounds of the Sub Divisional Magistrate's office regarding their ration card renewal for several months. On Friday, they were again told to return after 10 days. They returned armed with an RTI application and were provided their APL ration card on the spot,'' remarked Santosh, a volunteer.

The passport help centre saw a huge crowd of observers carefully watch the proceedings as volunteers drafted 37 applications and entertained queries from 117 visitors. In an important case, Smriti Srivastava, a teacher at St. Thomas' School, Delhi, booked a flat with Hoover Builders Private Limited at Burari.

Soon Ms. Srivastava learnt from the MCD website that her flat was unauthorised. She was shocked as to how so many government agencies including the sub-registrar, the bank and others gave permission for the construction and possession of this flat? This indicated a strong nexus between the builder and the officials in various agencies.

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