By Himadri Ghosh
Bangalore: Constant diligence and relentless effort through RTIs and appeals, helped Mr. G.Chander Rao get his pattadar passbook.
G.Chander Rao, a farmer from the Vizayanagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, applied Pattadar passbook for his small piece of land in 2012. Since then, Rao has been putting in a lot of effort to get it. Consequently, he met the revenue officials of the district and even reached out to the district collector to address grievances on behalf of his villagers.
Even after repeated efforts made by Rao, he was miles away from resolving the issue. Just then, he met an RTI reporter of Eenadu Mundadugu (Eenadu- the largest circulated daily in Andhra Pradesh). The reporter advised Rao to file an RTI and helped him with filing the same to the concerned department.
Filing of RTI was not of any help, as Rao did not get any response from Public Information Officer. Rao took the issue to the next level and filed the first appeal with FAA, but that result was still negative.
Rao was determined that he would not stop, and filed the second appeal. To that, recently, the State Information Commission issued a notice and ordered to attend both applicant and PIO for the hearing.
The last effort of filing the RTI yielded a result. The PIO processed the pattadar passbook and handed over to the applicant at his residence through revenue officials.
The RTI proceedings might work at snail’s pace, but it is a powerful weapon to uproot corruptions and bring transparency in government administration.
(Source Eenadu Mundadugu columns of 4th Aug 2014 Monday)
Himadri Ghosh is a Bangalore based freelancer