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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Five Years of RTI: Battle for Information - Part 1

Though the RTI Act came into force five years back, the government officials supposed to follow the RTI Act in letter and spirit try their bets to avoid providing information. Dainik Jagran, Aligarh, is coming out with a series on the state of implementation of RTI Act.
The following news clipping published in Dainik Jagran (5th October 2010) is first Part of the series and highlights the ongoing battle of information seekers. It shows how Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) avoided providing information to former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Mr Wasim Ahmed, when he asked for a copy of the Audit Report on financial mismanagement at AMU, prepared by the Principal Accountant General, Uttar Pradesh.
It also shows how AMU has provided misleading information to RTI Group member, Dr Mohammed Naved Khan, when he sought information on withholding of Grant by UGC on account of financial irregularities committed by AMU.

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