I, too, have a dream (Part 3) – A big step to make it a reality

Excellent post delineating Vayam’s victory in democratic empowerment of tribal people.

Atul Patankar

On 27 August 2013 , the Information Commission conducted the final hearing of our appeal. Being an experienced administrator, the Commissioner saw through the arguments of the Deputy Collector’s staff immediately. Mr. Shailesh Gandhi’s presence also helped us retain our confidence in these completely novel circumstances.

Finally, Mr. Gaikwad, Information Commissioner, pronounced his ruling. He asked the administration to compensate each applicant who came to Mumbai Rs. 2,000 each. Also, he issued show cause notice to the information officer for levying fine under 2 different sections of RTI Act – in each of the 1,272 cases. He ordered that all the information sought must be given to every applicant before 31 st October – and promised further stern action if this was not done.

But the most useful part of the order is that – he ordered all the district administrators to publish information about claims under the FRA …

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