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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Activist banks on RTI to monitor govt depts work

JAIPUR: To bring in accountability and enhance the performance of various government departments, a former Indian Postal Service Officer (IPoS) has decided to embark on a campaign to educate citizens in 30 towns of the state on how to use Right to Information (RTI) Act for monitoring the implementation and progress of work.

Not satisfied with Anna Hazare strategy to promote rural development, Ashok Chaudhary, who resigned in 2003 well before his official superannuation in 2027, developed his own model for progress. "In 2,000, I stayed in Ralegan Siddhi (Anna's village) for one week. However, I was not impressed as his model didn't inspire people in the nearby villages. After that I developed my own model to bring transformation in the state."

He explained that 11 major departments such as education, health, agriculture and social welfare, etc. have initially been shortlisted for close monitoring by our teams and the citizens. "We will educate people not to have vindictive approach against the officials and follow the progress of these departments." The model has been prepared after travelling in rural and urban areas across the state and factoring in the common problem faced by the people. The campaign is named as Abhinav Rajasthan which will start from December 30 from Merta city.

The main objective behind the campaign is that common man should be benefited from the Central and state government schemes. Moreover, resources of the departments should be used for public welfare. "Our motive is not to earn money; even people associated with the campaign use their own money to educate masses. I personally run a coaching centre for competitive exams from my own earnings. Even, we are not an NGO or will not associate ourselves with any political party in future."

Chaudhary was posted in postal department in Gujarat before he resigned after serving for ten years. Earlier, after completing his MBBS from Ajmer Medical College, he practiced in Bhilwara and Bhansawara districts for two years. "I joined administrative service as I wanted to learn framing and execution of policies. Since beginning, my aim was to work in the development sector. I visited Anna's village during my service tenure only," claimed Chaudhary

He claimed, in year 2005, in Merta city he has also worked to curb the ritual death feast, which has shown positive results in the area.
Source : The Times of India, 27 Dec, 2012

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