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JAYANTA KUMAR DAS
ODISHA INFORMATION COMMISSION- A BODY OF USELESS & SHAMELESS GOVERNMENT AGENTS DETERMINED TO KILL THE RTI ACT
BlogPosted By: hindtodaynews on:1/10/2014 9:15:19 PM

(REMAINING UNDER COLONIAL  HANG OVER, ODISHA INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS GETTING SADISTIC PLEASURE BY PROVIDING COPY OF THEIR DECISIONS IN ENGLISH TO A SIMPLE LITERATE INFORMATION –SEEKER WHO IS  IGNORANT ABOUT THAT FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

 

Dear friends

As per the provision of RTI Act, each citizen is entitled to get the information in local language or official language.   Under section 6 (1) of the Act, an Information seeker shall submit an application in English or  Hindi or official language, i.e., Odia in Odisha to get the information. Similarly, each Public Authority shall disseminate the proactively disclosed  information under section 4 (1b) of the Act  in  local language.  Honouring these provisions of the RTI Act, all the State Information Commissions in the country  are making all correspondence with complainant/ appellant  and sending the copy of their decisions   in their  respective official languages.   While Tamil Nadu Information Commission is providing its decision in  Tamil , AP State Information Commission providing  the same in Telgu. Similarly, Central Information Commission has opened website in  two languages like  English and Hindi.

But the Information Commissioners of Odisha are  writing their decisions in  English  and not Odia.  Since 2006, RTI Activists have been demanding before State Govt.  for dissemination of suo Moto disclosed information in Odia and appealing Commission to send their decisions in Odia. It is very interesting to note here that Sri Tarun Kanti Mishra who is State Chief Information Commissioner is an Odia poet, novel-writer, writer of stories in Odia.  He has been honoured  by  many literary forum  as the  Best Odia Writer  But  the irony is that  he is  writing his decision in English and compelling  poor, half-literate  Information Seeker    to receive copy of his decision written in English. When Sri Mishra joined as Chief Information Commissioner, a delegation of Odisha Soochana Adhilar Abhijan met him on 18.12.2010 and requested him to send the copy of decision in Odia.  It is needless to mention here that he is the  man who has issued  order to all Departments to make all official correspondence in Odia  during his tenure as Chief Secretary. Many complainants have requested/ appealed to Chief Information Commissioner to send the copies of their decision in  Odia. Sri Laxman  Sahu  of Ganjam (M-9337407364) has sent several letters to Commission to send the decision in Odia . On 6.1.2014, he personally came to commission office and filed a complaint in the Commission against Chief Information Commissioner for violating the law.

Similarly, one eminent RTI Activist Sri Kunja Bihari Patra of Nayagarh, 8th class passed (M-9861656487), has made   request to Commission  several times  to send copy of the decision in Odia. Finding no action from the Commission, he has filed a complaint to Governor, Odisha seeking action against Tarun Kanti Mishra. RTI Activists of the state  have  submitted memorandum to Governor, Odisha seeking  direction to Commission to give RTI-Complainant their decisions in Odia. But nothing has happened.

Sri Nilamani Joshi, RTI- Complainant ( M-99376-08082)  who  despite  plethora of requests  could not get the decision  in Odia  has filed  a writ petition in Odisha High Court against  Odisha Information Commission  to get  justice.

The Commission’s   biasness  towards  English language  has  not  only harassed  the   semi-literate- information seeker  but  damaged prospect of RTI regime  in Odisa.  Colonial mindset of Sri Tarun Kanti Mishra  still continues.

With Regards

JAYANTA KUMAR DAS(RTI ACTIVIST), 9861770749(M)

CORE COMMITTEE MEMBER OF ODISHA SOOCHANA ADHIKAR ABHIJAN.
 
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