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October 14, 2009

Its been a very long since I have posted anything under this series. It has to be because of the very little time I have spend on daily news over the few months. From the past one week, I am following the news again and I have 2 news to share with you all this time.

RTI @ School:

   Even though I am reading a lot about the beneficiaries of this act(Right To Information), from the time it is launched, I am yet to see a person in live who have queried something got the required information. I, myself, never thought of asking about anything under this act even though I can get vast information which includes from to whom the contract of laying roads near my home was given to what is the total value of asset owned by our PM? There is always some relunctancy which comes in my way or any other person, because we are not used to it or we never thought such a thing was existed and when suddenly given we don’t know what to do with it.

And the good thing I am heard now is, some schools are implementing this RTI act within the school in which a student can raise their on how a paper is getting evaluated, about the transport arrangements, what are the qualities to get into their school’s sports team or about the fees. This is implemented in Shree Niketan Matriculation School in Tiruvallur(Near Chennai). If a student places a query in the mailbox, the information will be furnished within 10 days either through the mail or through a teacher whom with the student feels comfortable.

Actually this will surely make the students to question anything in school and get information which will be translated as they grow up, to ask about anything in society and seek information about it. The correspondent of that school xMr.P.Vishnucharan says,

In our country, people are scared, almost apologetic, to seek information. Such mentality is bred when the person is still in school, where children are prevented from asking questions. In our schools, what information children get is what the school managements want to provide. Also, the RTI Act is a fantastic piece of legislation and I want schoolchildren to be aware of its power and know how to use it. We tried teaching children the provisions of the act during the GK period, but one day when I sat in the class I found it boring, so we thought of this scheme,”

  I am agreeing with what he has said above in the first sentence. I am always reluctant to seek information even though I really need it. So I am seeing this as a very good move in making the student to come out of his/her shell to ask questions. Hope many schools implements this and thereby knows about this wonderful option we have.

(I have read this in yesterday’s TOI, but I couldn’t provide the exact link for the same so that you all can read it. But you can read it through E-paper option in which select the Chennai edition -> go to the October 12th paper -> in 3rd page you can find this under the title  4 yrs after RTI act was passed, children get to know its power‘ )

He has done it: 




   I hope many of you would have read about this. The toughest examination in our country, Indian Administration  is cleared by one of the person who is not gifted with hearing, who  has not only cleared but also given hopes many people who has physical disability. Maniram Sharma has already cleared the exams in 2005 and 2006 but denied a seat due to his inability to hear. So he has spent Rs.7.5 lakh(many good hearts has generously given money for him) to improve his hearing by going thorugh surgical cochlear implant treatment. Due to the treatment, he can hear partially now. And he has received the letter from government to join in IAS trainings by September 3rd. You can read about him fully here. A MUST READ.

When I have read the post in the above link, I felt really bad because of the pain he has went through just after his surgery as he didn’t heard anything for almost 20 to 25 years. He was not able to distinguish voice and a noise. Thankfully a determined nature in him made him to come over that also with the help of his family members.

We can see this as a inspiration for us and also a gateway for many people who suffers from physical inability. Hope we see many Maniram’s in our society.

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2009 1:51 am

    Thanks a lot for these info Kanagu !

    kanagu: Thanks Bro… 🙂 🙂

  2. October 14, 2009 3:20 am

    That’s really amazing.. nice post with good info Kanagu 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks AK 🙂

  3. October 14, 2009 7:06 am

    Hey Im truly touched by this post. And I should say I read it at a time when I posted something on an un-deterministic person 🙂

    Its good to see such informative posts coming in. Frankly I was quite unaware of this RTI thingy till I read your post. Good one Kanagu. Keep them coming!

    kanagu: Thanks Bro.. 🙂 🙂 hope you are fine now…

  4. October 14, 2009 7:49 am

    Nice post, Kanagu! Continue keeping us informed…

    kanagu: Thanks Bones.. will do 🙂

  5. October 14, 2009 9:20 am

    I absolutely agree about RTI!!

    And i wish the best for maniram… 🙂 Such determined soul!! 🙂

    kanagu: True Sakhi.. really a determined person he was..

  6. October 14, 2009 9:23 am

    Agree about RTI!

    Thank you for the information as well 🙂

    Very informative post! 🙂

    kanagu: Thank you Pixie 🙂

  7. Swaram permalink
    October 14, 2009 10:34 am

    Gr8 post Kanagu! Cheers to u as u always try to bring good things here and share it with us!

    kanagu: Thanks Swaram 🙂

    Maniram is really gr8 and we def. need many more Maniram’s or better people need to recognise the Manirams within them .. most of us hv it in us but what fails is the manifestation of the potential!

    kanagu: True.. very true.. we never push ourselves 😦

    N abt RTI, its gr8 to know the school hs implemented the same! Kudos to the teacher who is honest enuf to say he found it boring!

    Hope other schools follow suit!

    kanagu: Me too hoping for the same 🙂 🙂

  8. October 14, 2009 11:05 am

    School is the best place to start practicing RTI.. when we are young our mind has more questions which are dampened by our society… so if any child continues to seek ifo from that age… he/she will develop a habit of asking and knowing reality…..

    kanagu: Thats what me too thought Oorja.. its really a good move 🙂

    we should call him Mr.Maniram… a to be IAS… proves impossible is nothing.

    kanagu: yes Oorja..

  9. October 14, 2009 11:40 am

    May maniram’s determination help him to come with flying colors.i’m sure he will be a insipration to a lot of disabled persons

    kanagu: me too wish the same Anish…

    @RTI — Many of the schools in chennai already following it,may be it will take some time to get impliment in other schools to
    between nice post

    kanagu: oh.. I know only one which the newspaper has reported.. which are the other schools machi??

  10. October 14, 2009 12:37 pm

    They are many maniram’s in our country and only few fight back like maniram,hats off to him.Lately but surely our govt responded to him.

    kanagu: yes akka.. we have many among us and hope govt. recognizes them..

  11. October 14, 2009 1:14 pm

    I know personally someone who used the RTI to find out how much the municipal corporators in Pune were using their official transport. It was discovered that they were going on holidays etc with their families all over the country! This person then gave the information to the newspaper and it was published and awareness was created in the city. After that the corporators are more careful! I agree that most of us don’t like to ask anything and many people hate to give the information too. Whether its a doctor or a govt. official, people are reluctant to give information that we as citizens need to have, deserve to have!

    kanagu: Thanks for sharing that info Nita… really nice to know…this proves that this act makes the public servants accountable.. please put a post on that Nita.. so that many will know about this…

  12. Mystery permalink
    October 14, 2009 2:05 pm

    informative post Kanagu!
    nice to hear about the RTI act..

    kanagu: Thanks Mystery,… 🙂

  13. October 14, 2009 2:17 pm

    Such an informative post! I too had never heard of anybody who actually used the RTI. This is really good. I think once we change our attitudes to it, and start using the RTI to it’s fullest, we would really benefit as it is one form of holding the govt/authorties accountable. Thanks so much for sharing.

    kanagu: True Smitha.. it will surely help in reducing the amount of bribes and will make the govt. officers to be accountable… we have to ask more questions…

    As for Maniram – yes I had read this too and was impressed by his focus and determination! Amazing!

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

    I have always loved your ‘Good One’ series – thanks so much for this!

    kanagu: I am really happy Smitha that you love this one.. thank you 🙂

  14. October 14, 2009 3:46 pm

    Heartwarming story of Maniram, Kanagu! Truly an inspiration!

    Interesting to read about schools implementing provisions so that students can get answers to their questions.

    kanagu: True Manju… really inspiring and also implementation of RTI in schools is a reall good move.. 🙂

  15. October 14, 2009 8:46 pm

    I have read about RTI, but not in so much detail. Thank you. Maniram is great. Sometimes we skip such good news, when we read newspapers, Kanagu. Keep writing.

    kanagu: Thank you 🙂 🙂

  16. October 14, 2009 10:13 pm

    Heartwarming and inspirational account of Maniram, Kanagu!

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂 🙂

  17. October 14, 2009 10:28 pm

    RTI is very useful and I think we should talk about it a lot more, so that even those who do not know about it- and exactly how to use it, will learn about it.

    kanagu: yes IHM.. we have to discuss a lot about it… so that many will be aware of that and we will come out of shell to ask questions..

    I know of how the Management Committee of a cooperative housing society demanded information about exactly how the builder was still claiming the right to some land that belonged to the society. They got the exact map and were able to negotiate the terms to their benefit. This would have been impossible without the RTI.

    kanagu: Its really heartening to hear that IHM… so nice…

    I think RTI can really empower a citizen and it’s wonderful that students are being taught about it in school!!
    A very informative, useful and positive post Kanagu!!

    kanagu: Thanks IHM.. 🙂 🙂

  18. October 15, 2009 11:53 am

    Pardon my ignorance,I am not aware as to how to go about RTI process.I want to file RTI request for certain issues in Delhi..
    Can someone ,please guide me??
    I will be obliged.

    kanagu: Sir, I have sent an e-mail to you.. hope it will help you.. 🙂

  19. Pal permalink
    October 15, 2009 2:40 pm

    That’s a nice tribute to Mr.Maniram. Also nice to know that people contributed for this cause. Makes life ‘more’ worth living, doesn’t it?

    kanagu: True Pal… 🙂 🙂

    and thanks for leaving me the link 🙂

  20. Rashmi permalink
    October 15, 2009 8:20 pm

    ur blog is becoming like wiekepidea…so many informative post…i never knew about rti…thanks for sharing !!!

    kanagu: Thats a greatest honour Rashmi.. 🙂 🙂 I am flattered..
    and you are welcome 🙂

  21. October 26, 2009 11:54 pm

    The RTI act is an interesting dilemma for all of us – First, we are brought up to be obedient and trust people to do their business… In fact, according to my English teacher, the Japanese are even more obedient in schools/homes but their Government schemes are working so well without anyone having to ask questions, while our’s is not… I guess the problems are more fundamental, and the RTI can best expose just a leaf out of a big tree. The problems are at the roots and we need to address them there.

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Even Japanese were not successful now.. you know that, right??? its a mistake of a one generation which is affecting us so much…. so RTI is really important thing to keep the government officials accountable…..
    and for addressing the root of the problem its really tough to act on it now… with the kind of politicians we have now… it will take time..

  22. October 27, 2009 9:37 pm

    Great of that school to implement that scheme and train the students to be good citizens!

    Glad to hear of Maniram’s success. An inspiration!

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

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