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  project name ~ RTI Campaign in UP and Bihar

category ~ Community Empowerment




  Project Name


RTI Campaign in UP and Bihar



Asha Parivar



Community Empowerment






Uttar Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 14000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Vijay Manghnani


College Park
Anti Corruption Team










RTI campaign in UP and Bihar mainly focuses in citizen empowerment through Right to Information. The work is concentrated in seven districts of U.P. : Hardoi District (Sandila and Bharawan Blocks), Kushinagar and Deoria, Chandauli, Varanasi, Moradabad, Kanpur and Sitapur. AID supports 20 full-timers in the project who will work on empowering citizens with the knowledge on RTI act and how it can be effectively used to fight corruption. Campaign is also expanded to National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme and Right to Food and how effectively corruption can be tackled.





1. Right to information petition was filed in 40 Gram-panchayats to obtain information on their income-expenditure. It was a year-long effort to obtain the information and as next phase, a social audit was done to check the government records against actual expenses. 2. Zilla panchayat information and MLA funds data was also requested under RTI act and will be verified for authentication. 3. Huge amount of money came into Hardoi and other districts and are in process of auditing the amounts. 4. Through Job guarantee scheme, effort was undertaken to get Job cards for all villagers. After lot of efforts, BDO agreed to issue cards to all applicants and as a result every villager has his/her job card.





· Mobilization and Empowerment of people whose lives are affected. · Awareness campaign and training programs related to people’s right to information and NREG schemes. · A powerful tool of ‘Janata Jaanch’ introduced involving people, questioning authorities. · Systematic use of RTI, food for work scheme, etc. · Constant dialogue and demanding rights with District and State authorities. · Focus on dalits, women and poor.



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