POWER OF ONE
A Director (Class-I), Forest and Environment Department [equivalent to rank of Additional Secretary of Govt. of Gujarat] was promoted through bluntant violation of rules of promotion in the year 2003 on adhoc basis. He continued on this sensitive post till today [15-06-2010].
A vigilant citizen Shri Amit B. Jethwa of Khambha village and president of Gir Nature Youth Club [environment NGO] could not tolerate that an officer not eligible for such an important post relating to environment protection, should continue to it. He filed RTI applications with Govt. of Gujarat and Gujarat Public Service Commission and collected all papers and information relating to his promotion. Based on this, he tried to persuade State Govt. to post an eligible and competent person for protection of environment. He knew that entire belt consisting of Baroda, Ankaleshwar, Vapi is engulfed with dangerous chemical pollution and its disaster would be 100 times worst than that of Bhopal.
Since all Govts. now do not understand language other than that of higher judiciary, Shri Jethwa filed petition No. SCA No. 3949 of 2009 under article 226 for quo-warranto writ, in Hon’ble High Court of Gujarat in June 2009. On 15-06-2010 Hon’ble Court issued writ and ordered State Govt. to remove that officer from the post as his promotion was illegal and against rules. Application by concerned officer to stay operation of this order to enable him to appeal in higher court was also declined by the Hon’ble Court.
Shri Jethwa was also instrumental in posting of two additional Information Commissioners in Mar 2010 at Gujarat Information Commission through writ in High Court. He also compelled State Govt. to include postal order as mode of payment for RTI fees/charges in March 2010 through a writ. He has also filed writ for posting of Lokayukta in Gujarat, as post is vacant since 2003. Prior to filing these writs, he had collected information and papers through RTI and based his writs on it.
This shows what ONE MAN can do through RTI.