Social welfare officer on dharna seeking RTI reply

A PCS Officer, Rinku Singh Rahi, who survived a murderous attack in Muzaffarnagar in 2009, is staging dharna in Lucknow demanding reply to his RTI application seeking details of money not used by the Social Welfare Department of Muzaffarnagar district in the year 2008-09.

Rahi was attacked while he was posted as Social Welfare Officer in Muzaffar Nagar. He had ordered an inquiry into the allocation of funds to the Muzaffarnagar office. Nine persons, including SP leader Mukesh Chowdhary and department assistant accountant Ashok Kashyap, were arrested.

Rahi said he had information that around Rs 60 to 70 crore were allocated to Muzaffarnagar office in the financial year 2008-09. Of the total money, a large amount was unused.

"I wanted to know where the unused funds went. To know the details, I had filed an application under the RTI Act demanding details. I have also asked for details about beneficiaries but did not receive full details. I had also filed an appeal against it," said Rahi, who is presently posted at Aligarh district.

Rahi believed that the reply of the RTI application would blow the lid on a scam in Social Welfare Department of Uttar Pradesh.

Rahi is holding dharna opposite Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow's Hazratganj area.

He said almost three years have passed since the murderous attack on him but the scam has not been fully unearthed yet.

A 2004 batch PCS officer, Rahi said he had conceded to the extent of asking for details only of 2008-09 if it is a problem for them to provide details between 2006-09.

In the afternoon, senior officials of the Social Welfare Department requested Rahi to withdraw the agitation, but he turned down their request.

In the evening, police admitted Rahi to a hospital for treatment. Additional superintendent of police, East, Vijay Bhushan said Rahi was admitted to civil hospital.

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