From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Subject: 17 families ostracised in Meghalaya for filing RTI
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17 families ostracised in Meghalaya for filing RTI
Shillong: A traditional village council in Meghalaya has ostracised 17 families for filing an RTI questioning the village authorities why they were denied of their right to avail food grains supplied by the government in the village.
Immediately after receiving a complaint, Deputy Commissioner J Lyngdoh has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the matter, official sources said on Wednesday.
The traditional village chief of Dongrum locality of Mawsynram village in East Khasi Hills district, Artowel Kharshandi convened a village council meeting on Monday and ostracised the families, the sources said.
B Rani, a villager, questioned the village authorities after he came to know of the "misdeeds" of the headman and his wife after he received a reply to his RTI application in the supply department.
Rani and 16 other families in the locality were denied 72 months of supply of food grains meant for families living below the poverty line, as per the RTI reply received by him.
It stated that the village authorities were issued the quantities of rice regularly every month since 2002 till 2010. Based on the RTI findings, an FIR was lodged in this regard.
The magisterial inquiry will be headed by Additional District Magistrate C D Lyngwa, to probe into the incident.
Incidentally, the fair price shop in the village is run by the village chief's wife Asorda Marbaniang
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