RTI activist’s Aadhaar query get national recognition

Nagpur: City RTI activist Avinash Prabhune has been recognized for his query on Aadhaar cards that led to a correction in the system. Prabhune’s name figures in ‘RTI Yashgatha’, a book narrating 62 success stories of RTI Act. Prabhune pointed out a big flaw in Aadhaar card which missed date of birth of applicants. By the time Prabhune pointed out the error, 21 crore cards were already issued by the government. After Prabhune’s continue follow ups through RTI, finally in September 2013, Aadhaar cards were issued with date of birth.

TOI ran a series of articles since December 2012 when the issue was first raised.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh released ‘RTI Yashgatha’ at the 11th annual convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) in Delhi on Tuesday. The book has been compiled by Pune-based Yashwanatrao Chavan Academy of Developmental Administration (YASHDA). Apart from 62 success stories, best practices followed by government offices regarding RTI have been mentioned in the book.
Maharashtra leads the country with six success stories while Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana have contributed three such success stories each.
Rajnath Singh too appreciated the book by stating that our system needs to be corruption-free, smart, sensitive, transparent and answerable for making all the programmes of government a success.