Far away from this part of the city if Anna Hazare is fighting for the Lok Pal bill, in the remote area of the old city that is more likely known for its illiteracy and lethargic attitude of the people, is a man against the corrupt and sluggish administration.
With a global experience and sound knowledge he uses the RTI to get the works done through the administration. Not only does he get local issues and problems rectified but he even helps others in using the RTI Act, as a tool against the corrupt practices of the officialdom.
Meet Mohd. Habeebuddin, president of the Public Welfare Society at Amjad Dawla Bagh. A man in his sixties, he also heads the RTI forum in the old city that helps people is getting their long standing problems solved using RTI Act 2005.
His house situated at the Amjad Dawla Bagh doubles up as an office each day with scores of people making a beeline to take advice from him on using the provisions of the RTI act for getting their grievances resolved.
“I started engaging in social work as a hobby after I returned to India, I worked for twenty seven years in different countries of the world, I don't expect anything in return for my advice and guidance but in the end I feel satisfied that I have helped someone through the medium of education,” he says.
Using the RTI he has made the authorities act on certain cases, especially those related to the GHMC. “Most of these related to the GHMC, in South zone one is well aware of the activities in the zonal office, and using the RTI Act I made the officials spend the public funds on designated works,” he says.
He runs an RTI camp every Monday at the COVA office near the Charminar bus station and not only advices the people on the provisions of the RTI Act 2005 but also helps them in drafting questions and queries. “Their have been instances of officials trying to hoodwink the people, one has to be very careful in drafting the questions as a small mistake on the part of the applicant will delay process,” says Habeeb Uddin.
There is a good response from the public towards the crusade in the old city. “It will take sometime as people here rather used to offering bribes and getting their works done, those who are unable to pay simply conclude that it is not possible unless money is spent, a few people have got the work done through RTI and a bigger change is awaited,” he feels.
Mohd. Habeebuddin uses the RTI Act to get local issues and problems rectified or works done through the administration