Sasaram: The Right to Information Act (RTI) has empowered the women of Bihar. Female representatives in Gram Panchayats are using the RTI tool for implementation of Centre’s schemes. From delay in receiving allowance, pension for old to the Indira Awas Scheme, women are getting the things done by bureaucrats and officers through the RTI Act.

Tired after repeatedly asking for allowance from the Panchayat, the lower ranks of three-tier Panchayat Raj system led by ward member Ramamuni Devi moved DDO office for information under the RTI Act.

Her application made an immediate impact and it was informed that members of the Panchayat were given Rs 100 per sitting and so far Rs 22, 326 were released in this connection. After the RTI revelation, the village heads had to distribute the amount to the Panchayat representatives.

Ward member of Beladhi Panchayat, Geeta Devi, had submitted the forms for old age pension scheme but her name was not enlisted. Under the RTI Act she demanded the list of pensioners.

Dharamsheela Devi of Amri Panchayat asked for information when BPL families were not given the benefits under the Indira Awas Scheme. Similarly, several other women also filed RTI for information related to anganwadis.

Working with female representatives in the state, Shahina Parveen said that Panchayati Raj system would improve with the initiatives of these women.

JPN/Bureau