By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru:: People of India are thoroughly dissatisfied with the way both the State Government and the Central Government approach applications for freedom fighter's pension."The object of the freedom fighters' pension scheme is not to reward or compensate the sacrifices made in the freedom struggle. The object is to honour and mitigate the sufferings of those who had given their all for the country in the hour of its need,” said the Supreme Court in a judgment delivered in 1993. Ironically, ShriB.M .Aekoramaswamy s/o Late shri Marulappa of chickkamaglur District was not bestowed with such an honour despite making repeated representations since 1981 onwards and now he is aged 90 .Under the Swatantra Sainik Samman Scheme of the Centre were required to submit primary evidence such as an order passed during the British regime detaining a freedom fighter in jail or proclaiming him as an absconder or announcing an award on his head or for his arrest.If such documents were not available, they could submit a Non Availability of Records Certificate (NARC) from the State or Union Territory concerned along with a Personal Knowledge Certificate (PKC) from a prominent freedom fighter who had proved jail suffering for a minimum of two years before Independence. ShriB.M.Aekoramaswamy s/o Late shri Marulappa of chickkamaglur District had submitted Non Availability of Records Certificate (NARC) issued by DC chikkamagalur on 16-07-1993 which was not considered by ministry of home affairs .Based on this we request DPAR principal secretary of Karnataka to issue Non Availability of Records Certificate (NARC) in The following format recording the content of his affidavits and DC issued Non Availability of Records Certificate (NARC). Certificate about Non-availability of Official Records should be issued by the State authorities and will have to be worded as follows : "All concerned authorities of the State Government, who could have relevant records in respect of the claim of the applicant, have been consulted and it is confirmed that the official records of the relevant time are not available ".Freedom Fighters Pension - Both the Central Government and the State treat the freedom fighters as beggars who queue up for crumbs doled out by the State. That is because they do not have any patriotism and self respect in themselves. This kind of attitude of the officers dealing with such applications is highly condemnable .The freedom fighters cannot go around Government offices ascertaining whether any records relating to their cases are available in that office.
ShriB.M .Aekoramaswamy s/o Late shri Marulappa of chickkamaglur District who consider himself eligible for Samman Pension under the Scheme and desire the Samman Pension, only had applied in duplicate on the prescribed application form and in time. The application, duly filled in and supported with required documents as proof of claim of suffering, should hadsent to the Chief Secretary of the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration. A copy of such application was sent to the Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, FF Division, MHA, New Delhi . However, claims can be processed by the Central Govt. only on receipt of verification & entitlement to pension report from the State Govt./ U.T. Administration concerned .We request Karnataka government issue NARC in proper format and recommend sanctioning of Swatantra Sainik Samman Scheme of the Centre Monthly Pension Scheme to ShriB.M .Aekoramaswamy s/o Late shri Marulappa of chickkamaglur District such that center can sanction the pension to him at the earliest . Karnatak government Issued of recommendation in 1993 with NARC from DC and jail certificate do not mention about Mysore chalo movement and it might be for quit India movement and Now we request state government to issue fresh recommendation with Non Availability of Records Certificate (NARC) in required format by state government based on NARC issued by DC chikkamagalur on 16-07-1993 in respect of ShriB.M .Aekoramaswamy s/o Late shri Marulappa of chickkamaglur District Swatantra Sainik Samman Scheme of the Centre Monthly Pension Scheme and center has nothing to reject the state government recommendation as "The recommendation is of high evidentiary value... It cannot be ignored while considering the claim, especially when there is no material available with the Centre to disprove such recommendation,”. (Who presently stay with his son at Bangaluru and his age is about 90 years.) He is veteran freedom fighter and undergone imprisonment in several places like Bangaloreand Kadur Sagar Ajjampura and other places in Quit India movements and Mysore chalo movements during freedom struggle .After lot of struggle he could only get one jail certificate and other case numbers and jail certificates are not available and cases filed details are not available In view of this State government should issue NARC in proper format based n the report ofDeputy commissioner chckkamangalore district in the interest of justice and equity many members of Parliament have vouched the authenticity of his claims like Sri Yeddiurappa Ji and Sadananada Gowda Ji and other local prominent MPs and recommended his application to be consider forSwatantra Sainik Samman Scheme of the Centre Monthly Pension Scheme. (REFERENCE: DPAR/30 PFC 2013 DATED 17-01-2015).I have asked DPAR department to provide me information and reasons under section 4(I) (a) (b) (c) (d) RTI Act TO PROVIDE ME COPY OF fresh recommendation and fresh NARC in the required format based on NARC issued by chikkamagalur District. Citizens can force every PA to create information every day strictly as per the system and procedure as per listed Acts and rules regulations listed under 4(1) (a) (b) (c) every day and that can be cross cheeked by applicant by asking reasons under 4(1) (d) by the affected person and copy of the same can be given to any applicant under 2( f)of RTI Act .Promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority. Policy on Prevention, Detection, and Remediation of Fraud and Corruption by government is must and a major element of good governance is the control of corruption. For that reason, controlling corruption has been a key indicator. Good governance is a keystone of government. UPA government has given you RTI Act: Use It optimally :All opposition parties should use RTI optimally .Let they create booth wise RTI activists among their members or cadets and give them training and set of questions and gather that booth level information to perform better as opposition parties .Prime Minister should listen to opposition parties as they are voice of 66% voters. All responsible citizens should send RTI Question to each MP and each Minister and Prime Minister and get to know every day what they are doing and what they are performing and keep check on their performances and give them clear indication that India is awakened and want responsible Government which listens citizens.. All 70 MLAs and 543 MPs are public servants : After election are over all MLAs are public servants and they are MLA for all the constituency .All MLAs should chalk out their plans for development of their constituencies irrespective of who voted for them or who is not voted for them . THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005 is an Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.RTI Act provides transparency under Section 3 and4(1) (a) (b) (c) and 2(f) of RTI Act 2005 and accountability under 4(1) (d) RTI Act 2005 as the PA will create information; or to interpret information; or to solve the problems raised by the applicants under the system and procedure as per listed Acts and rules regulations listed under 4(1) (a) (b) (c) every day and that can be cross cheeked by applicant by asking reasons under 4(1) (d) by the affected person and copy of the same can be given to any applicant under 2( f)of RTI Act .