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
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.