Lucknow, Apr 3 (ANI): The central government has been unable to answer to a Right to Information (RTI) question put up by a ten-year old schoolgirl from Lucknow, Aishwarya Parashar, asking the year when Mahatma Gandhi was conferred with the title of 'Father of the Nation'.
In what can be termed as an eye-opener, the government sent a reply to her query, stating that they do not have specific documents to prove if Gandhi was honoured with this title.
Parashar said that she consulted her teachers and parents before filing a RTI to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in February last year.
"I was reading my Class 5 social studies textbook, so there was a lesson about Mahatma Gandhi; it said that Mahatma Gandhi is referred to as 'Father of the Nation'. So, a question came to my mind regarding the year when he was conferred with this title. There was nothing mentioned in my book. So, I asked my teachers, they had no clue. Then, I asked my parents, they didn't know and neither did I find any information on Google. So, my parents suggested that I file a Right to Information (RTI) to the Prime Minister's Office," said Parashar.
After the PMO was unable to respond to her query, her application was forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs which in turn forwarded to the National Archives.
The reply from the National Archives stated that the organisation would make available all the required documents to Parashar, so that she could undertake her research.
"When I sent a letter to the prime minister's office, so they sent a reply saying that they had no specific information regarding the same. So, then my RTI was forwarded to the home ministry and they had no answer as well, so then it was forwarded to National Archives and they too did not have any information. They told me that if I want to research on this subject, then I can go there and conduct my research," she said.
According to media reports, the National Archives did not have public records regarding the concerned title. (ANI)
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riturajJuly 3, 2012 at 4:37 PM