Mahagadhimai Municipality Mayor Upendra Prasad Yadav attacked a local who was requesting information regarding incomplete developmental activities in Province 2 on February 24. It was the work related to drainage at the local level that created a problem for the locals for long.
According to FF's representative for Province 2, Rajan Singh, a local named Mukesh Kushwa was regularly complaining about drainage which should have been completed within fiscal year 2075/2076 BS. Instead, drainage was not completed and it has been creating problem to the locals. Therefore, Kushawa was complaining and pressurizing the municipality to complete the work in time.
When a local Kushwa asked about drainage, Mayor responded to him aggressively and told him that the problem of drainage would not be solved now. However, Kushawa managed to record the Mayor's feedback, but at the same time, he was attacked by the Mayor.
Freedom Forum has serious concern over the incident. The constitution guarantees right to information (RTI) as a fundamental right. Attack on citizen/ information seeker merely for his/ her RTI request and denying information is the violation of citizen's fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution. Hence, FF strongly urges the Mahagadhimai Municipality to provide information and respect citizen's rights and transparency its activities.
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