India Today Special Correspondent Shyamlal Yadav has won the National RTI award given by PCRF-NDTV. The award, which includes Rs 1 lakh and a citation, will be presented by Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari.Based on the information he gathered under the Right to Information Act, Mr. Yadav wrote stories on the foreign jaunts by Ministers of the UPA government, bureaucrats junketing, corruption cases and the delay in hanging Afzal Guru.
Mr. Yadav, who filed more than 1,700 RTI applications, was selected by a jury consisting of actor Aamir Khan; N.R. Narayana Murthy, chief mentor of Infosys Technologies; NDTV CMD Prannoy Roy; Justice (retd.) J.S. Verma; danseuse Mallika Sarabhai; and the former Election Commissioner, J.M. Lyngdoh.
Yadav was among 1,130 nominees.This is the first year of the award being instituted and Yadav is among the first winners. Yadav says the power of the Act notwithstanding, “It is difficult to extract information and experience has taught us many lessons and tricks that can be used to trap babus”.