NEW DELHI:Mohit Kumar Gupta—a final year student in Delhi University’s the Law Faculty—is known on the campus as the ‘RTI Man’. The unlicensed legal practitioner at courts has already made a name for himself for his relentless activism, to make the students aware of their rights. He has filed 620 RTI applications and 34 appeals since 2013.
It is because of Mohit’s RTI, students now get to see their answer sheets at just Rs 10 instead of the earlier fee of Rs 750. He has also fought for getting admit cards online, which is a boon for students, and inclusion of NOTA in elections.
Delhi University students, who are pursuing three-year LLB courses, can now apply for RBI internship, thanks to RTI activist on campus, Mohit Kumar Gupta. Earlier, it was only allowed to those who studied five-year courses. He has filed an RTI seeking change in the eligibility criteria for the Rhodes scholarship so that all university students can apply. However, this is still pending.
“Every problem can’t be solved by writing to the PM or by the courts. The government has appointed servants at the taxpayers’ money. Let them work and we must compel them work, either through applications or legal force,” Mohit said.
An BCom (Hons) graduate, the Gupta, 24, says, “I did not study law to get degree but to address the problems faced by students. During my initial days in college, I realised how people knew very little about their rights.”
What made Gupta start activism? “I had cleared the test at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), but didn’t get the job. I decided to file an RTI to know about the result and the reason of not being selected. Soon after, I got a call from HPCL’s Mumbai office to join within 15 days.”
By then, Mohit had other plans in life. The university officials, especially the RTI Cell, know Mohit more than his college faculty members.