**Bhadrak/Bhubaneswar:** It all appears that the much-hyped and touted woman empowerment and social justice have gone for a toss in Odisha while red-tapism and lackadaisical attitude of government machinery still rule the roost.
It too violates human rights in our democratic set up despite the rule of land of law.
A glaring case in point is poor and orphan girl student, Arati Sahoo nee Dalei, of a nondescript village named Bibhutipur under Nalanga post office limits in Bhadrak district.
She is yet to get her original +2 certificate for the last 20 years.
Talking to OMMCOM NEWS over phone, Arati lamented, “I’m a poor orphan girl student. We’re three siblings. We lost our cancer-afflicted parents at an early age. We struggled hard to establish ourselves in the society. However, I appeared in the +2 Arts exams getting enrolled in Santosh Panda Women’s College, Dhusuri, Bhadrak in the year 1997. But, the Council of Higher Secondary Education is unable to give my original +2 certificate at least to apply for the petty posts. I’m married now. I’ve already deposited the required amount on 18.01.2016 and have also complied with the requisite formalities.”
She even knocked the doors of the authorities using the tool of Right To Information (RTI) on 24.01.2017.
In reply, the concerned public information officer, in the letter No 1501 Dated 20.02.2017, informed Arati that there had been a delay in the publication of results of her college following which the original certificate and mark sheet are unavailable in the Council. Steps have been taken. They will be available in at least 15/20 days.
Amazingly, it eludes her till date.