PRESS RELEASE – RESIGNATION FROM CABE – Sandeep Pandey
Posted by rtiact2005 on July 29, 2006
Dated: 27th July, 2006
RESIGNATION FROM CABE
I was never very keen to join the Central Advisory Board on Education from the beginning. But upon insistence by the senior bureaucrat Sudeep Banerjee in the Ministry of Human Resources Development that I join CABE for the sake of children of India I agreed to become a part of it. However, over the last few months it has become very clear that this Government has ceased to represent the interests of common citizen of this country. Some of its anti-people steps include:
(1) Going back on its promise to bring an Education bill in the parliament and instead proposing to the States to pass their own laws.
(2) Ignoring the rehabilitation of people being submerged in the Narmada valley and continuing with the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
(3) Adopting a policy of development in the urban areas which necessitates uprooting poor communities living in slums.
(4) To decide to get the Office of Profit bill passed again without any changes even though it was returned by the President.
(5) The Central Pollution Control Board not taking any action against Coca Cola and Pepsico plants, sludge of which has been found to contain dangerous toxins like Cadmium, Chromium and Lead, even though the Kerala Pollution Control Board has ordered the plant in Plachimada to shut down because of the presence of Cadmium in it’s sludge.
(6) The Cabinet decision to exclude file notings, Cabinet papers and answer sheets of examinations from the purview of Right to Information Act.
The RTI Act is a historical development in the history of the country and promises to take us a step closer to the ideal concept of democracy – by the people, for the people and of the people. It is going to empower the common citizen and awaken the democratic consciousness of people at the grassroots. An attempt to weaken this Act is tantamount to scuttling democracy.
If this Government will ride roughshod over the rights of common people and will be seen as favouring the interests of rich, powerful, ruling class, international monetary agencies and multinational corporations then it should just remember the fate of the BJP led government’s ‘India Shining’ campaign.
It has become impossible under these circumstances for me to continue to be associated with any body of this Government. I, therefore, resign from the Central Advisory Board on Education.
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