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SATYA-GRAH: Resignation from CABE

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 29, 2006

SATYA-GRAH: Resignation from CABE
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Comment: Dr Sandeep Pandey, noted Gandhian, senior social activist and 
leader of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), who is also 
the recepient of Ramon Magsaysay Award 2002, has resigned from Central 
Advisory Board on Education (CABE) of Government of India. Read more...

E X C E R P T S
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"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" - Dr Sandeep 
Pandey

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Dated: 29th July, 2006

RESIGNATION FROM CABE
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            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.

Sandeep Pandey
            A-893, Indira Nagar, Lucknow-226016, U.P.
            Telephone: 0522-2347365, Mobile: 9415022772
            Email: ashaashram@yahoo.com 
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