RTI Action Alert – (Why, what and how?)
Posted by rtiact2005 on August 1, 2006
On 7/31/06, Arun Gopalan <firstname.lastname@example.org > wrote:
RTI ACTION ALERT
Aug 1, 2006
Why should I?:
Less than a year ago the entire country was mourning the death of Manjunath and with that the dreams of over a billion people to have a corrupt free country.
The Right to Information act came as a great relief to the same set of people and established a channel through which people involved in making decisions that changes people’s lives can be held accountable for the same! The latest amendment would render the act toothless. It would prevent people from knowing the parties responsible for decisions of far reaching consequences to their lives. It would let corrupt officials go scot free because nobody would know “who did it”.
More importantly it raises the possibility of more Dubeys, Manjunaths(and who knows EVEN ONE OF US) being brutally murdered in the future . So let us act now!
Immediate Action Required:
- A Flood of Phone calls to the Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi, Suresh Pachouri(Minister of Personnel) and Priya Ranjan Das(Minister of Information and Broadcasting)
Phone Numbers given at the end.
- Introduce yourself as a concerned Indian citizen calling from the US (or wherever)
- I heard about the recent amendment approved to exempt file notings from the ambit of RTI Act. This is a very retrogressive step and will keep India in the dark ages.
- File notings are the heart and soul of the decision-making process. Hiding that from public view will only increase arbitrariness in Government.
- It promotes corruption and belies India’s commitment towards a transparent and accountable Government.
- It protects corrupt bureaucrats.
- India has a very bad name internationally as a corrupt country. As Indians living abroad, we were overjoyed when we learnt about the RTI Act. The proposed amendment lends weight to those who continue to decry India as an impossible place to live or do business in.
- It will discourage investors, particularly the smaller entrepreneurs who create more jobs for less investment and are unwilling to pay bribes or deal with arrogant Government officials.
- Section 8 of the Act already provides overarching exemption possibilities. It is dishonourable for the Prime Minister to go back on his word barely a year after the enactment of the most important people-friendly legislation. All the good will earned by the UPA Government will be squandered by this amendment.
- As an informed citizen of the country, I am very disappointed with the government move, despite widespread criticism from different civil-society groups (tell them how so many people even in the US are actively lodging their protests in order to see that corruption is once and for all rooted out of India)
From India: (Do not have to use 011 91 infront of the numbers below)
- Prime Minister’s Office , Delhi : (011) 91-11-23012312, (011) 91-11-23013149
- Prime Minister’s Home , Delhi : (011) 91-11-23018939, (011) 91-11-23018668
- Prime Minister’s Office, Parliament : (011) 91-11-23017660, (011) 91-11-23019817
Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the UPA Coalition
- Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, (office): (011) 91-11-23014481, (011) 91-11-23012656
Minister of Personnel
- Suresh Pachouri, Office : (011) 91-11-23092475, (011) 91-11-23093786
- Suresh Pachouri, Parliament: (011) 91-11-23017651, (011) 91-11-23034642
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
- Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, Office: (011) 91-11-23384340, (011) 91-11-23384782
- Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, Parliament: (011) 91-11-23034944, (011) 91-11-23019688
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