Right to Information – Master key to good governance

file notings being denied already…Let us try and show our opposition to the amendment and try and stop the Government.

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 2, 2006

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From: shailesh Gandhi <shailesh2@vsnl.com>
Date: 02-Aug-2006 10:43
Subject: Re: [ncpriworkingcommittee] file notings being denied already…
Dear Angela,

All of us in whatever fashion and intensity should show our opposition to the amendment and try and stop the Government. In Mumbai we are trying to organise some protests and are hoping to have a Public meeting in the second week of August. We have persuaded some media to report our Campaign to ask MPs to take a position as per the draft below.

If we can create a wave by continuing what we successfully did during the antibribery Campaign-of organising our own local ways with the common objective of furthering the common objective of RTI, , we might actually succeed. Initially, if we can even get 20 MPs to publicly oppose this amendment, there is a possibility of building a wave against this. Let us try-we have nothing to lose except our chains of ignorance.



Please write these letters to your MPs and demand an answer to your Right To Information.

Sign these letters as groups of individuals or organizations, and demand an answer. Do put your address and sign them…

Dear        ,

Citizens of India are very distressed at the Cabinet decision to curtail our New-found Freedom in the Right To Information Act 22 of 2005.

We have just started using this act, and see the immense empowerment to us which will convert India into a true participatory democracy.

The Cabinet decision to amend the most important Act which allows Citizens to monitor and improve Governance, by disallowing File Notings is a Citizen-unfriendly act and strikes at the roots of our Freedom. For your convenience we are giving our major objections to this proposed change in the Act:

1. Putting file notings in the realm of exemptions will make  the Act weaker. There are a lot of instances where honest officers have recorded their objections to illegal proposals, and the higher officers/Ministers have overruled them, which would come to light. What we have percieved as Right To Information is being sought to be converted to Right To Corruption. The significance of the proposed amendment to the Act coming soon after an All-India Antibribery Campaign using RTI is not lost on us.

2. The move smacks of arrogance of power and arbitrariness. The Government has made no attempt to disclose to the Public, what great harm has accrued to governance in the last few months, which could not be covered under the present exemptions under Section 8.

3. It makes a mockery of over nine months (from August 2004 to May 2005) of a consultative-deliberative process between Beaureucrats, Ministers, a Parliamentary Committee and Citizens, by an arbitrary decision of the cabinet. This is violative of the basic principles of transparency and democracy.

We have tolerated enough illegal activities and arbitrariness by all those who are charged with upholding them. We demand that our elected representatives declare if they wish to join us in protesting this move. The Citizens demand that you write to the leaders of your party outlining your opposition to this dilution of the Citizens rights by 13 August, and share a copy of your letter with Citizens. If we do not recieve a message from you by August 14 from any of the MPs, we shall assume that they are against Public Interest and are favouring an attack on our freedom. We will publicise the names of MPs who support our freedom , and those who oppose it.

We the Citizens demand an answer and will not be willing to assume that you are indifferent to a matter which concerns us deeply. We believe the survival of our democracy depends critically on this Right, and do not want any dilution of our valued Right.

We await your attention to a cause which is very important and dear to us.

Yours truly

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