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Right to Information – Master key to good governance

OUR STAND IS ” NO CHANGE IN THE RTI LAW IS ACCEPTABLE. OUR FREEDOM IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.”

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 4, 2006

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: shailesh Gandhi <shailesh2@vsnl.com>
Date: Aug 4, 2006 5:11 PM
Subject: Meeting for steps to Save our RTI

A meeting is being organised tomorrow at my house at 5.00pm to discuss
concrete  steps which we can take to block the Governments move to
amend the

Right To Information Act. We can stop it.

Venue: B wing, Gr. Floor, Gokul Apartment,

            Podar Road, (between Asha Patrekh Hospital and Rly. Station),

           Santacruz (W), Mumbai 400054.

Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

    Feel free to invite any friends who might be interested in joining.
We will discuss concrete steps to visibly demonstrate our condemnation
and opposition to this Citizen-unfriendly act of the Govt.

Our freedom is at stake and we must fight this. We are planning one
common demonstration at the August Kranti Maidan on 9th August.


Please also think of other ways of demonstarting our resolve to defend
our Freedom. We have the power to block this..

Giving below a brief ouline of the proposed amendments.

                            Threat to Right To Information

The proposed amendments to the RTI Act are as per the attached file.
Earlier there were 10 exemptions under Section 8 of the Act.

  The proposed amendments modify two of them and for good measure add
three more!-and this is done in the name of promoting greater
transparency and accountability in the Government. Denying more
information is invcreasing transparency acording to the
Government.This is a move to convernt the Right To Information act
into Right To Denial of Information Act.

At the end there are some cosmetic changes proposed in Section 18 of
the Act which are mere pompous pronouncements of intent. And then the
dagger is bared.

The Government had already packed the Information Commissions with
retired bureaucrats of their choice, and then not given them enough
staff.

However the few decisions which the Commissions have given against the
Government's wishes, has prompted the Govt. to seek to change their
position to a purely advisory role.

OUR STAND IS 
" NO CHANGE IN THE RTI LAW IS ACCEPTABLE. OUR FREEDOM IS NOT NEGOTIABLE."

Some Telugu Desam MPs have already voiced their opposition to any
changes in the Act.

Apart from these opacifying amendments, they propose to modify the
definition of information under Section 2 to specifically exempt 'File
notings'.

It is time for all Citizens to oppose this duplicity of the Government.
Just imagine if the British in September 1947 had proposed that there
will be a British Governor General for India!

The Country would have risen in revolt. Today the Government is
hitting at an important ingredient of the Citizens new-found freedom
from the arrogance and duplicity of their masters. Shall we allow them
to do it, or raise a din so big that their eardrums shatter.

Please do come and be prepared to contribute your energies and time
for our freedom.

Love
shailesh
022 32903776; 26001003
All my mails are in Public domain,
and do share them if you wish.
  www.satyamevajayate.info
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