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Rock groups join NGOs in the RTI fight

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 9, 2006

Rock groups join NGOs in the RTI fight

Divya Iyer

CNN-IBN

Posted Monday , August 07, 2006 at 21:12Updated Monday , August 07, 2006 at 21:49

 

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/rock-groups-join-ngos-in-the-rti-fight/17929-3.html

New Delhi: The amendments to the RTI act are drawing protests from across the country.

 

A protest movement has started in New Delhi, where rock groups and citizens have come together.

 

Crooning to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, rock singer Palash Sen kick started an indefinite protest against amendments to the Right to Information act.

The NGOs Parivartan and Josh along with several organisations and college students joined in a protest march at Jantar Mantar on Monday evening.

“Rights are given to ourselves by us, we made the constitution, and they distorted it. So we are back demanding what is ours,” says social activist, Aruna Roy.

“Youth is here, there’s music, we are having fun and we are going to have fun till they listen to us. And if they don’t listen to us, there’s going to be a problem,” says singer Palash Sen.

Last month, the cabinet passed amendments to the act, which does not allow access to file notings or to information on any work in progress. Experts say it removes the teeth from the Act.

“Within eleven months they (the Government) want to withdraw it, it’s a backdoor attempt of the Government to remove this act. This clearly shows the power this act. The corrupts within the bureaucracy and politicians are running for cover now,” says Arvind Kejriwal, Founder of a NGO, Parivartan.

Signature campaigns, memorandum to local MPs, women banging utensils and talking puppets, the aim was simple: to wake up the Government and make them listen to their demands.

People from different sections of the society gathered together to voice their protests but the Government cut short not just the act but the rally too.

But that didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd. They threw money – a symbolic way to tell parliamentarians, ‘if its money you’re after, we’ll donate it. But don’t take the right to know away.’

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