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Protests against RTI amendment gain ground

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 10, 2006

Protests against RTI amendment gain ground

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Protests against RTI amendment gain groundAnupama Ramachandaran/Imtiaz Jaleel/Anant Zanane/Sidharth Pandey

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 (Mumbai/Pune/Delhi):

Supreme court justices, students, ordinary Indians, and even members of Parliament came out against the government’s decision to amend the Right to Information act on Wednesday.

As the movement to put pressure on the government to withdraw the proposed amendments, the MPs say that on Thursday they will kick start a signature campaign to put pressure on the government.

Robert Kharshiing joined thousands of Indians determined to block attempts by the government to get Parliament to amend the RTI act which has been hailed for combating corruption.

Ironically Kharshiing is also the chief Whip of the NCP in Rajya Sabha. His party is part of the UPA alliance, the same government which now wants to amend the law.

Kharshiing says that he will vote with his conscience if the amendments are brought in Parliament.

“I feel that this amendment is wrong as in my state, the north east and in India where there is corruption, this has come as a breath of fresh air. Bureaucrats and politicians have started to feel the pressure,” he said.

Kharshiing was joined by Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi. Both MPs now plan to rally other MPs on board.

“We will start a signature campaign and go to MPs across party lines to get them to go against the amendment and make sure that it does not come to Parliament,” said Trivedi.

Other protests

In Delhi Magsasay awardee Sandeep Pandey has been on hunger strike to protest the government’s move to amend the law.

Gandhian Anna Hazare also started his hunger strike at Alandi near Pune on Wednesday. The veteran activist says that he will return his padma bhushan to the government if the law is amended.

“Crores of Indians will feel cheated. We want the government to stop the amendment,” said Hazare.

In Mumbai too citizens turned out at the August Kranti Maidan to protest changes.

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