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RTI amendment: Left hook from Ali

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 13, 2006

RTI amendment: Left hook from Ali
NAVI PETH: As the nationwide protest against the proposed amendment in the Right to Information (RTI) Act is gaining momentum, the CPM has extended its support as well.
“Protests led by social activists like Anna Hazare and others against the amendment is justified and the party is with them,” Subhashini Ali, CPM Central Committee member, told the Herald.
The Act brought transparency in government functioning and made officials and politicians accountable, she added.
“The amendment would make the Act meaningless as its essence would be lost. It would hamper the objective of the Act,” she said.
Ali said that earlier it was considered that ruling party politicians were against transparency but now “the pressure from the bureaucratic lobby” for the amendment had exposed those actually against transparency and accountability.
“We have amply made it clear to the UPA government that we are against the amendment and would oppose it in Parliament,” she said.
Some for Red flak for UPA
The CPM yesterday lambasted the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for diverting from the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and implementing policies that were against the interest of the common man. “UPA’s policies are against the common man,” Subhashini Ali, CPM Central Committee member, said. She was here to launch the city chapter of the CPM’s nationwide campaign against the UPA’s policy.
The government’s agricultural policies were anti-farmer and against consumers, she said and blamed Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and the central government. “Instead of addressing the farmer suicides issue, the government is importing wheat at a higher price,” she added.
She said the CPM would urge the government to address issues related to women, like female foeticide and 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament.
She said the CPM would also decide on its strategy of protest against the UPA’s “anti-people” policies at a meeting of the Central Committee on September 26-28.
She condemned the UPA in a public rally at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir.


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