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Posted by rtiact2005 on August 14, 2006

URGENT APPEAL FROM CAMPAIGN TO SAVE RTI ACT

CALL FOR A NATIONAL REFERENDUM

Dear Friends,

As you know the Central Cabinet has approved in great haste and *without any public consultation *a set of 7 amendments to the Right to Information Act, to prevent amongst others, the access to file notings, which records the deliberative process (who made what recommendation, and why). Even beyond notings, no information will be given out while the decision making process is on. This will severely restrict the right and cripple the Act. The Bill to amend the RTI Act, is likely to be placed in the current, monsoon session of Parliament.

There are multiple protests and strong voices being raised against these amendments. Since this is a denial of a basic democratic right, there is an urgent need for a very strong voice of protest, from all of us as responsible citizens.

We have come together under the banner of the “Campaign to save the RTI Act.” One important initiative is to seek the people’s mandate, a “referendum” on the “Proposed Amendments to the Right to Information Act”. We feel it would immensely strengthen the protest and build public opinion. People from all over the country could poll on a simple ballot saying yes /no to the amendments (suggested design of Ballot boxes and Ballot paper are being sent as attachments) Through this procedure the people could directly approve or reject a measure proposed to be passed by parliament, without consulting us- the citizens.

We hope that we will be able to get a clear message across to the Government, that any proposed amendment to the present Right to Information Act will be absolutely unacceptable. This “Referendum” could also serve as a warning to all MPs that if the amendments are passed, the people will express their anger through their votes in the next general election.

Details of Referendum

  • First round of counting will take place in the evening at the Dharna Sthal on 17th August 2006 followed by several rounds of counting in the next days
  • Results of Referendum held ay different places should reach the Dharna Sthal

latest by 10 am, 23rd August 2006

  • For any further details please contact Ravi / Hari Om at Dharna Sthal (Phone-

65121727)

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URGENT APPEAL: “SAVE THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION” DHARNA

This is an urgent appeal for support to the indefinite “Save the RTI Act” dharna held in Jantar Mantar (New Delhi).

The dharna began on 7 August, to oppose the government’s efforts to dilute the RTI Act. It will continue until the proposed amendments are withdrawn. For further details see the attached leaflets.

The dharna appeals to all organisations committed to the right to information to join the dharna as soon as possible, and in any case before the end of the monsoon session of Parliament on 25 August. Your participation will greatly help to strengthen this effort to save the right to information.

Please join soon as the amendments may be discussed in Parliament any day. If possible please stay for about a week, to help ensure a strong presence at the dharna every day. You can also support this campaign through local action, especially by participating in the “referendum” on the amendments – more on this in a follow-up mail.

Contact numbers: 011-65121727 (dharna sthal), 9811661114 (Subodh), 9911239510 (Priyanka) or 9811333041 (Suchi).

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The Government wants to amend the Right to Information Act 2005 and exclude some important categories of information from being accessed.

The Campaign to Save the Right to Information feels that these amendments would considerably weaken the Act.

Do you want the Act to remain as it is? (Tick one of the following)

Yes, information should remain accessible   …………

No, the information should be restricted   ………….

Name: ……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Address:……………………………………………………………………………………………..

Signature:…………………………………………………….

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