Independence Day Action Alert – Email and Fax Embassies and Ambassador!
Posted by rtiact2005 on August 15, 2006
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Some more fun!! Let us email and fax(is more powerful) our Indian Embassies our greetings for the Independence Day. Just let them how proud you were at how democratic India was after RTI and narrate an incident(a success story of RTI). At the end you can The content of the email can be something like this.
Independence Day Greetings. At this point I must express how happy I am to be an Indian Citizen. Right to Information with File notings has made a huge difference to family and friends and I would like to narrate a small event.
But with the amendment to remove file notings, we will not be hearing any more happy stories of Susheel(or whoever was in the story) or see any more happy faces in India. I strongly urge you as an concerned NRI to take it up with the Indian Govt not to introduce this amendment
There are plenty of stories in http://www.ndtv.com/rti/successstories.asp You can select the story closer to your home back in India. You can use the email template below, but make sure you change the content to above. It would also be better if we directly fax and email Ambassador Ronen Sen. Come on folks let’s show the businessman what RTI means to common people.
Success stories of File Notings (A FEW AMONG THE MILLIONS)
Ø Wing Commander Dr Sushil Kumar had joined ICHR in July 1997. He was sidelined as he was espousing transparency in the distribution of research funds. The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi had observed in an Order dated 10 May 2002 passed by Hon’ble Justice Mr. Sanjay Kishan Kaul, after many hearings that there appeared to be a collusion between certain officers of the ICHR and of the Ministry of HRD against Kumar.
o He was then placed under suspension by the Honorary Chairman on charges of exposing official secrets by writing to the CVC, CAG amongst others about the corruption within ICHR. The person, who had been incited to challenge Kumar’s appointment in Court, withdrew the case after probably realising the overall conspiracy where he had been merely used against an honest person.
o The file notings now obtained by whistle blower Dr Sushil Kumar, exposes that the Honorary Chairman who had suspended him in 2003 had acted beyond his jurisdiction. Also the official (dealing officer of the Director rank in the Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Min of HRD) who gave his honest and unbiased opinion that the “suspension was illegal and hence be revoked”, was subsequently shunted out.
o As Dr Kumar put it, “I came to know this after three years plus. Only with file notings under RTI. RTI sans File Notings could snatch my RoTI(bread).”
Ø Nannu is a daily wage earner. He lives in Welcome Mazdoor Colony, a slum habitation in East Delhi. He lost his ration card and applied for a duplicate one . He made several rounds of the local Food & Civil Supplies office for the next three months. But the clerks and officials would not even look at him, leave alone do his job or bother to tell him the status of his application. Ultimately, he filed an application under the Right to Information Act asking for the daily progress made on his application, names of the officials who were supposed to act on his application and what action would be taken against these officials. Within a week of filing application under Right to Information Act, he was visited by an inspector from the Food Department, who informed him that the card had been made and he could collect it from the office. When Nannu went to collect his card next day, he was given a very warm treatment by the Food & Supply Officer (FSO), who is the head of a Circle. The FSO offered him tea and requested him to withdraw his application under Right to Information, since his work had already been done.
Ø Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) got a consultancy contract from Delhi Government. File notings obtained under Delhi Right to Information Act revealed that PWC was at 10th position. In fact, it did not even qualify in the preliminary round. File notings revealed how World Bank pressurized Delhi Government to bring up PWC, cancel bids, do rebidding, change selection criteria etc till such time as PWC got the contract. File notings also revealed how some honest officers protested but their protests were not accepted
Ø 150 jhuggis were razed in Mayur Vihar. DDA said no land was available to resettle them. File notings revealed that 700 plots of land had actually been developed by DDA in Kondli for resettling them. Perhaps, DDA officials wanted to sell these plots clandestinely in association with land sharks
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