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MOIA need to release the blocked 60 OPINIONS on the website as per RTI Act 2005

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 23, 2006

  1. gopelalwani Says:
    August 22nd, 2006 at 4:28 pm eMINISTRY OF OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIR
    MUST WITHDRAW DEROGATORY STATEMENTS
    MADE AGAINST OVERSEAS INDIANS AND RESPECT
    RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT OF INDIA

    Hi All,

    The ‘Ministry of Non-Resident Indians’ Affairs’ was created vide notification No. Doc.CD-160/2004 dated 27 May 2004 issued by the President of India. Subsequently, vide notification No. Doc.CD-278/2004 dated 3rd September 2004, it was renamed the ‘Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs’ (MOIA).

    The MIOA started Web-site in September 2005.
    http://moia.gov.in/showinfo1.asp?linkid=245

    The web-site made several sweeping and derogatory statements against Non- Resident-Indians (NRI’s) Families and more particularly against Canadians and Americans of Indian-Origin; in the Topic dealing with “Failed and Fraudulent Marriages”
    http://moia.gov.in/dfmain1.asp?tid=1
    The said Topic invited viewers to post their Opinions and also to view the opinions posted by viewers.
    Several people recorded protests and the recorded opinions were Blocked beyond first 10 opinions.
    Till now 70 opinions have been recorded during the year according to
    web-site and 60 opinions posted on site have been Blocked from viewers.

    Highlights of visit to USA of “Overseas Minister in June 2006 Says
    http://moia.gov.in/showinfo1.asp?linkid=314
    “(d) Some Indians said that the Ministry should follow a more balanced
    approach regarding fraudulent marriages involving overseas Indians. In
    some cases the grooms were harassed and had to pay huge money for out
    of court settlements. The Ministry has taken an impartial stand on the
    matter and addressed the issue of marriages to OIs be it male or
    female.

    (1) Now in view of the above the MOIA must be asked to
    immediately withdraw the derogatory statements on
    the wed-site, and apologise for sweeping statements
    made there-in.
    (2) Release the Blocked of 60 Opinions on the web-site with
    immediate effect under the “RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT”

    Regards

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