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Kalam grants personal hearing to anti-CIC protesters

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 15, 2006

Kalam grants personal hearing to anti-CIC protesters


New Delhi, Oct 13: Quickly responding to a demonstration against the Central Information Commission (CIC), President A P J Abdul Kalam today agreed to grant a personal hearing to the protesters.

The Presidential response to the protests came at the conclusion of Kalam’s inaugural address of the three-day national convention of the Right To Information Act here tonight.

The appointment comes in the wake of the criticism among certain NGOs, social activists and protagonists of the Act that the Commission has been soft on the erring officials who continue to deny information to the citizens despite the Act being formulated more than a year ago.

Apparently well planned, the protesters sporting white T- shirts with placards attracted Kalam’s attention with slogans like “President we want to speak for 2 minutes with you,” “CIC has killed RTI,” “Sack CIC, Save RTI”.

Though the protesters were seated on the rear rows, they managed to catch the First Citizen’s attention, who responded promptly by offering them an appointment.

After the President whispered into the Chief Information Commissioner Wajjahat Habbibullah, it was announced over the public address system that the protesters can seek an appointment through e-mail with Kalam.

The announcer said that once an appointment date was fixed, the President would give a personal hearing to their grievances, amidst applause from the gathering.



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