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Morcha lays down conditions for alliance with Congress

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 5, 2006

Lucknow, Aug 04:
The Jan Morcha of former Prime Minister V P Singh today said it was not
averse to an alliance with the Congress provided it explained its stand on
land acquisitions by industrial houses, wheat import, the Indo-US nuclear
deal and amendments in the Right to Information Act.

“The Morcha is open to an alliance with any like-minded parties barring the
BJP and the Samajwadi Party,” he told reporters here.

He said the Morcha would ally with the Congress on the condition that it
clarified its stand on land acquisitions, wheat import, the Indo-US nuclear
deal and RTI amendments.

Accompanied by Morcha president Raj Babbar, he said the Uttar Pradesh
assembly election due early next year was not a “terminus point. It’s a
bi-product and our agitation will continue even after the elections”.

Babbar said there were several smaller parties with the Morcha and talks
were on for seat-sharing. Asked about Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh, he
claimed that the RLD leader was with the Morcha “at heart”.

Bureau Report

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4 police wings exempted from Information Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 1, 2006

4 police wings exempted from Information Act
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, July 1
The state government has decided to exempt four wings of the state police department, namely Intelligence, Security, STF and PAC from the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.

However, citizens can seek information from these wings on matters relating to corruption and human rights violations.

Announcing this, Chief Secretary N.C. Bajpai said that this was a long-standing demand of the Home Department that has finally been approved by the Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Commenting on the decision, former Director General of police I.C. Dwivedi, who also the coordinator of a Right to Information campaign in the state, said it was virtually a signal by the politician-bureaucrat nexus to the forces to continue with their actions without worrying about the issue of accountability.

“This is to tell the forces that we will protect you from the ill-consequences of your actions”, observed Mr Dwivedi.

Explaining the mindset of the forces of which he has been a part for many years, Dwivedi said that for so many years, the policeman has been trained to withhold information. “This is the only way that no one can question him if he favours someone or disfavours another either on his own or on the behest of his boss”.

According to the former DGP what the decision actually means in practical terms is that no one will have the right to summon the case dairies and recorded statements while the investigations are on.

However, Dwivedi, who in recent months has put his energy behind the implementation of the RTI Act, is not unduly perturbed. “To begin with, the state government itself has ensured that the RTI Act can be upheld in case of corruption and human rights violation which will take care of the majority of cases concerning the police forces.”

Quoting Section 8 (1) j of the RTI, he said, “Information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a state legislature shall not be denied to any person.”

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Uttranchal SIC – PIO’s – Repository

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006


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 Tel – 0135-2666778
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Dehradun – Uttaranchal
248 001


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