Myth Kumar | 1 Mar 03:02 2009

Govt plans to hire more info commissioners

DAYS BEFORE dates for the Lok Sabha elections are announced and a code of
conduct prevents fresh official appointments, the government is looking to
name at least two new commissioners at the Central Information Commission
(CIC).

The commissioners — Right To Information (RTI) watchdogs who decide what
information the government should share with citizen— are decided by a
committee headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and includes Leader of
Opposition L.K. Advani. But the process of selection is com- pletely opaque.

Minister of State at the Prime Minister’s Office, Prithviraj Chavan said:
“The Prime Minister was ill, and so the process could not take place ear-
lier. The appointments are on the anvil. Two vacancies are there.” The CIC
currently has seven commissioners after O.P. Kejriwal retired on February
22. Rules allow up to ten commis- sioners to be appointed.

Currently, the number of appeals disposed by each com- missioner varies
wildly (see Box). Leading information activists oppose fresh appoint- ments.
Shekhar Singh of The National Campaign for the People’s Right to Information
— a network of groups who lob bied for the RTI law — is writ ing to the
government against more appointments.

Singh said, “The current com missioners can comfortably end the pendency if
they dispose 250 300 appeals per month. Commissioners are akin to Supreme
Court judges, expen sive posts funded by the taxpayers’ money. If the
existing commissioners are equipped with adequate support staff and
infrastructure and their performance is moni tored, pendencies can be
tackled effectively.” Earlier this month, the government had turned down
Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi’s request to equip existing
commissioners with more staff instead of appointing more commissioners. It
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Ajit Mandhare | 1 Mar 03:26 2009
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Re: RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai

Dear Mr. Almeida,

I would like to attend this event, for covering on IBN LOKMAT NEWS CHANNEL.

Pl confirm.

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Reporter

ibn lokmat news

Mobile : 9930360575

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Bhaskar Prabhu | 1 Mar 04:21 2009
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Re: RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai

Dear L.Almedia,

With out any proper information in hand publishing it on board will create
confusion. Total balance in Information commission is 14273 of appeals and
1207 of complaints and total of both is 15480 as of 31-12-08. Out these
Mumbai 1574 Appeals pending and 560 complaints pending, total of both is
2134 as of 31-12-08. Appeals are taken on the basis of 7 divisions of
state. First take the information and publish.

And not 16000with Mumbai information commissioner. Please be corrected.

Bhaskar

On 2/26/09, LESLIE ALMEIDA <lesals2000 <at> yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
> Why are 16000 appeals pending before SIC mumbai ????
>
> As SIC are hand in glove with PIO's and do not impose penalties
> thus rise in 2nd appeals,
> If as per the RTI act penalities are imposed on PIO's for not providing
> information the 2nd appeals will drop drastically
>
> L.Almeida
>
> Appeal
> Pendency
> Ghatao
> RTI Bachao
> Right to Information Act, 2005
> Public Meeting on
> Sunday, 8th March 2009 at 10.30 a.m.
> VENUE : Parish Hall, St. Joseph High School Grounds,
> Junction of David Baretto Road & Katrak Road,
> Wadala (W), Mumbai - 400 031.
> 10.30 a.m. to 10.50 a.m. Registration
> 10.50 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
> 11.00 a.m. to 11.10 a.m. Statistics of Maharashtra - State Information
> Commission
> Guest Speakers
> 11.10 a.m. to 11.50 a.m. PROMISSED PERSONAL PERFORMANCE REPORT
> Mr. Shailesh Gandhi
> (Central Information Commissioner, Delhi)
> 11.50 a.m. to 12.05 p.m. TOWARDS IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY OF
> APPEAL DISPOSALS AT THE COMMISSION
> Dr. Suresh Joshi
> (Chief State Information Commissioner, Maharashtra)
> 12.05 p.m. to 12.45 p.m. Question & Answer Session
> 12.45 p.m. to 01.00 p.m. Summing up & Vote of thanks
> ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
> Co-hosted by :
> 𐂄 ACTION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE 𐂄 BOMBAY CATHOLIC SABHA
> & NETWORKING IN INDIA (AGNI) 𐂄 BCAS FOUNDATION
> 𐂄 FORUM OF FREE ENTERPRISE 𐂄 GEN. A.K. VAIDYA NAGAR RAHIVASHI SANGH
> 𐂄 H/WEST WARD CITIZENS' TRUST
> 𐂄 M.R. PAI FOUNDATION
> 𐂄 NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PEOPLES MOVEMENT
> 𐂄 PUBLIC CONCERN FOR GOVERNANCE TRUST (PCGT)
> 𐂄 TARUN MITRA MANDAL - MAHADHIKAR
>
>
>

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LESLIE ALMEIDA | 1 Mar 06:18 2009
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Re: RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai

Dear Ajit,
 
Although i am not the organiser surely all press/news  reporters are welcome, it will give a good coverage,
 
Rgds
Leslie Almeida

--- On Sun, 3/1/09, Ajit Mandhare <ajit.mandhare <at> ibnlokmat.tv> wrote:

From: Ajit Mandhare <ajit.mandhare <at> ibnlokmat.tv>
Subject: Re: [rti_india] RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai
To: rti_india <at> yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 7:56 AM

Dear Mr. Almeida,

I would like to attend this event, for covering on IBN LOKMAT NEWS CHANNEL.

Pl confirm.

ajit mandhare
Reporter

ibn lokmat news

Mobile : 9930360575

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LESLIE ALMEIDA | 1 Mar 06:23 2009
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Re: RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai

Thanks noted
 
L.Almeida

--- On Sun, 3/1/09, Bhaskar Prabhu <mahitiadhikarmanch <at> gmail.com> wrote:

From: Bhaskar Prabhu <mahitiadhikarmanch <at> gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [rti_india] RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai
To: rti_india <at> yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 8:51 AM

Dear L.Almedia,

With out any proper information in hand publishing it on board will create
confusion. Total balance in Information commission is 14273 of appeals and
1207 of complaints and total of both is 15480 as of 31-12-08. Out these
Mumbai 1574 Appeals pending and 560 complaints pending, total of both is
2134 as of 31-12-08. Appeals are taken on the basis of 7 divisions of
state. First take the information and publish.

And not 16000with Mumbai information commissioner. Please be corrected.

Bhaskar

On 2/26/09, LESLIE ALMEIDA <lesals2000 <at> yahoo. com> wrote:
>
>
> Why are 16000 appeals pending before SIC mumbai ????
>
> As SIC are hand in glove with PIO's and do not impose penalties
> thus rise in 2nd appeals,
> If as per the RTI act penalities are imposed on PIO's for not providing
> information the 2nd appeals will drop drastically
>
> L.Almeida
>
> Appeal
> Pendency
> Ghatao
> RTI Bachao
> Right to Information Act, 2005
> Public Meeting on
> Sunday, 8th March 2009 at 10.30 a.m.
> VENUE : Parish Hall, St. Joseph High School Grounds,
> Junction of David Baretto Road & Katrak Road,
> Wadala (W), Mumbai - 400 031.
> 10.30 a.m. to 10.50 a.m. Registration
> 10.50 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
> 11.00 a.m. to 11.10 a.m. Statistics of Maharashtra - State Information
> Commission
> Guest Speakers
> 11.10 a.m. to 11.50 a.m. PROMISSED PERSONAL PERFORMANCE REPORT
> Mr. Shailesh Gandhi
> (Central Information Commissioner, Delhi)
> 11.50 a.m. to 12.05 p.m. TOWARDS IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY OF
> APPEAL DISPOSALS AT THE COMMISSION
> Dr. Suresh Joshi
> (Chief State Information Commissioner, Maharashtra)
> 12.05 p.m. to 12.45 p.m. Question & Answer Session
> 12.45 p.m. to 01.00 p.m. Summing up & Vote of thanks
> ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
> Co-hosted by :
> 𐂄 ACTION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE 𐂄 BOMBAY CATHOLIC SABHA
> & NETWORKING IN INDIA (AGNI) 𐂄 BCAS FOUNDATION
> 𐂄 FORUM OF FREE ENTERPRISE 𐂄 GEN. A.K. VAIDYA NAGAR RAHIVASHI SANGH
> 𐂄 H/WEST WARD CITIZENS' TRUST
> 𐂄 M.R. PAI FOUNDATION
> 𐂄 NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PEOPLES MOVEMENT
> 𐂄 PUBLIC CONCERN FOR GOVERNANCE TRUST (PCGT)
> 𐂄 TARUN MITRA MANDAL - MAHADHIKAR
>
>
>

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COL. SHIVRAJ KUMAR | 1 Mar 08:20 2009
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Re: RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai

Dear Leslie,
Kindly inform the name and address of the convenor of this Public Meeting
for registration.
thks
Col Shivraj

On 2/26/09, COL. SHIVRAJ KUMAR <colshivraj <at> gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Dear Ms Almeida,
> I would like to attend.
> Pl confirm.
> Col Shivraj
> Phone: 22176058
>
>
> On 2/26/09, LESLIE ALMEIDA <lesals2000 <at> yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Why are 16000 appeals pending before SIC mumbai ????
>>
>> As SIC are hand in glove with PIO's and do not impose penalties
>> thus rise in 2nd appeals,
>> If as per the RTI act penalities are imposed on PIO's for not providing
>> information the 2nd appeals will drop drastically
>>
>> L.Almeida
>>
>> Appeal
>> Pendency
>> Ghatao
>> RTI Bachao
>> Right to Information Act, 2005
>> Public Meeting on
>> Sunday, 8th March 2009 at 10.30 a.m.
>> VENUE : Parish Hall, St. Joseph High School Grounds,
>> Junction of David Baretto Road & Katrak Road,
>> Wadala (W), Mumbai - 400 031.
>> 10.30 a.m. to 10.50 a.m. Registration
>> 10.50 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
>> 11.00 a.m. to 11.10 a.m. Statistics of Maharashtra - State Information
>> Commission
>> Guest Speakers
>> 11.10 a.m. to 11.50 a.m. PROMISSED PERSONAL PERFORMANCE REPORT
>> Mr. Shailesh Gandhi
>> (Central Information Commissioner, Delhi)
>> 11.50 a.m. to 12.05 p.m. TOWARDS IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY OF
>> APPEAL DISPOSALS AT THE COMMISSION
>> Dr. Suresh Joshi
>> (Chief State Information Commissioner, Maharashtra)
>> 12.05 p.m. to 12.45 p.m. Question & Answer Session
>> 12.45 p.m. to 01.00 p.m. Summing up & Vote of thanks
>> ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
>> Co-hosted by :
>> 𐂄 ACTION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE 𐂄 BOMBAY CATHOLIC SABHA
>> & NETWORKING IN INDIA (AGNI) 𐂄 BCAS FOUNDATION
>> 𐂄 FORUM OF FREE ENTERPRISE 𐂄 GEN. A.K. VAIDYA NAGAR RAHIVASHI SANGH
>> 𐂄 H/WEST WARD CITIZENS' TRUST
>> 𐂄 M.R. PAI FOUNDATION
>> 𐂄 NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PEOPLES MOVEMENT
>> 𐂄 PUBLIC CONCERN FOR GOVERNANCE TRUST (PCGT)
>> 𐂄 TARUN MITRA MANDAL - MAHADHIKAR
>>
>>
>>
>
>

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Sunil Ahya | 1 Mar 15:24 2009

Re: Re: RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai

Dear Col.

Please find attached invitation of meeting on 08/03/2009.

Regards,

Sunil

On Sun, 01 Mar 2009 12:49:55 +0530 wrote
>Dear Leslie,
>Kindly inform the name and address of the convenor of this Public Meeting
>for registration.
>thks
>Col Shivraj
>
>
>On 2/26/09, COL. SHIVRAJ KUMAR wrote:
>>
>> Dear Ms Almeida,
>> I would like to attend.
>> Pl confirm.
>> Col Shivraj
>> Phone: 22176058
>>
>>
>>  On 2/26/09, LESLIE ALMEIDA wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Why are 16000 appeals pending before SIC mumbai ????
>>>
>>> As SIC are hand in glove with PIO's and do not impose penalties
>>> thus rise in 2nd appeals,
>>> If as per the RTI act penalities are imposed on PIO's for not providing
>>> information the 2nd appeals will drop drastically
>>>
>>> L.Almeida
>>>
>>> Appeal
>>> Pendency
>>> Ghatao
>>> RTI Bachao
>>> Right to Information Act, 2005
>>> Public Meeting on
>>> Sunday, 8th March 2009 at 10.30 a.m.
>>> VENUE : Parish Hall, St. Joseph High School Grounds,
>>> Junction of David Baretto Road & Katrak Road,
>>> Wadala (W), Mumbai - 400 031.
>>> 10.30 a.m. to 10.50 a.m. Registration
>>> 10.50 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
>>> 11.00 a.m. to 11.10 a.m. Statistics of Maharashtra - State Information
>>> Commission
>>> Guest Speakers
>>> 11.10 a.m. to 11.50 a.m. PROMISSED PERSONAL PERFORMANCE REPORT
>>> Mr. Shailesh Gandhi
>>> (Central Information Commissioner, Delhi)
>>> 11.50 a.m. to 12.05 p.m. TOWARDS IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY OF
>>> APPEAL DISPOSALS AT THE COMMISSION
>>> Dr. Suresh Joshi
>>> (Chief State Information Commissioner, Maharashtra)
>>> 12.05 p.m. to 12.45 p.m. Question & Answer Session
>>> 12.45 p.m. to 01.00 p.m. Summing up & Vote of thanks
>>> ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
>>> Co-hosted by :
>>>  ACTION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE  BOMBAY CATHOLIC SABHA
>>> & NETWORKING IN INDIA (AGNI)  BCAS FOUNDATION
>>>  FORUM OF FREE ENTERPRISE  GEN. A.K. VAIDYA NAGAR RAHIVASHI SANGH
>>>  H/WEST WARD CITIZENS' TRUST
>>>  M.R. PAI FOUNDATION
>>>  NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PEOPLES MOVEMENT
>>>  PUBLIC CONCERN FOR GOVERNANCE TRUST (PCGT)
>>>  TARUN MITRA MANDAL - MAHADHIKAR
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
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LESLIE ALMEIDA | 1 Mar 16:01 2009
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Re: RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai

convenor of this Public Meet is Mr Bhaskat Prabhu
e-mail wearcraft <at> vsnl.com   mahitiadhikarmanch <at> gmail.com

--- On Sun, 3/1/09, COL. SHIVRAJ KUMAR <colshivraj <at> gmail.com> wrote:

From: COL. SHIVRAJ KUMAR <colshivraj <at> gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [rti_india] RTI meet 8/3/09 Mumbai
To: rti_india <at> yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 12:50 PM

Dear Leslie,
Kindly inform the name and address of the convenor of this Public Meeting
for registration.
thks
Col Shivraj

On 2/26/09, COL. SHIVRAJ KUMAR <colshivraj <at> gmail. com> wrote:
>
> Dear Ms Almeida,
> I would like to attend.
> Pl confirm.
> Col Shivraj
> Phone: 22176058
>
>
> On 2/26/09, LESLIE ALMEIDA <lesals2000 <at> yahoo. com> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Why are 16000 appeals pending before SIC mumbai ????
>>
>> As SIC are hand in glove with PIO's and do not impose penalties
>> thus rise in 2nd appeals,
>> If as per the RTI act penalities are imposed on PIO's for not providing
>> information the 2nd appeals will drop drastically
>>
>> L.Almeida
>>
>> Appeal
>> Pendency
>> Ghatao
>> RTI Bachao
>> Right to Information Act, 2005
>> Public Meeting on
>> Sunday, 8th March 2009 at 10.30 a.m.
>> VENUE : Parish Hall, St. Joseph High School Grounds,
>> Junction of David Baretto Road & Katrak Road,
>> Wadala (W), Mumbai - 400 031.
>> 10.30 a.m. to 10.50 a.m. Registration
>> 10.50 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
>> 11.00 a.m. to 11.10 a.m. Statistics of Maharashtra - State Information
>> Commission
>> Guest Speakers
>> 11.10 a.m. to 11.50 a.m. PROMISSED PERSONAL PERFORMANCE REPORT
>> Mr. Shailesh Gandhi
>> (Central Information Commissioner, Delhi)
>> 11.50 a.m. to 12.05 p.m. TOWARDS IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY OF
>> APPEAL DISPOSALS AT THE COMMISSION
>> Dr. Suresh Joshi
>> (Chief State Information Commissioner, Maharashtra)
>> 12.05 p.m. to 12.45 p.m. Question & Answer Session
>> 12.45 p.m. to 01.00 p.m. Summing up & Vote of thanks
>> ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
>> Co-hosted by :
>> 𐂄 ACTION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE 𐂄 BOMBAY CATHOLIC SABHA
>> & NETWORKING IN INDIA (AGNI) 𐂄 BCAS FOUNDATION
>> 𐂄 FORUM OF FREE ENTERPRISE 𐂄 GEN. A.K. VAIDYA NAGAR RAHIVASHI SANGH
>> 𐂄 H/WEST WARD CITIZENS' TRUST
>> 𐂄 M.R. PAI FOUNDATION
>> 𐂄 NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PEOPLES MOVEMENT
>> 𐂄 PUBLIC CONCERN FOR GOVERNANCE TRUST (PCGT)
>> 𐂄 TARUN MITRA MANDAL - MAHADHIKAR
>>
>>
>>
>
>

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LESLIE ALMEIDA | 1 Mar 16:24 2009
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Fwd: Forwarding Invitation

--- On Sun, 3/1/09, Leslie Almeida <lesals <at> gmail.com> wrote:
From: Leslie Almeida <lesals <at> gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Forwarding Invitation
To: lesals2000 <at> yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 8:40 PM

ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED, KINDLY BE THERE ON TIME

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Priya Ranjan | 1 Mar 19:09 2009

[Awareness] Oustees demand stoppage of Maheshwar dam in front of MoEF Monitoring Committee

*Narmada Bachao Andolan***

2, Sai Nagar, Mata Chowk, Khandwa, M.P.

Jail Road, Mandleshwar, Khargone, M.P.

Tel : 0733-2228418/2911018,9425928007

__________________________________________________________

Press Note : 28.02.2009

*Oustees demand stoppage of Maheshwar dam in front of Environment Monitoring
Committee*

The oustees of Maheshwar Dam demanded immediate stoppage of Maheshwar dam in
village after village during the visit of the Monitoring Committee
constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. The oustees told the
Committee that the project authorities have completely failed to
rehabilitate the oustees but the construction work is going on full pace.
Therefore, as per the conditions of the clearance the dam work should be
stopped.

*The Monitoring Committee:*

It may be stated that on 1st May 2001, the Ministry of Environment and
Forest transferred the statutory clearance regarding Maheshwar Project to
the Shree Maheshwar Hydel Power Corporation Limited (SMHPCL), the company
building the dam. As per this clearance a Monitoring Committee was
constituted to ensure that the rehabilitation work should be carried out at
the same pace of concreting. The Committee headed by Mrs. Nirmala Buch
visited the area on 23rd and 24th of February,2009.

*23rd February 2009:*

The committee visited the Bakawa rehabilitation site and found that the R&R
site does not have most of the amenities. The oustees of Villages Mardana,
Nagawa and Bhatyan villages have gathered there in large numbers. They told
the Committee that though the R&R Policy is one of allotment of agricultural
land for land, none of the oustees has been given any agricultural land so
far. Even resettlement site for the majority of the oustees is yet to be
prepared. The project authorities have completely failed in preparing any
comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan. As per the environmental clearance, the
R&R Plan should be ready by December 2001. The oustees demanded that the
construction of the dam should be stopped immediately and a comprehensive
land based rehabilitation plan should be prepared and implemented.

*24th February, 2009:*

On 24th of February a large delegation of villagers along with senior
Narmada Bachao Andolan activist Shri Alok Agarwal met the Committee. The
delegation told the committee that the agricultural lands of the oustees are
being illegally purchased by the SMHPCL. No one is being allotted
agricultural land. As far as resettlement is concerned, the project
authorities have themselves admitted that only 3% oustees have been allotted
plots and rest 97% remain to be resettled. The Andolan demanded that since
the conditions of the clearance have been violated, the dam work should be
stopped and the authorities should be directed to prepare a comprehensive
Rehabilitation and Resettlement Plan.

When the committee visited the village Lepa, they were told that there is no
site for half of the village and for the rest, the R&R site is incomplete.
The oustees asked that first they should be given land for land and only
after that any resettlement site can be built near these lands, as per the
conditions of the environmental clearance. In villages Amlatha and Teliyaon
oustees asked for stoppage of dam construction. The project authorities were
completely embarrassed in village Teliyaon when the Monitoring Committee
found the claim of the authorities that all the villagers of this village
had moved out was completely baseless.

Hundreds of oustees of villages Pathrad, Sulgaon, Gogawa, Behgaon, Pitamali,
Sitoka, Malgaon, Naharkhedi, Jalud, Khedi etc. also met the Monitoring
Committee and demanded the immediate stoppage of construction on the dam. It
may be noted that on the 18th February 2009, the M.P. High Court has already
given a stay on any further dam construction which would block the river,
and on the purchase of the agricultural lands of the oustees by the Company
until the next date of hearing.

*Bhagwan Mukati, Ramkuwar, Sanjay Nigam, Kadvijiji, Chittaroopa Palit *

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