Venkatraman Ns | 11 Nov 12:34 2012
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INDIAN ANTI CORRUPTION MOVEMENT NOW DERAILED


N.S.Venkataraman,
Trustee
Nandini Voice For The Deprived
M 60/1, 4th Cross Street,
Besant Nagar,
Chennai
Tel:- 24916037


To

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         INDIAN  ANTI CORRUPTION MOVEMENT NOW DERAILED

 

 

With the image of being a Gandhian and using the Gandhian tool of fasting ,when Anna Hazare launched a nationwide anti corruption movement  ,there was genuine support and appreciation from all quarters However, when Anna Hazare   said that Lokpal Bill would be the ultimate tool to root out corruption in India ,many people disagreed  with him  while still having faith in Anna Hazare’s  commitment.to the cause. It is a tragedy that the Anna Hazare’s movement got diluted with all and sundry getting into the bandwagon and thus the  sense of direction was lost.

 

When Anna Hazare’s movement inevitably collapsed  due to  the use of vituperative language and sort of coercive tactics ( with people like Ramdev facing tax evasion charges  also  being associated  in some way), Anna Hazare has to withdraw the movement for all practical purposes.

 

Now, Anna Hazare has announced that he would revive the anti corruption movement and has formed a new team. It remains to be seen as to whether Anna Hazare’s move to provide second birth to anti corruption movement would take off.  Of course, his movement and pronouncement would be covered in the sensation  hungry media.  But, what is important is not the media coverage but creating faith amongst the people that the revived anti corruption movement would do good to the country. Considering the fact that Anna Hazare would continue to adopt the same strategies of whipping up mass hysteria, it is more than likely that his movement would remain only as the movement of sensation.

 

Today, in India, corruption exists at all levels and in every field of activity.  One cannot even cremate a human body in India today without paying bribe money.  Therefore, the battle against corruption should be fought in the minds and  hearts of people if it were to provide the intended results,where individuals in large number would  be  willing to sacrifice the personal benefits and comforts for the sake of anti corruption cause. Whether the new team formed by Anna Hazare would aim at such level of micro level campaign against corruption without politicalising it remains to be seen and in all probability , it is unlikely. 

 

While the large section of country men  feeling sad about the petering of  Anna Hazare’s movement , Kejriwal and his friends tried to fill the vacuum, giving an entirely new colour to the anti corruption movement. The dignity associated with Anna Hazare movement is not evident in the antics of Kejriwal and he has virtually brought the movement into ridicule  by   leveling allegations from public platforms and through media and without adopting the due process of law to expose the corrupt people.  His method  is one of provoking hatred about people whom he selects for targeting at his whims and fancies.

 

Further, Kejriwal’s source of funding are being openly questioned by several well meaning people and  lack of transparency is obvious.  Kejriwal and his associates do not have the wisdom and maturity to understand  that   violent accusations  and use of abusive language will have only short term gains and will not sustain any movement.

 

The average Indian can see through the game  of the politicians and activists ,as has been repeatedly revealed by the defeat of several political parties being removed from power during the elections.  Certainly, people do not approve such antics and do not trust the media beyond a level.

 

Kejriwal has derailed the anti corruption movement by trying to step into the shoes of Anna Hazare  by playing to the gallery.  The anti corruption movement in the country is back to square one now. 

 

While Kejriwal and his associates will go into oblivion after the next parliament elections with people rejecting their methods and outlook, the forces of corruption will remain undefeated. The country will continue to search for new messiah.With       the  damage done now by Kejriwal   and the anti corruption movement now becoming a matter f of stage shows , it appears that  the country has to look beyond people like Anna Hazare  and Kejriwal.







Sarbajit Roy | 12 Nov 16:05 2012
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Kerala Info Commissioner suspended

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/kerala-information-commissioner-suspended/article4090203.ece

Governor H. R. Bhardwaj on Monday suspended Kerala State Information Commissioner K. Natarajan.

The suspension is pending formal enquiry by a Judge of the Supreme Court into the allegation that Mr Natarajan had tried to interfere with the vigilance investigation into gifting of government land by Opposition Leader V. S. Achuthanandan to his relative when Mr. Achuthandnan was Chief Minister.

An enquiry ordered by the State government had found that Mr. Natarajan had tried to influence Deputy Superintendent of Police V. G. Kunhan who was investigating the case against Mr. Achuthanandan.Additional Director General of Police (Vigilance) R. Sreelekha, who conducted the enquiry, reported that the State Information Commissioner had misused his office and recommended his suspension. He had repeatedly telephoned Mr. Kunhan and his request to Mr. Kunhan to save Mr. Achuthanandan was recorded by the latter.

(Mr. Achuthanandan is accused of having allotted 2.33 acres in Kasaragod district to his relative and ex-service man T. K. Soman in an irregular manner. The Commissioner allegedly sought manipulation of findings of the enquiry to favour Mr. Achuthanandan.)

The Governor will now refer the matter to the Supreme Court seeking a statutory enquiry by a Supreme Court judge against the suspended Commissioner. If misconduct is proved in the enquiry, the Governor can remove Mr. Natarajan from his office.

Mr. Natarajan was a Deputy Inspector General of Police before the Achuthanandan government appointed him as State Information Commissioner. His appointment had attracted criticism on the grounds that he was not qualified for appointment as Information Commissioner. (The Right to Information Act specifies that Information Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.)

Meanwhile, the Human Right Defence Forum and Kerala RTI Federation have urged the President Pranab Mukherjee that Mr. Natarajan be stripped of the President’s Police Medal which was awarded to him when he was serving as a police officer. Forum President P. K. Ibrahim and Federation General Secretary D.B. Binu said that Mr. Natarajan had “let down the honour of the medal” by meddling with the Rule of Law.

This article has been corrected for a factual error

NAVIN PANDYA | 10 Nov 06:03 2012
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Diwali Greetings

 
Hello Friends,
 
Diwali Greetings to all. May Diwali enlighten Indians to realise evils of bogus Representation of Peoples Act, 1950-51 and empower to replace it soon with new perfect Act for better future of country and public welfare.
 
Navin Pandya
09322523011
 
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"CORRUPT AND UNACCOUNTABLE PUBLIC SERVANTS ARE THE GREATEST ENEMIES OF THE SOCIETY."
M.K. Gupta | 10 Nov 06:23 2012
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Government playing with orders on 2G auction: Supreme Court

TOI, 10 NOV. 12.

Government playing with orders on 2G auction: Supreme Court 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the union government for not implementing its order directing auctioning of 122 cancelled 2G licences in both letter and spirit and going in for a truncated auction. "Prima facie we can say you are not complying with the court orders. You are playing with it. It is unfortunate," apex court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice KS Radhakrishnan told Additional Solicitor General AS Chandhok as he submitted that not the entire spectrum that became available after the cancellation of licences was being auctioned.

 

Expressing its displeasure in no uncertain terms, the court asked Chandhok whether the government was implementing its direction in the 2G verdict cancelling 122 licences both in letter and spirit. The court said that it thought that the government was seeking more time for implanting its orders but it was not so. In a jibe at the government, the court observed: "Mr. Solicitor, we still have not developed the habit of forgetting."

 

Chandhok told the court that there were no bidders for 800 MHz CDMA and there were only five bidders for 1800 MHz GSM. He said that soon after the directions of the court, the Department of Telecom (DoT) approached Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), and TRAI's recommendations were sent to the Telecom Commission. When Chandhok said all this, the court replied, "You did not inform us that these are recommendations of TRAI and your position."

 

Col Thakur Singh | 8 Nov 14:25 2012
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Fwd: we see him in the park of SECTOR-9 DWARKA



SEE THE VEDIO 







Mon Nov 5, 2012 6:29 pm (PST) . 

*Hi All,*
*Two days back, I had sent an article on Maj DP Singh, India's own " Blade
Runner". In response, I got this youtube coverage on him. Just 7 min and in
these days of negativism in the media, it is worth seeing such positives-
paeans to human spirit and courage.*
*Bala*

One more link on the inspiring account of Maj D P Singh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqJJd4OcRJs
-- 
Colonel N K Balakrishnan ( Retd ) ,


On Saturday, November 3, 2012 9:06:08 PM UTC+5:30, CHATS wrote:
I feel greatly inspired to forward this narration of Maj DP Singh's 'Never Say Die' spirit. 
IT will be recalled that during this year's Kargil Divas the valiant Maj DP Singh- also known as the 'Blade Runner' participated in a run in Delhi, on 22 July. Hats Off!! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150974663178071&set=a.10150608465708071.394124.87167763070&type=1&theater




With Warm Regards,
Col RP Chaturvedi,
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Noida 201303.
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 Story of an Army Officer
 
Amazing true story of Veer Maj D P Singh authored by Amit

by Kiran Kakatkar on Sunday, 7 October 2012 at 19:57
 
Lakshya (Goal): Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 30/9/2012
 
On 15th July 1999, he was deployed on the Line of Control (during Operation Vijay/Kargil War) when the Pakistanis started shelling the Indian forward positions.
He heard the sound of the first mortar shell fly just over his bunker and land further behind. He felt and heard the sound of the 2ndsecond shell as it came straight towards him. It exploded 2 meters away from him. The foot-long, 2-inch diameter shell had a kill zone of 8 meters. The blast sent thousands of shrapnel pieces in every direction.
He felt the fiery stings as pieces of red-hot shrapnel entered and shredded the right side of his body, from the torso down to his legs. Blood gushed out of his body as if from a water fountain. The pain was excruciating; he cried out. Slowly he lost consciousness. He arrived at the hospital so covered in blood and guts that he was initially given up for dead!
On the night of the 18th he heard the words, “Son, I think I need to amputate your right leg.”
Major D.P.Singh looked down at his shredded and gangrene infected right leg and replied, “Doctor, I can see it myself, there is nothing much left below my knee...do what you must”...
He returned to civilian life, after serving the country for another 10 years, but he had lost a few body parts in the war. He had lost a part of his intestine. He had also lost his right leg through the knee. He had lost large chunks of flesh in his left leg and had permanently damaged the meniscal cartilage in his left knee. He would never fully recover his hearing ability, which was damaged with the blast. (A few years after the war, while still in the army, he underwent a major operation for a tumor on his urinary bladder)
What stayed with him from the war however, were 40 pieces of shrapnel embedded in his body. They are lodged all over the place: in his ribs, lungs, liver, elbow and leg.
Few people commence their journey to the start-line of a marathon with 40 pieces of shrapnel inside their body, a drastically compromised intestine, acoustic trauma, a massively compromised left leg and a compromised urinary bladder.
The first time Major Singh went for a run wearing his prosthetic leg, the jarring from the vibration, caused a small piece of shrapnel lodged in his rib to dislodge. It caused him excruciating pain. The doctor advised that an operation would be necessary to remove it. At that point, Major Singh had just started motivating a group of fellow ‘challengers’ to run. He figured that if he was sidelined after the surgery, his comrades would get demotivated and the group would fall apart. He decided that he would not get operated. He figured that he would continue running and thereby continue jarring the shrapnel piece until it re-lodged itself somewhere else inside his body and stopped paining!
Sometimes in life, the people who inspire us the most are not the winners of the race, but those who strive valiantly and shed their sweat and blood to simply be a part of race day.
My job on this race day was to run alongside Major Singh and occasionally interview him for the Star Plus Television Channel. In the process, I had the privilege to receive a life-lesson in courage and tenacity that I shall never forget.
The day had started for me at hotel Le Meridian. I woke up at 4:15 am and went to the loo. Only a runner understands the importance of bowel movements on race day. The fact that a clean GI system is a luxury, can only be understood by a runner who has suffered a tummy problem half way through a marathon.
I later went for a nice hot shower and changed into my black branded T-shirt (Only a non-runner Marketing Executive would ask a runner to wear a black T-shirt on a hot and sunny day) and shorts. It took me 30 seconds to wear my socks and another 30 seconds to wear my shoes and then I went down to the coffee shop and enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast. By 5:00 am I was seated in the same bus as Kenya’s Edwin Kipyego for a ride to the start line.
I met the Major inside the production control room. He was accompanied by his partner Dr. Dimple Bharati. She told me that she planned to meet us several times on the route to give him his energy drink and later run the last few km with us. She explained that due to the massive operation on his intestine, the Major dehydrated very soon. I assured her that I would make sure that we pick-up water from all the water stops.
We made our way to the start-line and were interviewed for the TV viewing audience. The open category run started at 6:40 am. Within a few hundred meters, I noticed that the sun was out and it was already very humid and hot. I braced for a rough day ahead. The Major was quiet and focused. I wanted him to set his own pace and so stayed just a few inches behind him. I noticed his gait. This was the first time that I was running alongside someone wearing a prosthetic leg. With each step it looked as if he was landing on a thorn that pierced further inside his right foot. It seemed very painful. It was not a smooth stride also because his left leg was severely damaged. It dawned on me just how hard it was for him to run.
All around us were runners who were focused on their finish times. They sped past us. However, hundreds of runners noticed us and clapped for the Major. Many seemed to know him personally. They shouted, “Go Major”, “Major you are great.” “Major you inspire me”.
A girl hugged him and said, “Sir, I used to only run the 6k dream run, but YOU inspired me to run the 21k this year”. The Major answered, “I’ll give you another hug, when to move up to the 42k”
A few minutes later, we were joined by Colonel Rana Sinha. He told me that he looked upon Major Singh as his hero and inspiration and that he intended to run and support us. I was relieved to have a friend together because I could feel that this was going to be a rough day with the heat rising incessantly.
The heat kept increasing by the minute and so did the humidity. At about 4 km the Major stopped to adjust his prosthetic. He held his thigh and shook it violently, as if to make it settle inside the socket of the prosthetic. I was flabbergasted. I stood behind him to make sure that nobody ran into him. It was an action I had never seen before. I was in shock. I could not believe this man was running. I later looked at his face. All I could see was determination. This was a look of a man who was simply focused on the finish line. If there was pain, and I am sure there was, he did not show it.
As we reached the 7k mark we were approaching India Gate (Indian Army’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier). I have run this race 3 years in succession and each time I reach India Gate the uppermost thought in my mind is: I wish the marathon photographer manages to catch me with India Gate in the background. It would make for a nice picture on my wall. As we approached India gate, I had pretty much the same thought this time too.
But then, I saw the Major look up towards India Gate and snap a Salute.
I had a tear in my eye. I love my India too, but am I doing enough? I made a resolution to redouble my efforts to help the kids suffering from Cancer and being treated at the Tata Hospital.
We kept running. We were all sweating profusely. We kept drinking water. As we passed the medical tents we noticed more and more people flocking towards them. This was going to be a long hard day!
To take the Major’s mind off the heat, humidity and pain, I told him about my routine from the time I had woken up at 4:15 am. I asked him how his day had started.
I learnt that Major Singh had a slightly different start to his day.
Because parts of his intestine were shredded in the blast and later removed in surgery, he has all sorts of issues in clearing his GI system. It took him a lot of time to clear his stomach in the morning.
Then he had to wear his prosthetic. It had taken me 30 seconds to wear my socks. It was a little different for the Major. His right leg was amputated through his knee, but there were still shrapnel embedded in his lower thigh. The skin which grew over these wounds was soft tissue, which was very sensitive. He had to prepare each of these areas by first applying some cream and then putting tape over them to protect them from friction.
Then, there was the question of wearing the prosthetic leg itself. The stub where the knee was amputated was is a highly sensitive area. It comes into contact with the socket of the prosthetic leg. The socket is made of hard plastic. Soft skin against a hard material! So, he had to prepare the bottom of his amputated knee enable it to withstand the friction and pounding it is about to receive.
The prosthetic socket is round, the knee stub is round. He needed to align the prosthetic exactly right. When I wear my shoe, the shoe automatically aligns itself with my foot. But a prosthetic must to be worn exactly at the correct angle with reference to his thigh and the rest of his body. With no real reference point it takes a lot of patience and skill to put on the prosthetic.
Once the leg is worn, he needs to make sure it holds tight around his thigh so that it won’t move as he runs. Even a few mm of play/movement will cause friction and inflame his skin. He puts more tape and ties a few bandages around the socket to hold it tight against his thigh.
It had taken him close to 3 hours to get ready to leave for the start-line.
I didn’t know what to say. I was in shock. We were clearly not running the same race. I was running an easy 21k; however it seemed to me that this man was climbing Mt Everest. He had a prosthetic in one leg which was incredibly uncomfortable to wear while his other leg had chunks of flesh missing. Not only was he climbing up Mt Everest but he was doing it blindfolded.
But I was wrong. He didn’t seem to think so. He told me that he hated the idea that people are called, ‘Physically Challenged’. He said that he was a ‘Challenger’ and he wanted the world to know that there was nothing he could not do that anyone else could. Life had thrown down a gauntlet at him. And he had no hesitation in picking it up.
He had started an organization called The Challenging Ones (TCO) with the idea of motivating all challengers to overcome their limitations and partake in sports and adventure activities. He said that he had wanted to partake in the trials for the London Paralympics Games but our country lacked well trained prosthetic technicians to assist him with prosthetic fitment. He said he wanted organizations to come forward to understand the need for better prosthetic technicians in our country.
I ran alongside him in awed silence. On the way back towards the finish he once again saluted the India Gate.
By the time we reached 15k, the heat and humidity were just debilitating; it seemed like heaven was pouring fire down upon us, the heat radiating from the tar road was further aggravating the heat - and then suddenly we went to Live broadcasting.
Samir (TV Moderator): How is it going out there Amit, how is Major doing?
Me: Samir, I am reminded of the song from the movie Lakshya (Goal):
Barse chahe amber se aag,
Lipte chahe pairon se naag.
Even if it pours fire from the skies...
Even if snakes entangle my every stride...
Samir, the skies over Delhi have poured fire on us today, but let me ask Major about the state of his stride. Major, how are the legs doing?
Major: Yes, the skies have poured fire, and the legs want to stop. But I also have a mind, and the mind says I won’t stop! I will keep going! I will reach the finish line!
Me: Aaj Lakshya to paana hai (today, I have to reach my goal) Samir, we will not stop, we will not give up. We will reach the finish line.
Major: I am called physically challenged, but I am not so. I want to say that the ones who are really challenged are those who lack mental willpower. There are lots of people like me in India who are waiting for an opportunity to become physically active. Wake up India, if I can do it, you can do it.”
And so on and on we ran...the first time the Major slipped and fell on his face was when the cap of a water bottle came under the blade of his prosthetic. The second was when someone from behind banged into him. the third and the fourth time, when he lost his rhythm. Each time, he picked himself up and simply dusted his palms. There was no change of expression on his face. No sound escaped his mouth. There was a steely determination in him that I have never seen in another human being. He looked straight ahead. He never doubted or questioned his own ability. He ran as only a world champion can. He ran with the strength of his mind and for a passion close to his heart. He ran for those of us who doubt our own abilities...He ran for me...He ran for you...
With 200 meters to go, the Indian Tricolour materialized in his hands, given to him by his friends waiting alongside the road. He ran into the finish along with his friends Dr. Bharati and Colonel Rana. I stayed a few meters behind
them.
I had witnessed firsthand what a soldier from the Indian Army was capable of doing.
On the 30th of September 2012, Kenya’s Edwin Kipyego ran the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and finished first in a time of 1:00:55. When Edwin reached the finish line, the Major and I must have barely reached the 8 km marker.
But in my heart I have no doubt who really won the race that day. I know who my champion was. I had run alongside him all morning

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anshu bansal | 8 Nov 04:41 2012
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Info Needed

Dear Activist,

I need some information related to Income Tax Department. Just wondering if any of our fellow member is working in IT department.

Thanks for help.
Anshu

M.K. Gupta | 3 Nov 09:06 2012
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Lokpal Bill in Winter session

Lokpal Bill in Winter session


  
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The government has decided to drop the contentious clause relating to setting up Lokayuktas in the states from the Lokpal Bill, and try to get it passed in the winter session of Parliament starting later this month.
Dropping the clause would help the government secure the support of UPA allies such as the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party and constituents of the opposition NDA in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling coalition is in a minority, top government sources told The Indian Express.
They said the government is waiting for the report of the select committee of the Rajya Sabha, which is studying the bill, before it finalises the amendments to the version of the bill passed in the Lok Sabha in the last winter session. This would also include changing the nomenclature of the bill by dropping its reference to Lokayuktas.
“We will certainly try to get the bill passed in the winter session of Parliament. The select committee is likely to submit its report when the session starts on November 22. We are in touch with the opposition parties and hope to secure their support too,” said a senior minister. The month-long session is likely to conclude on December 20.
The select committee was formed during the budget session to suggest amendments, if any, after the opposition raised objections about the format of this legislation passed by the Lok Sabha. When the bill was introduced and debated in the Rajya Sabha, as many as 190 amendments were moved by MPs from across the political spectrum.
These amendments mainly related to the Lokpal’s investigation wing, the appointment and removal of the chairperson and members of the outfit, and whether Lokayuktas should be part of the central legislation.
The sources said the government is also prepared to finetune the process of appointing and removing the chairperson and members as demanded by many parties. It could also bring NGOs receiving funds from the government or from foreign donors under the ambit of the Lokpal if such a suggestion is made by the select committee.
About Lokayuktas in the states, the government is of the view that after the Lokpal Bill is passed, Parliament can pass another bill — if two or more state assemblies recommend — to provide a model Lokayukta legislation.
C K Jam | 3 Nov 07:58 2012
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Lead "Ha**mi"

Mr Sarbajit now becomes the Lead "Ha.....mi" - He is now National Convener IAC (HQ) !


Picture of gang of "Ha**mis" (including Mr Sarbajit) available here:

https://we.riseup.net/assets/112837/5%20Pandas.jpg

 

(L-R) India’s 5 greatest corruption experts – Commodore Lokesh Batra (bringchange), Sarbajit Roy (National Convenor,IAC-HQ), Manish Sisodia (Convenor Kabir), Shekhar Singh (Convenor National Corrupt People’s Representation in India (NCPRI), Veeresh Malik (freelance photographer – not in pic) gherao (surround) Arvind Kejriwal’s illegal kiosk (http://rti.india.gov.in/cic_decisions/WB-26032009-03.pdf) outside CIC HQ which he had bribed the cops Rs.2,000 not to remove. The kiosk was illegally set up in violation of policy guidelines issued by the Central Vigilance Commission (India’s main anti-corruption agency). 


Since the picture appears in the "assets" section of the IAC webpage, I presume that
all the persons in the picture are (or were) "assets" at some point of time.

Now we demand to know whether they are (were) CIA, KGB, MOSSAD, BOSS, IB or simply just Digvijay assets  ?

RTIwanted
Sarbajit Roy | 3 Nov 07:57 2012
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CBI back in RTI net.

One of India's most prominent anti-corruption fighters Mr. C.J. Karira
of Secunderabad (A.P.) has struck another blow for India's Anti
Corruption movement. And, the CBI is again within the RTI Act (or
until CBI gets a stay).

http://www.rti.india.gov.in/cic_decisions/CIC_SM_C_2012_000374_M_94087.pdf

For this sterling act, India Against Corruption has appointed Mr
Karira ("rtiwanted") as General Secretary and Ambassador-at-large for
the movement. The bio-data of Mr Karira will shortly be published on
IAC's website.

http://indiaagainstcorruption.net.in/about-us

Sarbajit

rajesh bhatt | 2 Nov 20:27 2012
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RTI - POLITICAL PARTIES

Please find below the Press Release detailing what transpired in the CIC hearing:

Press Note


The full bench, comprising Chief Information Commissioner Satyanand Mishra and Commissioners M L Sharma and Annapurna Dikshit, of Central Information Commission (CIC) conducted the second hearing (first hearing was on 26th August, 2012) on Thursday 1st November, 2012 on the matter whether “political parties should be declared as public authorities and brought under the purview of RTI”. Except Indian National Congress (INC), all recognized national political parties i.e. CPI(M), NCP, BSP and BJP sent their representatives to argue their respective cases. CPI’s view had already been presented in the first hearing by Mr. D. Raja, the Rajya Sabha member.



Vehement Opposition from all political parties

·         Disclosure of donors’ information dangerous for them: NCP said that the information regarding the donors to the political parties might be used to threaten the donors. The donor would be intimidated by the rival political parties.

·         RTI will add burden to the political party: NCP also feared that huge machinery involving lots of manpower would be needed to cater the responses of RTIs, if political parties are made public authorities.

·         No funding whatsoever: BSP deposed that no amount of funding direct or indirect in provided to the party from the government. The party’s representative said the facilities such as income tax exemptions, plots of land, properties and buildings at concessional rents, free air time and other facilities don’t constitute funding.

·         No substantial funding: NCP expressed in front of the commission that the value of financing provided by the government to the political party is just a minute percentage of the overall income of the party.

·         Inner party discussions can’t be revealed: CPI(M) expressed its worry over making public the information pertaining to the inner party discussions. The party said that this type of information if goes outside the party will be detrimental to the party’s interests.

·         Government’s notification needed: BSP contended that for a body or an organization to be brought under RTI that body or organization has to be created by a government’s notification.

·         Political parties were never supposed to be under RTI: BJP and CPI(M) came up with a curious argument that intent of legislature while legislating the RTI ACT was never to bring political parties under the jurisdiction of the act.

 

ADR’s arguments

·         Democracy and opaqueness can’t go hand in hand: Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said that the political parties are supposed to be the democratic institutions and there is should be no information with the parties that can’t be revealed to public at large. He also said that democracy and transparency are synonymous. He also said that political parties have a lot to hide and that’s why they are dodging from coming under RTI.

·         No notification required: ADR stated that even those bodies can be brought under RTI which have been created without any government’s notification. He gave the specific example of NGOs that are created without any notification but have been brought under RTI in cases where they receive substantial government funding.

·         RTI burden on political parties? : ADR also said that if political parties are opposing from coming under RTI because they would need to put in place a machinery to respond to the RTIs then by that logic this RTI Act would not have been applied to any organization or body.

·         Substantial financing is just ‘non-trivial’: ADR said that there are several judgments by various Courts and Information Commissions that have made this tenet that substantial financing is not judged by a quantum or percentage, but is seen in a barometer whether its pittance or not.

·         Political parties receive huge funds: ADR also revealed that political parties get enormous financing from the government in the form of tax-exemptions, plots of land, properties and buildings etc. Even all the possible kinds of government financing of political parties are unknown.

·         Political parties get foreign funding: ADR also stated that in the RTI’s responses from the Income Tax Department it has been observed that political parties have also been getting foreign funding. Recently, Election Commission of India took observation of such cases.

 

Judgment Reserved

The hearing in the matter has ended and judgment has been reserved by the full bench of Central Information Commission.

Sarbajit Roy | 2 Nov 06:42 2012
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IMPORTANT GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT for Humjanege

Dear HJ members

CONGRATULATIONS !!

Over the past 2 years and the take-off from HJ-YG, this group has
achieved considerable cohesion and camaraderie.

For most of the past 2 years your list moderators could not allow much
non-RTI discussions on this list. We were more focused on keeping the
group afloat, ensuring Google did not shut us down and emails were
delivered to your inbox.

The Government, however, does not like our group (and has thrice used
unheard of illegal methods to shut us down). It seems the time has now
come for a more coordinated and action-oriented approach by the
citizens.

There are only 2 institutions left in today which can still save India
from descending into chaos and a State of Emergency. However, both are
under tremendous pressure from corrupt people inside them and are
likely to collapse at any time. Patriotic citizens must do everything
in their power to shine the spotlight on dirty cockroaches so that the
system itself can HIT them.

Also, the "anti-corruption" drama being staged in media is fully
scripted by political parties and acted out by teams of mercenary NGO
bandits and rogue ex-babus. The REAL CULPRITS are all going scot free
because the handpicked haramis are misleading and distracting the
citizens. As always only a few small fish will get caught while the
big fish keep getting bigger.

We need NEW BOTTLES for our old (and young) Wines to blend, mature and
EXPLODE !!.
A place we can do (and say) things we could not on a Google group.

Accordingly, your list moderators, and in collaboration with many
original IAC workers who are long term members of our HJ lists, have
decided to form a new mailing list called "Hum" (or simple "we").
"India Against Corruption"'s mailing list and database will be a part
of "Hum".

"Hum" is a more radical mailing list than HumJanenge and will go well
beyond HumJanenge and RTI but will always be firmly rooted to
HumJanenge's core principles. It will also require a deeper level of
participation from our members which may not be to everyone's taste.

All HJ list members will be added to the new "Hum" list. Anyone who
doesn't want to stay there can "opt out" or if that fails can email
the moderators and get unsubscribed. After that this list "HJ-GG" will
be almost entirely for RTI discussions (and a backup if Govt shuts us
down again).

Cheers

Sarbajit


Gmane