Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Meeting to discuss further action plan - 24th Feb

Yesterday the following people met at Kodambakkam to discuss further action plans regarding the functioning of the State Information Commission.

1. Mr.Arasu (Anti Corruption Movement)
2. Mr.Bhanu (5th Pillar)
3. Sowmya (CAG)
4. Mr.Siva Elango (Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam)
5. Mr.Gopalakrishnan
6. Mr.Louis Menezes (Transparency International)
7. Mr.Chandrasekaran (represeting Transparency International)
8. Madhav (Association for India's Development)

There was consensus on the fact that the State Information Commission is functioning extremely poorly and that repeated attempts at dialogue havent yielded results and we should look at some drastic measures. Experiences were shared on how Mr.Arasu had received a reply after 6 months of filing a appeal saying that his appeal was incomplete (though it actually wasnt). Mr.Gopalakrishnan pointed out how two of his appeals were lost in teh commission. Also one PIO challenged him to go to the commission saying he knows Mr.T.Srinivasan. I pointed out that right now, appeals filed in Jun beginning were heard now.

Everybody felt that we had to have a protest and the procedure finalised was this.

We will send a letter to the Chief Commissioner, copied to all the other commissioners, listing out the failures of the Information Commission, and then informing them that a demonstration will happen on March 16th pressing a set of demands. This will be signed by all the organisations whose support that we can get. We will also hold a press conference a week before the protest where a copy of the letter will be given to the media, the failures highlighted and our demands publicised.

The letter will go to the Commissioners on Monday or Tuesday next week, since it also involves translation into Tamil.

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