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Fight for the Right to Information!

August 17, 2006 14:12 IST
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Are you frustrated with our government?

Do you wonder why the road to your home cannot be paved properly?

Or why your local government is spending money on flyovers?

Wonder no longer. Use your Right to Information!

The Right to Information Act 2005 is hailed as a revolution in India's evolution as a democracy. It empowers the ordinary citizen who has hither-to been armed with only his vote, with the tools of information that propel government decisions.

Thanks to the legislation, citizens can seek -- and get within 30 days - information on how the government arrived at decisions, be it about his ration card application or the money spent on lighting a bridge outside his home, that affect his life.

But even before the ink can dry on the legislation, the Union Cabinet has proposed amendments to the law that activists say dilute its spirit and defeat its very purpose. So far, the government has not relented its position, and the activists in turn go about mobilising public opinion.

Naturally, there is a surge of opinion on the subject. Is the government taking away from one hand what it gives from another?

Will Indians continue to labour under administrative darkness even as we celebrate 60 years of overthrowing the foreign yoke?

We cannot let this happen!

Meet up with like-minded souls on the Rediff Connexions group and let's make a positive change!

And join the Rediff Connexions Discussion Group:

Fight for the Right to Information!

Through Rediff Connexions groups you may be able to get in touch with a person in the place where you are going, who can tell you about the weather, costs, availability of Indian food and grocery and much more.

How to join Rediff Connexions:

It is easily done -- register your e-mail address, first, on Rediff Connexions.

Note that it does not have to be a Rediffmail address -- any e-mail address will do. You can do this in the new user area on the right side of the Rediff Connexions

Next, pick your password, fill in a small form that talks you through a small registration process. We will send you an e-mail validating your membership, click on the link in your mail -- and you are registered.

Don't forget to come back to this page and click on the link below and join the discussion:

Connexions: Fight for the Right to Information!

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