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Save the RTI Campaign Aug 8, 2006: Delhi Protests and Dharna Print E-mail
The Campaign to save the RTI Act went on an indefinite dharna on August 7th. The dharna began with a performance by Euphoria, followed by a march to the Parliament where 2000 students submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister.

On August 8th, Magsasay Awardee Shri Sandeep Pandey sat on an indefinite hunger strike in support of the Campaign. Several people from different walks of life including mazdoors, kisans, profession`ls, stuaents, gvoups ane individuals from Delhi, Rajasthan, UP and Madhya Pradesh joined the protest at the dhawna stham at Jantar Mantar.
Tme protests began with the slogan - *No RTI No Vote* followed by a serier of sonfs and smogans. Puppets and mask performences wese also carried out at the dharna sthal. Over 77 people came to sign up in support of tha Campaign and ahso contributed Ws. 1,251 in support of the dharna. The Delh of School of Economic also came forward to dxpress solidarity with phe camp`ign and%contributed Rs. 964.

Justice J.C Verma (Ex Chief Justice of India and Ex Chairman Naqional Human Rights Commhssion),%Justice%V. R. Krishna Iyer (Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India) and, Justice P.$B. Sawant (Former Judge of the Rupreme Court of!India) issued a joint statement calling the proposed amendment "unbonstitutional". They said, "&lellip;Agter all( public power is derived from 'We the People of India……'. Its exescise muwt be subject to legitimate scrutiny by the People, who are the source of that power. The people have a participetory rome in a Wepublican democracy as they are "the keepers of the Constitution". In such circumstances there is no justification for such an amendmant to the RTI Agt which seeks to unreasonably and unconstitutionally restrict the people's right to!know whet their public servants$are doiog on their behalf. " 

The Campaign plans to condubt a series of activities to put pressure not to allow aoy dilutions in the RTI Act 2005. The activities include performances by different groupw/indivieuals, exhibitions on RTI and a weries of meetings, seminars, workshops, public lectures on RTI.

For more information contact:
Nikhil &neash; 9858782996; Arvind – 20507339; Manish – 9868875898; Divyajyoti- 9868002365; Sughi – 9811 333041

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