Thursday, July 22, 2010

Condolence Meeting about right to Information activist Sri Amit Jethava's murder and some important decisions

On 22/07/2010, a condolence meeting of the National RTI Forum was held at its office at 5/426, Viram Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. It was in remembrance of the slain RTI activist Sri Amit Jethwa, the eminent environmentalist, RTI activist and the State Coordinator of RTI Forum at Gujarat who was so brutally murdered by vested interests before the Gujarat High Court. The meeting was primarily attended by Mr Amitabh Thakur, President of the Forum, Mr Himanshu and Mr Abhishek, Dr Siddharth from the Uttar Pradesh RTI Forum, Mr Ashok Pandey, Mr Gagan Singh, Mr Harish Malik, Mr Pramod Tiwari from Lucknow Forum and others. 

The meeting discussed the exemplary and path-breaking works of Sri Amit and also condemned his murder with the strongest possible words, In addition a few important decisions were taken.
These included-

1. It was decided to create a separate permanent "RTI Fund" to be operated by the Forum which shall be exclusively for RTI activists.

2. The first substantial amount from this Fund shall be given to the family members of Sri Amit Jethawa. 

3. It was also decided that since Sri Amit's father Sri Biku Bhai Jethwa has directly accused the Junagarh BJP MP Sri Duinubhai Solanki, hence it would be appropriate to get the investigation done by an agency outside the State. Sri Jitendra Kumar, a Supreme Court advocate has shown his willingness to pursue the matter there. 

4. This has also been decided that the details of the RTIs that were being pursued by Sri Amit shall be obtained from his father and the Forum shall go on further pursuing them. 

5. The first issue of the Journal for Right to Information to be published on 13th October 2010 shall be dedicated to Sri Amit Jethawa.

6. One of the three "RTI Gallantry awards" to be given by the National RTI Forum shall be given to Sri Amit Jethawa.


National RTI Forum

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