These are the proceedings of the Mock Send-off to the Chief Information Commissioner held on Thursday, 9th September, 2010 at Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mumbai. The send-off was to show the government what RTI appellants feel about the current batch of Information Commissioners, both in Maharashtra and at the Centre. Despite concerns about propriety, it is necessary and urgent to organize such protests in all towns to give the government something to think about, before they non-transparently appoint the next batch of Information Commissioners.
The Send-off was held after a press conference organized by G R Vora, Krishnaraj Rao & friends. The press conference was held to highlight the connection between
a) murderous attacks on RTI activists and whistle-blowers
b) arbitrary and non-transparent appointment of political stooges as Information Commissioners & Vigilance Commissioners.
Fellow activists, it should be our utmost priority to organize many such send-off parties for existing Information Commissioners in many towns and villages in Sept-October ’10. We must send a clear message to the government that the era of nepotistic appointments is over.
For organizing details, read: http://www.box.net/shared/r91tch0s3g