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rejecting demand for Audio-Video recording of hearings.To get complete details, please click the below-given web-link :
http://upcpri.blogspot.in/2016/09/up-activists-cry-foul-as-rti-watchdog.htmlLucknow/05 September 2016/ Transparency watchdog of India’s most
populous state has come under strong ire of RTI activists as it has
rejected activist’s long pending demand for resuming audio-video
recording in all 11 hearing rooms of State Information Commission of
For last 2 years, various social organizations & RTI activists have
been continuously fighting for this transparency cause under the
leadership of Lucknow based firebrand social activist Urvashi Sharma.
Urvashi Sharma told that they first wrote to various constitutional
authorities of Governments of India and Uttar Pradesh and afterwards
demands were raised through a chain of agitations carried out for
their demand of resuming audio-video recording in all 11 hearing rooms
of State Information Commission of Uttar Pradesh.
In this regard apart from peaceful sit-ins at Hazratganj Lucknow, an
effigy of all information commissioners including the chief
information commissioner Jawed Usmani was burnt outside ‘RTI Bhavan’
which is the new building of State Information Commission of Uttar
Pradesh and a supplicatory boycott movement was started at State
Information Commission of Uttar Pradesh under her leadership, told
As per Urvashi, She alongwith another activist Tanveer Ahmad Siddiqui
had planned a protest against Vice president Hamid Ansari on the day
of inauguration of ‘RTI Bhavan’ but she & Tanveer were picked by
Lucknow police in the night before the day of inauguration and were
freed only after Vice President’s flight left Lucknow for New Delhi.
“Since nobody was paying any heed to our legitimate demand so we
proceeded Lucknow bench of Allahabad high Court with our demand.
During hearing ,High Court in principle agreed that for ensuring
transparency at State Information Commission of Uttar Pradesh as per
the spirit of the act, audio-video recording facilities in all 11
hearing rooms of State Information Commission should be installed and
directed us to put up our demand before Chief Information Commissioner
jawed Usmani in writing along with HC order” told Urvashi.
As per Urvashi Sharma Ex- Chief Information Commissioner of State
Information Commission of Uttar Pradesh had, on her demands, started
audio-video recording in all 11 hearing rooms of State Information
Commission of Uttar Pradesh which was made dysfunctional by Jawed
I served order of High court through my representations on which
Raghvendra Vikram Singh, Secretary of UP Information Commission has
informed me that since there were no provisions for audio-video
recording in High Court, Human Rights Commission, UP State Services
Tribunal, Women Commission, Consumer Courts, district Courts and
Central information Commission so UPSIC has found no need and
justification for the same at UP Information Commission, told Urvashi.
Urvashi blamed Info-Commissioners of harassing info-seekers during
hearings and said that she shall soon file a contempt petition in High
Court in this regard.
Terming SCIC Jawed Usmani an official of anti-transparency mindset,
Urvashi said that Jawed Usmani is proving to be the biggest impediment
for CM Akhilesh Yadav’s dream of establishing a transparent regime in
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Subject: Plan Meeting of Core Group for Improving Access to Assistive Products and Technology, at UN Conference Room, 55, Lodi Estate, New Delhi, on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 (3:00pm – 5:30pm)
Dear Media Friends
In collaboration with WHO & UN Information Centre for India & Bhutan, The Cradle is organising a Plan Meeting for improving access to assistive products and technology, at UN Conference Room, 55 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 (3:00pm – 4:30pm). The objective of the meeting is to plan strategy to convert GATE Initiative into realities for making assistive products accessible to everyone, everywhere. The meeting will deliberate upon the additional tools, which WHO is in process of developing, to assist Member States to develop their National Assistive Technology Policies and Programmes as integral component of universal health coverage.
The Primary Agenda to discuss and deliberate upon are-
- Mass Awareness: Assistive Products for Healthy, Productive, Independent & Dignified life
- Policy: Assistive Technology Policy Framework
- Production: Standardization and Technical Innovations
- Provision: Assistive Products service Delivery Model
- Personnel: Assistive Products Training Package
- Finance & Insurance
The meeting will be followed by a high tea & press briefing at 4:30 pm onward.
You are invited to join us the High-Tea & attend the Press Briefing at UN Conference Room, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi.
Please find attached the background note of the Plan Meeting for your ready reference.
|RAJIV CHANDRANNational Information Officer|