Public Rally and Jan Manch
To oppose proposed amendments to the RTI Act and
To demand immediate operationalization of anti-corruption laws
July 18, 2018
11:30 am onwards
The BJP came to power on the plank of aBhrashtachar-mukt Bharat. However, the last four years of the Modi government have been characterized by attacks on institutions and legislations of transparency and accountability.
The government is planning to surreptitiously amend the Right to Information Act which has empowered millions of people across the country to fight corruption and arbitrary use of power. Media reports suggest that the proposed amendments seek to fundamentally weaken the autonomy of information commissions by allowing the central and state governments to decide salaries of information commissioners.
Scores of RTI users and whistleblowers are being regularly attacked and murdered for exposing corruption and wrongdoing. The Modi Sarkar has, however, refused to operationalize the Whistleblowers Protection Act passed in 2014.
Not a single Lokpal has been appointedtill date and in a move that will facilitate corruption and crony capitalism, the government has introduced electoral bonds, which curtail peoples’ right to know who is funding political parties.
The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI), in collaboration with various campaigns and groups including NAPM and NFIW is organizing arally and Jan Manch in Delhi on the 18th of July 2018, to:
· Oppose proposed amendments to the RTI Act
· Demand immediate operationalization of theWhistleblowers Protection Act and the Lokpal law
· Oppose electoral bonds
Representatives of all political parties will be invited to the Jan Manch to put forth their respective party positions on these issues.
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Rally from Jantar Mantar to the Constitution Club (Ghotala Rath Yatra)
1:30 PM -4:00 PM: Jan Manch at the Speaker’s Hall, Constitution Club
Several protests are also being planned across the country throughout the monsoon session of Parliament, details of which will be shared soon.
We look forward to your participation and support.