Off-late democratic process and conventions are taking a back seat. The government is becoming authoritative and dictatorial in its approach to the issues concerning the people. Political Parties who claim, they are for the people and of the people, and not subjecting themselves for accountability and transparency is something, the general public assimilate and appreciate.
Representatives of Various Political Parties and civil Society Members participated in the meeting. They include former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Justice A Laxman Rao, K. Narayana, (state secretary, CPI), Y. Venkateshwara Rao(CPM), Bhaskar Rao (Loksatta) , Rao Chilakani(UFERWAS), S. Srinivas Reddy(APSA), B.Ramakrishnam Raju(Convener, UF-RTI), Rajendra Prasad(MV Foundation) , Bala Gangadhar(UF-RTI), AV Ramana, and other participated in the meeting.
Unfortunately representative of major political parties were absent from the meeting and have shied away from a public debate.
The meeting demanded that the political parties should not have any objection as far as financial aspects of the parties. They are enough safe guards in section 8(1) to safe guard parties’ internal strategic decisions.
It said that the political Parties if they have any objection with regard to CIC orders, terming them as public authorities, should have approached the court; instead of taking a detour to amend the act is undemocratic and will also set a bad precedent for future.
The civil society originations have decided to continue their campaign against the government’s proposed RTI amendment bill. They said that the improper action of the political parties with regard to RTI amendments will be widely discussed in the public forums during the next elections.