Re: [Arkitect India] Fwd: Narendra Modi govt funded NGO's proxy war against Lokayukta
- There may be many more such spurious entities. Recently, I came across the following mail. The cover gets blown off in the first three sentences.Regards,Arun:-
Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG) is a not-for-profit organization founded by young professionals from some of the best educational institutes and corporate organizations across the world. We are passionate about the cause of ushering in an era of accountable governance in India.
The Statue of Unity project is an initiative of the Government of Gujarat, which will be executed under the aegis of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET). The initiative is aimed to honour Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by erecting the world’s tallest statue. The 182 meter tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will be constructed on Sadhu Bet – an islet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.
The Gujarat government aims to engage the people of the country in this initiative through a large nation-wide movement. This is as an unprecedented opportunity to create a mass movement to propagate Sardar Patel’s values of unity, good governance and grassroots development across the country. To this end, CAG intends to associate itself with SVPRET as the Social Mobilization Partner for the Statue of Unity project.
This pan India movement centered on the Statue of Unity project aims to provide all Indians a chance to actively participate in the construction of this monument of national significance. The movement will traverse across the length and breadth of the country providing a platform to people to contribute to the movement in the form of used farm iron tools in villages. People in urban areas can participate by volunteering their time or contributing monetarily to the cause.
The movement will engage all of India through 6 key initiatives: 3 types of direct engagement activities including mega rural activation, urban activation, and mega events, supplemented by fund-raising, merchandising, and media and advertising. These initiatives will cover more than 5,28,000 villages and 5,410 urban centers of India across 546 districts, focusing on three main objectives:
1. To reinforce the values and contribution of Sardar Patel in the minds of Indians all across the country
2. To bring the country together for the construction of this monument of national pride by providing a platform for masses to support the movement through tangible contributions
3. To rally the entire nation for a cause which will enable them to unite for a better future
The rural activation program, which primarily entails conducting locality meetings in villages, will directly engage over 5 crore people. Key issues faced by the village will be discussed in the village locality meeting. We aim to create a national repository of the issues faced by villagers, along with a wish list of their idea of a better India. This repository will be shared with decision makers in order for them to initiate action.
The urban activation activities will include conducting free health camps, education sessions, sanitation drives, etc. We aim to directly engage with over 2.5 crore people in urban areas, with a special focus on engaging the urban poor.
We are seeking to partner with like-minded civil society organizations across the country to assist us in our effort to spread nationwide awareness about the movement and its values. We believe that the skills and expertise possessed by civil society organizations in conducting on-ground activities will be critical for us in creating the desired impact across India.
Towards this cause, we request for an appointment with you, in person. We are convinced that the movement will provide an opportunity for us to work together towards our common goal of nation building.
We look forward to a positive response from you.
Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG)On Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM, Sukla Sen <sukla.sen@...> wrote:http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-08-10/india/41265732_1_a-mehta-lokayukta-case-two-ngos
Narendra Modi government funded NGOs’ proxy war against LokayuktaKapil Dave, TNN | Aug 10, 2013A query under the Right to Information has revealed that the Gujarat government paid legal fees of top lawyers hired by Ahmedabad-based National Council of Civil Liberties and Dhrangadhra Prakruti Mandal, Surendranagar, to support the government in the Lokayukta case.GANDHINAGAR: Amid the startling charge by Justice (Retd) R A Mehta that the NarendraModi government spent Rs 45 crore of tax-payers' money to block his appointment as Lokayukta, it now emerges that the government not only spent on its own legal eagles, it also bore huge legal expenses of NGOs who became co-petitioners in Supreme Court.
"Forty-five crores of public money is said to have been spent by the Gujarat government in this litigation. Humongously disproportionate figure by any standard," Mehta wrote in his letter to the governor on Wednesday conveying his withdrawal of consent for his appointment as Lokayukta, given the hostility of the state government. A query under the Right to Information has revealed that the government paid legal fees of top lawyers hired by Ahmedabad-based National Council of Civil Liberties and Dhrangadhra Prakruti Mandal, Surendranagar, to support the government in the Lokayukta case. The two NGOs became co-petitioners when the state government moved the SC after losing the battle in the Gujarat high court.
"The documents clearly show that it is the Gujarat tax-payers' money which funded the battle fought by the two NGOs," said Ramesh Joshi of Kutch Ladayak Manch, who got the information under RTI from the department of law. Records show that the Gujarat government paid senior counsels Soli Sorabjee, K K Venugopal, Mihir Thaker and Bina Madhavan who were hired by NCCL. However, V K Saxena of NCCL said, "Sorabjee and other lawyers didn't charge us any money because they were fighting for a public cause."
Similarly, fees of Sanjay Hegde, Rajiv Dhawan, Amit Panchal and Gopal Subramanium, who were roped in by the Dhrangadhra Prakruti Mandal, were also paid by the government. TOI couldn't contact representatives of the NGO for their comment.
Besides, the Gujarat government also hired senior counsels Harish Salve, Mukul Rohatgi, Mahesh Agarwal, Kamal B Trivedi, Prakash Jani and Sangita Vishen. The government hasn't yet disclosed the total payouts to advocates appointed by it and the two NGOs. It has also not disclosed the overall money spent from the state exchequer for fighting the Lokayukta case in Gujarat HC and SC.
Talking to TOI, Pradipsinh Jadeja, minister of state for law, claimed that the two NGOs paid their advocates on their own. But when asked about the information provided by his department under RTI, he said, "Let me check first if this is true."
The state government should be transparent on the costs incurred to thwart the appointment of Justice R A Mehta as Lokayukta. If the figure of Rs 45 crore is indeed true, there is no doubt that the tax-payers would have been happier if the government had spent the same amount to provide the Lokayukta with staff and infrastructure to fight corruption.--
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