Monday, August 16, 2010

5th Pillar addresses RTI to the Retired Government Employees of Cuddalore

Retired Government employees Association of Cuddalore organized a meeting for the retired government employees at the Pensioners Hall in Cuddalore on August 1, 2010. There were 90 participants for this event and they invited 5th Pillar for a presentation on the activities of 5th Pillar and RTI Act. Mr. Santhanamoorthy, District Secretary and Virudhachalam chapter coordinator of 5th Pillar Mr. Thennavan were the speakers of the event. Special invitee of the day Mr. Venkataraman (Retired DRO), and other participants who were all retired government employees had so many interesting episodes to share and learn from one another. Their experience and knowledge of the intricate functioning of the offices would facilitate to understand the impending problem and methods to adopt to tackle them. Speakers spoke about the beneficial of the RTI Act and how it has helped the public to retrieve their services in due time. 5th Pillar’s monthly Tamil magazine, “MAATTRAM” was distributed to all participants along with the Zero Rupee Note and RTI pamphlets. The participants would be able to write effective RTI petitions if they were trained as they already are familiar with the working environment of the government offices. The participants were very eager to join as our members and subscribe to our magazine, and requested 5th Pillar to come for their next meeting to conduct an RTI training session for them. Empowering every citizen is the best way to address Corruption by its horns.

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