Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Electoral Integrity meeting at Cuddalore

5th Pillar Cuddalore organised the meeting on behalf of Forum For Electoral Integrity in Cuddalore. The meeting was held at Town Hall Cuddalore. About 100 people from various walks of life(Cuddalore, Virudachalam, Pondy) participated. Mr. Jayachandran, Ex MLC presided over the meeting and Mr.N.L. Raja, Mr. Paadam A Narayanan and Mr.Subramani Director Operations of 5th Pillar addressed the gathering. Mr. Hemachandran, IAS (retd) former Chief Election Officer of Pondy and Mr. Kalivarathan IPS (retd) who are a part of Peoples Pulse, which helps the citizens to use RTI Act from Pondy were one among the dignitaries. At the end, the dignitaries clarified all the queries raised by the participants. Mr. Siva Ilango and Ms. Geetha from MSK, Ms. Chitrakala,(SAC), Mr. Sakthivel (Pondy) and Mr. Vinod (Dharmapuri) also attended. The event was widely covered in the local print media. Mr.Santhanamurthy our chapter coordinator coordinated the meeting.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Electoral integrity meeting at Loyola college

A meeting was convened by Forum for Electoral Integrity by the students of OUT REACH Department of Loyola college on Thursday 20th Jan 2011. There were two sessions, one in the morning between 10 am and 12 noon and another in the afternoon between 2 and 4 pm. About 500 students participated in each session. The program was organised for spreading the message of free and fair elections through students who are planning to conduct camps in 200 slums and villages.
               Mr. Devasagayam, Mr.S.P. Ambrose, Mr.N.L. Raja, Mr. Padam A Narayanan  participated and spoke about the role of students in the ensuing elections, Mr. Naresh Gupta explained the various procedures of enrolling as voter and getting EPIC (Electors Photo Identity Card) with a Power point Presentation. Mr. Subramani spoke about 5th Pillar's involvement in  the reform process with (ppt on incomplete india and break the silence) which was appreciated by all the students and dignitaries.
               Mr. Praveen Kumar CEO TN and Ms. Amutha Addl.CEO also present and clarified all the queries raised by students. Fr, Anto, Director of Outreach Department, Mr. Gladstone Xavier Asst Profesor, Prof. Shanmugavelayutham of Loyola actively participated in the meeting.
             It has been decided by the forum to conduct more such meetings in various colleges in the city and also in other places before the assembly elections.  

Freedom from corruption Events for the month of January

1. 20.1.2011: Subramani and Pugazh participated in an Event organised at Loyola College on Electoral Reforms. Eminent Activists like Mr. Devasahayam, Ambrose, Naresh Gupta, Menzies, Raja, Padam Narayan , Praveen Kumar, and  Mrs Amudha, participated in the day long sessions. The meeting discussed about holding honest elections free from Muscle power and money power. 0 Rupee notes and hand outs prepared by 5th Pillar were distributed in the event to the students and the V.I.P.'s
Around 500 students participated in the event. which was held at Saulier Hall. of the College

2. 21.1.2011: Executive Director, with Jayasselvan,  participated in an event organised by Jain's College for Women, Vepery,Chennai.  A one hour session was conducted with transparencies on Freedom from Corruption and RTI. 150 students of MBA, and the faculties of the Management attended the session. 0 Rupee notes and fliers were distributed to the participants.  

3. 22,1.2011: Subramani with Pugazh attended the meeting on Electoral Reforms at Cuddalore. Jayachandran, local M.L.A, Padam Narayanan, and Mr. Raja participated in the event, organised by Mr. Santhana Moorthy , Coordinator, Cuddalore. Retired . IAS and IPS Officers from Puducheri, and Sakthivel Coordinators also participated in the event. 0 Rupee notes and fliers and magazine were distributed.
4. Bhanu Kumar Executive Director participated in an event on Indepth analysis of RTI held at Gokhale Hall at Karpagambal Avenue, Mylapore organised by Amutha surabhi Trust and Dawn Foundation. Mr Ramakrishnan I.A.S former Chief Information Commissioner,
Retired Justice HON. Natarajan, and Mr. Arasu participated in the event. This has been extensively covered in The Hindu dated 23rd Jan. 2011. The strength and the deficiencies of RTI were discussed in detail and there was a good interaction . with the public. About 50 people participated in the event.