Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Workshop on best practices held at Trivandrum on the 5th and 6th of March, 2011

Mr. Banu Kumar Executive Director of 5th Pillar attended the Regional Workshop on the theme, "Five Years of RTI Act, and Looking Ahead, held at Institute of Management , Trivandrum on the 5th and 6th of March, 2011. Dr. Prabhakaran, I.AS , Chief Secretary, Govt, of Kerala, inaugurated the workshop and the following people attended the workshop:
Mr. T.K.Manoj Kumar, Director, IMG
Mr. K.S. Sripathy, Chief Information Commissioner, Tamilnadu.
Smt. Minnie Mathew I.AS Special Chief Secretary, Govt. of A.P.
Dr. Amitha Prasad, I.AS Director General ATI, Mysore.
Dr. K..Rajagopal, Chief Information Commissioner, Kerala
Dr K.G. Verma, Director, RTI, DOPT, Govt, of India.
Mr. K.N. Venkatraman, IAS Secretary,P &AR, Govt, of Tamilnadu. 

Around 40 participants from all over the southern States attended the Workshop. After the inaugural session in the morning. Papers on different subjects were presented in the forenoon Session. The paper and presentation by 5th Pillar , got the second best paper award. During the presentation, Mr.Banu Kumar explained the activities of the 5th Pillar, with special reference to RTI and distributed Zero Rupee notes to all the participants. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Event on electoral integrity - March 6th, 2011

Dear Team,
Forum for Electoral Integrity organised a day long workshop for the field activists of various civil society organisations to conduct free and fare elections. The meeting started at 9.30 am and came to an end at 4.00 PM. About 130 activists from all over TN belong to various NGO;s participated and the event was widely covered by media. -- Zero Rupee Notes, fliers, stickers(vote is not for sale) and details about (model code of conduct) MCC and election expendiure(EE) were distributed.
  • Mr M G Devasagayam, convener informed that the forum has been formed to combat money and muscle power in the elections. 
  • Mr S P Ambrose told that this is the final chance for us to restore the dignity our Tamil Nadu laost in the recent by elections.
  • Mr N Gopalaswamy  former CEC explained about the source for the freebies given to the public and also clarified all the queries raised by the participants. 
  • Mr Dsikan, consumer association of india also spoke. 
  • Mr V V Rao from APEW narrated his experince in the last elections.
  • Mr Nareshgupta, former CEO TN made a ppt on model code of conduct(MCC) and election expendiure(EE) monitoring instructions issued by EC. 
  • Mr N L Raja, High court advocate, A Subramani 5th pillar and Mr Paadam A Narayanan explained about the role of civil society in enforcing the codes, rules and instructions and effective IEC mechanism to be used in the elections.
  • Mr Sudarshan Padmanabhan, asst prof IIT(convener TNEW) spoke about bthe report re;eased by ADR/NEW about the candidates details contested in 2006 elections.
  •  A group discussion was held with the following as panelists to work out an action plan. Mr Suresh (PUCL), Mr Elango(Koothambakkam) Ms Sheelu(Womens committee ) Ms Deepa mala(hand in hand).
            It has been decided to form a state level committee to coordinate with  civil society, government,media and to take care of legal aspects. The SLC in turn will form district level committees to monitor and report the violations of MCC and EE instructions to the CEO for taking action.