Friday, March 28, 2014

‘At the Dawn of the Century of Reason’ Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez

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March 28,2014: Sagar Media Inc – Dr. Oscar Arias SanchezFormer President of the Republic of Costa Rica and  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1987) spoke on ‘At the Dawn of the Century of Reason’ at Nehru Memorial & Museum library. As an apostle of peace he raised  interesting points regarding growing menace of  nuclears arm race in the world. The five top countries to invest in this dreaded race are China, Pakistan, India, Singapore and South korea.He said this century is dedicated to Asia and in India where 1.5 millions engineers graduate and thus are seen as envious work force of the present and future.
Dr Oscar made compassionate appeal that in the 7 billion of globe population in which one billion die of over eating and two billions suffer due under nourished food ,millions die of diseases like malaria. Knowingly world instead of spending on such priorities spends on arms race. He made promising appeal to world to practice peace for the prosperity of the global citizens.

KC Agrawal thanks Election Commission framing guidelines on ‘freebies’

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KCAgrawal [mailto:komalcagrawal@gmail.com] 
Sent: 28 March 2014 12:48
To: ’feedbackeci@gmail.com’
Subject: RE: Re: Election Commission framing guidelines on ‘freebies’, January, 2014
 
Dear Mr V S Sampath,
 
Sir, I am overwhelmed by the news headlines today ‘Vote for progress, dump corrupt: EC (TOI 28/03/2004)’. Sir, Congratulations!
My sincere thanks and admiration for what you have done to make voters wise!
 Indeed a great leap forward in the making of a ‘responsible and accountable system of governance’ for the people of India.
A governance that is sensitive to human sufferings and  capable to fulfilling the ‘basic objectives’ of the Constitution.
Thanks and Regards
K C Agrawal
 
News Item,31, January, 2014).
                                                                                               
 February 3, 2014
  Sir,
I will like to submit as under,
The purpose of establishing governments is to develop the nation and empower the people naturally. Elections are a process to elect worthy guardians to establish responsible governments capable of fulfilling the socio-economic requirements of the Constitution (Article 38). Article 38 is fundamental in the governance of the country (Supreme Court).
 Freebies allure the voters and the most derogatory effect of it is laxity and impunity of our legislature and the entire government machinery down the line. Consequently it germinates ‘no accountability’ and ‘no responsibility’ in our entire governing system that is responsible to push the nation to the present state. Instead, it may be necessary for all Political parties and candidates to state their active developmental plans to alleviate the miseries of the people naturally, and attempts to fulfil the basic objectives of the Constitution.
 
[“Dole-out of freebies vitiates the electoral process and shakes the root of free and fair elections,” said a Supreme Court bench of learned Justices P. Sathasivam and Rajan Gagoi (TOI, 6 July, 2013, clipping 42A)].
Sir, please banish the practice of freebies during elections henceforth, else the country shall further dilapidate as analyzed in my book ‘India in Shambles, Only the Judiciary can save us’ (Section 4.5 III). A copy of the book is already sent to you some time ago. The book is also sent to the entire Judiciary with the sole purpose of establishing a ‘responsible and accountable system of governance’.
Sir, your decision now shall determine the future course of our country.
I hope Election commission shall be Judicious in addressing such issues prudently and set right the earlier wrongs in the interest of the nation and wellbeing of its large impoverished and famished   populace.
Thanks and Regards.
Sincerely yours
K C Agrawal
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Author of:
‘INDIA IN SHAMBLES, ONLY THE JUDICIARY CAN SAVE US’   


 

‘COMPANY SECRETARY AS COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONAL- RISK & REWARDS’

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Dear Sir/Madam,
 
 
We are pleased to inform you that The Institute of Company Secretaries of India- Northern India Regional Council is organizing a Seminar on ‘COMPANY SECRETARY AS COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONAL- RISK & REWARDS’ on Saturday, the 29th March, 2014 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Kaushambi. Mr. Manoj K Arora, Additional Director General of Export Promotion Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance & Mr. Deepak WadhawanDirectorAll India Heart Foundation & Ex-Senior Advisor, Risk Advisory Practice, KPMG have kindly consented to be the Chief Guest & Guest of Honour respectively for the Seminar. The seminar will be attended by about 400 Company Secretaries and other professionals.
 
 
We shall be grateful for your kindly publishing the following in today’s Engagement column of your esteemed Newspaper of 29.3.2014.
 
 
THE INSTITUTE OF COMPANY SECRETARIES OF INDIA – NIRC – ONE DAY SEMINAR ON THE THEME “COMPANY SECRETARY AS COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONAL- RISK & REWARDS” ATRADISSON BLU HOTEL, KAUSHAMBI AT 10 .00 AM..
 
 
We also request you to kindly depute your representative along with Camera to cover the above programme.
 
Thanking you,
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
S K Nagar
Joint Director
People’s Manifesto raises demands and concerns of people before Lok Sabha elections

 

National Platform on People’s Manifesto releases ‘People’s Manifesto’

 

New Delhi, March 27, 2014:

 

  • Ensure highest standards of healthcare accessible to and affordable by all
  • Prevent health conditions from worsening by ensuring universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation facility
  • Inc. funding for education to a minimum of 6% of GDP
  • Ensure nutritious food for all through effective implementation of National Food Security Act
  • Legislate National Housing Policy and National rehabilitation Policy
  • Strengthen implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA(MGNREGA) Act
  • Safeguard land rights of the adivasis by strong implementation the Forest Rights Act(FRA) 2006
  • Pass the Women’s Reservation Bill with immediate effect
  • Protect the right of every child to survive, be healthy and safe
  • Bring a legislation on SCP & TCP to give legal sanction to the plan allocation to SCs & STs
  • Prioritise & strengthen human rights and access to justice
  • Commit to accountable Governance
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    People’s Manifesto raises demands and concerns of people before Lok Sabha elections
     
    National Platform on People’s Manifesto releases ‘People’s Manifesto’
     
    New Delhi, March 27, 2014:
     
    • Ensure highest standards of healthcare accessible to and affordable by all
    • Prevent health conditions from worsening by ensuring universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation facility
    • Inc. funding for education to a minimum of 6% of GDP
    • Ensure nutritious food for all through effective implementation of National Food Security Act
    • Legislate National Housing Policy and National rehabilitation Policy
    • Strengthen implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA(MGNREGA) Act
    • Safeguard land rights of the adivasis by strong implementation the Forest Rights Act(FRA) 2006
    • Pass the Women’s Reservation Bill with immediate effect
    • Protect the right of every child to survive, be healthy and safe
    • Bring a legislation on SCP & TCP to give legal sanction to the plan allocation to SCs & STs
    • Prioritise & strengthen human rights and access to justice
    • Commit to accountable Governance
     
    A group of Civil Society Organizations led by WADA NA TODO ABHIYAAN released  the People’s Manifesto in an effort to give voice to the demands, concerns and aspirations of the people across the country before the upcoming elections. WNTA is a national campaign consisting of more than 4000 civil society organizations (CSO) and people’s organisations working on ‘HOLDING THE GOVT. ACCOUNTABLE TO ITS PROMISE TO END POVERTY, SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND DISCRIMINATION’.
     
    Wider Civil Society organizations formed a ‘National Platform on People’s Manifesto’ and came up with a People’s Manifesto through wider consultations with general public at large by holding direct meetings, signature campaigns, and social media interactions. The manifesto reflects the demands and aspirations of the marginalized and the poor sections living across the country. The representatives of the group have met members of manifesto committees of different political parties to influence political parties’ manifesto to include WNTA agenda in their manifestos.
     
    Representative of different political parties were also present and assured the gathering that they would advocate for the demands of people raised in People’s Manifesto. Sanjay Paswan of Bhartiya Janata Party appreciated the efforts of Wada Na Todo Abhiyan in preparing People’s Manifesto that reflects the demands of the most marginalized section of society. He assured, “Since the BJP manifesto has not been released yet; we would include the demands of people raised in People’s Manifesto.”

  • While the representatives of political parties said that they agree on most of the demands and would include in their political agenda. Dinesh Vasharney of Communist Party of India said that his party has released its manifesto that covers almost every demand mentioned in People’s Manifesto. He highlighted that there was a need to strengthen public participation in making policies.

    Nilotpal Basu of Communist Party of India (M) said that his party’s manifesto includes people’s concerns and covers almost all demands of poor and the marginalized. He said that it was a commendable initiative of Civil Society Organisations made a People’s Manifesto with direct consultation with over four lakh people.  

     

    Amitabh Behar of WNTA said “Preparing the people’s manifesto is a pro-active engagement of the people to influence the agenda of political parties and eventually hold government accountable at the centre”. Wada Na Todo Abhiyan by itself held direct consultations in 210 Parliamentary constituencies in 24 states.

     

     
     
    Through direct and indirect involvement, the manifesto by the CSOs took inputs from about 16 lakh people in 250 parliamentary constituencies in 24 states. In the process, several civil society organisations, people’s networks, women’s organisations, trade unions, student groups, dalit and tribal groups, youth groups, organizations working on children and many other networks representing various marginalized sections contributed to this massive mobilization and participatory discussion.
    People’s Manifesto clearly reflects an urgency to address increasing inequalities and calls for a greater commitment to fulfill the promise of basic services – particularly, health, education, water, sanitation and food security. The poorest and most excluded are systematically deprived of the benefits of development and economic progress. “Key demandcs emerging from the people include the need for greater regulation of the private sector particularly in health, education, land rights and in preservation of forest and natural resources, a strong justice delivery system, protection of rights and entitlements across all sections of marginalized and vulnerable groups including women, children, dalits, muslims, adivasis, persons with disability and the LGBT community. On various service delivery, it has called for time bound commitments and effective grievance redressal mechanism,” Paul Divakar, (national convener) of WNTA said.

     

    People’s Manifesto demands to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill with immediate effect; fair and equal resource distribution, employment and income opportunities for women; enforce safe employment conditions and a strong implementation of Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013; protect women and girls from all forms of violence by rigorous implementation of legal safeguards such as the Domestic Violence Act, 2005, 498A of the Indian Penal Code, Dowry Prohibition Act and to protect the right of every child to survive, be healthy and safe, rigorous and effective implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994.

     

    The manifesto also demands to strengthen mechanisms for public participation and monitoring through the Right to Information, Social Audit and Vigilance Committees. It demands to abolish all anti-people, anti-democratic laws such as
    AFPSA.  It demanded to engage people politically in conflict regions, strengthen the statutory commissions created to protect the interest of the marginalized and minorities.

     

    WNTA, a national campaign consisting about 4000 civil society organizations, steered the process of bringing in key CSOs which were involved in the process of preparation of people-centric manifestos.

     

    WNTA and its partners have also met key leaders of different political parties to advocate for the demands raised in People’s Manifesto. AK Antony (Defense Minister and chairperson of congress manifesto drafting committee), Akhilesh Yadav (CM Uttar Pradesh), D Raja, AB Bardhan, Sudhakar Reddy (CPI), Rajendra Gupta (BJP) have assured the members of WNTA to push forward the demands of people for inclusion in the manifestos of their political parties.

     

    National Platform on People’s Manifesto: Alliance for Right to Early Childhood Development, Campaign against declining child sex ratio, Child Rights Coalition, CASA, CRY, Indian Social Institute, National Adivasi Solidarity Council, NCDHR, Nine is Mine, OXFAM India, PACS, RTE Forum, Save the Children, Youth- unManifesto, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, World Vision.

     

    For details:

    Pradeep Baisakh, pradeep.wnta@gmail.com, Mobile no: +91-8447459549, Land line: 011-46082373/ Abhishek Pandey +91-9871397909

     
     
     
 
 

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