Monday, January 18, 2010

'Grade corrupt officials to stop attacks on activists'

Saturday's show of solidarity by voluntary organisations condemning the serial attacks on social activists threw up some interesting ways of tackling corruption in public
office. The idea to set up a voting system to grade the most corrupt officials in the government, police and the BMC drew spontaneous support. The meeting was held in a private hall near Crawford Market, whose redevelopment has become a bone of contention between developers and activists.A moment of silence was observed for slain RTI crusader Satish Shetty. Though the speakers appreciated the government's effort to bring the attackers to book, they were disappointed by the lack of conviction in most other cases of assault, including that on CitiSpace founder Nayana Kathpalia and AGNI members James John and H S D'lima. Kathpalia and her colleague Neera Punj did not attend the meeting.

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