At Raiot, we remember the conviction that launched the RTI movement: hum jaanenge, hum jeeyenge; when we know, we survive. We are launching a new series this week, in which we reassess the history of the RTI in Meghalaya in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dilemmas it has posed for governance in both the state and the nation. For the next few weeks, we will tell you stories from 15 years of RTI activism: the successes, the failures, and what we learned through it all. The RTI Act was once called the sunshine law; may it serve now to illuminate these dark times.
Whole university community of Manipur University has been demanding the removal of Mr. A P Pandey, the Vice Chancellor. This is a dossier about the various vices of Mr. A P Pandey prepared by Manipur University Students’ Union
Mrs. Christina Pyrtuh and her family were assaulted, molested and driven out of her home and village for protesting against corruption in implementation of schemes under the local area development fund of the member of legislative assembly (MLA) of Assam representing their constituency Katigorah in the district of Cachar in Assam. She also protested against the corruption of funds meant for Indira Avas Yojana (now rechristened as Pradhan Mantri Avas Yojana). She and her family are now temporarily living in Meghalaya at great risks of danger to her and her children’s life and limbs. She and her family are being persecuted for her protest against corruption.
On the 2G case, the CBI Trial Court’s acquittal of the 2G accused has not been fully understood – not even the implications, let alone the judgment itself.
After receiving the recent accolade of “Festival capital of Europe” – Meghalaya gets its first participatory festival of BAD ROADS.
Congress, BJP, NPP, Independent, Regionalist. Corruption cuts across party line in Meghalaya. So presenting (drum roll) Education Scam Hall of Shame
The case was simple – based on the recommendations from the politicians – then Education Minister Ms. Ampareen Lyngdoh, instructed her officer Mr. J. D. Sangma to doctor the selection list. Mr. Sangma ably supported by Ms Lyngdoh’s supporters wantonly white inked successful candidates and marks and created a ‘tainted’ merit list. It took eight years of long and convoluted struggle, from the lowest to highest court, inside and outside the court system, before the division bench of Meghalaya High Court delivered its bombshell judgement on 2nd November 2017.
Some of us in RAIOT Collective (and our mother ship Thma U Rangli-Juki) have been closely associated with the challenge to this mega corruption case and we thought that we should draw up a chronology of this long struggle, not merely for the sake of history but also to remind the citizens that justice can be won, if one persists with commitment.
It has been whispered for sometime. Mr. H. M. Shangpliang, promoted IAS officer of Meghalaya, serving as Director and secretary of key departments of IPR, Social Welfare, National Health Mission (and many others) has been nursing a political ambition.
I stand with NDTV but that is not enough. To defend constitutional values and freedoms, we have to stand together and lend support to poor adivasis in Chattisgarh, to journalists who report from far flung corners of India without the support of a parent organisation and for whom the Editor’s guild will issue no statement, to lawyers hounded out of Bastar for whom the Bar Council of India will issue no statement, to Kashmiris whom we vilify on a daily basis…
An audit report by Comptroller and Auditor General of India that got tabled in Meghalaya assembly on 23rd March 2016 reveals sorry state of affairs on water supply schemes. It brings under scanner the corrupt practices of Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED)
Documents seized by the Income Tax Department in private corporations imply pay-offs were made to the PM and leading politicians.
Why is Meghalaya health scene in such shambles?
SO WHO WILL MAKE CHANA FOR US?
WHO WILL CLEAN UP OUR MESS?
WHO WILL RUN OUR SHOP?
WHO WILL SEND SUPPLIES?
Clause wise critique of Delhi Janlokpal Bill by The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information shows that how the Janlokpal is neither independent nor a workable institution.
Last week on 26th October, we encountered an innocent looking ad in a local newspaper Meghalaya Basin Development Authority, for those who are not into these things,…
Meghalaya RTI Movement uncovered a large scam worth Rs. 9,26,36,105.80 in distribution of CGI sheet. What follows are the findings for you to read/download
Declaration made by the participants of the Third National RTI Convention Held in Shillong between March 10, 2011 – March 12, 2011
[Lokayukta (Anti Corruption Commissioner) in Meghalaya was one of the best kept secrets. Meghalaya govt. had legislated a Meghalaya Lokayukta and Up Lokayukta Act in…