|AID along with Non-Resident Indian groups express solidarity for a strong Lokpal|
Aug 23 2011: Association for
AID sees the issues of elimination of corruption, food security and communal harmony to be central to the realization of the rights of the most marginalized communities to live a life of dignity. Corruption hits the poorest sections of our society the most. Corruption at various levels leads to illegal acquisition of agricultural and forest lands hurting farmers and adivasis; diversion of NREGA, PDS and Anganwadi funds causing wide-spread hunger and malnutrition and large scale looting of natural resources that benefit large corporations while leaving a trail of human rights violations and displacement of livelihoods of the common Indian. This has caused the cycle of poverty to continue. AID has been involved in anti-corruption efforts since 2005 and has supported activists and programs that make Right to Information (RTI) accessible to all citizens of India thereby challenging corruption.
We urge the government to immediately draw up a participatory, time-bound pre-legislative process through which the demands of various civil society groups like the movement led by Anna Hazare and National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information (NCPRI) can find representation.
The government should not put restrictions on peoples’ fundamental right to assemble and protest peacefully. Such stifling of dissent undermines the basic democratic setup of the nation.