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RTI Activist Akhil Gogoi Of KMSS Garners support From Anna Hazare.

21 May 2011 No Comment

RTI Activist Akhil Gogoi and Secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti in Assam, has got a boost to his struggle when Anna Hazare pledged his support for it, at a public rally against corruption organised by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS).

Hazare has supported the fast of Activist Sharmila from Manipur who is on fast from last 10 years, for repelling of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. Sharmila was only 28 years old when she began the fast in November 2000 after 10 innocent people were shot dead by Assam Rifles troops at Mallom, 7 km from Imphal city. while addressing the rally Mr. Hazare urged the people, in particular the youth, to start a ‘Jail Bharo’ movement to carry forward the relentless struggle to end corruption, which he said is India’s second independence movement.

While addressing the rally, RTI Activist Akhil Gogoi had urged Anna Hazare to take up the issue of the North-east and help them find place in national agenda.

The RTI activist alleged that the Congress Government has bowed down to the interests of the corporate lobby and is compromising the State’s interests. Gogoi also stressed that the majority of people of Assam have  not been able to digest the verdict of the recently held election. The result is drawing suspicion from various corners, and KMSS will continue the movement across the State until and unless those indulging in corrupt practices are shown the door.

Gogoi has also called for the inclusion of all burning issues and demands of the people of the north-east like the ongoing movement against big dams in the agenda of the national movement

Along with Anna Hazare the others who were present were RTI Activist Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Swami Agniwesh. While Arvind Kejriwal made it clear that their demand was that everyone including the prime minister and judges of high courts and the Supreme Court be brought under the purview of the Lokpal Bill, Swami Agniwesh stressed on the GDP issue stating, the Government may be boasting of higher GDP but the people are not getting benefited as the money is stashed across in Swiss banks, Kiran Bedi stated that Democracy doesn’t mean we cast our votes once in every five years. We have to take account of every paisa spent which is being spent by the Government.

Akhil Gogoi came to national attention after he was awarded the Shanmugam Manjunath Integrity Award in 2008 for his relentless fight against corruption and attempts to bring transparency in government functionings. In 2010, he was awarded the national Right to Information (RTI) Award by Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) for his for his role in exposing the 1.25 crore scam in Sampoorna Gram Rozgar Yojna (SGRY) and Rs 60 lakh scam in the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) in Golaghat district of Assam by using the RTI Act.

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