Activists demand changes in information, rural job guarantee laws

March 21st, 2009 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Nearly 1,000 people of two rights groups held a public meeting here Sunday demanding changes in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The meeting was held by the People’s Action for Employment Guarantee and the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and was attended by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prakash Javadekar, Ashwini Kumar of the Congress and Communist Party of India’s D. Raja.

The participants demanded that under the NREGA, the work guaranteed should be increased from the present 100 days per household per year to at least 100 days per adult per year.

They also demanded the setting up of a national council for RTI to monitor its implementation, selection of information commissioners in a transparent manner and ensuring transparency in the private sector.

“We invited the representatives of all political parties to make their positions clear on these issues,” said a statement issued by the organisers.

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