This is an important mail reg GOVERNANCE – CORRUPTION – FAMILY POLITICS – MISUSE OF TAX MONEY. Makkal Sakthi Katchi spent nearly 50 days on this issue. Now seeking your support to take it further. SO PLEASE SPARE A FEW MINS AND READ THIS MAIL FULLY.. PLS… Your reading will make a difference..The issue is about the harassment by TN govt to a Honest IAS officer UmaShankar. ( Those who already know about the complete issue of Umashankar.IAS can directly goto the section ( “WHAT SUPPORT WE EXPECT FROM YOU?” )
Before you read the mail – here is a quick intro about him. He is a 1990 batch IAS – In 1996, at the age of 31 he has boldly exposed CREMATION SHED SCAM – When he was collector for Tiruvarur(1999-2001) he made it as the first e-district in India – In 2001-2006 he was put under a dummy post – In 2006, when he was ELCOT MD, he introduced E-TENDER system – online bidding – E-Administration like GPS tracking of lorry routes to ration shops…
Hence in year 2000, THE WEEK magazine chose him as the “Man of the Millenium in who can bring change in Governance”
NOW LET’S GET INTO THE SUBJECT..
1. On June17th,2010 a news published in all news papers in Tamilnadu. It is ” A honest IAS officer Umashankar.IAS went to court to get stay for the Vigilance Enquiry framed against him by Tamilnadu Govt for vindicative reasons..”. That news is attached.. Reg the vigilance enquiry the court gave a temporary stay.
2. Since We know Umashankar.IAS for last 10 yrs, we enquired more details about it. Met his lawyer and got the affidavit filed by him ( 150 pages.). You can find it in our website. Also you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get it.
3. After reading the full affidavit, we were shocked to see the bold steps taken by UmaShankar to Expose a 700 cr ETL Scam(happened with the blessings of a member of a powerful family in TN politics) and Recommendation of Criminal action against Maaran brothers(Sun TV) for collapsing Arasu Cable TV(ACTV) by means of cutting ACTV’s cable. He also recommended for Nationalisation of many thousand crore worth company which did the cable cutting(SCV). SCV is also owned by Maaran brothers. ( Infact Rs.300crore of tax money was invested in ACTV, just for the sake of solving a family problem/quarrel of TN’s high political power…!!!)
4. Now you can understand that, why Vigilance Enquiry is being initiated against UmaShankar. He never yielded to political powers and continued his whistle blower role in his capacity.
5. On June20th, we’ve organised for a protest(in Saidapet Chennai) to extend our solidarity to this honest IAS. Initially police gave permission for this. On June 19th, 8pm police called us and refused permission. The govt don’t want the news to be exposed.. But KALKI magazine wrote about it. Find it in attachment.
6. Again, Govt showed its ugly,corruptive face and tried to frame him under another means. The news on 23rd July is “Govt suspends IAS officer Umashankar” . On what ground ? ” “..Probe is going on to find genuineness of his caste certificate. Hence he is suspended!!” ie, He has produced fake certificate when he joined IAS..” . TN Govt finding this frivolous reason after 20 years to harass an honest officer..!!!
7. On July25th, we’ve organised a protest(in Saidapet,Chennai). Again police denied permission for this. We understood clearly that Govt don’t want its scams to be exposed.
8. Since the issue is a bigger one, we’ve called for a NGOs,Activists meeting on 26th July to discuss the further action to extend our solidarity and to mobilize public’s support for honesty. Anticorruption movement, nALLORE VATTAM,5th Pillar, PAADAM, AID-INDIA, MANITHAM, LANJAM KODATHOR IYAKKAM, Ennangalain Sangamam are some of the organisations participated in the meeting . Nearly 40 people met.
9. On Aug 12th, a hall meeting is arranged to “To extend solidarity to this Honest IAS..And Asking the Govt to order for CBI enquiry on scams exposed by him..”. We need to show that civil society is watching the Govt’s vindicative actions. The effort is taken by a group of organisations. This group will write to Chief secretary, governer, PM condemning the harassement to the honest IAS officer. As a next step, it may organise for protest or procession.. ( As of today the following are confirmed as speakers in the meeting: 1. Tamil Aruvi Manian 2. Devasagayam..IAS 3. Sivakami.IAS 4. Communist party of India(CPI). We are trying to call more celebrities like ArunaRoy, ArunthathiRoy, Kiranbedi,Tarun Tej Pal(Tehelka.com)..etc. If you know anybody who can add value to the meeting and who has already have reasonable media introduction, pls suggest us..)
10. We’ve attached all the relevant docs/images related to the abovesaid points. Pls spare some time to read it. We also have published more docs in our website http://www.makkalsakthi.net/
WHEN AN IAS ITSELF BEING HARASSED BY GOVT LIKE THIS WITH FALSE CHARGES! HOW COME AN ORDINARY CITIZEN WILL GET JUSTICE ? HIS BASIC HUMAN RIGHT ?
WE NEED TO MOBILIZE PUBLIC SUPPORT AND SHOW IT TO GOVT THAT PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT GOVERNANCE, CORRUPTION, MISUSE OF POWERS….
WHAT SUPPORT WE EXPECT FROM YOU?
1. JOIN IN OUR EGROUP: Please join our group http://groups.google.co.in/group/save_democracy/ So that you will be continuously updated about this issue. Also, the more friends joins in the group, will give us more moral support for the team in field who are heading against corruptive govt.
2. VOLUNTEER: we want to propagate the message to FEW LAKH people. Particularly to youths. If you would like to volunteer for any online( blogging, website updation, Email campaigning…etc) or field activity in TN, pls let us know. We can form a team for it. ( Mail to email@example.com or call 9150040092 / 9443119564)
3. FINANCE : Always Finance is a struggle for a public interest issue. But, everytime it is proved that people will contribute for good cause. The total cost for this campaign(till aug 12th) may goupto Rs.40,000/-. This includes the hall meeting, online message propagation, photocopying of affidavits, posters, flyers, travel expenses…etc.. This time want to take the issue to as much as we can. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT POINT. THOSE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO VOLUNTEER FOR FIELD/ONLINE WORK, PLS CONSIDER TO SPONSOR A LITTLE PART OF THIS COST. You can send your pledging message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact number. For any clarification you can call us @ 9150040092 / 9443119564 / 9150040095 / 9443562030 ( Our last one month Xerox bill itself Rs.3250/- Each set(Spiralled one) of UmashankarIAS affidavit filed in court which exposes high level corruption and misuse of political powers, costs nearly Rs.100. Already we put 25 sets of this and gave it to people who will take it further. We want to spread it as much as we can, but finance is a struggle for us.)
4. MEDIA: If you own a media( blog, magazine..etc) pls do post/write about it. If you have media contacts pls refer it to us.
This campaign is a part of our “SECOND FREEDOM STRUGGLE” TO REBUILD OUR COUNTRY. PLEASE BE PART OF IT…
State Steering Committee Member – Makkal Sakthi Katchi