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Kudos and well wishes from me.  A vigilant and aware citizen can change it
all and make all the difference on the earth.

Shekhar
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From: "Anant Trivedi" <anant_t@hotmail.com>
To: <debate@indiapolicy.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 11:23 PM
Subject: Re: Simply unbelievable!


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> Well done!!
>
> How about someone working on the MCD ?
>
>
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> From: Parivartan <parivartan@parivartan.com>
> Reply-To: debate@indiapolicy.org
> To: members <parivartan@parivartan.com>
> Subject: Simply unbelievable!
> Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 05:21:44 -0700 (PDT)
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> The volunteers of Parivartan did it!
>
> The dharna in Income Tax Department was extremely successful. The entire
> hierarchy
> was shaken right at the roots. 7 Chief Commissioners of Income Tax were
> closetted
> for three hours to find a solution to dharna and ultimately decided to
> yield.
> They have asked us to collect copies of instructions on 13th of this
month.
> All
> other commitments made in Delhi High Court, which they were not
> implementing,
> will also be implemented by then.
>
> It began at 9.15 am when 30 volunteers of Parivartan assembled at Central
> Revenues
> Building at ITO in Delhi. At 10.00 am, they marched upto the Chief
> Commissioners
> room and sought an appointment. He refused to meet us. He directed us to
his
> Additional Commissioner. We asked the Additional Commissioner to give us
the
> copies of instructions purported to have been issued as per the affidavit
> filed
> in Delhi High court. They claimed that these instructions were
confidential
> and
> cannot be shown. We argued that how could the instructions which are meant
> for
> public be confidential. They did not listen. Dissatisfied, we sat outside
> the
> Chief Commissioners room. The Chief Commissioner immediately called us in.
> He
> had 55 minutes meeting with us and tried to persuade us that we do not
> insist
> on the implementation of this affidavit and that he is working very hard
and
> will remove corruption from the department in 3 months. We, however,
> insisted
> on the implementation of the affidavit. He said that he is not aware of
the
> details
> of the affidavit. We told him that we were sitting outside peacefully and
he
> could discuss it with his officers.
>
> It was a long day. Informal and inside information reveals that actually,
no
> such instructions have been issued. It was a false affidavit filed by
them.
> They
> kept looking for some face saving measure the whole day. Some mediamen
also
> landed
> up and made things difficult for them.
>
> At 5.30 pm, we were again called in. There were 7 Chief Commissioners
> sitting
> inside. It seems they had been having meeting for the last 3 hours to find
a
> solution to our dharna. They again started beating around the bush. For
one
> hour,
> they refused to come to the point and were doing only sweet talk. In the
> end,
> our volunteers got up and came out. One Chief Commissioner came out
running
> and
> assured that all the instructions will be put on the notice board and
> published
> in the media by the 13th of this month in 10 days time. He requested us to
> come
> and collect it on 13th.
>
> To remind you, Parivartan had filed a PIL in Delhi High Court on the issue
> of
> harassment and corruption faced by small taxpayers in getting their
refunds,
> PAN, tax clearance certificates etc. Parivartan had also suggested certain
> measures,
> which if implemented, would drastically reduce corruption in these areas.
In
> response, the Chief Commissioner filed an affidavit on 19th April, 2001.
> This
> affidavit stated that
>
> 1. Instructions have been issued to all the officers to issue refunds in
> chronological
> order in accordance with return receipt numbers.
> 2. Instructions have been issued to all the officials to dispose
> applications
> from the public within the time limits specified in the Citizens Charter.
> 3. The return receipt numbers upto which refunds have been issued by the
end
> of the previous month will be displayed on the notice boards of the
> department
> in the interest of transparency.
>
> However, in practice, the Department did not implement any of these
> measures.
> No such instructions were issued. If these measures are implemented
> genuinely,
> it will bring relief from corruption and harassment to a large number of
> small
> taxpayers especially the salaried class.
>
> It was in order to get these measures implemented that we sat on dharna
> today.
>
> Three cheers to the entire team. Three cheers to those also who could not
> participate
> directly but had sent their signed letters as a part of signature
campaign.
>
> Lets all unite to make India better
>
> Parivartan
>
>
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