RTI for Wildlife Conservation: A freewheeling talk by Biswajit Mohanty: Bangalore, August 18, 2013
August 18, 2013
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Vittala Eye Hospital, Vittala International Institute for Ophthalmology
Conservation India and Wildlife First present:
RTI for Wildlife Conservation — A freewheeling talk by Biswajit Mohanty, Ph.D. for conservationists, activists and aspiring environmentalists.
On: Sunday, August 18, 2013, 6.00PM
At: Vittala International Institute for Ophthalmology
Site #1, 2nd Main, 2nd Cross, Banashankari III Stage, 7th block, Hoskerehalli, Bangalore – 560085 (near PES Institute of Technology, off the Ring Road).
Directions: http://www.viio.org (or see map below).
With over 1400 successful RTI queries to his credit, veteran conservationist, Biswajit Mohanty, is a Grand Master of the Right to Information Act! Many of his RTI applications have resulted in unearthing and putting a stop to rampant illegalities involving mining, mini hydel power plants, and violation of forest and environment laws. Biswajit will share rare insights and tips on effective use of RTI for conservation, peppered with entertaining anecdotes on his search for the truth. Not to be missed!
About the speaker
Biswajit Mohanty is Managing Trustee, Wildlife Society of Orissa, which is a Member of the National Board for Wildlife. He has been at the forefront of wildlife protection since 1994, and has undertaken several sting operations leading to seizures of wildlife products. He has filed several PILs in the Supreme Court of India and the Odisha High Court, on matters concerning Vedanta, mining scams, operation of saw mills, and recovery of Rs.70,000 crores in fines for illegal mining. He is the recipient of several awards including the National RTI award for bravery, 2010, Times of India Leadership Award in environment, and the Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Service Award. He is a Member of the Governing Body of the Wildlife Institute of India, a Board Member of Green Peace, India, a Board Member of Transparency International India, and Member, Odisha State Audit Advisory Board of CAG, among others.
A fearless and tireless campaigner and whistle blower, his contributions to conservation in Odisha are unparalleled. He is a practicing Chartered Accountant, has a degree in Law, and a Ph.D. in Life Science.
Coffee/Tea will be served from 5.30 pm. Kindly be seated by 5.50 p.m.