Ag Says Wayland Finance Committee Violated Open Meeting Law

Their argument carried the day, at an additional cost of 50 billion rupees a year. "There is no point fighting it beyond a point," said a finance ministry official, recalling the wrangling over the legislation. "What we have said is that it's fine: you do this because that is the demand of the constituents, but you will have to cut somewhere." Many in the left-leaning Congress led by Sonia Gandhi believe that the fruits of India's fast growth since it unshackled the economy from the grip of the state in the early 1990s were not shared with the country's millions of poor, and that electoral success lies in more distribution. Critics say the problem is that a new group of aggressive second-rung leaders in the Congress party, pushing for 'inclusive growth', are setting out new principles of economic policymaking, creating further dissonance within government. "Individual ministers and ministries are all running on their own. Nobody is looking at the national interest," said former Home Secretary G.K. Pillai, who served with Chidambaram when he was brought in to fix homeland security after the 2008 attack by militants on the city of Mumbai. "Everyone has his own view, which is why you have different interpretations of cabinet decisions.

The law firm Kopelman & Paige will be conducting a training course on the Open Meeting Law for Wayland board members on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Wayland Town Building. The Finance Committee violated the state Open Meeting Law by deliberating on proposed Town Meeting articles over email, according to a decision last week from the attorney generals office. The complaint is the latest in a long line filed by former selectman George Harris against various Wayland boards. According to the AGs decision, Finance Committee member David Gutschenritter sent an email to committee member Thomas Greenaway with his comments on an article proposed for a special Town Meeting on Oct. 3, 2012. The two of them "exchanged several emails on the subject." On Sept. 9, 2012, Gutschenritter sent all the Finance Committee members an email with his comments on the warrant article, writing, "I welcome all comments and suggestions either prior to or at tomorrows meeting." On Sept. 10, 2012, Finance Committee member Cherry Karlson sent the committee members two emails with comments on the proposed warrant articles for the Town Meeting.

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