Hi Hari, Srikant and Vishnu,

I want to understand couple of points in this regard, I would appreciate if 
each of you can share your insights on these questions: 
(1)  Was the Wikimedia India Chapter Board involved in framing up this FDC 
Proposal and fixing compensation? Or was it left to CIS to address it? And that 
Wikimedia Community woke up late to realities of life.
(2) Compensation to the tune of few lakhs per month per person will definitely 
need a more stringent procedures for appraisals and appointments. What are the 
steps that Wikimedia India Chapter has taken to initiate proper scrutiny and 
appraisal? 
(3) On an additional note, considering the hiring by CIS is related to 
Wikimedia related activities, are the procedures in line with the standard 
practices that are adopted by Wikimedia Foundation elsewhere/worldwide? 


Considering we are a non-profit, and that we are not a thriving entity with our 
programme budgets running into crores of rupees, administrative expenses 
running beyond even 20% is a red flag. Just that we are a non-profit, does not 
mean we will need to fix salaries/compensations on a appointed-to-enjoy basis, 
rather I strongly recommend that the Board takes note of adopting a more 
performance based incentive structure. Is that already in place for managerial 
roles such as a Programme Director and other senior management positions? I 
feel terrible and sorry to learn of the proceedings so far, and that we did not 
have enough budget to support an admin salary for Sowmyan. 

I am actually surprised that the Budgetary Allocations find no mention for 
Briefing and Support Training for Board Members to equip themselves with few 
basic running structures and legal points to take note, considering it will not 
take huge budget. And a case in point for the board members of Wikimedia India 
Chapter, that spending beyond the line by a related party agency through which 
funds were received for activities related to Wikimedia, will not absolve the 
board members of the responsibility of oversight in legal course of action by 
any member (past or present) of the Wikimedia India Chapter ( I understand it 
is registered as a Society). I recommend the Board takes immediate cognizance 
of the proceedings so far, red flag issues at appropriate levels and initiate 
corrective action.

regards
Abhijith

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On Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:15 AM, Hari Prasad Nadig <hpna...@gmail.com> wrote:
 
Dear Pavanaja,

Please correct me if I'm wrong. 

You have received an annual compensation of about 17 Lakhs last year (that also 
excludes travel and other reimbursements) as per the declaration made by Vishnu 
on the talk page of this proposal [1]. This came from the funds granted to CIS 
that was received from WMF through FCRA. And this will be increased by 20% for 
this year? 


Further, for Kannada alone, 12.3 Lakhs seem to be set aside out of which you 
seem to be the primary beneficiary. [2]

And all this while, you have been a columnist for Prajavani. 

This seems to be a clear violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act as 
outlined by Srikanth on the copied email. 


Regards,


[1] - 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Proposal_form#CIS_Staff_details
[2] - 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Draft_Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015/Budget





On 13 May 2014 22:29, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <rsrikant...@gmail.com> wrote:

Pavanaja, 
>as per the FCRA:
>3. (1) No foreign contribution shall be accepted by any- (g) association or 
>company engaged in the production or broadcast of audio news or audio visual 
>news or current affairs programmes through any electronic mode, or any other 
>electronic form as defined in clause ® of sub-section (I) of section 2 of the 
>Information Technology Act, 2000 or any other mode of mass communication; (h) 
>correspondent or columnist, cartoonist, editor, owner of the association or 
>company referred to in clause (g).
>
>
>
>Writing a weekly column, as a freelancer makes one a columnist.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>On 13 May 2014 15:52, Pavanaja U B <pavan...@vishvakannada.com> wrote:
>
>Hi,
>> 
>>There is a factual error. I am not employed with Prajavani. I write just one 
>>column per week as freelancer.
>> 
>>Regards,
>>Pavanaja
>> 
>> 
>>From:wikimedia-in-blr-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org 
>>[mailto:wikimedia-in-blr-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Srikanth 
>>Ramakrishnan
>>Sent: 13 May 2014 12:50
>>To: Wikimedia India Community list
>>Cc: Kannada Wikipedia Discussion List wikik...@wikipedia.org; Mailing list 
>>for Wikimedians / Wikipedians in Bangalore, India
>>Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-in-blr] [Wikimediaindia-l] On CIS's grants request 
>>from Wikimedia Foundation
>> 
>>Hi all, I have one important question here.
>>The Foreign Contribution Regulatory Act prohibits money received from abroad 
>>to be used as payments or salaries to anyone employed with the press or media.
>>I believe Dr. Pavanaja is a columnist for Prajavani. How does this work out?
>>It's just a preemptive question.
>> 
>> 
>>On 12 May 2014 17:45, Hari Prasad Nadig <hpna...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>Fellow Wikimedians,
>>
>>As you all know, Center for Internet and Society, Bangalore has sought 
>>funding of about 1.8 Crores through the FDC process from Wikimedia Foundation 
>>to carry out work on seven local language projects in India that includes 
>>Kannada, Telugu among others. [1]
>>The funds primarily cover the salaries of the people belonging to the CIS-A2K 
>>team among other administrative expenses and other expenses as outlined on 
>>their proposal page. 
>> 
>>The proposal was up for Community review and comments until April 30th and 
>>many have recorded their response about it [2]. Several community members 
>>have come forward in pointing out that the staff salaries being paid and that 
>>being proposed - are quite on the higher side (which is up to 2.4 Lakhs per 
>>month per person). 
>> 
>>Apart from the concerns on extremely high salaries for Indian norms of the 
>>team members of CIS-A2K team, there have been some serious concerns raised 
>>about some apparent Conflict of Interest [3] and non-compliance with the 
>>local laws (mainly Karnataka Societies act and the Foreign Contribution 
>>Regulation Act). 
>>However, looks like the proposal has moved forward through the FDC process 
>>for funding despite the concerns raised and has gotten through to the next 
>>stage. 
>>More concerns have now been raised by several community members on the Staff 
>>Assessment discussion page here:
>>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Staff_proposal_assessment
>>I invite you to participate in the discussion and help steer this in the 
>>right direction. 
>>
>>[1] - 
>>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Proposal_form
>>[2] - 
>>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Proposal_form
>>[3] - 
>>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Draft_Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015/Budget#Budget_as_per_Expenditure_Heads
>>
>>
>>Thank you,
>>-- 
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>>-- 
>>Regards,
>>Srikanth Ramakrishnan,
>>What goes around, may not necessarily come around, it may simply bounce back.
>> 
>>Please sign this petition for Volvo buses in Coimbatore:
>>https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/the-transport-minister-tamil-nadu-introduction-of-volvo-city-buses-in-the-city-of-coimbatore
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>Regards,
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>What goes around, may not necessarily come around, it may simply bounce back.
>
>
>
>Please sign this petition for Volvo buses in Coimbatore:
>https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/the-transport-minister-tamil-nadu-introduction-of-volvo-city-buses-in-the-city-of-coimbatore
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