Dear friends, 

WikiConference India 2016 is just around the corner and all of you who are 
participating will already be getting ready to come to Landran. 

Four community members (Vishwanath Badikana from Kannada and Tulu Wikipedia, 
Gopala Krishna from Kannada Wikipedia, Pankajmala Sarangi from Odia Wikisource 
and Muralimohan Kodihalli from Telugu Wikipedia) had reached out to us 
requesting to support them for their travel and stay for WCI '16. These 
applicants are from our focus language areas. We discussed about this 
internally and decided to support them based on their contribution to their 
respective language Wikimedia projects and the communities. This is not the 
wiki way of doing things and we apologise for taking this decision. But these 
requests came late and we did not have a clear plan well in advance to support 
community members to travel and participate in WCI. Two of the community 
members, Pankajmala and Muralimohan, have managed to have discussion in their 
respective language Wikipedias and have got support from their fellow community 
members, we appreciate. We wish we can support more Wikimedians from all the 
other language communities. But because of the time and budget constraint, we 
are being able to support only these four Wikimedians. If any of you have any 
issue with this please do let us know. We apologise for not being able announce 
the possibility of we supporting the community well in advance. 

Subhashish Panigrahi 
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge 
Centre for Internet and Society 
@subhapa / 
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