RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 25 November 2022
India’s Right to Information (RTI) Act has been hailed as one of the best transparency laws in the world. It recognises that citizens are the rulers of the nation. They are true rulers and owners of the government. In recognition of this, the RTI Act recognises their right to access all...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 November 2022
An applicant, who has been filing numerous right to information (RTI) applications to seek redressal from various public authorities—over 118 of them in the last several months—was slammed by chief information commissioner YK Sinha for not only filing them to irrelevant public authorities but...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 November 2022
We keep hearing about public information officers (PIOs) being slammed with penalty by information commissioners for not providing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act or for providing insufficient or wrong information. Many a time, these penalties are not even recovered from...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 10 November 2022
We have heard of public information officers (PIOs) being slammed with penalty if they deny or do not provide appropriate information. However, recently, refusing to accept a right to information (RTI) application has landed a PIO, the principal of a school in this case, in a soup, as he...

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IANS 03 November 2022
The time-frame for the competition of the much-debated India's first bullet train project between Ahmedabad-Mumbai is not yet fixed, as per an RTI reply.   The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) deputy general manager (DGM) Umesh Kumar Gupta has conveyed this to Mumbai...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 November 2022
The collapse of the Morbi suspension bridge last weekend, killing over 130 people and still counting (as several allegedly are still missing), has left the nation aghast and attracted international attention and sympathy. More so, because this bridge, built by the British in 1900, underwent...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 October 2022
Although the Right to Information (RTI) Act empowers information commissioners (ICs) to impose penalties of up to Rs25,000 on erring public information officers (PIOs) and, although they have the power to issue show-cause notices to them, the dismal fact is that a negligible amount has been...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 October 2022
Time and again, the judiciary, the central information commission (CIC) and, in some cases, even the director general of police (DGP) have ordered that first information reports (FIRs) should be made transparent by uploading them on police websites and providing copies if citizens demand...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 October 2022
As we enter the 17th year of the implementation of the RTI Act, there is more to be aggrieved about than to celebrate, as pendencies of second appeals and complaints with the Central and state information commissions continue to be alarming; with vacancies, making the task more...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 07 October 2022
Conceding that the disclosure of the inspection reports of law colleges in public domain will benefit the student community at large and significantly reduce the burden of RTI (Right to Information) applications, central information commissioner (CIC) Saroj Punhani, in a recent order,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 September 2022
Inward and outward register of the police has records of all communications made and received by the department by post and hand-delivery. Citizens, who file grievances in police stations, have the right to see the progress of their complaints, which is possible with the open access of these...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 26 September 2022
In a strange reply, a public information officer (PIO) of a gram panchayat in Madhya Pradesh (MP) denied information to an applicant because according to the PIO, an ‘advocate’ does not come under the connotation of ‘citizen’, and hence, the former has no moral or legal obligation to take...

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Sarah Thanawala (The Leaflet) 19 September 2022
State Information Commissioner Rahul Singh, in a statement, has clarified that withholding information under the RTI Act on the ground of the applicant being an advocate is illegal.  —— In a recent case, the Madhya Pradesh Information Commissioner, Rahul Singh, has imposed a fine of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 15 September 2022
Any major policy decision and, in this case, pertaining to the future of thousands of youngsters who are staking a career as Agniveers in the newly launched Agnipath scheme, wherein they would be enrolled in the armed forces for a four-year period and serve as soldiers in all three arms,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 01 September 2022
Slamming the central public information officer (CPIO) of the national highways authority of India (NHAI), for blanket denial of information pertaining to a project proposal and the shifting of electrical utilities for it, in Madurai, the central information commissioner (CIC) stated that...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 August 2022
Suddenly, the department of personnel and training (DoPT), which is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI), is enthused about loosening its purse strings to propel state information commissioners (SICs) and administrative training centres (ATIs) to 'improve...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 August 2022
A Right to Information (RTI) application filed by Sailesh Mishra, founder of the non-profit organisation Silver Innings Foundation, has revealed that 350.2mn million senior citizens chose to avail the senior citizen’s concession offered by Indian Railways between 2017 and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 August 2022
As per the Right to Information (RTI) Act rules, an applicant can pay the fees of Rs10 for filing his application through any of the multiple modes of cash, demand draft, postal order, non-judicial stamp, or online challan.    However, in several cases, the public information officers...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 August 2022
Hockey India, which petitioned against the central information commission’s (CIC's) order under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and was given time to reply with the stick that the CIC’s order in the meanwhile stands valid, has withdrawn its petition last week, thus paving the way for...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 July 2022
In what can be termed as a brutal assault on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), which is the nodal authority for drug clearance, says it has no information on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) suspension of the supply of Covaxin...

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