RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 February 2019
Last week, the Adani group won rights to operate, manage and develop airports of Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore by offering highest per-passenger fee (PPF),  which is paid by the developer to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) of the relevant state. Moreover,...

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IANS 27 February 2019
Only 920 MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) seats have been added in the government medical colleges against the approved 10,000, in the last five years, reveals an RTI.   According to the RTI filed by Chandra Shekhar Gaur, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, the government...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 February 2019
The Supreme Court went hammer and tongs against the government to direct it once again in its order last week to select information commissioners from diverse fields and not from among former bureaucrats, as in the recent past. (Read: Appoint non-bureaucrats as information commissioners also:...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 February 2019
The gruesome saga of a violent deaths continues for those who take head-on the land or the builder mafia in Pune, a city that has the dubious distinction of having witnessed the first ever murder of a right to information (RTI) activist in the country.   On 13 February 2010, Satish...

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IANS 11 February 2019
Around 900,000 degrees of the University of Mumbai across various disciplines have been deposited with the National Academic Depository and are now available online, an RTI (Right to Information) activist said on Monday.   These degrees have been awarded by the University from...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 February 2019
It may be recalled that the Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) had recently raided the popular online food delivery services, namely, Swiggy, Foodpanda, Zomato & Uber Eats in Mumbai and Pune. These raids had revealed that 112 outlets of these fashionable companies in Mumbai and over 400 in...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 January 2019
In what appears to be a bold step towards reinforcing the rule of law in the country, an individual under the scanner for a crime has been added to those myriad segments of the society who harness the Right to Information (RTI) Act for procuring justice. While we know of innumerable RTI...

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The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on a contempt petition which alleged that the central bank did not provide information sought about the inspection reports of some banks and on the alleged irregularities in the case of Sahara Group of companies under the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 January 2019
The Supreme Court on Tuesday took note of the arbitrary and haphazard manner in which the information commissioners in the Central Information Commission were selected recently and directed the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) to reply by 29th January, at the next...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 January 2019
The selection committee headed by prime minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet on the 24th January to finalise the name of the next  chief of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), as the term of the current CBI chief will be over on the 31st January. The government has, reportedly,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 10 January 2019
Last week, Moneylife had published an interview with Dr Pallavi Darade. Her raids on 350 outlets from where four leading online food app companies procured food for their customers, revealed unhygienic conditions in 112 outlets, which did not have registered licences either.   To...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 03 January 2019
The transparency law, called the Right to Information Act (RTI), after much hammering by the Supreme Court has, just been gifted with a chief central information commissioner, Sudhir Bhargava, an information commissioner until now in the CIC and four information commissioners—Vanaja N. Sarna...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 27 December 2018
There is now hope that several contentious issue related to the Right to Information (RTI) Act and appointments of information commissions will be resolved in January 2019. Issues pending before the Supreme Court (SC) through a public interest litigation (PIL) include —  the inordinate delay...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 December 2018
Recently, the Maharashtra government took an important step towards transparency through a government resolution (GR) which directs every public authority in the state to provide two hours, once a week, for citizens to walk into the government offices, for inspection of files under Section 4...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 13 December 2018
The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Centre to publish names, criteria and other details of search committee’s work so far for appointments to the Central Information Commission, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.    The case pertained to the inordinate delay in filling up...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 December 2018
On 26 November 2018, the general administration department (GAD) of Maharashtra issued a government resolution (GR) to all public authorities in Maharashtra (except, curiously Mantralaya and Secretariat), ordering them to allow the inspection of files under Section 4 disclosures of the RTI...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 December 2018
Prof Dr M Sridhar Acharayalu, who retired as Central Information Commissioner on 20 November 2018, wrote an open letter to Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India.    In this letter, Prof Acharyulu has raised serious questions on how the government itself had filed almost 1,700 writ...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 November 2018
Earlier this month, Prof Dr M Sridhar Acharayalu retired as Central Information Commissioner. Prof Acharayalu made waves by issuing a show-cause notice to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) just a few days before his retirement. Here are excerpts from an interview with Prof...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 November 2018
In a report submitted to the Central Information Commission (CIC) in the first week of November, it has been found that over 85% of the public authorities (PAs) have been reluctant to ensure mandatory disclosures under Section 4 of the RTI Act, which includes crucial information that needs to...

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Aravind Natarajan 21 November 2018
Right to Information (RTI) activists have expressed support and admiration for the strong, pro-people stand of Prof Dr Sridhar Acharayalu, who retired as Central Information Commissioner on 20 November 2018. Prof Acharayalu made waves by issuing a show cause notices to the Reserve Bank of...

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