RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 15 June 2021
In this part, we will see possible solution in a situation when information has been denied on the grounds that it is of a personal nature and that no larger public interest has been established.                     Grounds for Appeal: Section 8 (1) (j) of the right to information...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 14 June 2021
In recent times it has been seen that a very large number of right to information (RTI) applications are being rejected on the ground that it is personal information or third-party information.   Most applicants have no clue on how to argue against such rejection. With this in mind,...

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In a major victory for citizens, the legal department of the central information commission (CIC) has referred to an official circular dating back to 2016, to communicate that the CIC in appeals arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, should accord precedence, for hearing.   Quoting its...

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It may be recalled that on 20 December 2018, the cyber and information security division of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) issued an order which authorises 10 security and intelligence agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in...

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The fate of the whistle-blowers, killed because of use of Right to Information (RTI) to expose corruption and to demand transparency, continues unabated, despite the pandemic, with 10 RTI activists having lost their lives, across the country, since March 2020. And what is unnerving is that...

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Much ink has flown on the COVID-19 related right to information (RTI) applications where several ministries and Central and state public authorities have used the exemption clauses under Section 8 of the RTI Act for stonewalling the queries. Now, the Madras High Court, in its order last week,...

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The Andhra Pradesh government has chosen senior journalist Ulchala Hari Prasad, and lawyer Kakarla Chenna Reddy as the Right to Information Commissioners. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday, and sent for approval to the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 April 2021
For a start, a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act can reject information under any of the 10 sub-sections of Section 8; under Section 9, which protects private copyright; under Section 11, which exempts third-party information relating to commercial and trade secrets and;...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 April 2021
Ever since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, an array of information has been sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, from users and activists across the country. They are demanding transparency in various aspects of COVID-19 management, administration and dispersal...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 April 2021
“We are faced with a very serious and difficult situation in this country, and in the entire banking sector as well. What we need, is to set a group of really engaged and concerned individuals, who take up these issues at various levels, including seeking information through Right to...

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Even as the legal validity of Tamil Nadu State Information Commissioner S. Muthuraj's recommendation - to send nine IAS officers on compulsory retirement for dereliction of duty - is questioned, it will surely sound alarm bells ringing in the minds of all public information officials (PIO)...

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India's biggest and richest civic body, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is facing an acute staff shortage with around 33 percent posts lying vacant, till Sep. 2020, as per replies to a RTI query here on Saturday.   Of the 110,509 sanctioned posts under direct and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 March 2021
The sustained campaign by Right to Information (RTI) activists across Maharashtra, under the umbrella of the virtual RTI Katta, to propel the state government to undertake virtual hearings for second appeals and every other quasi-judicial hearings has received a push with Abha Shukla, the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 March 2021
Ten days after the Supreme Court admonished the Indian government for not having filed a reply, for a good one year, to the petition filed by member of Parliament (MP) Jairam Ramesh, the department of personnel and training (DoPT), finally on 5th March filed a counter affidavit insisting...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 04 March 2021
We have rarely heard of any recoveries of penalties slammed on public information officers (PIOs), but this one surely takes the cake!    Neeraj Kumar Gupta, the central information commissioner, in an order dated 19 February 2021, states, “If the Central Information Commission (CIC)...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 February 2021
Shivanand Dwivedi, a noted social activist in Madhya Pradesh, had filed a Right to Information (RTI) application seeking information on action taken against corrupt officials of the panchayat at Rewa and a couple of other districts. However, he did not get any information even after filing...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 February 2021
The tenacious campaign for the passing of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which was steered by Aruna Roy’s National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) in the 1990s, received great impetus, thanks to justice PB Sawant, who, as chairman of the Press Council of India,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 February 2021
Going by the research conducted and compiled in the book Life and Death in the Time of RTI, the 13 slain RTI activists of Maharashtra between 2010 and 2018 have yet to get even an iota of justice, thanks to a callous criminal justice system and apathy by the state administration, society in...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 03 February 2021
Captured in the 110-page report titled Life and Death in the Time of RTI (Case Studies of Maharashtra), are detailed findings about 13 Right to Information (RTI) activists and users of Maharashtra who were brutally killed between 2010 and 2018. Sadly, the challenges faced during the study...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 January 2021
Over the past few years, Maharashtra witnessed brutal killing of Right to Information (RTI) activists from across the state. While studying and writing  a book on this, what my fellow researcher, writer Prasannakumar Keskar, and I found was the gross failure of the criminal justice system to...

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