RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 01 February 2013
The apex court’s order would be a major setback for transparency and democracy in India and would dilute the RTI Act more seriously The Supreme Court has recently given an order imposing costs of Rs1 lakh on the Karnataka Information Commissioner for what it calls a frivolous litigation....

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 31 January 2013
Does this provision in Section 8 wherein, despite exemptions you have the right to information if it is of larger public interest being correctly interpreted by Courts? A study thinks otherwise Notwithstanding Section 8 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act under which you are denied the...

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Aditya Govindaraj Aditya Govindaraj 25 January 2013
For the first time, investors of scores of portfolio management schemes run by banks and brokers will be able to access information on their performance and track-record on the SEBI website. This follows an order by the Chief Information Commissioner under the RTI Act. SEBI has been asked to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 January 2013
The annual appraisal reports of all IAS officers in Maharashtra are lost in the Mantralaya fire, claims the state government in an RTI reply In an RTI (Right to Information) response to former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, the Maharashtra government has said that...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 January 2013
Moneylife Foundation completes 150 events with a workshop on RTI for advanced users conducted by former chief information commissioner, Shailesh Gandhi. Mr Gandhi discussed various case studies during the session In just under three years, Moneylife Foundation reached yet another...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 January 2013
Information commissions are increasingly being lenient in penalising Public Information Officers (PIOs) for not providing information that they should, or being absent at hearings at the information commission. If so, are the information commissioners making PIOs and Appellate Authorities...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 03 January 2013
With the Department of Posts all set to launch its electronic postal order for accepting RTI fee online from Indians living abroad by 15th January, the five-year campaign of RTI activists and NRIs will finally bear fruit The final trigger for the launch of e-IPO (electronic Indian...

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MDT/PTI 02 January 2013
Information Commissioner Rajiv Mathur did not agree with averments of the I-T department that all the details related to the waiver given to ICC were held by it in fiduciary capacity making it exempt from disclosure under the RTI Act   New Delhi: The Central Information Commission...

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MDT/PTI 26 December 2012
The First Appellate Authority at SEBI has asked the market regulator to provide various information about stock markets, including study materials, free of cost to an under-trial prisoner who had filed an RTI seeking the copies   New Delhi: In a first of its kind order, market...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 26 December 2012
A full bench of the Central Information Commission ruled that the Attorney General of India is neither a public authority nor a public servant, sparking off a debate The Attorney General of India (AGI) is the chief legal advisor of India and is appointed by the President of India under...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 December 2012
In the case of slanderous remarks on women by Union minister Prakash Jaiswal in October 2012, RTI reveals that neither the NWC nor the PMO lodged even the elementary police complaint against him. Why have such a lame-duck NWC? While the horrendous gang-rape of a medical student in South...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 December 2012
The Supreme Court recently ruled that protection of whistleblowers is a state subject. In a murder case the Bihar State Information Commission refused to acknowledge the victim as an RTI activist; will NHRC succeed? Perhaps not many would remember that RTI (Right to Information) activist...

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MDT/PTI 07 December 2012
Former Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi and transparency activist Aruna Roy disagreed with the apex court that persons from judicial background or lawyers with experience of 20 years would better serve as information commissioners as the job requires balancing act New Delhi:...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 December 2012
The report of the Group of Experts of the Planning Commission has submitted a set of recommendations for inclusion in the Privacy Act last fortnight. Is this a ploy by the government to use Aadhaar to counter the Right to Information Act? After all, Aadhaar reveals all personal data of an...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 November 2012
Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has invoked RTI to access I-T returns of 22 MPs and 20 MLAs whose assets considerably shot up between their two terms of offices. The information is still under wraps. I-T refuses to divulge the information while the CIC dithers For the start, the...

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MDT/PTI 26 November 2012
Expenditure incurred on Nirwan Diwas of Kasturba, wife of Mahatma Gandhi, was 60% more than the combined expenditure incurred on the birth and death anniversary of the Father of the Nation which was Rs51.86 lakh, reveals a reply received under the RTI New Delhi: Nearly Rs83 lakh was...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 November 2012
The revised Development Plan for the old city limits of Pune which has been finalized in 2011 is being circulated allegedly amongst builders and others with vested interest but the citizens of Pune were not being given access to it by the PMC. A RTI activist procured a copy and put it up on...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 15 November 2012
Based on a string of newspaper reports, RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal has demanded information pertaining to sudden transfer of an Air India chief last year and misuse of the airlines by daughter of former aviation minister. Last week the CIC directed the Union cabinet secretariat to...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 01 November 2012
Rajeev Kumar, professor of IIT Kharagpur, is consistently using RTI to expose irregularities in the IIT joint entrance examination and has triumphed by making the entrance test transparent this year but he has been suspended since 2011. Last week the HRD ministry had directed IIT Kharagpur to...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 October 2012
 About 80% of the Public Information Officers and First Appellate Authorities are ignorant of their duties with citizens adding to the confusion reveals the annual report of Maharashtra State Information Commission Despite the number of Right to Information (RTI) applications...

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