RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 19 April 2013
Individual decisions are randomly criticized and this does not give a picture of the overall trend of a Commissioner’s decisions. If we have a transparent process for selecting Commissioners and put continuous pressure on them for accountability, we will get much better results from our...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 April 2013
To fight injustice in not being given the ‘right’ of forest land, villagers seek justice through ‘Satyagraha’ —fight for truth as they call it, and what better way than using RTI?   That the Right To Information (RTI) Act is a powerful non-violent weapon to fight injustice and knows no...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 April 2013
According to an RTI reply, during 2008-09 to 2012-13, the Press Council closed majority of complaints it received against paid news and misleading ads due to non-pursuance and settlement The Press Council of India has been closing complaints of “paid news” citing non-pursuance by...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 April 2013
Thousands of under trials, who have completed 50% of their maximum prison term, would get a major relief thanks to the activism of Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner In a significant order, the Maharashtra state chief information commission (SCIC) has directed...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 10 April 2013
Co-operatives make up for one-sixth of Maharashtra’s economy; they are also abodes of chronic corruption. No wonder, many are yet to digest the fact that co-operatives have now come under the RTI Act and so public disclosures of their functioning is mandatory Vijay Kumbhar, a leading...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 April 2013
Despite order from the FAA and as per the requirement of the RTI Act to put in public domain disclosures and record management, the CPIO of the PMO refused to provide information. Instead, he said the applicant failed to show how the information was useful to him either personally, socially...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 April 2013
According to a court case, RTI applicants can directly approach the SIC or CIC, as in case maybe, and lodge a complaint if they do not get a response from the PIO within 30 days Right to Information (RTI) applicants can complain directly to State Information Commissions (SICs) or Central...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 April 2013
Quite often Section 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act is used by PIOs to deny information to the RTI applicant. However, in recent judgments information commissioners have directed PIOs to disclose information regardless Section 8(1)(h) of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) is often abused by...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 March 2013
The board, on 15 March 2011, unanimously shortlisted five candidates for the post of DG of DD and AIR. However, within eight days, the board members were ‘asked’ by the I&B ministry to convey their order of 'preferences' While the Union government always keep saying that Prasar Bharati,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 March 2013
In 2011, governor of Goa tried to dodge RTI queries by stating that he does not come under RTI. Now, the J&K governor’s secretariat has denied information stating that the office of the governor is a ‘privileged’ one Rewind: In January 2011, Goa-based RTI (Right to Information) activist,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 March 2013
Electronic postal order is a big achievement for Indian citizens abroad who have been pressing the government for the last five years to facilitate them in nation building by exercising their right to know The Postal department (DoP) has launched Indian postal order in electronic format...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 March 2013
The power of RTI was realised by this citizen who followed Moneylife’s instruction to use RTI, as he was unable to get his passport, despite police verification having been submitted Ever since Moneylife has begun the passport campaign, it has been urging passport applicants to file an...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 March 2013
Former Central Information Commissioner-turned activist Shailesh Gandhi had filed a second appeal for obtaining information about undertrials in Maharashtra prisons Former Central Information Commissioner (CIC) Shailesh Gandhi is back at the role of an activist of the Right to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 March 2013
The State Information Commissioner has issued a show-cause notice to the PIO of home ministry for not providing information under the RTI Act, within the stipulated time Taking a strong objection on the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the home ministry for issuing orders instead of...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 March 2013
For the first time, the Directorate of Estate has said the there is no more unauthorised occupation of type-VIII government bungalows in New Delhi. However, there are still some bungalows like 6, Krishna Menon Marg, that remain unallocated for years The Directorate of Estate (DoE) for...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 February 2013
Bureaucratic tapism in the form official correspondence between the home ministry and the defence ministry led to a delay in sending army troops to quell violence is clear from the RTI query. The information which was denied under “classified information” was later...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 February 2013
RTI activists Venkatesh Nayak and Vivek Velankar sought information on copies of all mercy petitions submitted to the president of India along with file notings and decisions. They were stonewalled under Article 74 (2) of the Constitution and not Section 8 of the RTI Act When the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 February 2013
The initiative by the Pune Passport Grievance Forum has received overwhelming response from aggrieved citizens exposing the malfunctioning at the passport office. Since the story is the same throughout the country, let’s build up pressure by filing RTI applications Our cell phones were...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 05 February 2013
A Moneylife supported RTI application is likely to make SEBI put PMS data on its website For the first time, those who want to invest in portfolio management schemes (PMS) run by fund companies and brokerage firms and hard-sold by distributors will be able to get comparable performance...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 February 2013
Finance ministry says appointing a nodal officer at the ministry level would increase work load. However activists feel this would help RTI applicants as many a times, their applications are shuttled between various departments within the same ministry to avoid responsibility of responding...

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