RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 January 2022
Rajasthan, the state that steered the notable campaign out of which was born the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has hardly lain contented. Two years back, it created a formidable citizen pressure group, which spurred the state government to create the Jan Soochna portal which displays...

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to stay an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) which allowed a petitioner to get to know the financial records and salaries of members and staff of Hockey India through the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   Noting that Hockey...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 January 2022
Those appointed as a ‘public authority’ by companies as well as government, often look for every trick in the book to avoid giving information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, rather than facilitating the flow of information. Elected representatives, like those of Padra municipality...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 December 2021
Repeatedly, research data and raids by the food safety authorities show that there is adulteration of milk with urea, starch, detergent, caustic soda, formalin, glucose and water. However, the lack of stringent action emboldens the culprits to carry on with this adulteration at the expense of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 December 2021
Remember the Right to Information (RTI) activist Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of the East Champaran district of Bihar, who was shot dead on 24th September in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants astride a motorcycle? He was allegedly killed because of his incessant...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 15 December 2021
In a stern and no-nonsense order, the Dharwad bench of the Karnataka High Court has directed all the state’s public authorities and the chief secretary to ensure that every public information officer (PIO) regularly stores information electronically so that information is quickly provided to...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 December 2021
Recently, a division bench of the central information commission (CIC) declared Delhi’s Guru Harikishan Public School (GHPS), a minority educational institution, which is run by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DGSMC) under the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act (DSG) enacted by the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 November 2021
The central information commissioner has ordered the secretary of the ministry of defence to organise basic training for its central public information officers (CPIOs) due to their deliberate dereliction of duty in disseminating information. This comes against the backdrop of a recent study...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 November 2021
Barely two months back, Right to Information (RTI) activist Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of Bihar, was shot dead on 24 September 2021 in broad daylight on a busy road by two assailants astride a motorcycle. Last week, a young RTI activist, Avinash Jha, all of 23 years old, was...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 November 2021
In blatant disregard to the basic tenets of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Telangana chief secretary had ordered all public information officers (PIOs) in the state government to obtain an order from higher authorities before furnishing information to applicants under the Act. This,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 October 2021
When it comes to women’s empowerment, there is precious little the Right to Information Act (RTI) seems to have contributed to, thanks to a dismal 9% women using it as against 91% men. And the strength of women information commissioners across the country stands at an even worse, at...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 October 2021
“The way information commission and courts are interpreting section 8(i)(j) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act is extremely regressive. There are judgements in our country that uphold RTI to be a fundamental right of citizens. There are also judgements, like the Puttuswamy judgement, which...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 October 2021
In this 16th year of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, the one thing that continues to cripple the Act’s efficacy is the pathetic performance of information commissioners (ICs), reflected in the backlog of second appeals and complaints piled up across the country. As of now, a whopping...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 October 2021
The official details of the signing of the instrument of accession by Maharajah Hari Singh of Kashmir has not only been kept under secrecy for 75 years now by successive governments, but has even led to several decades of allegations of motives and vested interests regarding the document. An...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 October 2021
"We need to keep on with jan andolans, dharnas and morchas, but politicians in the government are scared of only losing their power. In a democracy, citizens have this power. They can strip any government of its power. For better governance, we need to work towards empowering citizens," says...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 October 2021
Anna Hazare may have catapulted to nationwide recognition in 2010, but this stalwart social reformer has been a campaigner and catalyst for social change in Maharashtra for at least seven decades. After the 'India Against Corruption'’ campaign disbanded and turned political, this humble man...

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Moneylife Digital Team 30 September 2021
"The critical assumption of democracy is information, that everyone has equal access to information. Right to Information (RTI) Act is not merely a law but is very critical to the foundation of democracy. It is not just a law but the architecture of our constitution and is a vital link. A lot...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 September 2021
Right to Information (RTI) activist Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of East Champaran district of Bihar, was shot dead on 24th September in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants astride a motorcycle. They allegedly killed him because of his incessant exposure of illegal...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 September 2021
In a rare action, Rahul Singh, information commissioner (IC) of Madhya Pradesh (MP) has issued an arrest warrant on 20th September against Dr Vikram Singh Verma, chief medical and health officer (CMHO) of Burhanpur district, who is also the public information officer (PIO). Mr Singh was irked...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 September 2021
The High Courts have a poor record of proactive disclosures under section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in terms of implementation and quality of dissemination of such information on their respective websites. This can be gauged from the fact that only 15 of the 24 High Courts have...

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