RIGHT TO INFORMATION


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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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 October 2012
Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad has urged public authorities to comprehensively abide by Section 4 of the RTI Act which makes it mandatory for them to put most of the information in the public domain Seven years down the line, one of the setbacks of the RTI...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 04 October 2012
Several welfare trusts and public authorities claim exemption from the RTI Act on the basis of being independent bodies. In the cases of the Bank of Maharashtra Employees Welfare Trust and LIC Housing Finance, the CICs ruled that they are public authorities and information must be provided

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MDT/PTI 28 September 2012
Ms Damania said Mr Gadkari had sent a notice which said if she apologised he won’t file a defamation suit against her. However, the India Against Corruption member said she would produce evidences of Mr Gadkari’s involvement in various scams Mumbai: Unfazed by Nitin Gadkari's legal...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 27 September 2012
On being asked questions through RTI on their largest donors and the manner of these donations by the Association for Democratic Reforms, all national political parties except for CPI declined to give the information The thick skin of most of major political parties towards...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 September 2012
Four villagers who tenaciously used RTI are presently on a satyagraha in front of the Rajkot district collectorate demanding action against corrupt officials in  the Indira Awaas Yojana but no one, including Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, is listening While Narendra Modi’s Gujarat...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 September 2012
Two different replies under RTI by the President of India office to the query of 155 gift items.  The other reply says Pratibha Patil “has not taken any gifts” While this writer was informed through a RTI (Right to Information) reply that 155 gift items have been taken by former...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 September 2012
To a RTI query by this writer asking about the list of gift items loaned specifically to Pratibha Patil along with the evaluated price of each item, Rashtrapati Bhavan says information not necessary as it is a ‘temporary’ arrangement The Rashtrapati Bhavan has officially admitted through...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 September 2012
Despite orders from the CIC for making safety analysis, site evaluation and environmental impact assessment reports of the controversial Kudunkulam Nuclear Plant Project public, Nuclear Power Corp is refusing to do so. A story of an RTI applicant’s fight for transparency The recent...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 September 2012
Under Section 11 of the RTI Act, the PIO is required to get back to the person (third party) whose confidential records like I-T returns or passport details are being sought. Does that mean the PIO can take the ‘objection’ of this third party as an excuse to refuse information? Early...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 August 2012
The court orders that in the backdrop of too much and vague information asked for by the citizen, providing copies of 3,419 pages in 30 days is an ‘impossible’ task for the Public Information Officer In 2010, when I asked for the contract agreement between Ideal Road Builders (IRB) and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 August 2012
Last year Maharashtra government had provided close to 42 lakh bogus ration cards, reveals a RTI. These things are taking mafia colours, as is evident in the case of a Mumbai-based RTI activist who was assaulted for seeking info on ration card frauds Last week, an untoward incident took...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 August 2012
What’s objectionable is that the government not only adopted secrecy in amending the rules but also seemingly ‘misplaced’ the file containing suggestions from citizens, as revealed in an RTI reply In a shocking move, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has in the last...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 August 2012
Shooting incidents in the USA have become a nightmarish reality thanks to the regularity of their occurrence. Has it anything to do with easy laws of acquisition of fire arms license for individuals? While the horrendous Wisconsin Gurudwara shooting has sent shock waves across the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 August 2012
Why couldn’t outgoing President Pratibha Patil follow the norms like other VVIPs and buy the gifts she received officially, instead of getting them loaned to her proposed museum? Gifts which VVIPs including President of India receive during their official foreign tours are the property...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 August 2012
For the RTI Act to become more effective and used by young citizens, including it in the educational curriculum is being taken up seriously. While the government is in discussions with the NCERT about its implementation, Symbiosis has initiated a unique RTI programme for its media students

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 July 2012
The world’s first ever RTI rating analysis conducted to find out how strong are the provisions of RTI law in 90 countries which have implemented the RTI Act, has thrown up surprising results with lesser known countries having stronger laws Consider this: When, The Associated Press, in...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 July 2012
B Tech student Abhishek Jain lost a plum IT job in Bangalore thanks to Rajasthan Technical University which lost his answer paper. He tenaciously pursued RTI but the university has made things tougher for students All over India, innumerable students are filing RTI (Right to Information)...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 13 July 2012
Is it a crime for a Central Information Commissioner to call for an enquiry if he finds allegedly forged records submitted by a PIO? A Delhi HC order which has given a stay on a PIO’s petition will have far-reaching consequences for a citizen who has the right to get information within 30...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 July 2012
JOSH, along with National Commission for Protection of Child’s Rights, invoked the RTI Act to inspect documents as well as infrastructural facilities in government and government-aided schools in Delhi We keep reading about government schools lacking infrastructure, staff facilities,...

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