RIGHT TO INFORMATION


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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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 04 July 2012
The railway ministry is helpless about the discomfort of railway passengers in reserved compartments who are outnumbered by passengers without tickets or with tickets meant for unreserved compartments   Last month, my friend’s daughter went on a trip to Corbett Park, which was...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 27 June 2012
Some 200 students of IIT Roorkee won the ministry of science & technology’s Scholarship for Higher Education, part of the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research scheme, but have been receiving only a partial amount. They used the RTI to find out the status   With the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 June 2012
But will the government manage to curb gross wastage in weddings when its own ministers are seen flouting norms? Since the last several years the “Big fat Indian wedding” may have attained a glamorous tone but the clamour to stop lavishness bordering on vulgarity of wealth display has...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 June 2012
The ‘Sunday Mail’ obtained ‘shocking’ information under the RTI on hygiene in eateries in Brisbane. Indian cities are not far behind; all you need to do is invoke the RTI Act, like it was done in Pune We generally believe that Indians have a bad sense of hygiene and that our municipal...

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Soon, anyone would be able to file an RTI application over the phone, with help and guidance from a call centre as well as through a website While the government is consistently blamed for diluting the RTI (Right to Information) Act in several ways besides making illogical amendments at...

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On 23rd May, Moneylife wrote on how a Kerala citizen was denied access to Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel Report (WGEEP). The Central Information Commission and the Delhi High Court ordered the ministry to make it public. It has now been uploaded on its site Just when one wondered...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 May 2012
A RTI reply from the Navy Headquarters to Delhi-based activist Subhash Agrawal has revealed that more than Rs23 crore was spend on the event which took place on 20 December 2011   The President’s Fleet Review (PFR) 2011, held off the Mumbai coastline, cost the Navy whopping Rs23.24...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 March 2012
Along with non-appointment of information commissioners, activists see the move as a stealthy act to undermine RTI. This is a New Year surprise that RTI activists are discovering only now The Maharashtra government has apparently amended the Right to Information (RTI) Act in January,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 March 2012
RTI activist  Commodore Lokesh Batra uses RTI to make RBI act in public interest when a Supreme Court order asked 105 branches of leading banks in Noida to shift out from the residential zones they have ``illegally’’ occupied, setting off a panic among several lakh citizens Imagine the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 March 2012
Activists have urged the CM to fill up the posts immediately as RTI applications to various state government departments remain unanswered RTI activists and citizens are perturbed that Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has been dilly-dallying with the appointments to the...

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