RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 June 2020
In what can be termed as a major victory for the Right to Information (RTI) activists’ campaign through a series of conferences through Zoom, the Maharashtra state information commission (MSIC), which had gone into hibernation during this lock-down, has finally agreed to conduct second...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 June 2020
Last week, the Central Information Commission (CIC) slammed the Directorate General of Health Services (DCGI) for replying under RTI that the file containing a crucial report pertaining to recommendations made by it in 2013 while granting approval for new drugs and clinical trials, which were...

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A study by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), last fortnight, https://www.moneylife.in/article/covid-19-puts-a-brake-on-rti-act-all-28-state-information-commissions-in-limbo/60170.html had reported that only one of the 29 information commissions, from one Central Information...

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For all those political leaders, bureaucrats, judges and heads of public institutions who have been complaining since the inception of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in 2005, that public information officers (PIOs) are overburdened with applications, a study reveals that PIOs of the...

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With 28 out of the 29 state information commissions (SCICs) across the country hardly working and with most public information officers (PIOs) and first appellate authorities (FAAs) too busy with COVID-19 duties, the use of Right to Information (RTI) act has almost come to a...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a brake on the Right To Information Act (RTI) not only because the postal department is paralysed but also because public authorities are focusing their energies on managing the coronavirus pandemic and, more importantly, because all but one of the 29 state...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 April 2020
On Wednesday, the central information commission (CIC) issued a circular requesting second appeal appellants and complainants to send to it, their updated email addresses and mobile numbers in order to be able to contact them for informing them of the date of hearing to be conducted online,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 April 2020
Since 2014, Maharashtra has tom-tommed about its RTI online website. Last week, the 190-year old Amrutanjan Bridge, was demolished. I wanted to know whether there were public consultations, call for suggestions and objections by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 April 2020
Despite the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) existing through the past 70 years and operational, and that out of the Rs783 crore, only Rs212 crore have been spent as of 2019, prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi last week announced the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 27 March 2020
So, what’s the major concern of citizens today, against the backdrop of a national lockdown where the entire country of 1.3 billion has been asked to stay indoors for three weeks, to counter the spread of the Corona virus? Obviously, information! News, views and videos through television...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 March 2020
Earlier this month, the three-judge bench led by Justice R Bhanumathi upheld that the Right to Information (RTI) Act cannot override relevant rules under the Gujarat High Court Rules. Information or certified copies of orders held by a high court (HC) can be given to a third party only as per...

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Aravind Natarajan 16 March 2020
Former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi in an open letter wrote to the current Maharashtra State Chief Information Commissioner Sumit Mullick requesting that he advocate with the government and involve citizens for appointment of new commissioners in order to reduce pendency...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 13 March 2020
It is official now! India has now enforced the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Act, 1897 meant to provide for the better prevention of the spread of dangerous epidemic diseases, with the pandemic Corona virus engulfing India, with 75 having tested positive, at the last count, spread...

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SFOORTI MISHRA (IANS) 12 March 2020
While women candidates in India can avail fifty per cent concession for applying in Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) Mains, they do not get any cut in registration fees for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), revealed a Right to Information (RTI)...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 04 March 2020
Every Monday, the Pune Municipal Corp (PMC) allows citizens to inspect files from any department between 3pm to 5pm. They can visit any department, access files and also get photo copies of the documents under section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   Highly impressed by this...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 27 February 2020
After the drama starting with foot-dragging in appointing information commissioners, followed by the Right to Information (RTI) activists petitioning to the Supreme Court, which, in turn; ordered the Central and various state governments to appoint them in a transparent manner and within the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 February 2020
The Pune regional office of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently raided Oxymist, a private mineral water bottling company at Bhosari in Pune, on a complaint by an activist, who found fungus in a water bottle.    However, there was no further action after the raids and the...

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Government that jeopardises the independence of Information Commissioners," said the plea filed by Ramesh, who is also a Rajya Sabha member.   The plea, filed through advocate Sunil Fernandes, also contends that assuming the RTI Amendment Act merely delegated rule-making power to the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 January 2020
Could you believe that despite the Central Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 having come into effect after the abrogation of Article 370, the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)’s Public Service Commission (JKPSC), early this January has actually returned an application along with the postal fee of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 January 2020
Recently, there was a query filed under Right to Information (RTI) Act, to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) seeking the names of the `tukde tukde gang’.   This was in the backdrop of a public speech by Home Minister Amit Shah on 26 December...

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