RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 January 2020
The retirement date of Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava was crystal clear. He vacated his post on 11 January 2020, leaving behind a burden of 34,500 pending second appeals. Yet, once again, the government is determined to take its own sweet time to appoint a new chief at the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 January 2020
In a landmark order last week, the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) has asked four public authorities – the Reserve Bank of India (RBI); State Bank of India (SBI); the Election Commission of India (ECI) and; the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) to provide names of individuals and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 January 2020
Recently, Right to Information (RTI) activist Yashwant Shinde had submitted a complaint to the Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police, alleging that he was assaulted by the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) (zone III) inside the cabin when he went for hearing in his first appeal.   In his...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 January 2020
In a historic decision, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the government to reveal names of entities that have requested secrecy of donors identities in the electoral bond scheme.   Coming down heavily on the central public information officers (CPIOs) of the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 January 2020
While protests are still simmering with the chorus of “Hum kagaz nahi dikhayenge” (We won’t show you the papers) against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), leading social reformer and Right to Information (RTI) activist who pioneered the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 26 December 2019
Even though the Central government’s statement in the Lok Sabha at the close of the year 2018 came, loud and clear, that there is “no specific information that the Right to Information (RTI) Act is being misused” and that there are enough inbuilt clauses for denial of information within the...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 21 December 2019
On 18 December 2019 the Supreme Court has given a very concise and brief order saying “Upon hearing the counsel the court made the following order, inspection reports and risk assessment reports or annual financial inspection reports of the banks including State Bank of India (SBI) shall not...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 December 2019
Abhimanyu Panda, a leading RTI activist of Odisha was shot and killed at his home in the Baliguda town of Kandamal district, ironically on 10th December, commemorated as the International Human Rights Day. As per the National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI)’s `Hall of...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 17 December 2019
In a recent Right to Information (RTI) related case filed by Anjali Bhardwaj, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is reported to have said on 16 December 2019: “We are not against the right to information. But there is a need for guidelines. It cannot be an unbridled right.”    It has...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 December 2019
Flagging 'fear' and 'abuse of Right to Information (RTI) Act' by vested interests that has potential to lead to blackmail and extortion, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday observed that there is a need for certain guidelines and safeguards for providing information under the Act. However, as it...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 December 2019
In a major boost to transparency, the Bombay High Court recently held that the Right to Information (RTI) is an implicit and an inbuilt Right under Freedom of Speech and Expression as declared under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. While making this observation, the Court...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 10 December 2019
While union home minister Amit Shah categorically stated in the Parliament that all is normal in Kashmir, information that comes under the mandatory Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, pertaining to the ban on mobile and internet services has been denied.   Jammu-based...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 December 2019
As many as 375 Right to Information (RTI) applications have been filed in the past four months with public authorities of Aadhaar, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), police stations (where crimes of hate and mob lynching have been registered), mining and the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 December 2019
Although the government has advised the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to subject itself and its subsidiaries to the RBI Act, it continues to dodge the transparency law.    It was in this year, vide letters dated 10th July and 11 July 2019 that NDDB was asked to submit itself...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 November 2019
While most information commissioners and Central and state chief information commissioners are hanging on to the government babu system of functioning, journalist turned information commissioner of Madhya Pradesh, Rahul Singh is creating waves as he interacts with appellants of second appeals...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 November 2019
Continuing with its tradition to disregard the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) once again failed to uphold the provisions of the Act and has failed to follow Supreme Court decision on providing information on bank inspection reports.     In a recent...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 November 2019
While the office of the Chief Justice of India is now a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, thanks to a historic Supreme Court (SC) order last week, the 108-page judgement also throws up some interesting analysis of this law, particularly by way of clearing up any...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 13 November 2019
The argument by the Attorney General of India, KK Venugopal, at the Supreme Court (SC) hearing in September 2019, that the office of Chief Justice of India (CJI) coming under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, “will prove deleterious to the functioning of the judiciary;” was nullified on...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 November 2019
Despite clear-cut directives by the Supreme Court on 15 February 2019, to the Centre and eight states to make appointments to information commissions in a timely manner and to make transparent the names of the members of the search and selection committees, the agenda and minutes of committee...

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MANOJ PATHAK (IANS) 05 November 2019
At least 13 commissions, boards and corporations in Bihar have not submitted their annual report to the state legislature for several years, an RTI query has revealed.   These commissions and boards have not submitted their report for at least 13 years, the RTI query...

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