RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 November 2020
Last week, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, who was serving as information commissioner (IC) at the central information commission in Delhi since 2019, has been appointed as the chief information commissioner along with the appointment of three other ICs. However, three more posts of ICs in this...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 November 2020
Former central information commissioner and Right to Information (RTI) activist Shailesh Gandhi fears that the RTI Act will lose its teeth as public information officers (PIOs), appellate authorities (AAs) and information commissioners (ICs) consistently deny personal information to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 November 2020
Voicing concern on a submission against the uploading of personal details of 4,474 applicants of Right to Information (RTI) by the ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B) on its website, the Bombay High Court (HC) on Thursday directed the I&B ministry to conduct an enquiry and submit...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 October 2020
The Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, which has empowered citizens to demand information from public authorities, has been time and again diluted by the establishment in an attempt to neutralise the Act’s power to ensure transparency and accountability towards the public. Distressingly, it...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 October 2020
The Madhya Pradesh state information commission (MPSIC) has been facing an unusual problem. Right to Information (RTI) applicants, who file second appeals with the state’s CIC (chief information commissioner) after being denied information by the relevant public information officers (PIOs),...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 October 2020
The RTI Act 2005, which celebrates its 15th birth anniversary today, does not have much to sing and dance about, as the top-of-the-chart officers, that is information commissioners has let down this one of strongest transparency laws in the world, thanks to the sluggishness in the performance...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 12 October 2020
Fifteen years back the Right to Information (RTI) Act became operational on 12 October 2005. It was the auspicious day of Vijayadashmi and appeared to herald a new revolution in Indian democracy. Citizens who had been advocating this law saw an opportunity of converting India’s defective...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 07 October 2020
Early this week, Rahul Singh, the information commissioner (IC) of Madhya Pradesh, slapped a penalty of Rs25,000 each on five panchayat secretaries for deliberately not disseminating information sought by the RTI (Right to Information Act) applicant way back in 2017. He simultaneously ordered...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 September 2020
In a twin victory for citizens campaigning vigorously through online RTI Katta, leading to their filing two public interest litigations (PIL) with the Bombay High Court to direct all public authorities in Maharashtra to adopt an appropriate online video conferencing platform for conducting...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 September 2020
“While the implementation of the RTI Act is rightly credited to the relentless crusade by noted activists around the country, citizens now have a responsibility to put pressure on the government for suo motu disclosures by every public authority, in order to completely eliminate the need for...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 September 2020
Despite COVID-19 being a singular and colossal public health disaster directly affecting crores of citizens, public authorities are not abiding by the suo moto disclosures under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and give such excuses as its PIOs (principal information officers)...

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Aravind Natarajan 10 September 2020
In a boost to furthering the impact of the Right to Information (RTI) act, Justice S Vaidyanathan of the Madras High Court has ruled that Public Information Officers (PIO) who deliberately and tactfully deny information are unfit to hold office of a PIO and must be shown the door says a...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 10 September 2020
The Arogya Setu app developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) that comes under the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) in April 2020 and supposed to help users to identify whether they are at risk of a COVID-19 infected individual around them. It has been...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 31 August 2020
Is it a case of no lessons learnt or deliberate attempt to scuttle the Right to Information (RTI) Act? Once again, with the retirement of chief central information commissioner (CCIC) Bimal Julka on the 27th August, the post of the chief information commissioner (CIC) in Delhi has fallen...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 August 2020
Six civilians were injured after an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the first week of August this year, along the line of control (LoC) in the Tangdhar Sector of Kupwara.   In fact, hundreds of families residing in several villages along the LoC suffer physical injuries,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 August 2020
In 2019, a right to information (RTI) query revealed that Kolhapur floods were caused due to 1,250 acres of red and blue flood-line area, which is a no-development zone, being used for construction activity along the banks of the Panchganga River. This led to the National Green Tribunal...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 August 2020
After the verdict in November 2017, where the Supreme Court (SC) ordered that the Office of the Chief Justice is a public authority under the Right to Information Act (RTI), the apex court has so far rejected 13,394 requests and appeals but has given reasons for the rejections only 9,293...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 07 August 2020
Last fortnight, on a Bangauru based RTI applicant’s second hearing appeal for seeking income-tax (I-T) details of her estranged husband, chief information commissioner (CIC) Neeraj Kumar Gupta upheld the public information officer’s (PIO’s) denial of information stating that, she  is not...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 July 2020
Last week, news reports stated that Punjab’s State Information Commission (PSIC), had, despite the COVID-19 lock-down, heard 1,231 second appeals and complaints, of which 792 were heard through video conferencing of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) in district headquarters, 277 through...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 July 2020
As per the government resolution (GR) issued by the general administration department (GAD) of Maharashtra government on 20 July 2020,  the reasons given for the sudden transfer of 14 Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers in various parts of the State, between 11th July and 14th July...

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