RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Aravind Natarajan 24 June 2019
Mumbai Indians, the winners of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) shelled Rs. 3.55 lakhs for their victory rally’s security as revealed in a RTI query filed by civic RTI activist Anil Galgali. The victory rally which started from Mumbai Indian’s owner Mukesh Ambani’s house Antilia went...

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Aravind Natarajan 17 June 2019
In a huge victory for the cause of better disclosure and transparency, the Board of Directors (BoD) of Jammu & Kashmir Bank (J&K) decided to implement the RTI Act and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) guidelines last Saturday.   Calling this a step in the right direction,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 June 2019
Last week, when Parvez Ahmad, chairman and managing director (CMD) of Jammu & Kashmir Bank (J&K Bank) was sacked, there was a general air of jubilation in the state as he was allegedly involved in various financial irregularities in loan dispersals, among other issues. While activists are...

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SHEIKH QAYOOM (IANS) 12 June 2019
Raja Muzaffar Bhat, president of Jammu and Kashmir RTI movement has fought a protracted battle with the management of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank seeking transparency and accountability in working and asset management by this premier financial institution of the state.   Speaking...

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Moneylife Digital Team 06 June 2019
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which has been subject to criticism from the Supreme Court for not sharing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has again declined to share names and designations of officials responsible for monitoring and inspecting the fraud-hit...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 June 2019
A reply to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act obtained from the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the EVM+VVPAT manufacturers—Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), points out that the claim about EVMs being infallible is questionable....

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‘Development’ and ‘governance’ are once again the two most used words as the second innings of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is about to begin. In his speech after winning the elections he stated, "Ab hamara koyi paraaya nahin ho sakta hai. Jo humein vote dete hain,...

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In August 2016, Mumbai-based Cambata Aviation Pvt Ltd, one of the oldest ground services-provider at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, closed its operation without paying over 2,000 of its employees, their salaries and provident fund, which amounted to over Rs100 crore. This led...

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The Standard X and XII results for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are just out and, once again, there is heartburn even amongst the students who have scored over 90%. Some of them told me that they were sure of getting better marks in a particular subject and so were...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 April 2019
While giving 'one last opportunity', the Supreme Court on Friday asked Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to reconsider its position on disclosure of annual inspection reports of banks, list of wilful defaulters and other details sought by activists under Right to Information (RTI) Act. The apex...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 April 2019
The Indian government’s latest move, a secret proposal that is being considered seeks to undermine the autonomy of information commissioners and the Central Information Commission (CIC), say reports.   According to a report from Huffington Post, the union government, has proposed...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 April 2019
Shockingly, despite the Supreme Court order on 15 February 2019 directing the government to be transparent regarding the selection process and appointment of central and state information commissioners (ICs), the DoPT (department of personnel & training), which makes these appointments,...

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The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its judgment on a petition seeking clarification whether the office of Chief Justice of India (CJI) is covered under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   On Wednesday, Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal had submitted that sharing information...

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The RTI law should not be used as a tool for disclosure of highly confidential information like deliberations of the collegium in appointment or elevation of judges and if it is permitted, it will prove deleterious to the functioning of the judiciary, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told the...

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The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Civil Aviation Ministry to provide Lucknow-based activist Nutan Takur information regarding the disinvestment of Air India (AI).   The Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Ministry had under Section 8(1)(i) of the RTI Act...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 March 2019
In a strange and shocking development, the case related to the murder of Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty has been closed. Satish Shetty was brutally killed on 13 February, 2010, while returning home from his morning walk.   Sandeep Shetty, brother of the late Satish...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 March 2019
Recently, during a hearing in the Supreme Court regarding the Rafale deal case, the attorney general K K Venugopal had stated at the outset that the documents presented by the petitioners are protected by the Official Secrets Act and disclosure of the documents come under Section 8(i) of the...

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The Delhi High Court has stayed a Central Information Commission (CIC) order which held that electronic voting machines (EVMs) come within the definition of 'information' under the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   The court was hearing a plea on Monday filed by the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 15 March 2019
Farmer suicides go unabated and shockingly, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which has been collating this data annually, has strangely stopped doing so since 2015.   In Maharashtra, as per information recently received under right to information (RTI) act, from the revenue...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 March 2019
It is not merely the provision of inspecting files under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act that spurs young journalist, Vishwas Waghmode, to use it prolifically to get his news stories. It is also the added strategy of staying in the good books of the public information officers...

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