RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 August 2022
Hockey India, which petitioned against the central information commission’s (CIC's) order under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and was given time to reply with the stick that the CIC’s order in the meanwhile stands valid, has withdrawn its petition last week, thus paving the way for...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 July 2022
In what can be termed as a brutal assault on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), which is the nodal authority for drug clearance, says it has no information on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) suspension of the supply of Covaxin...

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The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday dismissed an appeal challenging the central information commission (CIC) order which denied details of the Supreme Court collegium meeting held on 12 December  2018, in connection with the appointment of judges in the apex court.   Chief justice...

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The Delhi High court on Friday reserved the judgement on an appeal challenging the Central Information Commission (CIC) order which denied details of the Supreme Court Collegium meeting held on December 12, 2018, in connection with the appointment of judges in the apex court.   The...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 July 2022
In the country’s first ever jansunwai (public hearing) of this kind, held in Patna recently to address the 20 gruesome killings of right to information (RTI) activists in Bihar, it was amply clear that the law enforcing authorities and the state government are totally indifferent to pursuing...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 13 July 2022
At a crowded public hearing, on the attacks on the Right to Information (RTI) Act users in Bihar held at Patna on Tuesday, where families of 15 slain RTI activists had gathered to express their grievances, it is clear that the whistle-blowers, who sacrifice their lives for demanding public...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 July 2022
The regularity with which Right to Information (RTI) activists are killed across the county, often brutally and in broad daylight, should be a cause for deep concern for the government to the point of bringing in a strong whistle-blowers’ protection legislation. In the absence of it, the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 01 July 2022
It has been over three months since Pune's Salisbury Park Residents Forum (SPRF) members have been fighting a tenacious, peaceful battle against the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) corporator, having put up a board of his father's name to a new public garden in the neighbourhood.   Last...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 June 2022
The state information commissioner (SIC) of Aurangabad has ordered the public authorities of the public works department (PWD), across Maharashtra, to promptly provide information about expenditure on maintenance of the government guest houses and circuit houses, many of which are badly...

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The high court made it clear that the state government cannot deny information pertaining to the vigilance department involving allegations of corruption and human rights violations, and disclosure that does not touch upon any of the sensitive and confidential activities undertaken by the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 June 2022
That the Right to Information (RTI) Act empowers all is again reflected in the state information commission at Nagpur allowing a second appeal hearing of a death row convict. The hearing was conducted through video conferencing from Nagpur central prison on 15 June 2022.   The video...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 June 2022
Slamming the University Grants Commission (UGC) for making the right to information (RTI) applicant wait for two years during which time it pushed his RTI application from one department to another, 16 times over, the central information commissioner (CIC) observed this delay “as a blatant...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 03 June 2022
Aggrieved by the silence and breaking of the silence frivolously (only after the Right to Information (RTI) Act was invoked), by top constitutional authorities, including the President of India’s office and the prime minister’s Office (PMO) to a letter written five months ago by six former...

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Government officers often term right to information (RTI) activists as blackmailers but neither put information on their website to support their allegations nor lodge a police complaint against those who they allege is a blackmailers. This silence is seen as an attempt by them to cause...

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In a major, citizen-friendly decision, the general administrative department (GAD) of Maharashtra government has ordered all pubic authorities to mandatorily provide the facility of online hearing to the Right to Information (RTI) Act applicant, although COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted...

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Despite two explicit judgements by the Supreme Court, the central information commission (CIC) could not decide upon directing central public information officers (CPIOs) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to furnish information on inspection reports of banks and financial institutions (FIs)....

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With over one lakh second appeals or complaints under Right to Information (RTI) Act, haunting the Maharashtra State Information Commission (SCIC) and the delay in filling up vacancies of information commissioners being habitual, the fate of dissemination of information, blocked earlier by...

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There’s sometimes a debate on whether private companies or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or any other private entity, instead of an individual, can file an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Generally, the RTI applicant’s name is considered mandatory for filing such...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 April 2022
Here is the heart wrenching story of a double tragedy in the home of a Right to Information (RTI) activist in Bihar.   • 24 September 2021: Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of East Champaran district of Bihar was shot dead in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 April 2022
The defiance of a public information officer (PIO), not to respond to 38 summons sent by Madhya Pradesh's state information commissioner (MP SIC) Rahul Singh in six second appeal cases under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has led the latter to slap an arrest warrant against her. However,...

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