RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 September 2022
Inward and outward register of the police has records of all communications made and received by the department by post and hand delivery. Citizens, who file grievances in police stations have the right to see the progress of their complaints, which is possible with the open access of these...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 26 September 2022
In a strange reply, a public information officer (PIO) of a gram panchayat in Madhya Pradesh (MP) denied information to an applicant because according to the PIO, an ‘advocate’ does not come under the connotation of ‘citizen’, and hence, the former has no moral or legal obligation to take...

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Sarah Thanawala (The Leaflet) 19 September 2022
State Information Commissioner Rahul Singh, in a statement, has clarified that withholding information under the RTI Act on the ground of the applicant being an advocate is illegal.  —— In a recent case, the Madhya Pradesh Information Commissioner, Rahul Singh, has imposed a fine of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 15 September 2022
Any major policy decision and, in this case, pertaining to the future of thousands of youngsters who are staking a career as Agniveers in the newly launched Agnipath scheme, wherein they would be enrolled in the armed forces for a four-year period and serve as soldiers in all three arms,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 01 September 2022
Slamming the central public information officer (CPIO) of the national highways authority of India (NHAI), for blanket denial of information pertaining to a project proposal and the shifting of electrical utilities for it, in Madurai, the central information commissioner (CIC) stated that...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 August 2022
Suddenly, the department of personnel and training (DoPT), which is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI), is enthused about loosening its purse strings to propel state information commissioners (SICs) and administrative training centres (ATIs) to 'improve...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 August 2022
A Right to Information (RTI) application filed by Sailesh Mishra, founder of the non-profit organisation Silver Innings Foundation, has revealed that 350.2mn million senior citizens chose to avail the senior citizen’s concession offered by Indian Railways between 2017 and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 August 2022
As per the Right to Information (RTI) Act rules, an applicant can pay the fees of Rs10 for filing his application through any of the multiple modes of cash, demand draft, postal order, non-judicial stamp, or online challan.    However, in several cases, the public information officers...

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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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