RIGHT TO INFORMATION


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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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 April 2022
In the case of seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the State Bank of India (SBI), transaction banking unit (TBU) at Mumbai, the central information commission (CIC) has sealed the lips of people! Instead of taking the public information officer (PIO) and the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 April 2022
Much like the other 'secretive' sports bodies, which are government-controlled or substantially funded by the government (even if they are autonomous bodies) and, therefore, come under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Hockey India too is resisting providing information, by...

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The Madhya Pradesh State Information Commission (MP SIC) on 25 March 2022 issued an arrest warrant against Surbhi Dubey, who is a block panchayat officer (BDO) at Rewa Janpad Panchayat and a designated public information officer (PIO), for skipping as many as 38 summonses issued by the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 March 2022
While the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 halted the desire of Pune’s corporators to go on a spree of naming public spaces after their family members, when only 20 names were proposed and sanctioned, out of which 13 names were dedicated to corporators and their family members. About 100 proposals...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 March 2022
Subhedari Guest House is a prestigious government guest house in Aurangabad. The ratings on Google are ‘excellent’. Recently, I requested my friend to book a VIP room for me as I was visiting the city for a personal or official trip.   Firstly, it took a while to locate the person in...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 14 March 2022
The usage and propagation of Right to Information (RTI) are moving at a fast pace because of citizen enthusiasm and desire for accountable governance. The biggest gain has been empowering individual citizens to translate the promise of ‘democracy of the people, by the people, for the people’...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 March 2022
A quick look at the annual report of 2020-21 of the central information commission (CIC) shows that 25,367 applications (47.38%) were rejected under Section 8 (1) of Right to Information (RTI) Act, which spells out exemptions from disclosure of information in its 10...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 03 March 2022
While the COVID-19 pandemic, in its first avatar in 2020, mercilessly stalled most of the activities all over the world, India’s enthusiastic Right to Information (RTI) users ensured that they continued to demand transparency, albeit with a marginal fall of only 2.95% in their applications....

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 February 2022
The ‘Report Card on the Performance of Information Commissions in India’, which was published in 2021, revealed that Maharashtra’s state information commission (SIC) registered the highest number of second appeals and complaints to the tune of 41,978, which moved up to 87,577 cases later that...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 February 2022
A lot of ink has been spilled on the controversial issue of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund, including on the debate on whether it is a public authority at all. However, its audit statement uploaded on the website is full of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 February 2022
Last week, the High Court (HC) of Jharkhand in Ranchi upheld the 11-year-old state information commissioner (SIC)’s order of paying compensation to the RTI applicant to the tune of Rs60,000 to be paid by the errant public authority, which in this case, is the health and family welfare...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 04 February 2022
An application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, seeking information about the purchase of the spyware `Pegasus’ from Israel-based NSO group and the availing of services from NSO is presently languishing as a second appeal at the Central Information Commission (CIC) for the past...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 January 2022
Time and again, we are reminded that the Right to Information (RTI) Act is used for diverse purposes to procure information at the individual level but which, indeed, have social ramifications.   One such issue is the procurement of a copy of the Aadhaar of a child whose parents have...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 January 2022
Rajasthan, the state that steered the notable campaign out of which was born the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has hardly lain contented. Two years back, it created a formidable citizen pressure group, which spurred the state government to create the Jan Soochna portal which displays...

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