Right to Information

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...
  • 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),...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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