RIGHT TO INFORMATION


In recent times it has been seen that a very large number of right to information (RTI) applications are being rejected on the ground that it is personal information or third-party information.   Most applicants have no clue on how to argue against such rejection. With this in mind,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 June 2021
Continuing with its tradition to disregard the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) once again failed to uphold the provisions of the Act by not sharing information on bank inspection reports. In fact, when in 2015 the Supreme Court itself had directed RBI to share...

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Although the central information commission (CIC) has begun hearing second appeals related to COVID-19 issues on priority basis, thanks to citizen activism, the central and public information officers (PIOs) particularly of the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) continue to deny...

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In a major victory for citizens, the legal department of the central information commission (CIC) has referred to an official circular dating back to 2016, to communicate that the CIC in appeals arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, should accord precedence, for hearing.   Quoting its...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 May 2021
In her budget speech on 1st February, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced a provision of Rs35,000 crore for COVID vaccination for FY21-22. However, so far, the government has released just Rs4,488.75 crore for buying vaccine from two companies, as a reply received under Right to...

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In a surprise development, the Maharashtra Governor's secretariat has stated that the list of Governor's nominees to the State Legislative Council is not available with, as per a reply to a RTI query released here on Saturday.   On April 22, RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought...

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It may be recalled that on 20 December 2018, the cyber and information security division of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) issued an order which authorises 10 security and intelligence agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in...

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The fate of the whistle-blowers, killed because of use of Right to Information (RTI) to expose corruption and to demand transparency, continues unabated, despite the pandemic, with 10 RTI activists having lost their lives, across the country, since March 2020. And what is unnerving is that...

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Much ink has flown on the COVID-19 related right to information (RTI) applications where several ministries and Central and state public authorities have used the exemption clauses under Section 8 of the RTI Act for stonewalling the queries. Now, the Madras High Court, in its order last week,...

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The Andhra Pradesh government has chosen senior journalist Ulchala Hari Prasad, and lawyer Kakarla Chenna Reddy as the Right to Information Commissioners. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday, and sent for approval to the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 April 2021
In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court (SC) has rejected a plea by banks to recall a judgement given by the apex court asking Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to disclose list of loan defaulters and bank inspection reports under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Some banks had filed the plea...

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For a start, a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act can reject information under any of the 10 sub-sections of Section 8; under Section 9, which protects private copyright; under Section 11, which exempts third-party information relating to commercial and trade secrets and;...

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Ever since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, an array of information has been sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, from users and activists across the country. They are demanding transparency in various aspects of COVID-19 management, administration and dispersal...

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On 10thApril, The Times of India published a report to say that major banks, including State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and HDFC Bank, had moved the Supreme Court (SC) of India to recall its six-year old judgement of 2015, which had ordered banks to provide certain...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 April 2021
“We are faced with a very serious and difficult situation in this country, and in the entire banking sector as well. What we need, is to set a group of really engaged and concerned individuals, who take up these issues at various levels, including seeking information through Right to...

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Even as the legal validity of Tamil Nadu State Information Commissioner S. Muthuraj's recommendation - to send nine IAS officers on compulsory retirement for dereliction of duty - is questioned, it will surely sound alarm bells ringing in the minds of all public information officials (PIO)...

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India's biggest and richest civic body, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is facing an acute staff shortage with around 33 percent posts lying vacant, till Sep. 2020, as per replies to a RTI query here on Saturday.   Of the 110,509 sanctioned posts under direct and...

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The sustained campaign by Right to Information (RTI) activists across Maharashtra, under the umbrella of the virtual RTI Katta, to propel the state government to undertake virtual hearings for second appeals and every other quasi-judicial hearings has received a push with Abha Shukla, the...

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Ten days after the Supreme Court admonished the Indian government for not having filed a reply, for a good one year, to the petition filed by member of Parliament (MP) Jairam Ramesh, the department of personnel and training (DoPT), finally on 5th March filed a counter affidavit insisting...

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We have rarely heard of any recoveries of penalties slammed on public information officers (PIOs), but this one surely takes the cake!    Neeraj Kumar Gupta, the central information commissioner, in an order dated 19 February 2021, states, “If the Central Information Commission (CIC)...

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