RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Shivanand Dwivedi, a noted social activist in Madhya Pradesh, had filed a Right to Information (RTI) application seeking information on action taken against corrupt officials of the panchayat at Rewa and a couple of other districts. However, he did not get any information even after filing...

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The tenacious campaign for the passing of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which was steered by Aruna Roy’s National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) in the 1990s, received great impetus, thanks to justice PB Sawant, who, as chairman of the Press Council of India,...

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Going by the research conducted and compiled in the book Life and Death in the Time of RTI, the 13 slain RTI activists of Maharashtra between 2010 and 2018 have yet to get even an iota of justice, thanks to a callous criminal justice system and apathy by the state administration, society in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 February 2021
The relationship between electoral bonds (EBs) and elections and donors (buyers of EB) is becoming quite predictable. Over the past three years and during all 14 phases, Mumbai has remained the top buyer of EBs. However, the recent sale of EBs by the State Bank of India (SBI) shows that it...

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Captured in the 110-page report titled Life and Death in the Time of RTI (Case Studies of Maharashtra), are detailed findings about 13 Right to Information (RTI) activists and users of Maharashtra who were brutally killed between 2010 and 2018. Sadly, the challenges faced during the study...

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Over the past few years, Maharashtra witnessed brutal killing of Right to Information (RTI) activists from across the state. While studying and writing  a book on this, what my fellow researcher, writer Prasannakumar Keskar, and I found was the gross failure of the criminal justice system to...

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As per Section 6 (2) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, “An applicant making a request for information shall not be required to give any reason for requesting the information or any other personal details except those that may be necessary for contacting him.’’   However, in...

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The mystery of Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) and the attempts by everyone in the Union government to keep all information about it secret makes mockery of transparency in public life. Take, for example, the fact that PM CARES Fund...

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Last month, prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi announced that the Central government had deposited Rs18,000 crore in the bank accounts of more than 90 million poor and marginal farmer households under the PM-KISAN Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN Yojana) and that he would ensure that it would go...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 January 2021
In yet another example, how benefits meant for deserving citizens are ending up with undeserving beneficiaries, reports quoting a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act reveal that the Union government paid Rs1,364 crore to 20 lakh people who are not the right beneficiaries...

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The dominance of bureaucrats in the information commission can lead you to conflict of interest situations as, when they become information commissioners, they hail from the same background and share the same mindset as that of the public authorities that come under the RTI Act and so would...

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While a large proportion of the RTI (Right to Information) applicants’ second appeals and complaints disposed  by information commissioners (ICs) are because of wrongful denial or delay in providing information by the public authorities, the trend of second appeals being returned to the...

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Downloading and using mobile apps is the way to go for various entertainments and everyday services that you seek, as your phone has become a one-stop virtual platform for your real-life activities. Adding to the ocean of help that’s accessible at the tip of your fingers, Moneylife Foundation...

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At an all-party meeting held on 4 December 2020 about the progress made regarding COVID-19 vaccine administration, prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi announced that healthcare workers, frontline workers and the elderly who are already suffering from co-morbidities will be vaccinated on a...

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IANS 16 December 2020
The Centre government has not sanctioned any funds whatsoever for the cleaning and development of Mumbai's sole flowing water body, the Mithi River, as per an RTI reply.   Mithi River had created a huge havoc during the great floods of July 26, 2005, when it submerged even the Mumbai...

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In a stern order that demands definitive action, the Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra government to file developments in the process for the appointment of three state information commissioners by 8 January 2021.    The order is a sequel to two public interest litigations...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 December 2020
In yet another example of thwarting a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Union Bank of India (UBI) has refused to share information on wilful defaulters. Earlier, UBI, which had written off Rs26,027 crore as bad loans in past years, have stalled an RTI query on recoveries and...

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The Bombay High Court in its order, in the former journalist and activist Saket Gokhale's petition, has reprimanded the ministry of information & broadcasting (MIB) for putting up in the public domain his RTI application copy which contains his address and contact details. This has come as a...

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Delhi-based Right to Information (RTI) activist RK Jain, who succumbed to COVID-19 on the 16th November, is going to be sorely missed by the entire RTI and legal fraternity, for he was an institution in himself. A die-hard RTI user, who filed RTI applications as well as first and second...

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While common borrowers are harassed for recovery of smaller loan amounts, when it comes to big borrowers, banks are often found giving preferential treatment to these defaulters. Nor are the banks willing to part with information regarding these write-offs. In fact, of the 10 public sector...

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