RIGHT TO INFORMATION


27 November 2003: Satyendra Dubey (30 years old) becomes one of the first whistle-blowers in the country to have been shot dead on this day and his body thrown on the roadside. His sin: He had exposed the corruption in the Rs60,000 crore Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project...

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The refusal to provide information is getting so brazen that information officers at the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) claimed that no reports were available even when UIDAI publishes reports under different heads. It also turns out that information, when provided, raises...

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It’s all good for the Opposition political parties to cry foul about the ruling government’s questionable RTI Amendment Act of 2019, wherein the appointment and tenure of information commissioners have been diluted; but what stops the former from tenaciously pursuing it, particularly when the...

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The deadline of the first week of February 2024 for filling the vacancies of four state information commissioners (SIC) in Maharashtra as directed by the Bombay High Court has been flouted with none of these appointments having realised; propelling a group of RTI activists, who had filed a...

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As per the Delhi commission of women (DCW), 130,000 complaints of various kinds of harassment of domestic servants have been registered with it, ever since the Delhi Private Placement Agencies (Regulation) Order, 2014 was implemented in the national capital.   This fact came to light...

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The public information officer (PIO) of the Life Insurance Company (LIC) of Agra, who defended himself by stating that documents regarding its pension & group scheme policy (P&GS) of employees of St Clare's School, Agra were destroyed in a fire, has been directed by the central information...

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IANS 31 January 2024
In a shocking revelation under RTI, it has come to light that a Thane hospital allegedly secured financial assistance from the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on the basis of forged documents, an activist said here on Wednesday.   The RTI crusader, Anil Galgali, had sought...

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Agnipath, the new and controversial recruitment plan for youngsters joining the armed forces for a period of four years, has generated interest amongst right to information (RTI) activists, as the website of the ministry of defence (MoD) does not have sufficient information.   Last...

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The Leaflet 24 January 2024
He Delhi High Court has held information about the PM CARES fund could not be provided under the Right to Information (RTI) Act but only under the Income Tax Act, that too upon the satisfaction of the principal chief commissioner of income tax.    —   Justice Subramonium...

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In order to appease voters of housing societies, members of legislative assembly (MLAs) and members of legislative council (MLCs) of various political parties divert their local area development scheme (LADS) funds, given by the state government to carry out civic and beautification works in...

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Subhash Chandra Agrawal 12 January 2024
The Right to Information (RTI) Act, implemented on 12 October 2005, did wonders in the initial years of its implementation not only by exposing scams and scandals, but also resulted in systematic reforms. However, RTI rules (and not the RTI Act) need important modifications mainly to prevent...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 January 2024
A response to a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed that only Rs228.77 crore has been paid out against claims of Rs82,695.51 crore made by depositors of Sahara group’s four cooperative societies, through the central registrar of cooperative societies (CRCS) online portal to...

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While much ink has flowed on public information officers (PIOs) not paying the penalty directed by information commissioners, not much has been revealed about PIOs using legal experts of the same public authority to fight cases in the courts against the penalty imposed on them which is...

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While the multi-crore Antrix-Devas controversy about the S-band spectrum deal between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Antrix firm and Devas (backed by American investors), leading to international legal disputes, may have faded from public memory, there is interest in getting...

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Earlier, the central information commission (CIC) had taken a stand that although Hockey India is a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, details of the appointment of its foreign chief executive officer (CEO) are top secret and hence, information cannot be disseminated...

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IANS 19 December 2023
The Delhi High Court has directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to disclose information related to a sexual harassment case to the complainant under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   Justice Prathiba M Singh ruled that information concerning allegations of sexual harassment...

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While at the macro level, the government keeps making attempts to dilute the strong Right to Information (RTI) Act; at the micro level, the common man continues to use it for information that may seem personal but often has social ramifications. When the information sought is denied by the...

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As directed by the Supreme Court in its order of 9 October 2023 and by the department of personnel & training (DoPT) subsequently, the central information commissioner (CIC) convened an online meeting with information commissioners of all states on 17th November, directing each one of them to...

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Should sanctioned medical expenditure or claims of senior government officials, which are disbursed from the public treasury, be shrouded in secrecy? No, orders the state information commissioner (SIC) of Maharashtra, debunking the denials by the public information officer (PIO) and first...

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Despite the Right to Information Act (RTI) having completed 17 years in India, sometimes, one comes across complete ignorance with which an RTI application is filed. One, which is filled with absurd rhetoric but has reached the desk of the second appeal hearing, compelled the information...

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