RIGHT TO INFORMATION


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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The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to stay an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) which allowed a petitioner to get to know the financial records and salaries of members and staff of Hockey India through the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   Noting that Hockey...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 January 2022
Those appointed as a ‘public authority’ by companies as well as government, often look for every trick in the book to avoid giving information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, rather than facilitating the flow of information. Elected representatives, like those of Padra municipality...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 December 2021
Repeatedly, research data and raids by the food safety authorities show that there is adulteration of milk with urea, starch, detergent, caustic soda, formalin, glucose and water. However, the lack of stringent action emboldens the culprits to carry on with this adulteration at the expense of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 December 2021
Remember the Right to Information (RTI) activist Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of the East Champaran district of Bihar, who was shot dead on 24th September in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants astride a motorcycle? He was allegedly killed because of his incessant...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 15 December 2021
In a stern and no-nonsense order, the Dharwad bench of the Karnataka High Court has directed all the state’s public authorities and the chief secretary to ensure that every public information officer (PIO) regularly stores information electronically so that information is quickly provided to...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 December 2021
Recently, a division bench of the central information commission (CIC) declared Delhi’s Guru Harikishan Public School (GHPS), a minority educational institution, which is run by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DGSMC) under the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act (DSG) enacted by the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 November 2021
The central information commissioner has ordered the secretary of the ministry of defence to organise basic training for its central public information officers (CPIOs) due to their deliberate dereliction of duty in disseminating information. This comes against the backdrop of a recent study...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 November 2021
Barely two months back, Right to Information (RTI) activist Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of Bihar, was shot dead on 24 September 2021 in broad daylight on a busy road by two assailants astride a motorcycle. Last week, a young RTI activist, Avinash Jha, all of 23 years old, was...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 November 2021
In blatant disregard to the basic tenets of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Telangana chief secretary had ordered all public information officers (PIOs) in the state government to obtain an order from higher authorities before furnishing information to applicants under the Act. This,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 October 2021
When it comes to women’s empowerment, there is precious little the Right to Information Act (RTI) seems to have contributed to, thanks to a dismal 9% women using it as against 91% men. And the strength of women information commissioners across the country stands at an even worse, at...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 October 2021
“The way information commission and courts are interpreting section 8(i)(j) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act is extremely regressive. There are judgements in our country that uphold RTI to be a fundamental right of citizens. There are also judgements, like the Puttuswamy judgement, which...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 October 2021
In this 16th year of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, the one thing that continues to cripple the Act’s efficacy is the pathetic performance of information commissioners (ICs), reflected in the backlog of second appeals and complaints piled up across the country. As of now, a whopping...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 October 2021
The official details of the signing of the instrument of accession by Maharajah Hari Singh of Kashmir has not only been kept under secrecy for 75 years now by successive governments, but has even led to several decades of allegations of motives and vested interests regarding the document. An...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 October 2021
"We need to keep on with jan andolans, dharnas and morchas, but politicians in the government are scared of only losing their power. In a democracy, citizens have this power. They can strip any government of its power. For better governance, we need to work towards empowering citizens," says...

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