RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Enthusiastic post graduate students of Pune’s MIT’s School of Government filed online RTI at the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation on 23rd May only to be disappointed as rtionline.gov.in rejected their application citing ‘payment failure’ Besides Indians who reside abroad, now...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 May 2013
MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha decide their own salary and perks. Has the time come when pay, perks and privileges of Parliamentarians may be fixed on recommendations of some outside agency like Pay Commissions? Many members of Parliament (MPs) appointing their family members, like...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 May 2013
Uploading all FIRs, except a few, would curb illegal gratification being paid by the accused to obtain a copy of the report and soon denial of FIR would be a thing of the past in Maharashtra In a significant order, Maharashtra state Chief Information Commission (SCIC) has directed the...

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Goa’s Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni is being paid Rs8 lakh per month excluding other perks, the highest amount paid to an AG across the country. Even the Attorney General of India is paid Rs90,000 per month. Nadkarni’s fees were increased by the Parrikar government in Goa through an order...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 May 2013
In case you are filing your RTI application to any of the central government departments, just head to the designated Post Office where the central assistant Public Information Officer (CAPIO) is duty bound to not only accept but also help you out in filing the application Recently, I...

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In a great stride towards transparency under RTI, the government has issued comprehensive guidelines towards information dissemination for which it has set up a task force. The latter says vital elements are still missing The Department of Personnel Training (DoPT) which had set up a...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 19 April 2013
Individual decisions are randomly criticized and this does not give a picture of the overall trend of a Commissioner’s decisions. If we have a transparent process for selecting Commissioners and put continuous pressure on them for accountability, we will get much better results from our...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 April 2013
To fight injustice in not being given the ‘right’ of forest land, villagers seek justice through ‘Satyagraha’ —fight for truth as they call it, and what better way than using RTI?   That the Right To Information (RTI) Act is a powerful non-violent weapon to fight injustice and knows no...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 April 2013
According to an RTI reply, during 2008-09 to 2012-13, the Press Council closed majority of complaints it received against paid news and misleading ads due to non-pursuance and settlement The Press Council of India has been closing complaints of “paid news” citing non-pursuance by...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 April 2013
Thousands of under trials, who have completed 50% of their maximum prison term, would get a major relief thanks to the activism of Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner In a significant order, the Maharashtra state chief information commission (SCIC) has directed...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 10 April 2013
Co-operatives make up for one-sixth of Maharashtra’s economy; they are also abodes of chronic corruption. No wonder, many are yet to digest the fact that co-operatives have now come under the RTI Act and so public disclosures of their functioning is mandatory Vijay Kumbhar, a leading...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 April 2013
Despite order from the FAA and as per the requirement of the RTI Act to put in public domain disclosures and record management, the CPIO of the PMO refused to provide information. Instead, he said the applicant failed to show how the information was useful to him either personally, socially...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 April 2013
According to a court case, RTI applicants can directly approach the SIC or CIC, as in case maybe, and lodge a complaint if they do not get a response from the PIO within 30 days Right to Information (RTI) applicants can complain directly to State Information Commissions (SICs) or Central...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 April 2013
Quite often Section 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act is used by PIOs to deny information to the RTI applicant. However, in recent judgments information commissioners have directed PIOs to disclose information regardless Section 8(1)(h) of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) is often abused by...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 March 2013
The board, on 15 March 2011, unanimously shortlisted five candidates for the post of DG of DD and AIR. However, within eight days, the board members were ‘asked’ by the I&B ministry to convey their order of 'preferences' While the Union government always keep saying that Prasar Bharati,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 March 2013
In 2011, governor of Goa tried to dodge RTI queries by stating that he does not come under RTI. Now, the J&K governor’s secretariat has denied information stating that the office of the governor is a ‘privileged’ one Rewind: In January 2011, Goa-based RTI (Right to Information) activist,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 March 2013
Electronic postal order is a big achievement for Indian citizens abroad who have been pressing the government for the last five years to facilitate them in nation building by exercising their right to know The Postal department (DoP) has launched Indian postal order in electronic format...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 March 2013
The power of RTI was realised by this citizen who followed Moneylife’s instruction to use RTI, as he was unable to get his passport, despite police verification having been submitted Ever since Moneylife has begun the passport campaign, it has been urging passport applicants to file an...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 March 2013
Former Central Information Commissioner-turned activist Shailesh Gandhi had filed a second appeal for obtaining information about undertrials in Maharashtra prisons Former Central Information Commissioner (CIC) Shailesh Gandhi is back at the role of an activist of the Right to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 March 2013
The State Information Commissioner has issued a show-cause notice to the PIO of home ministry for not providing information under the RTI Act, within the stipulated time Taking a strong objection on the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the home ministry for issuing orders instead of...

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