RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 27 June 2012
Some 200 students of IIT Roorkee won the ministry of science & technology’s Scholarship for Higher Education, part of the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research scheme, but have been receiving only a partial amount. They used the RTI to find out the status   With the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 June 2012
But will the government manage to curb gross wastage in weddings when its own ministers are seen flouting norms? Since the last several years the “Big fat Indian wedding” may have attained a glamorous tone but the clamour to stop lavishness bordering on vulgarity of wealth display has...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 June 2012
The ‘Sunday Mail’ obtained ‘shocking’ information under the RTI on hygiene in eateries in Brisbane. Indian cities are not far behind; all you need to do is invoke the RTI Act, like it was done in Pune We generally believe that Indians have a bad sense of hygiene and that our municipal...

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Soon, anyone would be able to file an RTI application over the phone, with help and guidance from a call centre as well as through a website While the government is consistently blamed for diluting the RTI (Right to Information) Act in several ways besides making illogical amendments at...

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On 23rd May, Moneylife wrote on how a Kerala citizen was denied access to Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel Report (WGEEP). The Central Information Commission and the Delhi High Court ordered the ministry to make it public. It has now been uploaded on its site Just when one wondered...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 May 2012
A RTI reply from the Navy Headquarters to Delhi-based activist Subhash Agrawal has revealed that more than Rs23 crore was spend on the event which took place on 20 December 2011   The President’s Fleet Review (PFR) 2011, held off the Mumbai coastline, cost the Navy whopping Rs23.24...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 March 2012
Along with non-appointment of information commissioners, activists see the move as a stealthy act to undermine RTI. This is a New Year surprise that RTI activists are discovering only now The Maharashtra government has apparently amended the Right to Information (RTI) Act in January,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 March 2012
RTI activist  Commodore Lokesh Batra uses RTI to make RBI act in public interest when a Supreme Court order asked 105 branches of leading banks in Noida to shift out from the residential zones they have ``illegally’’ occupied, setting off a panic among several lakh citizens Imagine the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 March 2012
Activists have urged the CM to fill up the posts immediately as RTI applications to various state government departments remain unanswered RTI activists and citizens are perturbed that Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has been dilly-dallying with the appointments to the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 March 2012
If one is afraid of being targeted after filing a RTI application, the online RTI Anonymous team is there to help you out. Nineteen year old Rajeshwar Boke from Maharashtra procured details of his educational scholarship amount with help from RTI Anonymous Rajeshwar Boke is a 19 year...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 22 February 2012
Public-private partnership comes under RTI Act Central Information Commissioner (CIC) and former activist Shailesh Gandhi’s path-breaking order in connection with the powerful Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is set to shed a great deal of sunlight on secretive public-private...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 January 2012
While the emphasis is on privatization of water services, Moneylife looks back at the battle fought by Arvind Kejriwal against the Delhi Jal Board and the World Bank to prove the fraud and the conspiracy to privatise water supply and make it expensive for Delhites The ministry of water...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 18 January 2012
While the government at one end time and again attempts to deflate the Sunshine Act, at the other end harassment to RTI activists too never ceases Deliberately under-staffing State Information Commissions (SICs); PIOs citing Section 8 with unfailing regularity as an excuse not to part...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 December 2011
Fake identities were created in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) computer server to generate forged birth certificates in order to apply for a Slum Rehabilitation scheme. Such crime puts national security at stake if secure databases are compromised. Strangely, the PMC has initiated no...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 October 2011
Kateekal Sankaranarayanan is the Governor of Maharashtra as well as that of Goa. While an activist in Goa has procured information under the RTI Act from the office of the Governor of Maharashtra, he has been declined information in Goa’s Raj Bhavan. Can things get any stranger? In...

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