RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Naming 78 people in his stamp paper suicide note, Vilas Baravkar alleges harassment by police, politicians and some of his family members. His RTI applications, however, reveal some ‘vague’ information that he had asked for, say RTI experts Pune has the dubious distinction across the...

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Pratibha Patil’s former secretary, who is Information Commissioner in her home town Amravati, strangely has got the additional charge of Pune Maharashtra, which claims to be the most literate state as far as Right to Information (RTI) Act is concerned, is paradoxically much behind in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 06 March 2014
According to an activist, there is no provision for transfer of information commissioners under the RTI Act and yet Maharashtra CIC Ratnakar Gaikwad transferred three SICs in 2012   Right to Information (RTI) activist Anil Galgali has alleged that Maharashtra Chief Information...

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We all witness halting of traffic when all grades of ministers, with red beacon lights on their cars and cavalcade of several vehicles, pass through the road. RTI reveals this is illegal! The RTI activist also raised the issue before the Human Rights Commission Most urban cities have one...

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A six year tenacious battle by Delhi-based RTI activist Commodore (retd) Lokesh Batra has resulted in the government facilitating eIPO for payment of RTI fees in 2,496 central government offices Since 22 March 2013, only Indians abroad had the facility of paying Right to Information...

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In a recent RTI filed by an activist from Jammu, it has been revealed that blood donated by people was being discarded because of mismanagement by blood banks and hospitals. This, however is not the first time. Time for audit of blood banks? An upcoming blood donation drive to be held...

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The SOS Balgram in Pune shares its compound wall with a lush green golf course. Last week Maharashtra government issued an order for closure of the Balgram citing maladministration. Is somebody eying the 9-acres prime land of the Balgram? For three decades, the unique Balgram, Save Our...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 January 2014
A case where a Thane RTO PIO had ordered an RTI applicant to fork over a whopping Rs55.44 lakh pertaining to auto-rickshaw permits was overturned by the chief information commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad and he ordered the state transport commissioner to disclose information The chief...

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In compliance of the Calcutta High Court order, ministry of personnel has asked all ministries and government departments to take appropriate action regarding revealing identities of applicants to third or private parties Recent cases of two Right to Information (RTI) activists highlight...

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Pune’s traditional katta culture, wherein like-minded people gather informally to chat in public places, has now, RTI, as the new topic of discussion Although Maharashtra is one of the states with a large number of users of Right to Information (RTI) Act, knowledge and information about...

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While the Rajya Sabha’s Parliamentary Standing Committee succeed in amending the RTI Act to keep political parties out of the RTI ambit, Anu Aga was only one voice of dissent in the Committee Aam Aadmi Party’s stunning electoral success has to do with the brazenness with which all the...

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Association for Democratic Reforms has filed a complaint to the Central Information Commission (CIC) to take action against Congress, BJP, CPI, CPI (M), NCP and BSP Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which along with right to information (RTI) activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal has...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 December 2013
Information Commissioner Sushma Singh would take over as CIC from Deepak Sandhu later this month Sushma Singh, the senior-most Information Commissioner, will be the next Chief Information Commissioner under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. She would succeed Deepak Sandhu, who...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 December 2013
Following strong protests from RTI activists and citizens, the Maharashtra SIC withdrawn his order the blocked access to building plans under the transparency law Following strong protest by activist and citizens, the Maharashtra state chief information commissioner (SIC) has withdrawn...

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While 3rd December is commemorated as World Disability Day, how many know that RTI could empower the disabled to know about various welfare schemes, grants, concessions and scholarships they are entitled to? While the Right to Information (RTI) Act is being used as a powerful tool by...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 November 2013
Maharashtra SIC has ordered BMC and all other local bodies not to disclose building plans under the RTI Act, used by activists to expose illegal and unauthorised construction activities The Maharashtra state chief information commissioner (SIC) has directed all local bodies in the...

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Moneylife’s consistent campaign since March 2013, has led to a series of customer-friendly initiatives by MEA and TCS; the latest is with mobile technology. The mPassport Seva app provides a wide variety of services such as status tracking, locating a passport office and other general...

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21-year old Bhadresh Wamja becomes the youngest Sarpanch of Saldi village, from where he had launched his RTI campaign against ration shops as a teenager. Two years ago, Bhadresh succeeded in persuading the Gujarat government to proactively disclose ration supply information on the walls of...

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The RTI is one of the most powerful tools and an essential democratic right of every Indian citizen. A handy guide takes you through the steps to file an effective guide The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) that came into force eight years back has proven to be one of the most...

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Public Information Officers -PIOs not performing their duty of providing information is a frequent experience of an RTI activist Early this week, I once again experienced rejection, or rather telling of a brazen lie regarding the controversial water cut in Pune that was stalled recently...

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