RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Central Railways has asked an RTI applicant to shell out a whopping Rs81,000 for copies of reservation chart of two trains for a particular day; all by twisting its own official circulars and disregarding the RTI Act Ravindra Wabale, a resident of Ahmednagar, is not so much an activist...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 August 2013
Claiming that it is the right of parties to announce election manifestos, all political parties except BSP and two regional parties, opposed any restriction on them in announcing freebies   Major political parties except the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday opposed any restriction...

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The former Central Information Commissioner spent about six hours on telephone at different times and has spoken with 15 MPs trying to persuade them against voting for the amendment to the RTI Act I received an email from Suresh Ediga who is an Indian in US in which he mentioned that he...

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A legal activist questions the validity of political parties going out of RTI ambit, while citizen activists in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and other cities hold public protests The beginning of this week has witnessed vociferous protests by leading Right to Information (RTI) activists...

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Aruna Roy leads the vociferous campaign in calling for citizens across the country through rallies, dharnas, signature campaigns and any other form of protests on 6th and 7th August, to oppose the attempt of political parties to amend the RTI law in Parliament On 6th August, the first...

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A full bench comprising central information commissioners will conduct a hearing on the issue of BCCI and 29 other cricket associations coming under the RTI, based on a complaint filed by an RTI activist The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) continues to hold on to a court...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 July 2013
While some activists have started filing complaints before the CIC about political parties flouting its directions, few other activists feel that the Commission's jurisdiction over a 'complaint' is discretionary but its 'appellate jurisdiction' is statutory. Therefore, activists should first...

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The deadline of 16th July is over and political parties are trying devious means to be out of the RTI ambit. Pune activists though have triggered off action by sending a complaint to the CCIC for non-compliance of its order   With the political parties defying the Central Information...

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8,000 citizens have voted against the government’s ordinance to keep political parties outside the RTI ambit; Gujarat activists working overtime to spread awareness and participation Bhadresh Wamja, a teenager from Saladi village in Gujarat who created history by using the Right to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 July 2013
The Cabinet note states that declaring political parties as public authorities under the RTI Act would “hamper their smooth internal functioning since it will encourage political rivals to file RTI applications with malicious intentions” The law ministry has cleared the ordinance route...

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The Central Information Commission has ordered political parties to designate Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities by 15th July. As the deadline nears, RTI activists are gearing up to counter the government’s alleged proposal to bring in an Ordinance to put political parties...

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While a proposal to bring in an ordinance against political parties coming under the RTI is the latest controversy to hit the headlines, the Maharashtra government has recently excluded the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from its ambit. Well, Shirdi trips by VIPs too is a state secret   A...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 July 2013
SEBI once again adopts an anti-investor attitude by flatly rejecting an RTI on the basis that it “would lead to diversion of the resources of the public authority”, which according to a former CIC, is absurd and untenable Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner (CIC), is...

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Despite a previous Supreme Court judgment which makes it mandatory for all education boards to put up the ‘model’ answers on its website, the Pune division of the state’s education board refuses to do so Appalled by the low marks they scored in various subjects, several students...

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Maharashtra government is all set to strangulate the RTI Act with its proposed procedure rules for filing second appeal before the Information Commission. Just for example, the rules ask the appellant to file an affidavit that the case relating to information sought for, has not been filed...

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The union government has issued an advertisement, calling applications from the civil society to fill up the posts of central information commissioners. How genuine will be the exercise this time on the backdrop of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj having pulled the rug on transparency last time?

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In a major victory to democracy, the Central Information Commission on 3rd June has ordered all political parties not only to designate PIOs and AAs within six weeks but also to abide by voluntary disclosures under Section 4 of the RTI Act It took Right to Information (RTI) activists...

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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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