RIGHT TO INFORMATION


The Madras High Court (HC) on Wednesday directed the state liquor body Tasmac to explain the rationale behind seeking exemption from RTI (Right to Information) on the quantum of liquor procured by it from various private breweries and distilleries and the prices at which these spirits were...

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In a bizarre acceptance of events, at the second appeal hearing on 14 July 2023, conducted by chief information commissioner (CIC) YK Sinha, regarding the election commission's denial of information pertaining to the blocking of online content on various social media platforms; its public...

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A Right to Information (RTI) applicant sought certified copies of documents, including file notings, from the department of expenditure, regarding the ministry of finance having given permission to the ministry of health to change certain requirements for giving non-practising allowance (NPA)...

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) provides financial assistance to eligible colleges which are included under Section 2(f) and declared fit to receive central assistance (UGC grant) under Section 12 (B) of the UGC Act, 1956 as per the approved pattern of assistance under various...

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Do you want to procure inspection reports, a list of loan defaulters, or even a simple directory of employees of various banks under the Right to Information (RTI) Act? Well, what is the hurry? Wait for the Supreme Court’s order on writ petitions by the banks that have appealed to keep most...

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Should information on the disbursal of loans and their recovery from a public sector bank (PSB) come under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act or does it come under its exemption clauses?   As per a central information commission (CIC) order last week, it comes under the...

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Pune-based Sumita Kale, an economist and alumna of Cambridge University and Sushma Date, a paediatrician by profession, who are intensely pursuing a campaign to save the Vetal Tekdi hill—the largest green lung of Pune—tweeted as follows -    DP Alignment is being changed, Expert...

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Filing right to information (RTI) applications for various kinds of information on closed circuit TV (CCTV) camera installations in public places is not uncommon—and information commissioners giving different orders, is also not uncommon. In an order on Thursday, chief information...

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At the outset, Deepak Bache-Patil was not into any activism. As a youngster, he was an avid trekker, trudging along historic forts and nature trails of the Sahyadri mountains and water bodies. However, on one such trail along the Pawna dam near the industrial belt of Pimpri-Chinchwad, he...

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Moneylife Digital Team 06 May 2023
Despite over 30 broker defaults at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in the past few years and a massive scandal involving its co-location services (Colo), the capital market regulator is fighting tooth and nail to deny access to annual inspection reports (AIRs) of the NSE and the Bombay...

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While the Barsu Salgaon Refinery issue in Ratnagiri is blazing with fiery protests, the burning issue in the region is the land acquisitions, which can be suspected to be land grabs, in anticipation of the colossal development to come up because of this project, which encompasses 11...

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The Delhi High Court has said that under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is an exempted organisation, but if an RTI applicant seeks human rights or corruption-based information, it is liable to be disclosed.   The case pertains to an RTI...

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The informer, who claims to have provided vital clues of huge tax evasion to the principal director of income tax (investigation), Kolkata, on the basis of which the central bureau of investigation (CBI) and enforcement directorate (ED) were able to arrest Enamul Haque, known to be the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 April 2023
On Monday, 1860 stocks advanced, 1742 declined and 153 remained unchanged on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), with an advance decline ratio of 1.06, indicating a positive  closing of stocks in broader markets.   The trend of the major indices on Monday’s trading is given in the table...

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Generally, it is an accepted fact that the pendency of second appeals and complaints in central and state information commissions is often over a year or two.   However, it was not so in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The J&K state Right to Information (RTI) Act (now it is a Union...

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In a stern order early this week, the central information commission (CIC) has slammed a show-cause notice as to why a penalty should not be imposed on the two public information officers (PIOs) of the Prathma UP Gramin Bank, Moradabad, and also ordered them to provide information on the...

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The Leaflet 13 April 2023
While the Supreme Court, on the facts of the case, did not entertain the petition by the ED, it disapproved the reasoning offered by the high court that non-supply of the information or documents was a human rights violation as in the absence of the same, the information seeker would not be...

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The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which is the first public authority in India to initiate the ‘open day’ every Monday since 2009 for citizens to freely access information by inspecting files under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, is hurdled due to a lack of knowledge or...

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Undoubtedly, the voluminous pending second appeals or complaints are major hurdles to the quick dissemination of information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. A small percentage of the piling of pendency is also because of a series of RTI applications filed by the same applicant,...

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Thanks to the inordinate pendency of second appeals and complaints of right to information (RTI) applicants, which are not heard by information commissioners for over one or even two years after filing them, the trend of applicants remaining absent on the day of the hearing is becoming...

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