RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 27 March 2020
So, what’s the major concern of citizens today, against the backdrop of a national lockdown where the entire country of 1.3 billion has been asked to stay indoors for three weeks, to counter the spread of the Corona virus? Obviously, information! News, views and videos through television...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 17 March 2020
Earlier this month, the three-judge bench led by Justice R Bhanumathi upheld that the Right to Information (RTI) Act cannot override relevant rules under the Gujarat High Court Rules. Information or certified copies of orders held by a high court (HC) can be given to a third party only as per...

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Aravind Natarajan 16 March 2020
Former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi in an open letter wrote to the current Maharashtra State Chief Information Commissioner Sumit Mullick requesting that he advocate with the government and involve citizens for appointment of new commissioners in order to reduce pendency...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 13 March 2020
It is official now! India has now enforced the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Act, 1897 meant to provide for the better prevention of the spread of dangerous epidemic diseases, with the pandemic Corona virus engulfing India, with 75 having tested positive, at the last count, spread...

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SFOORTI MISHRA (IANS) 12 March 2020
While women candidates in India can avail fifty per cent concession for applying in Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) Mains, they do not get any cut in registration fees for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), revealed a Right to Information (RTI)...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 04 March 2020
Every Monday, the Pune Municipal Corp (PMC) allows citizens to inspect files from any department between 3pm to 5pm. They can visit any department, access files and also get photo copies of the documents under section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   Highly impressed by this...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 27 February 2020
After the drama starting with foot-dragging in appointing information commissioners, followed by the Right to Information (RTI) activists petitioning to the Supreme Court, which, in turn; ordered the Central and various state governments to appoint them in a transparent manner and within the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 February 2020
The Pune regional office of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently raided Oxymist, a private mineral water bottling company at Bhosari in Pune, on a complaint by an activist, who found fungus in a water bottle.    However, there was no further action after the raids and the...

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Government that jeopardises the independence of Information Commissioners," said the plea filed by Ramesh, who is also a Rajya Sabha member.   The plea, filed through advocate Sunil Fernandes, also contends that assuming the RTI Amendment Act merely delegated rule-making power to the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 January 2020
Could you believe that despite the Central Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 having come into effect after the abrogation of Article 370, the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)’s Public Service Commission (JKPSC), early this January has actually returned an application along with the postal fee of...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 21 January 2020
Recently, there was a query filed under Right to Information (RTI) Act, to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) seeking the names of the `tukde tukde gang’.   This was in the backdrop of a public speech by Home Minister Amit Shah on 26 December...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 January 2020
The retirement date of Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava was crystal clear. He vacated his post on 11 January 2020, leaving behind a burden of 34,500 pending second appeals. Yet, once again, the government is determined to take its own sweet time to appoint a new chief at the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 January 2020
In a landmark order last week, the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) has asked four public authorities – the Reserve Bank of India (RBI); State Bank of India (SBI); the Election Commission of India (ECI) and; the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) to provide names of individuals and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 January 2020
Recently, Right to Information (RTI) activist Yashwant Shinde had submitted a complaint to the Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police, alleging that he was assaulted by the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) (zone III) inside the cabin when he went for hearing in his first appeal.   In his...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 January 2020
In a historic decision, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the government to reveal names of entities that have requested secrecy of donors identities in the electoral bond scheme.   Coming down heavily on the central public information officers (CPIOs) of the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 January 2020
While protests are still simmering with the chorus of “Hum kagaz nahi dikhayenge” (We won’t show you the papers) against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), leading social reformer and Right to Information (RTI) activist who pioneered the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 26 December 2019
Even though the Central government’s statement in the Lok Sabha at the close of the year 2018 came, loud and clear, that there is “no specific information that the Right to Information (RTI) Act is being misused” and that there are enough inbuilt clauses for denial of information within the...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 21 December 2019
On 18 December 2019 the Supreme Court has given a very concise and brief order saying “Upon hearing the counsel the court made the following order, inspection reports and risk assessment reports or annual financial inspection reports of the banks including State Bank of India (SBI) shall not...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 December 2019
Abhimanyu Panda, a leading RTI activist of Odisha was shot and killed at his home in the Baliguda town of Kandamal district, ironically on 10th December, commemorated as the International Human Rights Day. As per the National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI)’s `Hall of...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 17 December 2019
In a recent Right to Information (RTI) related case filed by Anjali Bhardwaj, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is reported to have said on 16 December 2019: “We are not against the right to information. But there is a need for guidelines. It cannot be an unbridled right.”    It has...

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