RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 26 September 2019
Ten years ago, Justice Ravindra Bhat, then a judge in the Delhi High Court upheld a decision by Central Information Commission (CIC) that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and therefore judges’ assets should be made...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 September 2019
The trend of central and state public authorities ignoring suo motu disclosures, mandatory under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, dates back to the day of its implementation on 12 October 2005.    Over the years, innumerable memorandums from the Department of Personnel...

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IANS 18 September 2019
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that non-government organisations (NGOs) substantially financed, whether directly or indirectly, by the appropriate government came within the ambit of 'public authority' under Section 2(h) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.   A Division Bench,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 September 2019
Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) are manufacturers of electronic voting machines (EVMs), voter verified paper trail (VVPAT) units and symbol loading units (SLUs), which have been under the watchful eye of RTI (Right to Information) activists,...

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Akshay Naik 05 September 2019
The High Court of Kerala on Wednesday issued a notice to the Centre on the basis of a petition filed by RTI activist Advocate DB Binu. The petition challenges the powers of the Right to Information (Amendment) Act 2019 stating that the recent amendments violate Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 August 2019
The Mumbai Traffic Police collected record fines totalling nearly Rs 139 crore in 2018 for violations of traffic rules, according to an RTI filing here on Tuesday.   This figure is much higher compared to the Rs 8.6 crore collected in 2017, said RTI activist Jeetendra Ghadge, and the...

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The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and state governments on a petition seeking to establish a Right to Information (RTI) portal to enable people to file online applications for information from any department.   A bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana issued the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 August 2019
The flood havoc in Kolhapur and Sangli districts has killed 54 people and thousands of cattle, besides causing colossal loss of property, farmlands and crops.   Was it the ferocity of nature that caused such a great calamity or did human interference aggravate the situation? Right to...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 August 2019
Early this year, a group of eminent citizens under the chairmanship of eminent legal luminary, Justice AP Shah, brought out a document titled “Reclaiming the Republic” which analyses and puts forth issues that are of deep concern to people and asks to protect and strengthen the Constitutional...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 August 2019
The (Central) RTI Act, 2005 applies to the Union Government of India and all of its states and Union Territories. The state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), having been accorded special status under Article 370, had the option of voting through its own Legislative Assembly to adopt the Act or simply...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 August 2019
That, President Ram Nath Kovind was to sign the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment 2019 Bill sent to him for assent manifested in the police action on Thursday, when people, who had gone to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, to petition the President to ask him to withhold his assent, were detained....

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 31 July 2019
The nation is outraged about the unwarranted amendments in the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill 2019, which have been passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha last week, threatening to downgrade the status of the Central and state information commissions. If the President signs the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 26 July 2019
With the Rajya Sabha passing the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill 2019, which would effectively curtail the privileges and compromise the status of the Central and state information commissions, the only hope for RTI activists all over the country, is to send a petition to Shri Ram...

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The Real Estate Regulatory Authority Act or the RERA Act was notified with the intention of safeguarding the interests of home-buyers, and regulating the real estate market. While some states such as Maharashtra and Haryana are proactively implementing RERA, states like Andhra Pradesh do not...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 July 2019
Dr M Sridhar Acharyulu, former Central information commissioner (CIC) has appealed to all members of Parliament (MPs) to defeat the amendments being made to the Right to Information (RTI) Act by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.    Moneylife is in possession of a copy...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 July 2019
Despite much clamour and even a walkout staged by the Opposition parties, with their leader in the Lok Sabha claiming that amendments to the legislation can prove dangerous to the fundamental rights of the citizen, the RTI Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha today in the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 July 2019
Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetables Ltd (Mother Dairy or MDFVPL) and NDDB Dairy Services (NDS), the two subsidiaries of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) are covered under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and Mother Dairy, being a government company, falls under the purview of Central...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 July 2019
Despite the Supreme Court having ordered transparency in the appointments of information commissioners, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), which is also the implementer of the RTI Act, stonewalled information on this issue; only to be admonished by the Central Information...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 05 July 2019
The central information commission (CIC) has asked the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) to provide the mother of a death row convict lodged at Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail, file notings, relating to his mercy petition, but by making opaque the names of officials who have noted on those...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 June 2019
The recent news reports of the State Bank of India having sold electoral bonds of Rs5851 crore in the months of March and April, spurred the Right to Information (RTI) activists to seek more information from the bank and from the department of economic affairs, finance ministry, but their...

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