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The refusal to provide information is getting so brazen that information officers at the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) claimed that no reports were available even when UIDAI publishes reports under different heads. It also turns out that information, when provided, raises...

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IANS 20 February 2024
A political slugfest has erupted in West Bengal over chief minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee’s allegation that the Union government is deliberately deactivating the Aaadhar cards of around 60 citizens of the state.   Referring to the complaints from 60 individuals from different parts of...

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The deadline of the first week of February 2024 for filling the vacancies of four state information commissioners (SIC) in Maharashtra as directed by the Bombay High Court has been flouted with none of these appointments having realised; propelling a group of RTI activists, who had filed a...

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As per the Delhi commission of women (DCW), 130,000 complaints of various kinds of harassment of domestic servants have been registered with it, ever since the Delhi Private Placement Agencies (Regulation) Order, 2014 was implemented in the national capital.   This fact came to light...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 February 2024
Notwithstanding the 30 June 2023 deadline, as many as 114.8mn (million) holders of permanent account numbers (PANs) have not linked their PAN with Aadhaar. During the past seven months till 31 January 2024, the government collected Rs601.97 crore as a penalty from PAN-holders, the Lok Sabha...

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The public information officer (PIO) of the Life Insurance Company (LIC) of Agra, who defended himself by stating that documents regarding its pension & group scheme policy (P&GS) of employees of St Clare's School, Agra were destroyed in a fire, has been directed by the central information...

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Dr Gopal Krishna 31 January 2024
“We kill people on the basis of metadata.”   -Unrepenting admission of Michael Hayden, former head of USA’s NSA and CIA, quoted in the Draft Resolution on Mass Surveillance, The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe dated 18 March...

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IANS 30 January 2024
Rajasthan government has fixed security issues impacting its website related to Jan Aadhaar that exposed millions of residents' personal information and sensitive documents.   Jan Aadhaar is a state programme that provides a single identifier to families and individuals in Rajasthan...

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Agnipath, the new and controversial recruitment plan for youngsters joining the armed forces for a period of four years, has generated interest amongst right to information (RTI) activists, as the website of the ministry of defence (MoD) does not have sufficient information.   Last...

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Dr Gopal Krishna 19 January 2024
“The forthcoming census could be the first digital census in the history of India. For this monumental and milestone-marking task, I have allocated Rs3,768 crore in the year 2021-22.” - Nirmala Sitharaman, Union finance minister, 1 February 2021, Lok Sabha    “Census 2021 and the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 January 2024
In yet another clarification, the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has asked all those concerned to delete the use of Aadhaar as proof of date of birth (DoB) from the list of acceptable documents. UIDAI says it observed that authentication user agencies (AUAs) and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 January 2024
Due to a vulnerability or security bug, the website of the Union ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) leaked the personal data of Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani, Virat Kohli, Shah Rukh Khan and lakhs of other directors of companies, alleges a security expert. Sai Krishna Kothapalli,...

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In order to appease voters of housing societies, members of legislative assembly (MLAs) and members of legislative council (MLCs) of various political parties divert their local area development scheme (LADS) funds, given by the state government to carry out civic and beautification works in...

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Subhash Chandra Agrawal 12 January 2024
The Right to Information (RTI) Act, implemented on 12 October 2005, did wonders in the initial years of its implementation not only by exposing scams and scandals, but also resulted in systematic reforms. However, RTI rules (and not the RTI Act) need important modifications mainly to prevent...

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While much ink has flowed on public information officers (PIOs) not paying the penalty directed by information commissioners, not much has been revealed about PIOs using legal experts of the same public authority to fight cases in the courts against the penalty imposed on them which is...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 January 2024
Although the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) says that Rs2,000 notes continue to be a legal tender and currency and can still be exchanged, it has placed a nightmarish process to exchange notes after September. RBI announced the withdrawal of Rs2,000 notes in May circulation as part of its 'Clean...

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While the multi-crore Antrix-Devas controversy about the S-band spectrum deal between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Antrix firm and Devas (backed by American investors), leading to international legal disputes, may have faded from public memory, there is interest in getting...

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Humans are fundamentally good. Whenever someone requests help or support, people tend to extend a helping hand, especially if it requires nothing more than a small transfer of money. They don't think much or investigate before responding to something that tugs at their heartstrings. Scamsters...

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Earlier, the central information commission (CIC) had taken a stand that although Hockey India is a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, details of the appointment of its foreign chief executive officer (CEO) are top secret and hence, information cannot be disseminated...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 December 2023
In an order important to all residents of Pune, the Bombay High Court (HC) directed the commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to make functional, within three weeks, two committees, the standard technical advisory committee (STAC) and road development and road maintenance committee...

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