RIGHT TO INFORMATION


From ranking second in the world in 2011 in the Global RTI Rating conducted regularly by the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), a Canada-based non-governmental organisation, along with Access Info Europe, India has slipped to the ninth position, as per the recent update.   India, which was...

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Although a recent central information commission (CIC) order has given a clean chit to the central public information officer (CPIO) of the ministry of cooperation, on the grounds that the CRCS-Sahara India refund portal has all the details of the disbursal of the depositors’ refund claim of...

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Anadi Tewari (Bar  and   Bench) 06 May 2024
The Gujarat High Court on Monday acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s former member of Parliament (MP) Dinu Solanki and six others in the murder of environmentalist and right to information activist Amit Jethwa. He was active in the Gir Forest area near Junagadh in Gujarat.   A bench of...

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The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), a financial educational institute under the ministry of commerce, has been ordered by the Delhi High Court last week to comply with the central information commissioner (CIC)’s order of providing the voluminous information on various aspects of the...

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Many of the ration shops which provide food grains from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to the poor under the public distribution system (PDS) are run by cooperative societies, the most significant example being Tamil Nadu, which sells 95% of the food grains through these...

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Recently, the central information commission (CIC) has shown its 'utmost displeasure' at the election commission of India (ECI) for not responding to an RTI request on the status of representations made by several eminent personalities; directing it to submit a written explanation for ignoring...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 April 2024
State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest State-run lender, is at it again. In its latest replies under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, SBI refused to provide information on legal expenses and fees paid to senior counsel Harish Salve in the electoral bonds (EBs) case.    Two...

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While citizens are protesting and campaigning against the indiscriminate tree felling in various cities, under the excuse of road-widening or other concretised development, a Nagpur citizen’s second appeal under the RTI Act has had the information commissioner come down hard on the Nagpur...

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The State Bank of India (SBI) has refused to disclose a copy of the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by it to its authorised branches for sale and redemption of electoral bonds.    In reply to an RTI application, M Kanna Babu, the central public information officer (CPIO) and deputy...

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Often, hospital authorities do not make healthcare documents of patients accessible to them; although it is mandatory under the medical council of India rules, besides under the Right to Information Act (RTI).   In fact, under the RTI Act, central information commissioner (CIC) Prof...

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Consider this case of early this week. At the regional commissioner of fisheries office located in Mumbai, the assistant commissioner, who doubles as the first appellate authority (FAA), conducted the first appeal hearing by directing the right to information (RTI) applicant to come from Pune...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 March 2024
During the run-up to the 2014 general election, current prime minister Narendra Modi repeatedly emphasised that the government has no business to be in business. While the Union government takes full credit for...

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Thanks to a right to information (RTI) query that travelled through the files of the state information commissioner (SIC) as a second appeal, all panchayats of Madhya Pradesh have been directed to upload every death certificate on their website and file FIRs (first information reports)...

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Time and again, be it curtailment in killings of whistle-blowers or minimising the number of right to information (RTI) applications under Section 6 of the RTI Act, the importance of suo motu disclosures under section 4 of this law have been amplified every now and then. However, its...

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The Delhi High Court has overturned an order by the Central Information Commission (CIC), which had mandated the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to disclose information about the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.   The Trust...

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27 November 2003: Satyendra Dubey (30 years old) becomes one of the first whistle-blowers in the country to have been shot dead on this day and his body thrown on the roadside. His sin: He had exposed the corruption in the Rs60,000 crore Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project...

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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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It’s all good for the Opposition political parties to cry foul about the ruling government’s questionable RTI Amendment Act of 2019, wherein the appointment and tenure of information commissioners have been diluted; but what stops the former from tenaciously pursuing it, particularly when the...

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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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