RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 14 October 2021
The official details of the signing of the instrument of accession by Maharajah Hari Singh of Kashmir has not only been kept under secrecy for 75 years now by successive governments, but has even led to several decades of allegations of motives and vested interests regarding the document. An...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 October 2021
"We need to keep on with jan andolans, dharnas and morchas, but politicians in the government are scared of only losing their power. In a democracy, citizens have this power. They can strip any government of its power. For better governance, we need to work towards empowering citizens," says...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 08 October 2021
Anna Hazare may have catapulted to nationwide recognition in 2010, but this stalwart social reformer has been a campaigner and catalyst for social change in Maharashtra for at least seven decades. After the 'India Against Corruption'’ campaign disbanded and turned political, this humble man...

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Moneylife Digital Team 30 September 2021
"The critical assumption of democracy is information, that everyone has equal access to information. Right to Information (RTI) Act is not merely a law but is very critical to the foundation of democracy. It is not just a law but the architecture of our constitution and is a vital link. A lot...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 29 September 2021
Right to Information (RTI) activist Bipin Agarwal, a resident of Motihari town of East Champaran district of Bihar, was shot dead on 24th September in broad daylight on a busy road, by two assailants astride a motorcycle. They allegedly killed him because of his incessant exposure of illegal...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 September 2021
In a rare action, Rahul Singh, information commissioner (IC) of Madhya Pradesh (MP) has issued an arrest warrant on 20th September against Dr Vikram Singh Verma, chief medical and health officer (CMHO) of Burhanpur district, who is also the public information officer (PIO). Mr Singh was irked...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 September 2021
The High Courts have a poor record of proactive disclosures under section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in terms of implementation and quality of dissemination of such information on their respective websites. This can be gauged from the fact that only 15 of the 24 High Courts have...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 September 2021
As many as 15 sitting and former information commissioners (ICs) have urged chief justice NV Ramana to direct courts, which are routinely invoking their writ jurisdiction to pass stay orders against decisions given by the information commission on Right to Information (RTI) appeals, to...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 11 September 2021
Such a parody! At one end, there is the special protection group (SPG), a paramilitary force whose sole objective is to provide proximate security to the prime minister (PM) of India. At the other, the PMO (prime minister's office), where visitors’ records need not be kept! This is revealed...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 September 2021
“The introduction of the RTI Act has meant great things for the common citizen in India. Since I was the chief central information commissioner (CIC), transparency has improved, but it can be much better with suo moto disclosure of information under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI)...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 01 September 2021
Thanks to Section 2(1)(h) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, there have time and again been disagreements and debates on whether or not a private entity falls under this law. That is because the Section defines a 'public authority' as one which is a body owned, controlled or substantially...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 August 2021
At a petition heard last week by the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the delay in the appointment of information commissioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the judges expressed displeasure at the failure of the states to fill vacancies and warned of strict action against...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 August 2021
“The Right to Information (RTI) law is power disseminated. Information is power and hence disseminating information translates into the dissemination of power and what it has done is, is unpacked those centres of power, centres of impunity, which wreaked havoc and that is rare—something which...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 19 August 2021
Remember the case of the illegal boards put up in government offices across Maharashtra, threatening citizens with various and selective Sections from the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in case of misbehaviour towards government servants? Well, the aam aadmis have actually managed to have some of...

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Prof M Sridhar Acharyulu 13 August 2021
In the Saurav Das vs the department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) case, the latter, an important public authority at the Centre, was not willing to share very important public information, namely, the information relating to sufficient supply of oxygen.    It is...

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Raja Muzaffar Bhat (The Leaflet) 13 August 2021
Section 6(3) of the RTI Act is intended to save the applicant’s effort and time if the information sought from a public authority is with another department. However, it is being exploited by several officials who refuse to furnish information and forward the application to another department...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 August 2021
In the second consecutive year, monsoon landslides and flash floods across Raigad, Kolhapur, and Sangli districts, amongst others, have created havoc in terms of human deaths and destruction of property and land. While the cloudburst and climate are definitely part of the problem, activists...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 July 2021
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is receiving flak, and rightly so, for the insensitive reply given in the Rajya Sabha on 20th July, by Mansukh Mandaviya, and Dr Bharati Pawar, the newly appointed minister and minister of state, respectively, for health and family welfare,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 July 2021
Several banks are now coming together and moving the Supreme Court (SC) to oppose Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) notice for disclosing inspection reports under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Union Bank of India, Canara Bank, Kotak...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 16 July 2021
In a second appeal hearing pertaining to the requisition of copies of passports of members of a family, which was earlier rejected by the central public information officer (CPIO) and the first appellate authority (FAA) of the ministry of external affairs (MEA), chief information commissioner...

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