RIGHT TO INFORMATION


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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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 July 2021
The Supreme Court once again directed the Union government as well as the states to file affidavits on the status of appointments of information commissioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, as governments have frequently been in defiance of the apex court’s earlier orders, leading...

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre and state governments to file the latest status report on the filling up of vacancies in the central information commission (CIC) and the State information commissions (SICs).                   A bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 July 2021
Shivanand Dwivedi, a resident of village Kaytha in Madhya Pradesh, would never have imagined that his right to information (RTI) application requesting information on the affidavit of candidates contesting panchayat elections would be the trigger for a landmark order by the tenacious...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 July 2021
When it comes to sharing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, not only the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) but even banks are approaching and challenging orders issued by the Supreme Court in the apex court itself. Add to this, the central information commission (CIC) that is...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 24 June 2021
In what can be termed as contempt of the Madras High Court order in early May, directing the central information commission (CIC) and state information commissions to spare three to four hours per day on second appeal hearings related to COVID-19, the CIC, after abiding by it for a few weeks,...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 15 June 2021
In this part, we will see possible solution in a situation when information has been denied on the grounds that it is of a personal nature and that no larger public interest has been established.                     Grounds for Appeal: Section 8 (1) (j) of the right to information...

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Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi 14 June 2021
In recent times it has been seen that a very large number of right to information (RTI) applications are being rejected on the ground that it is personal information or third-party information.   Most applicants have no clue on how to argue against such rejection. With this in mind,...

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In a major victory for citizens, the legal department of the central information commission (CIC) has referred to an official circular dating back to 2016, to communicate that the CIC in appeals arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, should accord precedence, for hearing.   Quoting its...

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It may be recalled that on 20 December 2018, the cyber and information security division of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) issued an order which authorises 10 security and intelligence agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in...

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The fate of the whistle-blowers, killed because of use of Right to Information (RTI) to expose corruption and to demand transparency, continues unabated, despite the pandemic, with 10 RTI activists having lost their lives, across the country, since March 2020. And what is unnerving is that...

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Much ink has flown on the COVID-19 related right to information (RTI) applications where several ministries and Central and state public authorities have used the exemption clauses under Section 8 of the RTI Act for stonewalling the queries. Now, the Madras High Court, in its order last week,...

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The Andhra Pradesh government has chosen senior journalist Ulchala Hari Prasad, and lawyer Kakarla Chenna Reddy as the Right to Information Commissioners. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday, and sent for approval to the...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 28 April 2021
For a start, a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act can reject information under any of the 10 sub-sections of Section 8; under Section 9, which protects private copyright; under Section 11, which exempts third-party information relating to commercial and trade secrets and;...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 22 April 2021
Ever since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, an array of information has been sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, from users and activists across the country. They are demanding transparency in various aspects of COVID-19 management, administration and dispersal...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 April 2021
“We are faced with a very serious and difficult situation in this country, and in the entire banking sector as well. What we need, is to set a group of really engaged and concerned individuals, who take up these issues at various levels, including seeking information through Right to...

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Even as the legal validity of Tamil Nadu State Information Commissioner S. Muthuraj's recommendation - to send nine IAS officers on compulsory retirement for dereliction of duty - is questioned, it will surely sound alarm bells ringing in the minds of all public information officials (PIO)...

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India's biggest and richest civic body, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is facing an acute staff shortage with around 33 percent posts lying vacant, till Sep. 2020, as per replies to a RTI query here on Saturday.   Of the 110,509 sanctioned posts under direct and...

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