RIGHT TO INFORMATION


A youngster from Madhya Pradesh (MP), Shishupal Jatav, who was allegedly beaten up at the Shivpuri police station of Shivpuri town, decided to use the Right to Information (RTI) Act to get a copy of the closed circuit television (CCTV) coverage that would show the physical assault on him, to...

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While there was great hope with the historic August 2011 Supreme Court (SC) judgment, which ordered that copies of answer sheets should be given to students under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, a later SC judgment of 2018 has somewhat diluted the hopes of students who seek them for the...

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The world-renowned Auroville Foundation at Auroville in Tamil Nadu functions under the administrative control of the ministry of education as a statutory (autonomous) body under the government of India. It has been mired in controversy for the last two to three years regarding the difference...

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IANS 31 October 2023
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Centre and state governments to take steps to fill up vacancies in Central Information Commission and State Informations Commissions...

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Hockey India, which is recognised as a part of the National Sports Federation by the Union government’s ministry of youth affairs & sports and which has Elena Norman (Australian) as its firangi chief executive officer (CEO) and because it is a public authority under the Right to Information...

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Should we say ‘Happy 18th Birthday’ to the Right To Information (RTI) Act? Yes, from the citizens’ viewpoint as, despite the opaqueness shown by all public authorities (PA), despite pending second appeals in information commissions across the country and despite the government having further...

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Moneylife Digital Team 09 October 2023
The Supreme Court, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), directed all state information commissioners (SICs) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act across the country to provide hybrid modes of hearing to all appellants for hearing complaints and appeals and to make electronic...

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IANS 09 October 2023
The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre in response to a plea by former Rajya Sabha MP (member of Parliament) Subramanian Swamy seeking information about the extent of sovereign land of the Republic of India acquired by the People's Republic of China across the mutually...

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The high-profile Vande Bharat trains, that have been introduced by the government with much fanfare across the country and have come under controversy for derailing timetables of some of the regular and Shatabdi trains, besides allegedly not being superfast as was projected, seem to be...

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Until recently, the trend of information commissioners to protect public information officers (PIOs) sympathising their workload on right to information (RTI) replies, has been largely replaced by directing them to abide by proactive disclosures under Section 4 of the RTI Act and also urging...

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IANS 21 September 2023
The Wildlife wing of Madhya Pradesh’s forest department has no record of compliance certificates pertaining to wildlife clearance regarding the non-forestry activities sanctioned within the forest for the past more than 10 years, an RTI revealed.   Notably, non-forestry activities...

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Right to information (RTI) applicant PM Ravindran filed a grievance with the centralised public grievance redress and monitoring system (CPGRAMS) RTI, which was redirected to the national highway authority of India (NHAI) in August 2020.    His grievance was that, after purchasing a...

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As a sequel to the Supreme Court order by chief justice DY Chandrachud, in the last week of August, directing Central and state information commissioners (ICs) to be proactively involved in the implementation of Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act; ICs from Maharashtra held a...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 September 2023
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has spent a staggering sum of Rs19.22 crore on constructing enclosures for animals that have not even been procured by Mumbai’s Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, information disclosed in a Right to Information (RTI) application made by...

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Last week, Moneylife carried an article on how the Chief Justice of India, hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court, has directed all state information commissioners (SICs) and central information commissioners (CICs) to be proactive in ensuring that public authorities...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 August 2023
Ramwati, a Delhi-based senior citizen, ought to have had her old-age pension enhanced after the age of 70, but the Delhi government refused to do so despite multiple applications. The amount was Rs500, which is a considerable sum for the underprivileged and those without an income. This is an...

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With most public authorities ignoring the mandatory proactive disclosures under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the highest judicial authority, the Supreme Court, has now put the onus on all Central and state information commissioners to ensure that it is strictly...

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Two days back, on 16th August, US-based non-resident Indian (NRI), Suresh Ediga tweeted: “Now all NRIs can file right to information (RTIs) using rtionline.org. Thanks to none other than @CommodoreBatra for his relentless pursuit of ensuring RTIs can be filed by NRIs. There was an issue with...

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You may dial 1064 to report a corrupt government officer; he may be trapped due to your initiative to report the offense but, in all likelihood, the culprit would have the last laugh. That is because, a 2018 amendment of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 by the Central government,...

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While public information officers (PIOs) are known to ignore requests of right to information (RTI) applicants or provide half-baked information, this one takes the cake. The deputy registrar of P ward in Kandivali east at Mumbai has instead, sought information from the RTI applicant to first...

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