RIGHT TO INFORMATION


Moneylife Digital Team 19 July 2013
While some activists have started filing complaints before the CIC about political parties flouting its directions, few other activists feel that the Commission's jurisdiction over a 'complaint' is discretionary but its 'appellate jurisdiction' is statutory. Therefore, activists should first...

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The deadline of 16th July is over and political parties are trying devious means to be out of the RTI ambit. Pune activists though have triggered off action by sending a complaint to the CCIC for non-compliance of its order   With the political parties defying the Central Information...

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8,000 citizens have voted against the government’s ordinance to keep political parties outside the RTI ambit; Gujarat activists working overtime to spread awareness and participation Bhadresh Wamja, a teenager from Saladi village in Gujarat who created history by using the Right to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 July 2013
The Cabinet note states that declaring political parties as public authorities under the RTI Act would “hamper their smooth internal functioning since it will encourage political rivals to file RTI applications with malicious intentions” The law ministry has cleared the ordinance route...

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The Central Information Commission has ordered political parties to designate Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities by 15th July. As the deadline nears, RTI activists are gearing up to counter the government’s alleged proposal to bring in an Ordinance to put political parties...

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While a proposal to bring in an ordinance against political parties coming under the RTI is the latest controversy to hit the headlines, the Maharashtra government has recently excluded the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from its ambit. Well, Shirdi trips by VIPs too is a state secret   A...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 July 2013
SEBI once again adopts an anti-investor attitude by flatly rejecting an RTI on the basis that it “would lead to diversion of the resources of the public authority”, which according to a former CIC, is absurd and untenable Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner (CIC), is...

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Despite a previous Supreme Court judgment which makes it mandatory for all education boards to put up the ‘model’ answers on its website, the Pune division of the state’s education board refuses to do so Appalled by the low marks they scored in various subjects, several students...

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Maharashtra government is all set to strangulate the RTI Act with its proposed procedure rules for filing second appeal before the Information Commission. Just for example, the rules ask the appellant to file an affidavit that the case relating to information sought for, has not been filed...

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The union government has issued an advertisement, calling applications from the civil society to fill up the posts of central information commissioners. How genuine will be the exercise this time on the backdrop of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj having pulled the rug on transparency last time?

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In a major victory to democracy, the Central Information Commission on 3rd June has ordered all political parties not only to designate PIOs and AAs within six weeks but also to abide by voluntary disclosures under Section 4 of the RTI Act It took Right to Information (RTI) activists...

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Enthusiastic post graduate students of Pune’s MIT’s School of Government filed online RTI at the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation on 23rd May only to be disappointed as rtionline.gov.in rejected their application citing ‘payment failure’ Besides Indians who reside abroad, now...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 May 2013
MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha decide their own salary and perks. Has the time come when pay, perks and privileges of Parliamentarians may be fixed on recommendations of some outside agency like Pay Commissions? Many members of Parliament (MPs) appointing their family members, like...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 May 2013
Uploading all FIRs, except a few, would curb illegal gratification being paid by the accused to obtain a copy of the report and soon denial of FIR would be a thing of the past in Maharashtra In a significant order, Maharashtra state Chief Information Commission (SCIC) has directed the...

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Goa’s Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni is being paid Rs8 lakh per month excluding other perks, the highest amount paid to an AG across the country. Even the Attorney General of India is paid Rs90,000 per month. Nadkarni’s fees were increased by the Parrikar government in Goa through an order...

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In case you are filing your RTI application to any of the central government departments, just head to the designated Post Office where the central assistant Public Information Officer (CAPIO) is duty bound to not only accept but also help you out in filing the application Recently, I...

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In a great stride towards transparency under RTI, the government has issued comprehensive guidelines towards information dissemination for which it has set up a task force. The latter says vital elements are still missing The Department of Personnel Training (DoPT) which had set up a...

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Individual decisions are randomly criticized and this does not give a picture of the overall trend of a Commissioner’s decisions. If we have a transparent process for selecting Commissioners and put continuous pressure on them for accountability, we will get much better results from our...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 April 2013
While staying its own judgment in the appointments of information commissioners, the apex court directed that all vacancies to be immediately filled up in all the information commissions in accordance with the RTI Act The Supreme Court has granted a stay on its own order asking the...

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To fight injustice in not being given the ‘right’ of forest land, villagers seek justice through ‘Satyagraha’ —fight for truth as they call it, and what better way than using RTI?   That the Right To Information (RTI) Act is a powerful non-violent weapon to fight injustice and knows no...

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