Keyword : Right To Information

Relief at RTI watchdog will be short lived

After nine months of wait the sense of relief is going to last just for six months. This is the story of new central information commissioner, whose functions have a bearing on the transparency and

Judges medical expenses cannot be made public under RTI, rules SC

The supreme court on Thursday said that privacy should be respected and declined to provide information about judges medical expenses. The court held that the medical expenses incurr

Under Modi rule, RTI rejection rate goes up

Major findings from the aggregated statistics: Trends in RTI statistics reporting: Only 2,030 public authorities under the government of India regis

Disclose ministry progress card every month: Cab sectt

The cabinet secretariat has issued a circular asking ministries and departments to disclose monthly reports of work done by them. Acting on a central information commission (CIC) dec

Citizens Charter: She was denied pension for years

It was a four-year battle between 73-year-old Sumitra Devi and the Delhi government. Her struggle began when the local administration abruptly stopped her monthly widow pension in 2012. Delhi&rsq

Whose law is it – theirs or ours?

Bhanwarlal belongs to a dalit family in Nimora village in Bassi tehsil of Jaipur. The village is dominated by brahmins, baniyas and khatris; it has only a handful of dalit families. Nimora has only

Citizens Charter: Waiting for accountability

It was in 2011 that the demand for an effective anti-corruption and grievance redress legislative framework gripped the nation. Five years hence people of the country are still awaiting the instr

Maharashtra Information Commission: Quick turnaround

Anyone else would have thrown up their hands in despair on seeing over seven lakh right to information (RTI) applications at Maharashtra’s exceedingly busy information commission, but

International Right to Know Day: India ranks 4th on list of countries with strongest RTI laws

September 28 is observed as the International Right to Know Day. This year, it marks five years since the launch of the RTI Rating, a comparative assessment of national legal frameworks for

Over 1.75 crore RTI applications filed in the country since 2005

India`s Right to Information Act (RTI Act) will enter the 12th year of implementation on October 12. Under the law, all information commissions (ICs) established are obligated to report on the i

RTI activism: A few fearless, good people

Bhupendra Vira, a 60-year old RTI activist, was killed in cold blood in Mumbai. His chilling murder shows the severity of threat faced by RTI activists across the country, with those being exposed

Deconstructing RTI

India’s Right to Information (RTI) Act is rated as the third best in the world as far as its provisions go but its rating for implementation and actual transparency ranks India at number 66.

1,87,974 RTI cases still pending: Study

As many as 1,87,974 right to information (RTI) cases in the 16 information commissions were pending till December 2015, reveals a study. While there is a logjam in the disposal of appeals and compl

J&K RTI Act: Poor state of affairs even after eight years

The J&K Right to Information Act (J&K

Worried to death over proposed RTI rule

  If you are an RTI activist or someone who intends to use RTI to expose any wrongdoing, then a new set of proposed rules should leave you very worried. It says that the proceedi

Will Narendra Modi act on his own vision of RTI?

Following is an excerpt from a letter

Draft RTI Rules 2017: NCPRI, CHRI submit suggestions

Objecting to several clauses in the draft RTI rules, 2017, including abatement of proceedings after the death of the appellant,

CIC’s changing status quo

With the help of Right to Information (RTI), the common man not only has the right to know, but also the right to question those in power. This is the foundation of democracy,” said p

“The focus area is to minimise pendency, do more quality work”

The functioning of a national commission, be it NHRC, NCSC or NCST, depends on its head. Being the chief information commissioner (CIC), what is your vision for CIC?  And what

RTI rejection rate high in public sector banks

Ever since the Reserve Bank of India-appointed P J Nayak Committee submitted a report blaming RTI as one of the constraints on the governance of public sector banks (PS Banks) in May 2014, Commonwe

The Rs 10 tool every journalist must use

In 2007, Shyamlal Yadav, then a senior journalist with India Today magazine, decided to use the RTI law, enacted only two years ago, to find out the details of foreign trips made by union ministers

Have diverse representation in data protection panel: Citizens group

 A group of citizens including eminent jurists and civil activists have written to Justice BN Srikrishna, retired supreme court judge and chairperson, committee of experts on data protection f

NCPRI demands minutes of data protection meeting

The National Campaign for Peoples` Right to Information (NCPRI) has written to justice BN Srikrishna, head of the the committee of experts examining the data protection framework, voicing concern a

Due to shortage of staff, many information commissions are defunct and overburdened

A series of RTI queries by a couple of civil society organisations have found that several state information commissions (SIC) have not appointed officials for the post of information commissioners

Govt to fix salaries of ICs, activists call it as dilution of RTI law

The department of personnel and training (DOPT) is preparing a draft amendment to the RTI Act, 2005, to empower central and state governments to decided salary of information commissioners at the c



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