Keyword : Transparency

RTI: Signs of regressive forces at work

The RTI Act has caught the imagination of people and the way it has spread is appreciated and admired around the world. A great change has come in India in the last decade in the power equation bet

Wait for five more years for govt to go paperless

It would take another five years to make it mandatory for the ministries to adopt the e-office technology. This was disclosed by Devendra Chaudhary, secretary, department of administrative reforms

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

RTI Act: Why citizens must send a strong message to MPs

There is a very disturbing news report about the entire political spectrum agreeing that RTI is misused and some constrictions and impediments should be developed to muzzle it. This is indeed a sad

Kerala tops in transparency and accountability, Arunachal Pradesh at the bottom

The Public Affairs Centre, a not for profit organisation, assessed states and union territories using data available in the public domain in key areas of governance and came out with ‘Public

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

Forget progress on Lokpal, we are going backwards

 The Lokpal law that was enacted after decades of debate and demand for an anti-corruption institution was dealt a severe blow as an amendment bill was introduced and passed by parliament in l

Open letter to TS Thakur, chief justice of India

Justice TS Thakur, Chief justice of India. Dear Sir, I am writing this letter in the spirit of seeking an improvement in the working of the judiciary, and not as an exe

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

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

Political parties can now receive anonymous donation of just Rs 2,000

  The political parties can receive donation of only Rs 2000 from anonymous sources. This was announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech. This constitutes a majo

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

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

Yet another RTI activist is killed. And govt rules propose to drop his queries

 "Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust uh.. and another one, and another one". Apro dikro (our lad) Freddie Mercury`s hit song from the 1980s is in real danger of b

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

In putting Nikhil Dey in jail, we are crucifying our best

I am reminded of what my teacher had told me in school: “When a society wishes to blatantly show how unjust it can be, it will crucify the best.” On June 13 when I heard about the convi

“Vigilance is not an attractive work to do”

What is the role of CVC in curbing corruption and black money? Unlike many things in life, corruption is not episodic. It is not possible to talk of a completely corrupti

“CVC has no teeth, but it has dentures”

After the Narendra Modi government was formed in 2014, a series of measures have been introduced, like the legislative initiatives of amendments in the Prevention of Corruption Act, which are very



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