Civil society group asks justice Srikrishna to make public the draft Data Protection Bill circulated by the IT ministry
GN Bureau | January 3, 2018
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 about the lack of information in the public domain about committee's functioning.
In its letter, the civil society group has brought to notice the lack of information in public domain about the dates of the meetings, the agenda of the meetings and most importantly the minutes of the meetings. When the NCPRI sought (the RTI query attached) the agenda and minutes of the meeting under the right to information law, the ministry of electronics and IT (MEITY), denied giving information, stating, “This information currently is not in public domain”.
"The denial of information is in violation of the RTI Act as there is no legal provision to deny information merely because it is not in the public domain. Information can only be denied if it is exempt under section 8 or 9 of the RTI law. While we are following the formal channels of appeal under the RTI Act, we request you to kindly take steps to ensure that information about the functioning of the committee is placed in the public domain," the NCPRI wrote in its letter.
The civil society organisation, whose members include Aruna Roy, Anjali Bhardwaj, Nikhil Dey and Venkatesh Nayak among others, demanded that the text of the draft Data Protection Bill circulated by MEITY, which is being considered by the committee, should also be made public. "According to a note presented by the Attorney General to the Supreme Court in the ongoing cases related to Aadhaar, it appears that the committee is in possession of and considering a draft Data Protection Bill circulated by MietY. We request you to make public the draft which is being considered by the committee," the NCPRI said.
"Transparency in the functioning of the committee will boost public trust in this pre-legislative mechanism and will encourage people to engage with the issue of data protection," the civil society group urged.
In an interview with Governance Now, Anil Kumar Jha, special DGP, CID, Assam, who is also nodal officer for the CCTNS project, speaks of what the system in its present form has helped his state achieve. What is the current status of CCTNS in Assam and its outcome?
A stand-off between the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and software development firm Wipro seems to have long held up the Rs 2,000 crore crime and criminal tracking network and systems (CCTNS) project, conceptualised ten years ago. The project aims to digitise and connect all police stations in the country
Questioning the development model pushed ahead for profit oriented growth, social and political activists, academicians, financial analysts and civil society organisations are holding a three day confluence of Peoples’ Convention on Infrastructure Financing in Mumbai. &nb
About one-fourth of India’s elderly face abuse at the hands of those they trust the most – the son (52%) followed by the daughter in law (34%),spouse/partner (14%), daughter(6%) grandchild (6%), son in law(3%), parent(1%) and care giver(1%), reveals a report by the HelpAge Ind
The official statistics provided by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) under the ministry of commerce and industry shows that between January 2000 and December 2017, India received $368 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI). It also says that Mauritius was the source of $125 bill
The declaration communicated through the director general of military operations (DGMO) of Pakistan and India on May 29, 2018, to implement the ceasefire agreement of 2003 between the two countries in “letter and spirit” has opened up an opportunity to restore peace in the disturbed Kashm