Union minister Jitendra Singh’s suggestion that only those linked with an issue should be allowed to file an RTI application on it is being seen as an attempt to stifle the transparency movement.
Activists accuse government, UIDAI of not taking corrective steps and challenge CEO Ajay Pandey to put up details of those who have been punished for Aadhaar-based exclusion.
A report prepared by a group of civil society organisations has painted a bleak picture of governance and social justice in the country.
The RTI Act has faced resistance from the courts in recent years, especially when information is sought about their functioning as public authorities, a new report says.
Studies conducted by Research, Assessment, & Analysis Group and Satark Nagrik Sangathan have found that pendency rates have been rising in information commissions across the country, making applications irrelevant by the time they are actually heard.
A letter to T.S. Thakur from activists and former information commissioners says the current state of affairs in the Supreme Court is eroding public trust.
Given its counterproductive amendments, the government might not have any real intention of allowing the watchdog to emerge, says activist Anjali Bhardwaj.
In addition to not operationalising new legislation, the National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information alleged that the BJP regime had undermined “existing legislations and mechanisms” during its rule.