The amount was released by the Ministry of Culture to the producer Vinay Dhumale after he passed off footage from a television programme on Bal Gangadhar Tilak as a film.
The number of vacancies in the Central Information Commission is set to reach the all-time high of four.
The Right to Information Act has not been implemented in letter and spirit, which is why the number of RTI appeals and complaints with the Central Information Commission is growing.
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.
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The commission has said that the soccer body is a public authority since it receives “substantial funding” from the government and is thus answerable under the RTI Act.
According to Venkatesh Nayak, the new system is being implemented without talking to stakeholders and will make political funding even more opaque.
There are many flaws in Delhi University’s opposition to revealing information in the Modi degree case, say RTI activists ahead of crucial court hearing.
The Central Information Commission has rejected an RTI plea seeking disclosure of records related to the discussions on the demand for handing over the NHPC projects.
Two years have lapsed since the present RTI appeal on the N. N. Vohra panel findings was filed. The application still seems to be going around in circles.
Despite authenticating Modi’s degree, Delhi University continues to stonewall attempts by RTI activists to gather information about his records.
The Bihar government issued a notification last year saying the Lohar community would be issued ST certificates. But the Supreme Court later rejected the modification of SC/ST lists.
The Central Information Commission has called for more accountability in the recruitment and promotion process in banks and insurance companies.
Whistleblower Herve Falciani, a former HSBC Bank employee, had said in 2015 that the Indian authorities weren’t using all the information he provided on people stashing black money abroad.
The Supreme Court had called for applications three months before the post of the chief information commissioner fell vacant but no notification was issued in the state.
Information commissioner M. Sridhar Acharyulu held that the National Commission for Women had failed in the discharge of its responsibility towards its women employees.
When the forest service officer had earlier sought a copy of the report, the Intelligence Bureau had objected to sharing it.
Despite legislations and promises to the contrary, the government is not doing everything it can to be more open and accessible.
The RBI refused to make the list of loan defaulters public despite an order by the Supreme Court in 2015 to make this information public.
At a recent seminar, a number of stakeholders sought wide-ranging reforms to ensure that the RTI Act remains an effective tool for ordinary people to access information with.
The Central Information Commission has said that it will clear all appeals filed in 2015 and 2016 by the end of this year.
In a landmark 67-page order, Central Information Commissioner D.P. Sinha dismissed a batch of appeals filed by Wing Commander Sanjeev Sharma.
Rather than taking steps to protect information seekers, the change in RTI rules, as presented by the government, will make RTI activists more vulnerable to attacks.
Activists have demanded removal of clauses in the draft rules that permit the withdrawal of an application and say appeals proceedings end with the applicant’s death.
According to RTI activists, draft rules that permit the withdrawal of an application and say appeals proceedings end with the applicant’s death will mean higher risks for those filing queries.
RTI activists have expressed concern that the rate of application rejection, without adequate reasoning, is still high.
Nathuram Godse’s execution order and knowledge of the whereabouts of three of the accused are some of the documents missing from the national archives.
The recent Delhi high court ruling exempting the attorney general’s office from disclosing information raises questions about how it aids Mukul Rohatgi.
Rs 119.70 crore was owed to Air India by the Prime Minister’s Office for the use of chartered flights by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Activists have urged the chief information commissioner to reveal the reasons behind Acharyulu losing charge of the HRD ministry and have demanded that in the absence of valid grounds, the charge be restored.
A fresh show cause notice has been issued to the central public information officer of DU for having failed to produce the records before the commission as directed.
The order came from the same information commissioner who ordered the inspection of Narendra Modi’s Delhi University records.
DU’s Central Public Information Officer Meenkshi Sahay said that there was no malice in rejecting the RTI application and that she had to follow the policies laid down by the university.
An RTI activist has alleged that cases received by the commission after September have been mostly left unscrutinised and have not been filed.
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The government body meant to uphold the RTI has said they are too understaffed and overworked to collect and collate all the information sought by applicants.
In the last fiscal year, several ministers had revealed possessing large amounts of cash in hand with Arun Jaitley topping the list at Rs 65 lakh.
Following a petition filed by RTI activist, Venkatesh Nayak, the Central Information Commission has ordered the army to disclose the proceedings of its court martial from 2013.
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Although RTI activist Shubhash Chandra Agrawal alleged that many political parties exist only to “whiten black money”, the CBDT remained silent on whether tax exemptions are indeed used to channel illegal funds.
While the ministry provided information on a query on phone tapping five years ago, it refused to disclose facts when an application seeking the same information was filed last month.