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.
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.
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.
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.
The Central Information Commission said the questions raised before the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights were in “public interest”.
When the forest service officer had earlier sought a copy of the report, the Intelligence Bureau had objected to sharing it.
With many posts vacant for months, case pendency is on the rise. The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information has urged the prime minister to rectify the situation.
The Information Commission said that disclosing the contents of the framework accord would affect India’s sovereignty and the security and strategic interests of the state.
The proposed amendments not only make approaching the information commission more cumbersome and legalistic but also defy the diktat of the Supreme Court.
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.
The move by the CIC can likely revive the BJP-AAP spat over the prime minister’s educational qualifications.
The Central Information Commission has directed the university to expedite the inquiry into the death of Vimal Kumar Chaudhary, who allegedly committed suicide in June 2014.
An RTI activist has alleged that cases received by the commission after September have been mostly left unscrutinised and have not been filed.
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.
Activist have urged the commission to instruct the Centre to suspend all direct and indirect funding to political parties as an interim measure while they remain opposed to being under the RTI scanner.
The move would help phase out postal orders, which cost more to the exchequer than their Rs 10 issue price.
Why was the PMO reticent in providing information about Modi’s degrees? And what could be the political fallout? The Wire breaks it down.
Meeting on Monday, the high-level selection committee has finalised the names of the Chief Information Commissioner and Chief Vigilance Commissioner.
Information is power, and no one recognises this more acutely than those who don’t want to share it.