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.
The RTI backlog at the central bank had risen to 38,884 applications at the end of 2015-16 – three times the number of applications received by it during the year.
As the MCD goes to the polls, The Wire explains what these bodies do and why the elections are important.
RTI activists demand penalties against public information officers, insist RTI Act being killed by ‘misrepresentation’.
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.
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.
Despite the number of youth joining militancy and cases of infiltration rising, the MHA insists that the situation in the state is on the mend.
Over 42% of the 177 public authorities with official websites do not display any of the information required by the Jammu and Kashmir RTI Act.
These 13 Maruti workers had been found guilty by the court on charges of murder, attempt to murder, rioting, destruction of property and mischief.
RTI activists have expressed concern that the rate of application rejection, without adequate reasoning, is still high.
The Department of Personnel and Training, responsible for implementing the RTI, has claimed it is exempt from sharing details on the appointment of information commissioners.
With no chief minister candidate announced before the election, it now remains to be seen who will lead the BJP government in Uttarakhand.
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani asked Arun Jaitley a number of tough questions in court, including why he was singling out Arvind Kejriwal.
Environmentalists blame a badly-planned hydropower project for the extent of flood-related destruction, while families are still waiting to be compensated.
While the Congress is confident that a BJP rebel standing as an independent will work in their favour, the BJP still think they have the upper hand.
Despite being known for focussing on local issues, the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal’s presence is the state has been falling.
People alleged that political parties have consistently ignored their issues, from the lack of clean water to flood relief.
Based on people’s demands, the elections in Tehri Garhwal are being fought on the issues of increasing employment opportunities, more tourism and promoting fruit cultivation.
While the election is being fought on the performance of the chief minister and sitting MLAs, there are differing perceptions of the large number of rebels and turncoats.
After Subramaniam Swamy’s objection to the name, ‘Republic’, Goswami was forced to change the name to ‘Republic TV’.
A report from several civil society actors has found that the Right to Information Act is not functioning as it should be.
The homeless, especially women, have no place to go to during the winters in the capital.
In the BJP’s lust for power, old friends are being conveniently forgotten and new alliances are being forged.
The new disabilities law mandates protection of employment and promotions. Will this be a test case for Modi to prove he is serious about disability rights?
In response to an RTI application, the air force could not sufficiently account for the expenditure incurred during these trips.
The elections from teachers’ and graduates’ constituencies were effected with the intention of ensuring that educated voters help to curb criminality in politics, but these polls seem to be numerically ineffectual.
An RTI activist has alleged that cases received by the commission after September have been mostly left unscrutinised and have not been filed.
RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj and Venkatesh Nayak talk about their hopes and expectations from the Centre for the year ahead.
With the ban lifted the ‘Kashmir Reader’ put out an eight page edition today, but editor Hilal Mir is still not sure why the ban was imposed at all.
Government Ignores Vulnerability of Persons With Disabilities During Natural Disasters, Says Activist
On filing RTIs with two government authorities, activist Satendra Singh learnt that they have no data or plan on how to make disaster risk reduction and management more inclusive.
Najeeb Jung’s tenure as lieutenant governor of Delhi has been marked by repeated disputes with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on issues of jurisdiction.
Though the MEA cited Annexure K as a solution for such cases, the required magistrate’s attestation on the form has allegedly become another source of hassle and harassment for some.
The absence of certain safeguards, regulations and penal provisions have meant that this time’s demonetisation drive may not be a success after all.
In the absence of proper implementation, stricter laws have failed to bring down incidents of ragging.
Cases are delayed as courts have not been using statutory remedies available to them – an issue that has been noted by the Supreme Court and ex-RBI governor Raghuram Rajan.
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.
The commission has said that DU professor Nandini Sundar and others have been booked for murder in a mala fide manner to settle scores.
The commission has asked whether the ministry is adhering to conditions of FCRA licence rejection set out by the UN special rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly.