The number of vacancies in the Central Information Commission is set to reach the all-time high of four.
With only 16 months left in his tenure, Modi has cemented himself as the only Indian PM to completely keep the press at arm’s length.
The prime minister’s office also insists that @narendramodi handle is not maintained by it or the government.
The plea under the Right to Information Act also questioned the delay in the release of information about the ordinance.
RTI activist Commodore (Retd.) Lokesh K. Batra says he was provided details on the appointment of information commissioners during the Manmohan Singh era, but under the Modi government, there has been a marked change.
The success of Rajiv Kumar’s tenure, who has moved from the left of the ideological spectrum to the right, will depend whether he succeeds in moving the Aayog away from being a government mouthpiece and creating a shared narrative around job creation.
To create enlightened citizens, education cannot involve forced discipline. Instead, it must encourage critical consciousness, responsible freedom and creative awakening.
The elements of military school training the PMO wants introduced in regular schools include discipline, physical training and ‘patriotic sentiments’.
IIMC, which the proposal wants merged with JNU, has opposed the idea, saying the institute performs several unique functions.
A dozen officers who were approached refused to serve in the Delhi chief minister’s office, afraid that they will be targeted by the CBI.
While the president’s office has been quick to clamp down on any unauthorised usage of images, the prime minister’s office has stonewalled RTIs while refusing to take remedial action against Reliance Jio or Paytm.
The case pertaining to the expenditure incurred by Modi during his foreign travels had come into the limelight when it was revealed that he owed Rs 134 crore to cash-strapped Air India.
The PMO responded to all demonetisation related queries saying they don’t come under the definition of ‘information’ under the RTI Act.
To achieve concrete policy objectives, however, Indian bureaucrats and civil society representatives will need to engage more closely with and work their way into various Internet governance body mechanisms.
The telecom industry lobby characterises the telecom regulator’s recent interventions as a step which will harm the roll-out of Digital India.
Frequent transfers and the fear of surveillance have sapped the morale of civil servants who had initially been heartened by Narendra Modi’s call for them to act without fear or favour