RTI activists insist the amendment Bill has diluted provisions of the original Bill and was pushed by the BJP in the Lok Sabha in hush-hush manner.
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.
RTI activists demand penalties against public information officers, insist RTI Act being killed by ‘misrepresentation’.
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.
An earlier RTI query filed by Subhash Chandra Agrawal had also revealed that it costs Re 1.14 to print a Re 1 note.
The consultation process surrounding the new license failed to help protect accountability, privacy and user rights.
Activists are up in arms against the Modi government for stalling Whistle Blower Protection Act and for not following up on amendments brought to it.
Of the 1.75 crore applications filed since 2005, a whopping 65.43% were submitted to the Centre, Maharashtra and Karnataka, while Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh received just over 4%.
According to the Impunity Index, between 1992 and July 2016, 27 Indian journalists were murdered due to their work.
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.
The organisation has also sought the recusal of Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur from the five-judge bench that would review the verdict.
The recommendations accepted include a bar on ministers and civil servants from holding any post in the organisation, and an age cap of 70 years for every post.
The Central Information Commission has also asked the Ministry of Defence to reveal the attorney general’s opinion on sending back already procured choppers.
The cabinet secretariat will not disclose any information about the legal protection the government of India is committed to provide to its intelligence operatives who happen to fall victim to adverse action by foreign governments