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 Hoot’s annual report on freedom of speech takes a comprehensive look at the sad state of affairs in India when it comes to press freedoms or societal freedom.
In a landmark 67-page order, Central Information Commissioner D.P. Sinha dismissed a batch of appeals filed by Wing Commander Sanjeev Sharma.
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.
The proposed amendments not only make approaching the information commission more cumbersome and legalistic but also defy the diktat of the Supreme Court.
In the thirtieth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the Panama Papers and amendments proposed to the Right to Information Act.
The consultation process surrounding the new license failed to help protect accountability, privacy and user rights.
The PMO responded to all demonetisation related queries saying they don’t come under the definition of ‘information’ under the RTI Act.
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.
‘We don’t agree that any money coming from abroad [for politics] will completely change our thinking. Does it mean that if FDI is coming, government will be influenced by some other country?’
There have been ten alleged murders and at least two suicides in Maharashtra, and eight alleged murders and one suicide in Gujarat since the RTI Act came into force.
The Ordnance Factory Board declined to provide information on the pellet guns saying it is “sensitive defence information”, but details of other defence equipment are freely available on its website.
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.
There appears to be a deliberate effort to restrict the access to information and move away from transparency in governance.
New Delhi: The Central Information Commission’s annual conference, which began today, is especially important as it marks a decade of the existence of the Right to Information Act. But its decision to restrict civl society participation to just seven persons from the RTI movement led members of the National […]
The RTI law is being amended by the court without any reasoning and unless this is reversed, the Right to Information could slowly be emasculated.
Those corporates which wish to promote honesty should pledge to publicly display all their transactions with the Central and state governments on their websites.
The CIC had also held that political parties were public authorities and hence should disclose information under the RTI Act