The number of vacancies in the Central Information Commission is set to reach the all-time high of four.
The M.L. Khattar-led BJP government gifted the copies to VVIPs during the International Gita Mahotsav in 2017, an RTI response said.
After being denied information requested through an RTI, activists have written to panel chairperson Justice B.B. Srikrishna demanding access to details on meetings held.
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.
Despite agreeing to a two-year compliance period, thermal plants ignored a December 7, 2017, deadline and a 2015 law to clean up.
Vinod Dua discusses Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pakistan conspiracy’ remark and the implementation of the Right to Information Act.
The prime minister’s office also insists that @narendramodi handle is not maintained by it or the government.
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.
While the university’s lawyer claimed that all parties had agreed to an adjournment, the petitioner’s lawyer denied this.
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.
Senior CPI (M) and J&K leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has stated that the issue may snowball as it comes at a time when a sense of alienation among the people in the Kashmir valley is growing.
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 Central Information Commission has called for more accountability in the recruitment and promotion process in banks and insurance companies.
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 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.
Both the Intelligence Bureau and CBI have been directed to reveal information to RTI petitioners in the last month.
An RTI activist says he has sent the chief minister repeated letters asking him to address the issue, but received no response.
RTI activists say the move will enhance transparency, but the legal fraternity is divided on the issue despite agreeing that the move is good for constitutional matters.
Even though a folder containing public comments was lost in 2010, the Centre has not changed the way it maintains records in such matters.
The two are often equated and while there are similarities, like both relate to the timely delivery of public services by the government and both have digitised databases, there are some critical fundamental differences.
Despite legislations and promises to the contrary, the government is not doing everything it can to be more open and accessible.
They had been convicted in the case last month, in what RTI activists saw as the backlash of their social justice-related efforts.
It was also pointed out at the meeting that despite the Public Safety Act prohibiting the detention of minors, children had been detained under it.
A RTI query has revealed that none of the appointees had applied for the posts and that no selection process was followed by the Himachal Pradesh government.
The Supreme Court had in 2002 made the filing of affidavits declaring assets and criminal records mandatory in Lok Sabha and assembly polls, but the Election Commission had rejected a similar demand for affidavits in the 2012 elections.
The appointments were made even after the screening committee was told about the ineligibility of the IPS officers chosen for promotion as DGP.
In court, the government said Aadhaar is needed because there are lots of fake and duplicate PAN cards. So why won’t it say how many dodgy Aadhaar cards there are?
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.
RTI reply points to a catering scam but the railways says the high prices shown are a typographical error.
The government agency’s response is troubling, not only because of its disputed accuracy but also because of its implications for larger government-citizen interactions in the digital sphere.
The proposed amendments not only make approaching the information commission more cumbersome and legalistic but also defy the diktat of the Supreme Court.
Rather than taking steps to protect information seekers, the change in RTI rules, as presented by the government, will make RTI activists more vulnerable to attacks.
In 2010, the government lost the folder containing public comments on the draft proposed RTI rules.
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.
The forest policy has been in limbo for over four years, while the government has continued to clear some coal blocks that fall into a deeply pruned list of inviolate areas on a piecemeal basis.
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.