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.
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.
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.
RTI activists have expressed concern that the rate of application rejection, without adequate reasoning, is still high.
Proposed amendments to RBI Act, IT Act and RP Act would leave the RBI and IT department with no means to probe funding of political parties.
As the major political parties gear up for the assembly polls, their source of funding remain a mystery.
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RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak speaks to The Wire about whether the government is specifically targeting NGOs that question their developmental paradigm.
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Refusal to disclose reasons for the demonetisation decision does not stand up to legal scrutiny, RTI experts say.
The official line seems to be, ‘Show me your money but I won’t show you my records’.
A study by Transparency International found that very few cases of corruption are registered in India, with even fewer convictions.
The RTI Act, which will go into effect in February, will allow journalists in the country to rely on verified, authenticated information from the government rather than on hearsay.
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 last fiscal year, several ministers had revealed possessing large amounts of cash in hand with Arun Jaitley topping the list at Rs 65 lakh.
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.
Studies conducted by Research, Assessment, & Analysis Group and Satark Nagrik Sangathan have found that pendency rates have been rising in information commissions across the country, making applications irrelevant by the time they are actually heard.
There are systems in place to keep a check on illegal detentions and overall conditions in jails, but they have not been properly implemented, according to the CHRI.
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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.
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%.
The draconian law is almost as old as independent India and the criticisms being made of it today were anticipated by many of the country’s first legislators.
Over 200 protestors in Kashmir have suffered serious eye injuries in the last month.
NGO heads who fought for the transparency law are also concerned that the government is trying to dilute its strength by classifying NGO officials as ‘public servants’.
J.P. Rajkhowa’s report to the president of India articulates that his personal safety concerns played a role in him seeking the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.
Because of reduced funding and suspended FCRA licences, many NGOs have had to shut down grassroots programmes.
RTI activists have praised the Delhi high court’s ruling of an earlier order directing the Centre to regularly upload all laws and amendments, saying it will improve transparency and access to information for citizens.
The order is likely to empower RTI activists and citizens to obtain information previously denied by an over-guarded senior executive