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Incisive interventions that blunt the RTI's edge -Suhrith Parthasarathy

hrough executive regulations. What is more, the amendment deletes the RTI Act’s mandate that the salary paid to the CIC and the ICs ought to be equivalent to that paid respectively to the Chief Election Commissioner and the Election Commissioners (ECs). Now, the salary, allowances, and terms and conditions of service of the CIC and the ICs will be determined by executive guidelines. Please click h

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RTI amendment: Usurping powers from Legislature and States -M Sridhar Acharyulu

onsters who can harm the power of the powerful rulers. The Information Commissioner in India, under the RTI Act, is little more than a toothless institution. Though it is on a par with the Central Election Commissioner and judges of the Supreme Court, it is so weak that it cannot enforce its own order. Though they have independence, most commissioners could not come out of their nurtured culture of secrecy; which indelibly sunk in their DNA for

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Why VVPATs aren't enough to build confidence in EVMs -Atanu Biswas

Still, doubts about EVMs have been planted, despite the fact that none of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines showed a mismatch with the EVM count . The Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission of India (ECI) that five VVPATs per assembly constituency (AC) should be matched with the EVM count of votes. Statistically speaking this is adequate to remove doubts about possible tampering of EVMs. In an earlier article in HT dated

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Social activist Aruna Roy speaks to Anindo Dey (The Times of India)

to Anindo Dey about the development: * The government said the RTI Act amendments set right the anomaly of the Information Commissions, which are statutory bodies, being treated on a par with the Election Commission, a constitutional body. What is the problem with this? There is nothing legally which prevents the Information Commissions from being equated with the EC. In fact this was a positive provision passed unanimously by the Parliament, o

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Save-RTI plea to President Ram Nath Kovind

reconsideration. Gandhi’s petition seeks to remind the President that it was the standing committee that had suggested that the Central Information Commission be given the same status as the Election Commission. The bill seeks to not only scrap this parity but also empower the Centre to fix the tenures and salaries of the information commissioners, a move seen as an attempt to weaken the RTI architecture. Currently, the tenures and salarie

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What new amendments mean for Right to Information Act

they will serve for a tenure determined by the central government. Also, the Centre can now determine the salary of the CIC and the ICs, which is currently benchmarked with the salary of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and the Election Commissioners, respectively, which in turn is benchmarked with the salary of a Supreme Court judge, amounts to Rs 2.5 lakh per month, along with a monthly allowance

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EC sets up teams to probe VVPAT mismatch in Lok Sabha election -Damini Nath

New Delhi: After reports of mismatches between the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips and the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) count in eight cases during the Lok Sabha election, the Election Commission has set up teams to probe seven of the cases. Of the 1.25 crore VVPAT slips counted, 51 or 0.0004% of the total saw a mismatch, according to facts shared by the EC on July 21. The EC on Wednesday ordered the Chief Electoral Offic

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'Amendments to RTI Act must be rejected' -Gautam Bhatia

are, as we have seen, the public officials tasked with deciding claims under the RTI – would be independent of the government. The status of the Information Commissioners was similar to that of Election Commissioners. And to ensure independence in decision-making, Information Commissioners also had guaranteed tenure. The reasons for these were simple: the RTI Act was designed to redress the imbalance of power between the citizen and the State, b

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