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India slips in human development index

as a “prime example” of “combining social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Information, National Food Security, and Right to Education Acts. It commended the Indian grassroots group Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan for popularising social audits of government schemes. Gender disparity Noting that women, on an ave

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SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, interviewed by Vrinda Gopinath (

mmission and after he retired. He has asked for public funding of political parties, putting an expenditure cap on them, financial transparency among parties, and to bring political parties under the Right to Information Act to clean up the electoral process. In an interview with, Quraishi brushed off accusations by political parties, mainly the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati and Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal that Electron

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Government Agency Meant to Ensure Transparency Refuses to Share Information -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

lhi: When it comes to transparency, it seems the Narendra Modi government is moving in reverse. The Department of Personnel and Training, the nodal agency responsible for effectively implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has refused to share details on the appointment of information commissioners, claiming that the body is exempted from doing so. The response of the chief public information officer (CPIO) of the department and the first

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How tech is undoing NREGA in Jharkhand

eir needs and capacities. One recent report in a newspaper showed that the Centre and state-level officials were part of a WhatsApp group - that makes it hard for people seeking information under the Right to Information Act," she told TOI. Under the Electronic Fund Management System funds are electronically transferred to accounts of workers and vendors after Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) are signed digitally. But most gram panchayats lack inte

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The devil is in the fine print -Yogendra Yadav

ics felt that the Finance Minister had at least put the issue of political funding on the table. Everyone thought the ball was headed in the right direction. It took a while for democratic reform and Right to Information activists to find out that this was the wrong one. The fine print of the Finance Bill showed that Mr. Jaitley’s proposals for bringing ‘transparency and accountability’ would achieve exactly the opposite. Ranging fro

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Second year in row, data on suicide by caste and religion is not disclosed -Deeptiman Tiwary

July 2015, before the Bihar assembly elections in October-November that year, caste and religion-based data of suicides was withheld. This data, which was obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and published on June 6, 2016, showed that a Christian was 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide as compared to a Hindu while tribals and Dalits had the highest suicide rates among caste groups. This time, the NCRB was

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Budget bids adieu to welfare state, rue civil rights activists

ncy and should be accompanied by public consultations/ deliberations,” said the RFC, which includes National Federation for Indian Women, Human Right Law Network, National Campaign for People's Right to Information, among others. With regard to the rural job guarantee programme, MGNREGA, the RFC accused the Finance Minister of “misleading” the people. Please click here to read more.

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India in red zone on transparency list

t so was inequality. India’s current ranking, putting it in the high corruption zone, has drawn critical observations from transparency campaigners. Nikhil Dey of People’s Campaign for Right to Information said the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not done enough on the issue of Lokpal and whistleblower protection. “A lot of scams in the previous government were unearthed with the help of the More »

Stakeholders Need to Work Together to Improve RTI Implementation, Says Study -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar A report from several civil society actors has found that the Right to Information Act is not functioning as it should be. New Delhi: Two organisations working in the field of Right to Information assessment and advocacy and a publishing house have come together to bring out ‘Tilting the Balance of Power: Adjudicating the RTI Act for the Oppressed and the Marginalised’, which

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RTI Reveals No New Night Shelter Added in Delhi Under Kejriwal Government in Last Two Years -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

ot a single night shelter has been added by the Arvind Kejriwal government in the past two years. This has been revealed in a reply to a query filed by Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana under the Right to Information Act. Revealing the contents of the reply received by him, Khurana said the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in reply to the RTI filed by him revealed that there were 263 night shelters which were operational on Februar

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