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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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Government spends Rs 3.09 per Rs 500 currency note: RTI

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) spends Rs 3.09 for each Rs 500 note as cost towards paper, printing and other charges, an RTI query has revealed. The information was given here on Friday to Mumbai Right to Information activist Anil Galgali on his query on the printing costs incurred by the government for printing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. RBI Deputy General Manager P Wilson said in a written submission that the 'selling price' is Rs 3,090 per t

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Cleared Rs 2000 note in May, no talk then on 500, 1000: RBI -Shaji Vikraman & George Mathew

in its note to the Standing Committee on Finance, but adds that there was no discussion on a possible withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at its board meetings in May or July or August. In its Right to Information (RTI) reply to an application filed by The Indian Express, the RBI said the Central Board discussed and approved the proposal to introduce Rs 2,000 notes on May 19 last year. To a specific question on whether there was a discussion

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How Participatory is My Government? A Closer Look at -Inayat Anaita Sabhikhi

-The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy In keeping with the spirit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, the Union government had, in 2004, introduced a pre-legislative consultative policy for public policymaking. In July 2004, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which rode to power on the twin slogans of development and good governance, launched a website,, to push forward its mandate of participat

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