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Civil society networks urge political parties to go beyond election rhetoric

tworks that participated include the National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Samnvay Samiti, Pension Parishad, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information, Right to Education Forum and the Satark Nagrik Sangathan. “The narrative of our Lok Sabha elections is being dictated by actors in Pakistan. Rather than presenting a score card of its five-year performance, Modi government i

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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

aking” given to France to keep the price of the jets a secret. Multiple Sections But Justice Joseph, one of the three judges on the Bench, asked the government to read out Sections of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. The judge said the information law has revolutionised governance and overpowered notions of secrecy protected under the Official Secrets Act, 1923. Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal was first made to read out Section

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PM Fasal Bima Yojana is suffering from low coverage since the last 2 years

ers are not provided a policy document from the bank confirming the insurance.   • A news report by Kabir Agarwal and Dheeraj Mishra (dated 27th November 2018) has found using the Right to Information Act that claims worth Rs 2,282 crore was yet to be paid to farmers for the 2017-18 season and Rs 546 crore was yet to be paid to farmers for the 2016-17 season. The PMFBY guidelines clearly says that the claims need to be settled with

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

e Modi government. Obviously, they would hesitate to be critical. * How do you assess the attack on the RTI Act by the present government? So far, the attack is not so much on the Act as on the Right to Information itself. Rights like this are easy for the government to undermine, since the implementation of the law depends on the government. If the government sends signals that it is averse to any sort of public accountability, as is happeni

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Audit report on Rafale deal not yet complete, says CAG -Priscilla Jebaraj

t “is examined” by the PAC, referring to the procedure which would be followed as and when the CAG report is ready. In the wake of the controversy, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information co-convenor Anjali Bhardwaj filed an RTI request to the CAG asking about the dates on which its report regarding purchase of Rafale aircraft was finalised, submitted to the government, and tabled in Parliament. In a response dated

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), a people’s political organisation. The MKSS began by fighting for fair and equal wages for workers, which evolved into a struggle for the enactment of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Aruna Roy is one of the key figures who played an important role in the realisation of this Act in 2005. A champion of participatory democracy and decentralisation, she says that “representative democracy had to a gre

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CIC slams Home Ministry for denying information on communal riots

group’s own report is on the Home Ministry’s website, only 16 of the inquiry reports it studied are available. Anjali Bhardwaj, co-convenor of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), had filed an RTI request in July 2017 asking for the other 13 reports to be also made available, with all their volumes and annexures. Please click here to read more.

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RTI activists living dangerously in Bihar -Amarnath Tewary

2018 alone has seen the death of five petitioners Patna: While the recent brazen murders of businessmen and a bank official in Bihar has caught media attention, the State is equally dangerous for Right to Information (RTI) activists, with five of them been killed in 2018 alone. The latest victim was Bhola Sah. Mr. Sah, who was supervising the construction of his house in Banarjhop village in Banka district, was asked by some men in an SUV to ac

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The Modi Govt Is Trying To Destroy The RTI Act. That's Dangerous For Democracy -Anjali Bhardwaj & Amrita Johri

t of Information Commissioners in the CIC reveal the government's intention to destroy the spirit of the transparency law. With over 6 million information applications filed every year, the Indian Right to Information (RTI) Act is the most extensively used transparency legislation globally. The law has empowered ordinary citizens to hold the government accountable. It has been used for a range of issues: from exposing lapses in the delivery of esse

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Jean Dreze, activists protest in Bihar -Amarnath Tewary

-The Hindu Allege harassment of those who questioned graft related to the MGNREGA scheme Patna: Noted economist and activist Jean Dreze and Right to Information activist Nikhil Dey, along with thousands of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) activists, on Friday protested against the “harassment and intimidation” of those who have raised questions of corruption related to the MGNREGA scheme in the Muzaf

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