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Effort worth emulation: On Rajasthan's public information portal

-The Hindu Rajasthan’s Jan Soochna portal is a step in the right direction for transparency in governance Fourteen years since the implementation of the groundbreaking Right to Information (RTI) Act, which has helped shed light on government works and administration, the launch of the “Jan Soochna Portal” (public information portal) by the Rajasthan government on Friday marks a milestone in increasing transparency and account

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A milestone in greater transparency, accountability -Madan Lokur

-The Hindu The launch of the Jan Soochna Portal in Rajasthan is a vital cog in access to the Right to Information The Jan Soochna Portal (JSP) launched by the government of Rajasthan yesterday is a remarkable achievement in furtherance of the Right to Information (RTI) — especially Section 4 of the RTI Act — that deals with proactive disclosure of information. Transparency must be accomp

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RTI law: paradigm shift in realizing Constitutional rights that cannot be taken back -Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy

-The Telegraph It is in the unstoppable human search for truth and justice that the Right to Information will continue to shine Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party government flexed its legislative muscle, and successfully amended and diluted the Right to Information Act, many people have asked if the RTI Act has been maimed beyond repair and if its obituary should be written. While analysing the

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

rley with the state. It was one such long battle, fought over nearly two decades, driven by the unstinting efforts of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, that resulted in the enactment in 2005 of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act). By any account, the law proved transformative to India’s democracy; it revolutionised the citizen’s ability to engage with the state, arming people with a mechanism to ferret out some of the truth from the g

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Central RTI Law to Now Apply to J&K and Ladakh -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

e J&K RTI Act – a more powerful law than the central one in some respects. New Delhi: Following the revoking of Article 370 and ending of Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, the central Right to Information Act, 2005 would now apply to the two new union territories of J&K and Ladakh that will be carved out. Jammu and Kashmir has till now been covered under the J&K RTI Act – which allowed only the residents of the state to f

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

n commissioners, writes former Central Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu Alas! I thought the Narendra Modi government is strong enough after its re-election. But now it is scared of the Right to Information (RTI) and the Chief Information Commission (CIC), as if they are monsters 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

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RTI activists detained on way to deliver petition to President

-The Hindu Protesters launch mass RTI campaign, raise questions on controversial issues New Delhi: Right to Information activists attempting to deliver a petition against the RTI Amendments Bill to the President via his Secretariat were detained outside Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. Later, they launched a new campaign to bombard the government with a mass RTI campaign raising queries on prickly issues of public interest, from the Unnao ra

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Rs 260.62 crore national disability fund lying unused, reveals RTI

over two years now — ever since the new Rights for Persons with Disability 2016 came into effect. There has been no financial audit of the fund either. The details have come to the fore through Right to Information (RTI) applications filed with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Office of the Director-General of Audit (DGCAE) by a lawyer for disability rights, Akeel Ahmad Usmani. The major activities under the fund include

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The makings of a digital kleptocracy -Reetika Khera

-The Hindu When data is monetised, as the Economic Survey advocates, it becomes toxic and harms public interest Last year, I was denied information requested under the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2005. I had sought the names of agencies empanelled by the Unique Identification Authority of India for an “image makeover” and the expenditure on it. It was denied by invoking the exemption clauses of Sections 8(d) and 8(j), respective

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

narrow, partisan interests. * Will these amendments render the RTI Act completely useless? What do you plan to do next? Access to information does not owe its existence as a right, to RTI. The Right to Information has been recognised as a fundamental right under Part III of the Constitution by the Supreme Court in several cases. The RTI Act, 2005, simply provided an extended regime for enabling effective implementation of the fundamental More »

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