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Info panel initiative to speed up disposal of RTI applications -Ravi Reddy

-The Hindu Communication to be sent to applicants for query details before their appeal is accepted Hyderabad (Telangana): In an initiative that is likely to cheer up the Right to Information (RTI) applicants and activists, the Telangana State Information Commission is evolving plans to send communication to individuals, asking them to complete the deficiencies in their applications being forwarded to the commission. This will be applicable

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Information at the court's discretion -Aniket Aga

Hindu The judiciary’s brazen disregard for the RTI has now got a stamp of approval from a high court A six-year-long farce concluded at the Delhi High Court on November 21, 2017, and the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 is the worse for it. At issue was the right of citizens to get information from the Supreme Court , and by implication, India’s higher judiciary, which has strongly resisted the RTI. The apex court summarily reje

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RTI Response Raises Serious Questions About Security, Handling of EVMs -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

Delhi: The response by the Election Commission (EC) and two electronic voting machine (EVM) manufacturers – Electronics Corporation of India Limited and Bharat Electronics Limited – to an Right to Information (RTI) query relating to a petition filed following the Uttarakhand polls has revealed administrative and security protocol violations as several machines were apparently handled by unqualified staff. The RTI responses have also rev

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Yogendra Yadav, national president of the Swaraj India party, interviewed by Harish Damodaran (The Indian Express)

ly explains the intense sense of injustice they feel. There are many other such youngsters who have smartphones and Facebook accounts and know how to read government files/notifications and also file Right to Information applications. This is a new kind of leadership that we are seeing.     The Indian Express, 23 November, 2017, please click here to access   Image Courtesy: The Indian Express

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Bank Aadhaar linking: RBI never issued any order, reveals RTI -Yogesh Sapkale

o link their Aadhaar numbers to bank accounts on the threat of suspending accounts, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has told us that it has never issued any such directions. This was in response to a Right to Information (RTI) Act application filed by me. The RBI’s emphatic RTI response makes it clear that the decision is entirely that of the central government.   The RBI’s response says, "The Government has issued a Gazette N

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A Brief Case for the Indian Jhola -Ashwini Deshpande

rmulation and/or support of several of contemporary India’s social security schemes — the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Right to Food or the National Food Security Act, Right to Information and so on. (Incidentally, in the book he disparages the media spotlight on him as the “architect” of NREGA, and suggests that if one has to assign that role to a single individual for what was essentially a massive collect

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Transparency Has Taken a Backseat Under Modi Rule, Says RTI Activist -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

nmohan Singh era, but under the Modi government, there has been a marked change. New Delhi: Over the last 12 years, deliberate attempts have been made to dilute and lessen the effectiveness of the Right to Information Act, according to RTI activist Commodore (Retd.) Lokesh K. Batra. On the basis of the responses received by him from the prime minister’s office (PMO), the latest being on Friday (October 12), Batra has alleged that this mark

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Stand Up India plan slowing down: Only 6% of bank branches gave loans to SC/STs -Shyamlal Yadav

es have provided loans to women in the general category. This is according to data on loans obtained from the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act. According to the data received, 21 public sector commercial banks, 42 regional rural banks and nine private sector banks have provided Stand Up India loans to 5,852 SC applicants, 1,761 ST individuals, and 33,321 general categ

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RTI crusader stabbed to death -Rasheed Kidwai

-The Telegraph Bhopal: A Right to Information activist who had "exposed" corruption in panchayats was found dead with stab injuries all over his body in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district today. Police said the body of Mukesh Dubey, 42, was found in an agricultural field in Matkaura village. He had several stabbing marks all over his body, Morena superintendent of police Adityanath Singh said. Singh said Dubey was a resident of More

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CBI is not fully exempt from RTI Act, rules Delhi High Court

ation pertaining to allegations of corruption and human rights violations held by it under the RTI Act, the Delhi High Court has held. The CBI has been denying information citing Section 24 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which says that its provisions will not apply on intelligence and security organisations, which also include IB, RAW, NIA and the Enforcement Directorate. The CBI was included in the list by the erstwhile UPA Government.

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