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Gujarat Information Officer Demands Citizenship Proof to Provide Documents Under RTI Act

-TheWire.in No such information is required to be furnished under the Act. Mumbai: As a testament to the fact that seeking information under the Right to Information Act has grown more difficult, the Mehsana civil court has demanded an applicant’s proof of citizenship to disburse information that he sought from the court under provisions of the Act. According to Times of India, on February 24, a resident of Savgadh village in Sabarkantha district,...

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Almost 75% farmers did not get all 3 PM Kisan instalments, a year after implementation -Kabir Agarwal

-TheWire.in According to RTI and government data, even in the best-case scenario, the Centre has spent only 50% of the amount that was allocated under PM Kisan from December 2018 to March 2020. New Delhi: Less than three in 10 farmers received the Rs 6,000 that was due to them in the first full year of the implementation of the Centre’s flagship PM Kisan scheme, according to government data obtained by The...

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A duty to publish: On RTI

-The Hindu Limiting RTI responses based on locus standi of the applicants could create a chilling effect The Right to Information Act’s role in fostering a more informed citizenry and an accountable government has never been in doubt ever since its implementation in 2005. But there have been persistent and growing misgivings. Section 4 of the Act calls for pro-active and voluntary dissemination of information, but only a few Central and State...

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Justice Gautam Patel: 'A govt committed to democracy has nothing to fear from dissent'

-The Indian Express “A government committed to democracy and the Constitution has nothing to fear from information and dissent,” he said. “Any government that discourages dissent and autonomy of ideas is not a liberal government.” Institutions that are responsible for implementing the Right to Information Act should not be anything but completely autonomous, Bombay High Court judge Justice Gautam Patel said on Tuesday. “A government committed to democracy and the Constitution has nothing...

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Rajasthan's Jan Soochna, mother of RTI, is the ultimate weapon against petty corruption -Shivam Vij

-ThePrint.in The Right to Information gives way to the government’s duty to publish. The Centre and all states must emulate Rajasthan. When the Right to Information Act came into force in Rajasthan in 2000, and nationally in 2005, there was a flush of stories for years about citizens and activists using the new law to expose corruption. That road built only on paper, the money released on files that never reached the...

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