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Government refuses to share details of CBI chief appointment

d as the chief of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) The government has refused to share details of appointment of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma, claiming the information was exempted under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Replying to an RTI query, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said the appointment was done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). Hence, information related to it is exempt

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Fact Check: Do the new draft RTI rules differ from the existing Rules of 2012? -Shyamlal Yadav

limit and application fees remain the same as they were under the UPA government. On March 31, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the nodal department for the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI), put on its web site a circular titled “Framing RTI Rules, 2017 in supersession of RTI Rules, 2012”, and sought comments from the public until April 15. On April 3, the Congress accused the government of attemptin

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Scramble to calm RTI jitters -Anita Joshua

th and allowing people to withdraw appeals before the process is completed will further endanger their lives. A meeting has been called tomorrow under the banner of the National Campaign for People's Right to Information to prepare a response to the proposed changes. Asked about the status of the court case, the CHRI said: "The matter is pending before the Supreme Court...In the matter of the Delhi Development Authority vs. the Central Informa

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Swim against funding tide -Charu Sudan Kasturi

ntrast, India in 2013 took a step aimed at stalling the transparency of political funding. After the Central Information Commission declared political parties "public authorities" under the Right to Information Act, the then UPA government introduced a bill to exempt parties from having to disclose the donations they have received to RTI applicants. The amendments haven't been passed by Parliament -- a new Lok Sabha took oath --- but the

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RTI pleas on pension issues should be decided in 48 hrs: CIC

-PTI Cases relating to delay in fixation and payment of pension and arrears to be dealt with urgently New Delhi: Right to Information (RTI) applications seeking pension details should be replied to within 48 hours as it pertains to the "life and liberty" of the elderly, the Central Information Commission has held as it pitched for early redressal of such grievances. The Commission also directed that if an RTI application is a genu

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India slips in human development index

as a “prime example” of “combining social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Information, National Food Security, and Right to Education Acts. It commended the Indian grassroots group Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan for popularising social audits of government schemes. Gender disparity Noting that women, on an ave

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SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, interviewed by Vrinda Gopinath (

mmission and after he retired. He has asked for public funding of political parties, putting an expenditure cap on them, financial transparency among parties, and to bring political parties under the Right to Information Act to clean up the electoral process. In an interview with, Quraishi brushed off accusations by political parties, mainly the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati and Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal that Electron

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Government Agency Meant to Ensure Transparency Refuses to Share Information -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

lhi: When it comes to transparency, it seems the Narendra Modi government is moving in reverse. The Department of Personnel and Training, the nodal agency responsible for effectively implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has refused to share details on the appointment of information commissioners, claiming that the body is exempted from doing so. The response of the chief public information officer (CPIO) of the department and the first

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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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