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Jagdeep S Chhokar, one of the founders and trustees of Association for Democratic Reforms, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (CaravanMagazine.in)

ry to find out what these unknown sources were? JSC: We had the Central Information Commissioner declare the six national parties as public authorities. Our idea was to file applications under the Right to Information Act and have the national parties disclose the identity of these unknown sources of income. All the six parties refused to accept the CIC’s verdict. The case regarding this is in the Supreme Court. The government has submitted a

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HC brings RWAs, registered societies under RTI ambit -Shilpy Arora

ion officer and first appellate authority to provide information to public under RTI, and levy a prescribed fee for it. If the fee is not prescribed, it can be as per the fee prescribed under Haryana Right to Information Rules. Both officials and residents welcomed the move. District registrar of societies Ishwar Singh told TOI, “It’s an important order as RWAs were always reluctant to share information with public. I’m glad Harya

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Even After Abolishing It, Centre Collected Over Rs 1,300 Crore Under Krishi Kalyan Cess -Dheeraj Mishra

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led Central government has collected tax worth more than Rs 1,300 crore under the Krishi Kalyan Cess (KKC) despite having abolished it, information received through the Right to Information has revealed. The Ministry of Finance had gradually disposed of several cesses with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout, including the KKC which was abolished on July 1, 2017.   However, the Directorate

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Under PM Kisan Scheme, Why is Money Credited Into Some Farmers' Accounts Quickly Deducted? -Dheeraj Mishra

-TheWire.in Documents obtained through RTI requests shed more light on complaints by farmers that money deposited under the PM Kisan scheme was immediately debited by the banks. New Delhi: A Right to Information (RTI) query filed by The Wire has revealed that crores of rupees credited into farmers’ accounts under the Modi government’s ambitious PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme were reversed within a few hours. The BJP ha

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Supreme Court gives RBI 'last chance' to alter disclosure policy

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) “a last opportunity” to withdraw a November 2016 Disclosure Policy to the extent to which it stonewalls revelation of every other kind of information under the Right to Information Act, including the list of wilful defaulters and annual inspection reports. A Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and M.R. Shah found the policy of the central bank to be directly contrary to the court’s judgment of December 2

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RTI Act supersedes official secrets law -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Public interest prevails, says judge New Delhi: The Right to Information Act confers on ordinary citizens the ‘priceless right’ to demand information even in matters affecting national security and relations with a foreign state, Justice K.M. Joseph observed in his separate judgment in the Rafale case. Justice Joseph was countering the claim made by the government for privilege over Rafale purchase documents under the

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Centre defies SC order on CIC appointments -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu The Centre has denied a Right to Information (RTI) request for details of the ongoing recruitment process for four vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC), despite a recent Supreme Court order mandating that such information be made public. The CIC is the RTI Act’s highest appellate body. “The judgment of the Honourable Supreme Court given in WP No. 436 of 2018 is under consideration of the department,&rdqu

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RTI does not allow, Govt wants powers to probe complaints against Information Commissioners -P Vaidyanathan Iyer

second one for complaints against Information Commissioners. In what is being seen by the Central Information Commission as an attempt to erode its independence and undermine its role as per the Right to Information (RTI) law, the government has proposed setting up bureaucrat-led committees that would sit and decide on complaints against the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (ICs). This proposal was sent to the

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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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