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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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CIC backlog grows as vacancies remain unfilled -Vidya Venkat

as information commissioners on December 31, 2016 and February 17, 2017 respectively. While the applications were invited well before the vacancies arose, no appointments have been made till date. Right to Information (RTI) activists have been protesting the lack of appointments and speedy clearance of information appeals at the Commission. In a letter addressed to Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (PMO and Public Grievances) recently, activist and

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Privatising district hospitals: Health ministry, states, experts had little say in Niti Aayog plan -Menaka Rao

an India’s eight largest metropolises. The state government will provide private partners with some of the viability gap funding (a one-time grant to set up the hospital). used the Right to Information Act to access the official documents with the government on the privatisation of district hospitals in order to reconstruct how the Niti Aayog reached its controversial conclusions. The trigger On March 14, 2016, Modi chaired a

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It's lonely on the ground -Christophe Jaffrelot & Basim U Nissa

eady exposed to violence, all the more so as the Whistle Blowers Protection Act (2011) is not implemented. Sixty-nine activists have been killed, according to the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information. Besides, the NCPRI presents on its website the case of 130 RTI activists who have been victims of assault and 170 others who are victims of harrassment. Of the 268 cases whose location is known, 100 belong to rural India, a clear sig

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Look who's cashing in on crop insurance plan-insurance firms -George Mathew

cheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), it’s the insurance industry that is all set to cash in amid spells of drought and the agrarian distress. According to figures obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by The Indian Express from Agricultural Insurance Company of India (AIC), the total portfolio, or premium collected under the scheme, was Rs 22,437 crore in 2016-17, while claims made by farmers amounted to Rs 8,087.23 crore

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