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The life and death of Kedar Singh Jindan -Gaurav Sarkar

year’s Assembly elections from Shillai on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket. Jindan, who belonged to the Koli community, had held a press conference earlier in June in Shimla, wherein, using the Right to Information (RTI) Act, he had claimed that Below Poverty Line (BPL) certificates were being tampered with in his native place of Shillai. He said certificates were being issued to people belonging to the upper castes, who not only have heavy inco

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RTI: In Uttar Pradesh, no rupee spent from PM's maternity scheme

argest sanctioned amount of over Rs 336 crore from a total of Rs 2,049 crore in 2017-18 approved by the central government for 29 states and seven Union Territories, the query filed by IANS under the Right to Information (RTI) revealed. According to the reply by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry, only 184 women have enrolled in UP for the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) since its inception in January 2017 up to August 2018

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Agricultural Loans Worth Rs 59,000 Crore Went to 615 Accounts in One Year -Dheeraj Mishra

in agricultural loans in the year 2016. On average, each account has been given over Rs 95 crore in agricultural loans. This information was revealed by the Reserve Bank of India in response to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by The Wire. Agricultural loans incur lower interest rates as compared to other common loans, and they are also given under fewer preconditions than the average loan. These changes were made to make it easie

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Madhav Gadgil, noted ecologist, interviewed by Nidheesh MK (Livemint.com)

the natural, human and social capital as well. Please elaborate. Building human capital means building an informed society, for which no investment is needed except the government obeying its own Right to Information Act and uploading all the information they keep hidden on the web. Social capital is seeing an end to social disharmony. You must take actions to respect the rights of people, and violation of those rights by all sorts of mafias opera

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RBI: Loan defaults by small businesses double in a year -George Mathew

showing that their loan default margin doubled over the last year — from Rs 8,249 crore by March 2017 to Rs 16,118 crore by March 2018. The figures, obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, show that non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans of micro and small units — where the investment in plant and machinery is above Rs 25 lakh but does not exceed Rs 5 crore — rose from Rs 82,382 crore to Rs 98,

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BJP Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Won't Say How He Spent Rs 11 Cr Of His MPLADS Fund Despite CIC Order -Akshay Deshmane

ent denial of information by a senior cabinet minister flies in the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claims of running a transparent, corruption-free government. The CIC order was based on a Right to Information (RTI) request—filed in September 2017—asking for details of works recommended by Tomar, progress in their implementation, the details of applications received for public works and the basis on which these applications were

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Modi govt's ad spend could feed 46 million children mid-day meal for a year -Shreya Raman

overnment’s predecessor in 37 months: The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government spent $377.32 million between March 2011 and March 2014, according to this 2014 response to a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by activist Anil Galgali. Of the Rs 48.8 billion the NDA spent on publicity, Rs 2.92 billion (7.81%) went to advertising four public schemes in three years–Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (Prime Minister&rs

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RTI bill on hold, changes sneak in

-The Telegraph New Delhi: Forced to defer introduction of the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018, in the face of stiff opposition in Parliament and outside, the Narendra Modi government appears to have brought it into effect without parliamentary approval through an advertisement. On July 26, the department of personnel, public grievances & pensions issued an advertisement for appointment of information commissioners in the Centra

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Muzzling information -Anjali Bhardwaj & Amrita Johri

-The Hindu The RTI Act Amendment Bill must be junked The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, has empowered millions of Indians to question governments and hold public functionaries accountable. Of the nearly six million RTI applications filed every year in the country, a large proportion are by the poorest and the most marginalised who seek information about their basic rights and entitlements, like rations, pensions and health facilities. T

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Cattle trade rules: Government was warned within -Sowmiya Ashok

rawn by the Centre, questions were raised internally during the framing stage on whether the central government was “competent” to make rules under what was essentially a state subject, a Right to Information application filed by The Indian Express has revealed. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, notified on May 23, 2017 banned sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, it was later withdra

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