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Cloak on RTI bill -Anita Joshua

Lok Sabha bulletin for legislative business of the upcoming monsoon session, one bill stands out because it is the only one about which no details have been furnished. The bill seeks to amend the Right to Information Act of 2005, and the ironical opaqueness has alarmed transparency advocates who have mounted a pushback. As many as 18 bills are listed for introduction, consideration and passage in the monsoon session, scheduled to begin on July

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Forum of media educators emphasize on promoting media literacy & ethical journalism

bile technology and multi-media tools, and good media business practices, need to be learnt and practised, both in the media schools and in media organizations. Finally, there is a need to promote Right to Information and its advocates and promote peace through media. The declaration affirmed that it was important to understand how RTI could be effectively used in the promotion of the cause of good journalism, and in the process protecting the RTI

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In 41 trips to 52 countries in 4 years, PM Narendra Modi spent Rs 355 crore: RTI

48 months as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi made 41 trips to over 50 countries, at a total cost of Rs 355 crore.  He was abroad for a cumulative 165 days. This was revealed through replies to Right to Information (RTI) queries submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) by RTI activist Bhimappa Gadad, who shared these replies with The New Indian Express. Of these 41 trips by PM Modi to 52 countries, the highest amount was spent on

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Why Maharashtra switched to DBT-based food system in tribal hostels -Partha Sarathi Biswas

the municipal limits or in divisional headquarters would be paid Rs 3,500 per month through bank transfers, while those in other areas would be given Rs 3,000 per month. Documents obtained through Right to Information (RTI) applications, however, show that the issue of choice probably had nothing to do with this decision. Instead, it seemed to have been prompted by repeated complaints from students about the quality of food being served in these ca

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In terms of ease, citizens of Nagri block in Ranchi dislike the pilot cash transfer-based PDS, reveals social audit

by the Social Audit Department during 11th–16th April, 2018, is now available in the public domain. Among other things, the Executive Summary of that social audit, which was obtained using the Right to Information Act, says that the average time taken in withdrawal of last DBT transfer and purchase of rice from the ration shop turned out to be 13.1 hours during the period October 2017 to March, 2018. Out of the total 7,485 withdrawals that

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Despite opposition from Gram Sabhas, cash transfer ordeal continues in Nagri block (Jharkhand)

The social audit was completed in April 2018 by the Social Audit Unit of the GoJ’s Rural Development Department. A copy of the social audit report’s Executive Summary (obtained under the Right to Information Act) is attached, along with a summary table. 7. The social audit broadly confirms the results of the earlier survey. Large numbers of people in Nagri are deprived of food rations due to DBT, and even larger numbers face enormous h

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Centre accused of 'illegally' denying details on RTI Act

-The Hindu Activist sought copy of proposed amendments An activist has accused the government of “illegally” withholding information about amendments proposed to the Right to Information Act, 2005, after her plea seeking details about the procedure followed was turned down. RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj wrote to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) last month demanding to know when were the amendments to the Act propo

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The Great Transparency 'Jumla'

about its reservations regarding the Finance Act, 2017 and introduction of the electoral bonds – on their website. The notings have been disclosed through a response to an application under the Right to Information Act (RTI) filed by retired Commodore Lokesh K. Batra. The Act brought in several amendments to existing legislation, including some Acts that would enable the introduction of the electoral bond scheme. The Finance Minister Arun Jai

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Can't use RTI to know the reason you were rejected, UP Police tells constable aspirants -Sanya Dhingra

vacancies among police constables and Provincial Armed Constabulary, lists the exact procedures and criteria for selection, but adds: “No application will be entertained or considered under the Right to Information Act, 2005, with regard to the information being provided through this notice.” More than 15 lakh candidates had applied for the 28,915 vacancies announced by the UP Police Recruitment and Promotion Board in 2015. ThePrint

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PM tapped on RTI changes

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put the proposed amendments to the RTI Act in the public domain in keeping with the government's policy of pre-legislative consultations. The policy, adopted in 2014, mandates that all draft legislation (including subordinate legislation) should be placed in the public domain for 30 days and comments invited from th

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