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Whistleblowers act needed to protect RTI users: Aruna Roy

for a whistleblowers act to protect RTI users as the system has “strategised to stall” free flow of information to disempower and stop such activists, says Aruna Roy, who spearheaded the Right to Information Act movement. She also feels that there is still a need to see the RTI as a larger democratic and people’s constitutional tool to make power truthful and accountable and put pressure on the political establishment, which it c

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'Ghost' claim but no proof -Anita Joshua

t Aadhaar-linkage had helped the government identify 80,000 "ghost lecturers'' at colleges and universities. Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri of the Satark Nagrik Sangathan had moved separate Right to Information applications on the subject. Bhardwaj had sought the state-wise break-up of the "ghost lecturers", their names and those of the colleges and universities that had employed them. Johri had asked the ministry's higher ed

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Secularism at risk as RTI Act weakens, says Aruna Roy

don’t know who is financing a political party. Donations by foreign entities are also under wraps. The source of all corruption is political funding. This basically undoes all the gains for the Right to Information Act for which Indians have fought for so long,” said Ms. Roy on the sidelines of the book launch. Ms. Roy, who quit civil services to begin working at the grass-root level in Rajasthan in 1975, narrated her journey from the t

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People as auditors -Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy

mid-1990s, the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) experimented with, and began to conceptualise, village-based Jan Sunwais (public hearings) on development expenditure. These helped establish the Right to Information (RTI) as a potent, usable people’s issue and, in parallel, the institutionalised form of social audits. Information is empowering In a Jan Sunwai campaign, organised in five different development blocks of central Rajastha

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In Maharashtra, 22 babies died daily within 28 days of birth: RTI reply

-The Hindu Doctors emphasise need for protocol for newborn intensive care Mumbai: As many as 13,541 children under the age of five died in the State in a span of 11 months, a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed. A study of 11,532 deaths between April 2017 and February 2018 by the health department revealed that 65% of the children — 22 a day on an average — died in the first 28 days of their life, 21% children di

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Govt said buy VVPATs from private sector, Election Commission said no, will hurt public faith -Ritika Chopra

overnment’s proposal to buy voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units from private manufacturers. This is confirmed by official records obtained by The Indian Express this week under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Commission put its foot down after the Law Ministry sent three letters, between July and September 2016, seeking its views on the suggestion. In its reply, dated September 19, 2016, the EC stated that it “is of

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How RTI Act is dying a slow death in India -Chetan Chauhan

16-17 was reported in RTI applications filed with the 1,950 public authorities of the Central government, which receives maximum information applications followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka. The Right to Information law meant to empower Indians and bring transparency in governance appeared to be losing steam with the number of queries going down mainly because of stone-walling of information by officials and slow disposal of appeals, studies base

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RTI movement tells its story in Aruna's book

e needed, but hard to find. If they come from within it is most likely they won’t be objective and if they are on the outside chances are that empathy and understanding will be missing. The Right to Information movement has happily overcome this challenge. Aruna Roy and the MKSS Collective have produced a balanced and well-documented book on the movement, which, after long years of struggle and many ups and downs, finally gave India a robust

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Years spent waiting for RTI replies, petitioners claim -Shinjini Ghosh

-The Hindu New Delhi: Reena, a single mother, has been unable to acquire Scheduled Caste certificates for her children as her RTI (Right to Information) application filed in 2016, still remains unanswered. “I had applied for Scheduled Caste certificates for my children but was told by the Revenue Department that the caste certificate of the father needs to be provided. In 2016, I filed the RTI application seeking information on the docum

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Troubling New Concerns About Election Commission And EVMs: 10 Facts -Divyanshu Dutta Roy

esponses on EVMs have highlighted irregularities in everything from the number of voting machines the Election Commission bought to the price it paid for them. New Delhi: Responses to a series of Right to Information requests have thrown up multiple red flags in the Election Commission's acquisition and use of EVMs or Electronic Voting Machines. From huge inconsistencies in the records of the machines acquired by the poll body to mysterious gaps i

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