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CIC slams Home Ministry for denying information on communal riots

group’s own report is on the Home Ministry’s website, only 16 of the inquiry reports it studied are available. Anjali Bhardwaj, co-convenor of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), had filed an RTI request in July 2017 asking for the other 13 reports to be also made available, with all their volumes and annexures. Please click here to read more.

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RTI activists living dangerously in Bihar -Amarnath Tewary

2018 alone has seen the death of five petitioners Patna: While the recent brazen murders of businessmen and a bank official in Bihar has caught media attention, the State is equally dangerous for Right to Information (RTI) activists, with five of them been killed in 2018 alone. The latest victim was Bhola Sah. Mr. Sah, who was supervising the construction of his house in Banarjhop village in Banka district, was asked by some men in an SUV to ac

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The Modi Govt Is Trying To Destroy The RTI Act. That's Dangerous For Democracy -Anjali Bhardwaj & Amrita Johri

t of Information Commissioners in the CIC reveal the government's intention to destroy the spirit of the transparency law. With over 6 million information applications filed every year, the Indian Right to Information (RTI) Act is the most extensively used transparency legislation globally. The law has empowered ordinary citizens to hold the government accountable. It has been used for a range of issues: from exposing lapses in the delivery of esse

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Jean Dreze, activists protest in Bihar -Amarnath Tewary

-The Hindu Allege harassment of those who questioned graft related to the MGNREGA scheme Patna: Noted economist and activist Jean Dreze and Right to Information activist Nikhil Dey, along with thousands of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) activists, on Friday protested against the “harassment and intimidation” of those who have raised questions of corruption related to the MGNREGA scheme in the Muzaf

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Information Panel Strength Hits All-Time Low in Modi Era -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

out the big loan defaulters, the panel’s actions have often caused discomfiture to the government and autonomous institutions. The CIC plays an important role in ensuring compliance with the Right to Information Act, 2005 by concerned public authorities. It takes up appeals of non-compliance and denial of information. It also has powers to impose a penalty of up to Rs 25,000 on public information officers for refusal to provide information.

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Maharashtra allows citizens to inspect government records under RTI -Vishwas Waghmode

tions and appeals. Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has issued a government resolution allowing citizens to inspect records in district-level offices and local bodies across the state under the Right to Information (RTI) for two hours every Monday. Officials from the General Administration Department (GAD) said the move was aimed at bringing transparency in the functioning of the government and to reduce RTI applications and appeals. &ldqu

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RTI request to see RTI Amendment Bill denied -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu No transparency in appointment process, says petitioner. New Delhi: The Centre has denied a Right to Information Request for a copy of the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2018, which had been notified for introduction in the monsoon session of Parliament. The Bill sought to give the Centre power to set the tenure and salaries of State and Central Information Commissioners. Critic

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Who is Agnes Kharshiing? -Rahul Karmakar

-The Hindu On November 8, Meghalaya’s Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma became the latest among 18 Right to Information activists in the northeastern region to have been either killed or assaulted or harassed. They were — as the police said — assaulted by a group of criminals at Tuber Sohshrieh in the coal- and limestone-rich East Jaintia Hills district. The spot where they were waylaid is not far from where anothe

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PMO's refusal to disclose Raghuram Rajan's letter on bad loans is not legal, says CIC

nth, the CIC had issued a showcause notice to RBI Governor Urjit Patel for allegedly dishonouring a Supreme Court order regarding the disclosure of a wilful defaulters list. The case pertains to a Right to Information application filed by activist Sandeep Singh, seeking information on wilful defaulters of bank loans of Rs 50 crore and more, which the Ministry of Labour and Employment refused to provide. He had then appealed to the CIC, which ruled

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CIC pulls up PMO and RBI, asks to disclose wilful defaulters list, Raghuram Rajan's letter on bad loans

-The Indian Express Saying that the stand taken by the PMO will not serve any public interest, Acharyulu said, "If the RBI does not respect the SC orders and denies the citizens Right to Information, it will result in the perpetuation of a financial regime of secrecy." With the Reserve Bank of India’s board meeting set to be held Monday, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has once again directed the Prime Minister’s

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