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Under Modi's Crop Insurance Scheme, Premiums up 350% But Farmers' Coverage Stagnant -Kabir Agarwal and Dheeraj Mishra

ly by 0.42%. On the other hand, premiums paid to insurance companies have increased by 350%, according to data that the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare provided to The Wire under a Right to Information (RTI) application. When the government announced the new scheme, it said that the PMFBY “incorporates the best features of all previous schemes and at the same time, all previous shortcomings/weaknesses have been removed&rdqu

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Hamstringing the RTI Act -Sharat Sabharwal

-The Hindu Instead of holding a public debate on making the Act more effective, the government is seeking to dilute its provisions The Right to Information (RTI) Act, operationalised in October 2005, was seen as a powerful tool for citizen empowerment. It showed an early promise by exposing wrongdoings at high places, such as in the organisation of the Commonwealth Games, and the allocation of 2G spectrum and coal blocks. However, it now faces

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RTI Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu accuses union government of interfering with the independence of CIC -Parth Welankar

n the first place,” said Acharyulu Pune: Accusing the Union government of trying to interfere with the independence of the central information commission (CIC) by proposing amendments to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, professor Sridhar Acharyulu, information commissioner of India, expressed his staunch opposition to the proposed changes in the RTI Act. The proposed amendments include enabling the Centre to prescribe the term of office

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RTI rank: India slips a spot to No. 6 -Rumu Banerjee

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: All is not right with the Right to Information (RTI) Act in India. A recent rating of 123 countries with functional Right to Information laws saw the country slip to number six on the list. While it slipped by only a notch from last year, it is several rungs down the list from 2011, when the global RTI rating started. India was at number 2 then. The rating, which is un

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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 (

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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