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Nikhil Dey, RTI Activist and founding member of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), interviewed by Rakesh Kumar (TheStatesman.com)

-The Statesman NIKHIL DEY is one of the founding members of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS). Since 1990, he has been a full-time MKSS activist and a member of the organisation’s decision-making collective. A leading social activist, Dey has always been involved in grassroots struggles for land and payment of minimum wages. He has also been part of the organisation’s involvement in some groundbreaking campaigns such as people’s Right to Information...

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RTI Activist, who moved Odisha Lok Ayukt against BJD MLA, engineer, brutally attacked

-The Hindu Sarbeswar Beura alleged that a road embankment was blown up at the instance of a Biju Janata Dal MLA and an engineer to cover up corruption. BHUBANESWAR: A Right to Information (RTI) activist, who had moved the Odisha Lok Ayukt alleging that a road embankment was blown up at the instance of a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA and an engineer to cover up corruption, was attacked with bombs. Two bike-borne...

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Centre rejects RTI seeking details on COVID-19 vaccine pricing, says 'prejudicially affect interests of State' -Saurav Das

-Firstpost.com Most experts agree that Centre has fixed current price of COVID-19 vaccine at Rs 250 only after factoring in the reduced expenses of the two companies, large volume of orders they are to get, affordability of the masses and the major hurdle of vaccine hesitancy it faces The COVID-19 vaccination drive is in full swing. The Centre had recently announced that both COVISHIELD and COVAXIN will be administered free of cost...

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Supreme Court criticises govt for non-reply to Jairam Ramesh’s plea on changes in RTI Act

-The Hindu Court, in Jan. 2020, asked Centre to file reply to plea, which contended that RTI Amendment Act of 2019 and its Rules cripple CIC’s objectivity, independence. The Supreme Court on Monday criticised the Union government for having not filed a reply for over a year to a petition by parliamentarian Jairam Ramesh challenging the amendments made to the Right to Information Act. The court, in January 2020, asked the Centre to...

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Unexpected? Western regional meet objects to Gujarat order 'blacklisting' RTI applicants

-Counterview.net Speaking at the western region consultation on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, whose two-day virtual session began on Thursday, Aruna Roy, formerly a member of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi-sponsored national advisory panel, has said that governments should recognise RTI has emerged as common citizens’ right to seek answers from authorities instead of seeing RTI pleas with suspicion. A pioneer of the RTI movement in India, Roy objecting to recent orders...

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