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Less than 34,000 inter-State migrant workers in 2019-20, says government -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu No workers were registered in Delhi, Patna; No data on Shramik Special deaths, says responses to RTI requests. In the last five years, there have been no inter-State migrant workers registered in the Delhi, Dehradun or Patna regions. Nationwide, there were less than 34,000 workers registered in 2019-20 under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (ISMW) Act, 1979, according to a response to a recent Right to Information Act request. In response to...

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PM CARES Fund gets FCRA exemption without meeting pre-condition of CAG audit -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu Need to seek consent from PM CARES before giving info on FCRA exemption: MHA response to RTI The PM CARES Fund has received exemption from all provisions of the law meant to regulate foreign donations, although it does not seem to meet the pre-condition of being a body established and owned by the government whose accounts are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). Responding to a recent...

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Ventilators from firms funded by PM CARES fail trials -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu 2 companies that got ₹22 cr. advance in May later dropped from Ministry list. Two firms given purchase orders for indigenously manufactured ventilators for COVID-19 treatment funded by PM-CARES have failed a clinical evaluation by the Health Ministry’s technical committee, according to information accessed through the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The firms — Jyoti CNC Automation and Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) — had already received ₹22.5 crore in advance...

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PMO denies RTI plea seeking info on PM-CARES -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu Office cites ‘diversion of resources’ clause; former CIC Wajahat Habibullah terms it ‘misuse of Act’. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has denied a Right to Information request related to the PM-CARES Fund on the grounds that providing it would “disproportionately divert the resources of the office.” However, a High Court judgment and multiple orders of the Central Information Commission (CIC) have previously held that, under the RTI Act, this rationale...

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Let’s talk about rights in a democracy

-The New Indian Express In times like these when the world is riddled with extreme polarities, a new book, titled, We the People, brings a collection of essays that centres on growth of universal rights. In times like these when the world is riddled with extreme polarities, a new book, titled, We the People, brings a collection of essays that centres on growth of universal rights. Authors Nikhil Day, Rakshita Swamy and...

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