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Over 9 crore employed under MGNREGA in 2020, the highest since enactment in 2008 by UPA govt

-National Herald The numbers show that it has come to the rescue of India’s rural workforce as the country battles one of its worst phases of economic slowdown and unemployment Over 9 crore persons living in rural parts of the country found informal work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2020 till October, a Right to Information (RTI) reply seen by NH has revealed. The rural workers...

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National Population Register: Questionnaire is being finalised, says Registrar General of India -Vijaita Singh

-The Hindu “The Hindu”, in a query filed under the RTI Act, sought information on the expected date of the first phase of Census 2021 and an update of the NPR. The office of the Registrar General of India (RGI) has said the schedule or the questionnaire of the National Population Register (NPR) is “being finalised” and the information about the expected date of first phase of Census 2021 is “not available.” The...

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In Bihar, The Systematic Gagging Of India’s Sunshine Law -Malini Subramaniam

-Article-14.com At least 17 activists who regularly used the Right to Information Act to expose corruption in Bihar have been murdered since 2008. Hundreds face false cases. One activist has been in prison since March, with 14 cases against him. Neither the government nor the police responds to requests for protection Muzaffarpur: Out to meet a friend at a restaurant in Muzaffarpur in the northern state of Bihar on the evening of...

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The decline of India’s Right to Information regime, in four charts -howindialives.com

-HowIndiaLives.com * From high vacancies to shorter tenures to rising pendency, the Central Information Commission (CIC), India’s right-to-information (RTI) appeals body faces a plethora of problems today From almost always having a head to being headless. From five-year terms for key staff to three-year terms. From rules that didn’t leave room for interpretation to an overriding provision for the government. From hardly ever rejecting applications on the grounds of documentation to doing...

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An app to trace Aarogya setu’s creator -Anita Joshua

-The Telegraph RTI body issues notice to three wings of the central govt for ‘obstruction of information and providing an evasive reply’ At 7.25pm on Tuesday, 16.23 crore Indians were using the Aarogya Setu App but the departments concerned in the Narendra Modi government have claimed in writing that they do not have any information on who created the app and they do not possess files relating to this “mandatory” tool to...

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