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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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Did a minister cite a non-existent study in her Parliament reply - Ishan Kukreti

-Down to Earth Renuka Singh Saruta had attributed a study to IIT-Delhi on COVID-19 in tribal areas; but the institution does not have it It could be a major flip-flop, that too by a central minister in Parliament. Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Renuka Singh Saruta in an answer to the Rajya Sabha, attributed data to a study that might not exist. Saruta told the Rajya Sabha September 17, 2020, that less...

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Urgent appeal to SC on RTI vacancies

-The Telegraph The petition filed accused the Centre of having misled the apex court in April by saying it had complied with its December 2019 order to fill all the posts RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj on Monday applied to the Supreme Court for an “urgent” hearing of a petition that seeks the immediate filling of all the vacancies at the Central Information Commission, where six of the 11 posts are currently unoccupied. The...

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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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Right to Information Act Under Threat as Ten-Year Old ‘Interim’ Order Holds CIC Together -Nipun Arora and Annanya Mehan

-Newsclick.in The threat to right to information is not only from the government but from within the Central Information Commission (CIC) as well. Several activists and scholars, including former information commissioners, have recently expressed concern over the government’s dilution of the Right to Information Act (RTI). However, the threat to right to information is not only from the government but from within the Central Information Commission (CIC) as well. Under the Right to...

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