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RTI

Bombay HC asksRTI activist to pay for filing misleading PIL

MUMBAI.The Bombay High Court recently imposed a cost of Rs1 lakh on a rickshaw driver, who claimed to be a Right to Information (RTI) activist, and moved court seeking the demolition of a 19-storey tower constructed by an Andheri developer.   A division bench comprising Justices VM K

Posted Date :  31-10-16

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Constitution Club is public authority under RTI Act rules CIC

NEW DELHI . The Central Information Commission (CIC) has held that the Constitution Club of India (Club) at New Delhi is a public authority under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). The Club will now be answerable to queries under the RTI Act.   The ruling came following an

Posted Date :  26-10-16

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2000 govt organisations to accept online RTI applications

NEW DELHI.Around 2,000 Central government organisations will soon be accepting applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act through online medium.   The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has started a massive exercise to train nodal officers of all such public auth

Posted Date :  21-09-16

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CIC seeks monitoring of aviation schools

NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has expressed concern over the security risks involving flying schools and has stressed on the need to monitor them. In two recent orders, the CIC has underlined the need for public disclosures and transparency in such schools.    &q

Posted Date :  28-06-16

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Cabinet decisions come under RTI Act says Kerala CIC

Thiruvananthapuram: In a significant development that may make government business more transparent, the Kerala Information Commission has ordered that all decisions by the state government, once finalised in the cabinet, come under the ambit of the RTI Act.   The Commission also sug

Posted Date :  23-06-16

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Number of RTI applications decline Government

New Delhi, The number of RTI applications has come down to around 7.55 lakh in 2014-15 from over 8.34 lakh a year before as departments and ministries are putting more information in public domain on their own, government said today.     “As per the Annual Report of Ce

Posted Date :  06-05-16

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Ashok Khemka plea seeking compensation from PMO rejected by CIC

NEW DELHI . The CIC has rejected a plea of whistle blower IAS officer Ashok Khemka seeking compensation from PMO and penalty on an official for delay in disclosing a letter from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi letter to the then Prime Minister on the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal by t

Posted Date :  18-04-16

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RTI applicant asked to prove nationality

Kochi: Did an uncommon name like Reny Ayline prompt the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to seek his citizenship for a getting a reply under the Right to Information (RTI) Act?   Reny Ayline, vice-president of the Kerala chapter of National Confederation of Human Rights Organizati

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Ministers are answerable under RTI Act: CIC

NEW DELHI .March 14, 2016    Ministers in the Union and state cabinets are “public authorities” liable to answer public questions addressed to them under the Right to Information Act, the Central Information Commission has ruled.      

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Avoid RTI on personnel issues, govt to tell staff

NEW DELHI: The government is planning to issue strict instructions that personnel matters should be resolved internally and not be allowed to escalate. A number of appeals and complaints seeking information on matters like transfers, arrears, salaries and others land at the doorstep of the Centra

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80% reduction in funds spent on RTI publicity

NEW DELHI . The government has spent only Rs 1.67 crore on promotion  and publicity of the country’s flagship transparency law — The Right  to Information Act –this fiscal, which is 80 per cent less than last  year’s and the lowest since 2008-09. The mea

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80% reduction in funds spent on RTI publicity

NEW DELHI . The government has spent only Rs 1.67 crore on promotion  and publicity of the country’s flagship transparency law — The Right  to Information Act –this fiscal, which is 80 per cent less than last  year’s and the lowest since 2008-09. The mea

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CIC will not return appeals without photo IDs: Govt

NEW  Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) will not return RTI appeals and complaints merely on account of non-submission of photo ID of the applicant.       RTI rules do not specifically provide for furnishing of photo identity document along with ap

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Centre to make RTI online facility more people-friendly

NEW DELHI: You could soon file an online RTI application to seek information from  public sector banks, railways, Navratna PSUs, educational institutions and Central  Board of Direct Taxes.       The government has decided to extend its RTI online portal t

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21 Organisations Exmpted from RTI perview

NEW DELHI .AS per the list provided by the govt , 22  organizations of Govt of India has been exempted  from the perview of the RTI . List is  of the organisations given below:   •          Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs

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RTI Act completes ten years Move to restrict the misuse of RTI Act

Chennai. The Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited organized a one day seminar on Right to Information Act 2005 at Chennai recently  to mark the occasion of the completion of 10 year period of the implementation of the Act and to update the information officers on the development of the Act in

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Centre Issues Guidelines For Giving RTI Replies

New Delhi: All ministries were today asked to clearly mention detailed reasons for denial of information sought by people under the RTI Act. They have also been told to cite relevant sections of the RTI Act while denying information under the  transparency law.   It has been o

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File Online RTI Applications With 431 Public Authorities:

New Delhi: People can now file RTI applications online with 431 public authorities, the government said on Wednesday.   A RTI web portal has been started for easy filing of applications by Indian citizens, including those who are living abroad.   An Indian citizen ca

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Delhi Govt To Conduct RTI Test For Its Officials

New Delhi: To encourage its officials to get acquainted with the provisions of Right to Information Act, the Delhi government has decided to conduct a RTI comprehension test for them in September. All officers and staff members, including those from Group D, of various departments of Governm

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NGOs come under RTI Act, info panel pulls up general administration

BHOPAL: Three days after Comptroller and Audit General (CAG) Shashi Kant Sharma directed social audits on NGOs and panchayat bodies directly funded by the government, state information commission has ordered all state government-funded NGOs to come under the ambit of RTI Act. The order also hauls

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Enforce RTI Act in private hospitals: CIC tells Centre, states

NEW DELHI: The CIC has told the Centre and the state governments to enforce RTI in private hospitals and ensure they provide medical records to patients on a daily basis. In a scathing order against Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, which had refused to give records of a deceased patient to his son

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RTI; Copies of the employees bills cant be provided

NEW DELHI . The Central Information Commission (CIC) ruled that the copies of TA bills etc. would clearly be in the nature of personal information and not relatable to the discharge of the duties in official capacity. The CIC directed to provide the date of travel and the amount reimbursed. The a

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Destruction of records during the pendency of RTI application

NEW DELHI .  An application was filed under the RTI Act seeking information regarding appointment of Associate Professor. The Public Information Officer (PIO) replied that no such information was available. The CIC did not accept the claim of the respondents that the record is weeded out wit

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CIC recommends postal stamps for RTI fee

New Delhi,  People seeking information under RTI Act may now be able to use postal stamps as application fee if a recommendation of the Central Information Commission is accepted by the Centre.   Two Information Commissioners in two separate cases— RK Jain and Raghubir Singh&m

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RTI Act can’t redress complaints

NEW DELHI .  As a consumer, can I use the Right to Information Act to get redress? How do I use the Act effectively as a consumer?   The Right to Information Act gives you, as a citizen, the right to seek and get information from a public authority. The Right to Information Act is n

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RTI Act: Rs 2 cr penalty imposed on govt officials

The State Information Commission has so far imposed a penalty of Rs 2 crore on the government officials for failing to provide information sought under the Right to Information Act, said Commissioner Shekhar Sajjanar.   Speaking at a workshop on RTI Act organised by the State Information

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CIC recommends postal stamps for RTI fee

New Delhi,  People seeking information under RTI Act may now be able to use postal stamps as application fee if a recommendation of the Central Information Commission is accepted by the Centre.   Two Information Commissioners in two separate cases— RK Jain and Raghubir Singh&m

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CIC allows disclosure of Sebi chairman’s assets

New Delhi.  The Central Information Commission ( CIC) has directed the Securities and Exchange Board of India ( Sebi) to reveal the details of assets and liabilities of its chairman, UK Sinha, within four weeks.  It has also sought the regulator declare Sinha’s total emoluments.

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RTI replies to be available online now

New Delhi .  Prime Minister Narendra Modi might have surprised Congress President Sonia Gandhi by taking UPA scheme to another level. While critics were claiming that Modi government might dilute Right to Information (RTI) Act, it has done just the reverse. Right to Information (RTI) Act, wh

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BHEL comes out with whistleblower policy

NEW DELHI: Adhering to stronger corporate governance standards, state-owned BHEL has put in place a policy for whistleblowers with safeguards to protect their identity and prevent victimization.       A leading engineering and manufacturing player, Bharat Heavy Elec

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All information about a government servant is private

NEW DELHI .  The appellant sought certified copies of the documents of all the lecturers/HODs of a Polytechnic college relating to their names, appointment orders, promotion orders, pay fixation orders, pay fixation orders after 6th Pay Commission, enhancement orders, pay modification/alt

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Madras High Court recalls ruling diluting RTI

CHENNAI.  The Madras High Court has ‘corrected’ its order last week that observed that an applicant seeking information under the Right to Information Act, 2005, should state reasons for doing so and whether there is any public interest involved. The previous order had come un

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RTI applicants needn`t provide address: Centre

NEW DELHI .  Government departments should notinsist on seeking address of an RTI applicant if a post box number is being provided to them for communication, the Centre has said.   The Ministry of Personnel has written to all central government ministries or departments, who act

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Rs 182 cr compensation for land acquired for n-plant

  Chandigarh. After announcement of award for acquisition of land to set up a nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in Fatehabad district of Haryana, a total compensation of over Rs 182 crore has so far been given to 375 farmers for their 592 acres of land acquired.

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