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      by Published on 18-05-12 05:24 PM     Number of Views: 2876 

      Scam | A scam worth Rs 60 crore was recently unearthed in the UP Seed Development Corporation. The corporation was supposed to distribute seeds free of cost to the farmers but investigations revealed that officers pocketed the money by showing fictitious names of beneficiaries on papers. A farmer, who was deprived of the benefits of the department, exposed the fraud by using the RTI Act. More than two lakh quintal of seeds of wheat, which were supposed to be given to the farmers free of cost, were sold to black marketers. Though as of now anomalies have been unearthed in two districts, police suspects that it is spread across ...
      by Published on 10-05-12 10:56 AM  Number of Views: 3481 

      The death of RTI activist Ravinder Balwanifollowing a mysterious hit-and-run incident in the capital has triggered allegations of foul play. The family of the deceased has drawn attention to the numerous death threats Balwani had received in the last one year, about which he had complained to the police. An ex-official of the Delhi Transco Limited and aide of anti-graft crusader Arvind Kejriwal, he used the RTI to probe corruption particularly in the power sector and could have made powerful enemies. Balwani's death also renews focus on RTI activists' increasing vulnerability. According to an Asian Centre for Human Rights report, ...
      by Published on 09-04-12 01:13 PM     Number of Views: 2208 
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      NEW DELHI: What's common between foggy movements of two army battalions, the government auditor's assessments of large notional losses to the exchequer and a letter from the army chief to the PM on his unit's preparedness for war?

      The information in each of these instances in the past six months was marked 'secret' in official files, but screamed its way to the public, forcing the government into damage-control mode.

      Information leaks in governments are nothing ...
      by Published on 09-04-12 06:28 AM     Number of Views: 2456 
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      When an RTI application for access to a manuscript containing details of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s disappearance was filed, the defence ministry responded with characteristic reticence. History of the Azad Hind Fauj was written in 1950 and remains the only work commissioned by the Indian government on the subject. The Delhi high court made short work of the mysterious “economic interests” cited by the Centre as a reason for withholding the manuscript. It has ordered the government to release or publish the manuscript in four months. Over the last six decades it has gathered dust as a “classified” ...
      by Published on 09-04-12 06:07 AM  Number of Views: 3145 
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      Civil society pressure may have forced the government to keep proposed changes in the Right To Information (RTI) Act in abeyance but the information officers are quietly implementing them.

      The government has proposed restrictions on RTI applications that only one issue can be raised
      in one application and it should not be more than 250 words. But, it had to withdraw amendments following objection by RTI proponents such as National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy.The Maharashtra government became the first state to introduce the proposed amendments silently through changes in the rules and some officers ...
      by Published on 02-04-12 07:58 PM  Number of Views: 1892 
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      People who attended the various meetings and dharnas (sit-ins) in support of the right to information (RTI) legislation in India often had a special word of praise for the creative use of puppets in spreading the message about the importance of RTI.

      In particular, they were impressed by a glove puppet called ‘Moofat' (Mr. Loudmouth). True to its name, this puppet could say anything and everything without apparently offending anyone.

      The use of puppets enables social movements to not only enliven their campaign and attract people, but also enables them to handle difficult and sensitive
      Published on 10-03-12 08:30 AM  Number of Views: 3318 
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      Irked over "revengeful" litigation pursued by a man against his brother, the Delhi High Court today imposed a fine of Rs50,000 on him, holding that the information on filing sales tax returns, sought by him, were "private" in nature and cannot be spared under the transparency law.

      "When we examine the present case, we come to an opinion that the information on filing of sales tax returns of a person are duly protected under the Right to Information Act and has rightly been not provided," a bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said.

      "The filing of the present appeal against the order of the single-judge bench of this court, which had upheld the order of the Central Information Commission (CIC), was abuse of the process of law. We impose a fine ofRs50,000 ...
      Published on 07-03-12 07:14 AM  Number of Views: 2360 
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      2. Decisions,
      3. CIC

      Two recent orders passed by the Central Information Commission (CIC), an appellate body constituted under the Right to Information Act 2005, imposing a cost of Rs. 25,000 on a public information officer and distinguishing between classified and non-classified documents have come as a shot in the arm for RTI activists.

      S. Sampath, an activist based here, points out that disposing of an appeal filed by Satyendra Kumar Singh, a resident of Bihar, on February 28, the CIC presided over by Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra had imposed the maximum cost of Rs. 25,000 on a Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) ...
      by Published on 27-10-11 08:21 PM
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      In his white and grey uniform, big school bag, bespectacled Mobashshir Sarwar stands out in the bustling premises of the Delhi High Court. The XII standard student has a date with the judge, one of the many he has had since he took his school to court for expelling him in December.

      At 17 and already a 100-odd RTIs old, Mobashshir is no ordinary rebel. He has taken on the administration for everything from bad rotis served at the hostel to how school fee is being misused at annual functions by seeking information using the RTI.

      No wonder then that on a Monday morning when his classmates were concentrating on finishing a three-hour exam paper, Mobashshir, having turned in his answer sheet in 45 minutes, was waiting in queue at the Delhi ...
      by Published on 02-07-11 05:54 PM  Number of Views: 3523 
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      No statutory authority is above the Republic of India. In our democratic setup, the people of India are supreme. The exceptions contained in Section (8) are exceptional pieces
      by Published on 29-06-11 08:08 AM  Number of Views: 3741 
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      NEW DELHI: Now, you can file an RTI with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) sitting at home. What's more, you could also track its progress online.

      Last week, the civic agency activated the RTI link on its website, making the RTI filing process less cumbersome. It also provided for online payment ...

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