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Four Biggest Mistakes you can avoid in your RTI Application

The Right to Information Act 2005 empowers every citizen to ask for information from Government Organisations. This information can be about your own personal case or more complex Government Policy. The Act also empowers us to take photocopies of the Government records and also online data in a form of CD. However, often PIO being Government Servant who perhaps is also the custodian of the information has a conflict of interest in giving out such information. Every Government Official at on

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How to hack Member of Parliament daily works

We must know our Hon'ble Member of Parliament daily routine. But unfortunately, you may not get that information from MP Office. They do not come under Right to Information Act. But yes, you can get the details of the work Member of Parliament has undertaken by various means. Here are few: 1. Request General Administrative Department of the State Government to give you all the correspondence an MP has written to State Government for his constituency related work. You can get the reply

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PIO Acts that makes you hate RTI ACT

How many times have you been asked to inspect the document when you have never requested? Ideally, if you have not applied for inspection of the document and the information requested is not voluminous, PIO should not ask the applicant to come for inspection of the document. PIO Acts that makes you hate RTI ACT But naturally, it is not the way. It is an easy way for PIO to first Get to know who is an actual RTI Applicant Intimidate the applicant by various means E

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RTI to Quest for Transparency

If RTI was the primary drum for the earlier Government, 'Quest for Transparency' is for the new one. If one sees the trend, it is clearly towards 'Quest for transparency' then RTI. The CIC remains headless, financial powers of CIC is now with Secretary DoPT. IC's are representing for their fixation of seniority.   All what is means is downsizing of RTI and upscaling of 'Quest for Transparency', i.e. Proactive disclosure. In times to come, DoPT is bound to reflect this in their publicity too

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Record Retention Schedule - an eye wash for RTI?

Does a formal order of Record Retention Schedule an eye wash for RTI applicant?   The Record Retention Schedule brought out by DAPRG also available at our Download segment here was a welcome move. It was expected that it shall become boon for Right to Information by prescribing a authentic record retention schedule. However, if you see the modus operandi by which organisations who are hell bent in not providing information operates, it shall throw some light.   Once the Government has deci

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