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  1. The AAP government has spent an average of Rs 70.5 crore annually in the past three years on advertisements -- four times more than the previous government's expenditure on print, electronic and outdoor advertising, according to an RTI reply. In the first year after assuming office in February 2015, the current government spent Rs 59.9 crore on advertisements, Rs 66.3 crore the next year and Rs 85.3 crore up to December 31, 2017, the Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) said in reply to an RTI application by IANS. The average annual expenditure of the AAP government on advertisements from April 2015 to December 2017 was Rs 70.5 crore. The Congress' average was Rs 17.4 crore in the last five years of its rule (2008-2013). Read more at: https://www.moneylife.in/article/aaps-media-spend-is-four-times-that-of-previous-government-rti-reply/53088.html
  2. If the CBSE exam marks are available online now, then there can be no claim of right to privacy for the previous students, the Delhi high court said on Thursday. The court’s observation came during the hearing of the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) plea challenging a Central Information Commission (CIC) direction allowing inspection of Union minister Smriti Irani’s Class 10th and Class 12th records to an applicant under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “Are all the CBSE marks of students available in the public domain today? If it is possible today, then you cannot say there is a right of privacy qua results of earlier students,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru observed. Read more at: Right to privacy not an issue if marks of students are available online, HC says - Times of India
  3. In response to a query filed under Right to Information (RTI) filed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) Watchdog Foundation, in the Kamala Mills fire case, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) have stated, no permission was obtained from them to operate in the premises. “We have received information under RTI Act, from MPCB which has stated the officials had not issued Consent to Establish and Consent to Operate to Kamala Mills. This fact has been entirely omitted in the report probing the fire incident at Kamala Mills, given by the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta,” said Godfrey Pimenta, trustee of Watchdog Foundation. Read more at: https://freepressjournal.in/mumbai/mumbai-kamala-mills-operated-without-mpcb-consent/1222271
  4. This is to remind you of your statement against RTI Activist on the floor of Assembly on 6th of February 2018. You have told the Legislative Assembly that RTI Activists are big blackmailers which is absolutely condemnable. I along with my associates at J&K RTI Foundation, am a campaigner of the revolutionary Right to Information Act (RTI) Act since my first year of Engineering Studies and you have no right to call me a blackmailer. Mr. Haq, there bare uncountable stories on success through RTI and the empowerment of common man; and believe me, nobody till date could give a single evidence of blackmailing through RTI. Have you ever thought that the blackmailing is only possible if the government officials are corrupt…I have personally observed that the PIOs are using RTI for creating smoothness in their offices! Recently an officer called my friend to obtain some information from his office through RTI which he could not provide to the people because of some higher authority orders. RTI is the only tool in the state that could expose wrong doings in the offices and the whistleblowers must be appreciated for their acts rather than calling them blackmailers. Mr. Haq, now decide who is a blackmailer? A common man using RTI or a corrupt official who is not allowed to misappropriate government funds and is hence blaming whistle blowers? I am not saying that all RTI Applicants are RTI Activists, there may be some who act indecently; but there is no scope of blackmailing when an honest official faces an RTI Applicant. Read more at: https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/opinion/are-we-blackmailers/275761.html Note: Open the link in a new browser tab and change https to http [irfan Banka is Chairman, J&K RTI Foundation]
  5. As many as 5,177 life insurance claims for Rs 30,000-life cover provided under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna (PMJDY) were received since the scheme’s inception, a query under the Right to Information has revealed. As of January 12, 2018, there are 30.93 crore Jan-Dhan accounts, according to the reply by the Financial Services Department of the Ministry of Finance to an RTI query by Neemuch-based activist Chandrashekhar Gaud. “All eligible PMJDY a/c holders who have their accounts during the period from 15-8-2014 to 31-1-2015 are covered under the life insurance cover of Rs 30,000. “As of 12-1-2018, 4,543 claims have been paid under PMJDY for life cover of Rs 30,000 and the claim amount paid is Rs 13.62 crore,” the reply added. Read more at: https://www.india.com/news/agencies/over-5000-life-insurance-claims-under-pmjdy-so-far-rti-reply-2894960/ Note: Open the link in a new browser tab and change https to http
  6. In May last year amid worsening relations with Pakistan, the External Affairs Ministry announced a new policy whereby it would grant Pakistani citizens seeking medical visas to get treated in India only if they have a recommending letter by Pakistan Foreign Minister Adviser Sartaj Aziz. A RTI query filed by Anil Galgali has however put question marks on whether Pakistan or even India is following this policy. Indian High Commission in Islamabad infomed that ‘the disclosure of this affection would prejudicially affect relations with a foreign state ie Pakistan. This information was being denied to Anil Galgali under Section 8 of the RTI act. Read more at: Mumbai: RTI activist Anil Galgali denied information on medical visas to Pakistan natives | Free Press Journal
  7. A resident of Langkyrding-Nongmynsong, under Pynthorumkhrah constituency, Teiborlang Warjri through an RTI sought information from the office of the C & RD Mylliem Block on the distribution of benefits under various schemes and beneficiaries for the year 2008-2017, i.e. 9 years. In a media press issued here, Warjri stated that as per the RTI revelation, AL Hek, the former MLA of Pynthorumkhrah, had bought CGI sheets (tin) 6700 bundles at the rate of Rs 4000, Rs 4779, Rs 5000 per bundle. The total amount comes to Rs 3, 12, 67, 400. It also revealed that Hek purchased sports materials, trophies etc., which came to a total of Rs 69, 00, 000 and distributed to the clubs and different groups. Read more at: RTI reveals distribution of benefits of govt schemes in Pynthorumkhrah LAC – The Shillong Times
  8. Reported by Thehansindia.com on Feb 13, 2018 People’s RTI vs State’s RTI [Note: Open the link in a new browser tab and change https to http] Right to information is people’s right ever since Evidence Act was passed in 1872 as its Sections 74 and 76 provided access to public records on payment of copying charges. This right was constitutionalised in 1950 under Article 19(1)(a) and then legally facilitated in 2005 through Right to Information Act. While right to vote made India democratic with equal chance of exercising its choice of governors, the RTI took a step forward to empower the citizen with information. If liberty of thought is basis for expression right which included right to vote, the right to information formed foundation for free speech. People have right to know and right to information from the government. The Aadhaar Act, 2016 is exactly in juxtaposition to the RTI Act, as that gives ‘authority of Government to secure the information of the people. Interestingly, the privacy holds these two Acts in two hands in opposite directions. While the RTI of the people about state is denied practically by the PIOs of public authorities on the wrongful claim of privacy, the state’s Aadhaar law and scheme has every danger of invading the privacy of the citizen. Misuse of privacy clauses With rigid mindset of babus and their agents to defy RTI Act supported by a few anti-transparency orders of judiciary, the privacy is being used as an excuse to block the information flow to people, whereas, the ‘state’ through UIDAI is sucking the demographic and biometric information of the people through high power-houses and bore wells. Aristotle said man is a social animal. His social life demands sharing of information not hiding, except some core family related information. Marriage, social association with people and man’s relationship with the state, makes his information ‘public’ and the information of public servant, mostly should be in public domain. The balance of protecting privacy and need to publish public servant’s information related to public affairs is prescribed in RTI Act through ‘public interest’ clauses. The Supreme Court upheld this balance in its historic privacy judgment in August 2017. Official secret: An oxymoron Official secret is a self contradiction by itself. It could be even an oxymoron. If it is official how that could be personal or secret? We still are being ruled by British legacy of Official Secrets Act 1923, which leaders of independence movement demanded to be repealed. Right to information in theory overrides the OS Act. But enough scope was created in the exceptions for survival of Official secrets. Official secrecy survives the RTI! Civil death The law in general provided for presumption of civil death. If a man is unheard of for seven years, law presumes him to be dead, which of course can be rebutted by his existence. Secondly when a man converts into a different religion, he suffers civil death as far as his original religious group is concerned and the wife gets a right to relinquish him. The third way of civil death presumption is when a person renounces the world. Now the Aadhaar Act adds a fourth dimension to presumption of civil death, i.e., a person devoid of Aadhaar will be denied all benefits, pension, account, certification etc. If the crematorium wants Aadhaar before a dead body is allowed inside, or darshan of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati mandates the furnishing of Aadhaar number, or if someone wants to recommend some eminent person for Padmashree award, should necessarily quote Aadhaar, is that in consistent with the Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms? Niraadhaar Aadhaar in Sanskrit, Hindi and Telugu means the basis or lifeline. Niraadhaar means devoid of lifeline. Now, Aadhaar is a 12-digit number called the unique identification (UID) number that is assigned to all residents. This programme is called the world's largest biometric ID system, with over 119 crore enrolled members as of 30 Nov 2017. Fear of becoming Niraadhaar was spread and enrolment touched 98 per cent. Current population of India is 135 crore and 16 crore are yet to be enrolled. It is reported that 9 crore were excluded for reasons not explained. Then, what is the fate of these 25 crore residents? Without Aadhaar, do they suffer civil death? Can any duly elected government exclude 25 crore of its population from welfare schemes simply because Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) failed to enroll them? The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 made it mandatory for UIDAI to assign Aadhaar, but in practice it is mandatory for citizens to enroll for Aadhaar number. As Aadhaar has been linked with every aspect of social life, lack of it means denial of that ‘social life’. It raises a doubt: are they not included in ‘we the people of India…” or excluded from application of right to life in Article 21’s or Article 14’s right to equality? Will they be considered to be living, at least? They have right to life, but do they survive, without pension or ration card? The issue involved is more serious than right to privacy; it is an issue of dignity, too. The basic right to life of people has to be decided by the Supreme Court. Though Aadhaar Act apparently, did not make it compulsory for citizen, the citizen has no choice to be out of it, as that means no access to social life, and once enrolled, no scope of opting out of it. The flaw of the law is that there is no alternative to Aadhaar, and if UIDAI denies the enrolment for any reason, it amounts to denial of living resources for him. For any reason if citizen does not enroll, or Aadhaar is denied, or cancelled after enrolled by UIDAI, that citizen does not have any means of existence and no remedy at all. Aadhaar Act did not provide a remedy for wrongful denial of Aadhaar card. The bench waited for the decision on right to privacy and the Supreme Court emphatically declared it as fundamental right and advised the Centre to pass a law. Till today, the Center did not enact any law on privacy and data protection. Is it possible to decide constitutionality of Aadhaar without having such a law? What this number means? Aadhaar neither confers citizenship nor guarantees any rights, benefits, or entitlements nor aims to replace any existing identity cards. Aadhaar is a random number, not loaded with profiling or intelligence into identity numbers that makes it insusceptible to fraud, theft and provides privacy in such perspective. The state and state bodies declared that it qualifies as a valid ID while availing various government services, like an LPG connection or subsidised ration or kerosene from PDS or benefits under NSAP or pension schemes, e-sign, digital locker, besides being a Universal Account Number (UAN) under EPFO and also for some other services, like a SIM card or opening a bank account or securing a caste certificate. The Center has declared that Aadhaar card will be mandatory for opening new bank accounts and for transactions above Rs. 50,000. All existing account holders will also have to submit their Aadhaar details by March 31, 2018, failing which accounts will be deemed invalid. A five-judge bench on December 15, 2017 agreed to the Central government’s decision to extend the deadline of linking of "everything", including mobile phones and bank accounts, to Aadhaar card till March 31, 2018. But SC also ordered that an Aadhaar card holder opening a new bank account will have to furnish his Aadhaar card to the bank. Data theft or leakage Is the biometric data of a billion people safe? It was reported by The Tribune on January 4, 2018 that for Rs 500 an access to a billion identities on UID database is possible. It was also reported that there are one lakh illegal users of UID data, including anonymous groups created on WhatsApp. Government websites and educational institutions displayed personal information along with UID numbers in November 2017. Around 36 per cent people are excluded from PDS in Rajasthan, because they could not authenticate due to finger print failures. In Jharkhand, many starved to death because they could not link UID numbers with their ration cards. When data has already been breached what is the purpose of Data Protection Laws and Aadhaar Act? Biometrics is known as untested technology even by the UIDAI’s own admission. Critics question the imposition of such technology on entire population exposing the citizens to tracking. RTI Act mandates the state to be transparent to its people, but most of the information is denied under privacy clause, whereas the UDI allows every individual to be profiled and tracked by state and private companies.
  9. The Central Information Commission has slapped a penalty of Rs 75,000 on the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO)-cum-Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (Pension), Delhi, for not furnishing documents sought under the RTI Act. As per order, the penalty will be recovered from the salary of the CPIO, Mukesh Kumar, in five equal instalments. The first instalment will be paid by March 18, while the deadline for the last instalment is July 18. Read more at: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/info-panel-slaps-fine-of-rs-75-000-on-pf-official/542872.html Note: Open the link in a new browser tab and change https to http
  10. As per the data collected from the Union Ministry of Health by RTI activist Chetan Kothari, of these 199 failed cases, 5 were reported from urban areas and 194 from rural areas. They included 155 cases handled by public hospitals and 44 by private hospitals. The maximum failed cases were reported from Rajasthan. The break up is : Assam-1 (rural), Chhattisgarh-1 (rural), Gujarat-1(rural), Haryana-2(rural), Karnataka-1 (rural), Karnataka-3 (rural), Madhya Pradesh-7 (rural), Maharashtra-2 (urban), 26 (rural), Odisha-1(urban), 1 (rural), Punjab-1 (rural), Rajasthan-127 (rural) (83 public hospitals, 44 private hospitals), Tamil Nadu-16 (rural), Telangana-1 (urban), Uttar Pradesh-5 (rural), West Bengal-1 (urban) and 2-(rural). In the meanwhile in all over 15,000 cases of failed male sterilisation were reported in the country since 2009. The break up is: Year 2017 (199), 2016 (200), 2015 (203), 2014 (611 ), 2013 (1163 ), 2012 (1550 ), 2011 (964 ), 2010 (792 ), 2009(1530 ), 2008 (8317 ).Total-15529. The maximum were reported from Odisha -7821, followed by Karnataka- 887, Bihar-665 and Andhra Pradesh-551. Read more at: 15,000 cases of failed male sterilisation across the country since 2009, reveals RTI reply
  11. NUJS Kolkata students have filed Right to Information (RTI) requests for the report of the law school's 16-years-overdue review, as the administration has not made the report public even two months after it was submitted to the Chief Justice of India (CJI). The RTI asks for a copy of the report, the date on which the review commission had submitted it to the CJI and a copy of all the communication the commission has made regarding the report to any public office since after the report was submitted to the CJI. Read more at: NUJS students RTI admin’s alleged burial of first-ever university review report, receive no response - Legally India - News for Lawyers
  12. Ajay Jangid, RTI activist from the city had dug up data and examined each transaction for over a period of six months that helped him expose theft of biometric data by unscrupulous people for pilfering subsidized food grains distributed under National Food Security Act (NFSA) to the needy. Police investigations have so far revealed that the data of all biometric ration cards in the districts of south Gujarat were stolen and sold to racketeers by them. Read more at: Biometric data theft was exposed by RTI activist | Surat News - Times of India
  13. Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee Discloses Minutes Of Meetings; Reveals Circulation Of Draft Data Protection Bill By MeiTY After initially refusing to disclose the minutes and agenda papers of meetings of Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee for a data protection framework for India, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has now disclosed under the RTI Act, 2005 the minutes and agenda papers of two of its meetings dated 8 September, 2017 and 3 October, 2017. The minutes were revealed on an RTI application filed by Mr. Paras Nath Singh. The disclosure comes as a welcome change after a group of 24 legal academicians and advocates had recently written to the Committee, demanding inter alia release of information on its proceedings, meeting notes and draft bill, as well as the comments received by it. Read more at: https://www.livelaw.in/justice-b-n-srikrishna-committee-discloses-minutes-meetings-reveals-circulation-draft-data-protection-bill-meity/ Note: Open the link in a new browser tab and change https to http
  14. The Law Commission is ready with a set of recommendations to make BCCI a 'public body' or, in the alternative, a private body amenable to queries from the public under the Right to Information Act. Sources told TOI the law panel unanimously concluded that given BCCI's monopoly over the most popular and cash-rich game in India and its public nature of work, coupled with substantial financing from governments over the years in the form of tax exemptions and allotment of land, it must be classified as a 'public body' and brought under the RTI Act. In its July 2016 judgment, the SC had asked the commission to examine the legal framework to bring BCCI under the RTI Act. Read more at: BCCI a public body, must come under RTI: Law Commission | Cricbuzz.com
  15. A series of appeals filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI) by whistleblower Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi when he was posted in Haryana had unearthed the scam involving senior Haryana politicians and bureaucrats have revealed how instead of going after corruption committed under the Congress rule, the Modi government has decided to stall the investigations and in doing so has sought to defend the DoPT order which has since been cited by the Haryana government to repeatedly stall a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into allegations of corruption involving top political leadership and bureaucracy in Haryana. Preliminary probe had indicted CM, minister, bureaucrats The case goes back to 2010 when on the basis of comprehensive representation of Chaturvedi to the then Cabinet Secretariat, the Ministry of Environment and Forest had constituted a two-member enquiry committee to look into corruption related to illegal mining, illicit filling, fake plantations, etc that had been unearthed by the officer. Finding prima facie substance in the case, the enquiry committee had severely indicted the office of then Haryana chief minister Hooda, then forest minister Kiran Chaudhary, then chief parliamentary secretary Prehlad Singh Hilakhera and senior officers of state government, for their alleged role in these cases of corruption and recommended a CBI probe. Subsequently, both CBI and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had given their concurrence for the investigation in November-December 2011 and the issue was under active consideration of MoEF. Read more at: Modi Swears by Sardar Patel, but His Actions Undermine the 'Steel Frame' of All India Services - The Wire

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