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  1. Hello, Eood Evening. I have applied for a RTI query , at first my govt office was not ready to give the information , then I applied to Appellate authority , he also not provided the information correctly.Then finally i have applied to Transparency officer (Director) ,but to my surprise he provided partial reply ,that is the original informations were covered while photo copying . Also he took more than two months time and he didnot give any reason for delay also. please suggest.
  2. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), traditionally made public, the complete selection-process for Padma awards just after their announcement on Republic Day. Since the last two years, it refused information under RTI. CIC has directed the MHA to provide the information within four weeks Delhi-based right to information (RTI) activist, Subhashchandra Agrawal, had filed RTI applications in 2014 and 2015, seeking information from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on 27 points pertaining to Padma Awards. These included, list of nominations received in the Ministry within the stipulated date along with names of those recommending nominations; authority through which MHA received such nominations; dates on which such nominations were received by the MHA; names of Search Committee Members; names considered by the Search and names recommended by the Search Committee.Read more at; Home Ministry still refuses transparency in selection process of Padma Awards - Moneylife
  3. Jammu and Kashmir State Information Commission, which played crucial role in bringing transparency in the functioning of various organs of the State, is all set to become headless from March 1 as the first ever Chief Information Commissioner is going to complete tenure on February 29. This would slow down the efforts of reducing dishonest and corrupt practices as one post of the Information Commissioner is already lying vacant and now there will be only one Information Commissioner in this transparency watchdog. Read more at: J&K's transparency watchdog becoming headless from March 1
  4. JAMMU, Feb 26: Jammu and Kashmir State Information Commission, which played crucial role in bringing transparency in the functioning of various organs of the State, is all set to become headless from March 1 as the first ever Chief Information Commissioner is going to complete tenure on February 29. This would slow down the efforts of reducing dishonest and corrupt practices as one post of the Information Commissioner is already lying vacant and now there will be only one Information Commissioner in this transparency watchdog.Read more at; J&K's transparency watchdog becoming headless from March 1
  5. Thiruvananthapuram: The landmark Supreme Court order to bring the Public Service commission (PSC) under the purview of the RTI Act will set a precedent for other institutions functioning in banking and cooperative sectors to usher in more transparency . These institutions will now be forced to disclose information on answer sheets and details of job interviews. RTI activists said the order will push institutions like the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), which conducts entrance exams on behalf of banks and cooperative departments, which holds exams for different societies to come under the purview of the RTI Act. A two judge bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday observed that the request made by a candidate seeking information about his answer sheets and details of the interview should be provided by the PSC under the RTI Act. PSC under RTI: SC verdict to usher in era of transparency - Times of India
  6. Most institutions in our country pay tributes to the idea of transparency, but usually display an allergy to it when asked to provide information and show accountability under Right to Information. A recent judgment of the Supreme Court and Mr. Raghuram Rajan’s response appear to herald a very welcome change. Reserve Bank of India and some financial institutions had refused to provide information relating to investigations and audit reports of banks, warnings or advisories issued, minutes of meetings of governing board and directors, names of top defaulters and grading of banks among others. Read more at: RBI Governor for Transparency | Live Law
  7. Shekar Sajjanar, Chief Information Commissioner, Karnataka State Information Commission, on Monday described the Right to Information Act as the strongest weapon in the country to promote transparency and accountability in administration. Read more at: ?RTI Act aims to promote transparency in administration? - The Hindu
  8. It’s 2 to 1 on RTI: While PM Modi and Supreme Court support transparency, CIC is in denial 2015 saw something of a reversal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in favour of RTI and the Supreme Court made another observation which helps information seekers. The watchdog CIC, meanwhile, has been returning thousands of second appeals and complaints for technical reasons every month. Read more at: It’s 2 to 1 on RTI: While PM Modi and Supreme Court support transparency, CIC is in denial | The Indian Express
  9. Reported by Merinews.com on 09 December 2015 Lack of transparency in finances of parties affects governance, trust of people Over 20 speakers, including Shri Saurabh Bhardwaj (AAP MLA, Delhi), former CEC, Dr S. Y. Quaraishi, Former Information Commissioners, Shri Shailesh Gandhi and Shri M. L. Sharma, and eminent journalists including Shri Amit Baruah (Managing Editor, The Hindu) and Shri Satya Prakash (Legal Editor, Hindustan Times) spoke on the issue of Transparency in finances of political parties, at the Round Table organised by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) at India Internal Centre, here yesterday. The Round Table began with a brief introduction by Founder-Trustee of ADR, Prof Trilochan Sastry, emphasised the need for ushering in greater financial transparency in the functioning of political parties and hoping to get concrete suggestions from the panel for action to improve the current scenario. While speaking on the session titled 'Legal recourse to oppose the blatant disregard of rules on financial transparency by political parties', Shri M.L. Sharma stated, "…. the only way to achieve transparency in finances of political parties is that the Supreme Court upholds the decision of the Central Information Commission bringing political parties under RTI but the Apex court also ensures that all parties obey the order by imposing such a penalty that would deter them from being opaque in their finances". "….. transparency only in the finances of political parties through the Right to Information Act and not other aspects of functioning, such as ticket distribution, will set a dangerous precedent", said Shri Shailesh Gandhi. Shri P.K.Dash, former Director-General (Expenditure) at the Election Commission of India, who is currently the Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, felt that the current laws on finances and functioning of political parties is ambivalent. He felt, "…. a further opaque layer in the funding of political parties has been created due to the presence of Electoral Trusts which are created and managed by corporate houses". He also added, "The future course of action for ushering in transparency would depend on the decision of the Supreme Court bringing political parties under RTI, pro-active interest of the ECI and public pressure through PILs and mass media campaigns". While talking about the various legal roadblocks faced in ushering in transparency in the finances of political parties, noted RTI Activist, Shri Subash Chandra Agarwal agreed with Shri Shailesh Gandhi's views on transparency and added that the issue could be sorted out by focusing on filing RTI applications and PILs for larger public interest. President of PRS Legislative Research, Shri M.R.Madhavan, spoke on the issue of 'Conflict of Interest and its repercussions on Indian Democracy' and stated, "Unfortunately, the Rajya Sabha has a Register of Members' Interest while the Lok Sabha, with a comparatively larger number of MPs, does not. While it is important to have members of the parliament from various spheres such as educational experts and businessmen, it is also crucial to not let conflict of interest come in the way of effective law making". Talking on the session titled "Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance – their presence and absence", Shri Satya Prakash, Legal Editor, Hindustan Times, opined that thefounding fathers had blundered by not providing any provisions in the Constitution nor the Representation of the People Act to deal with the finances or functioning of political parties. He said, "The ECI can register political parties, however in case of gross irregularities, it does not have any power to deregister the parties". He stressed that the focus must shift from individual candidates to political parties themselves, because the party system is ultimately running the entire political system. Shri Venkatesh Nayak of the CHRI, speaking on the same issue felt that the political parties are an instrumentality of government hence they cannot have private interests, as they publicly claim to represent the people's interests. He said, "There is no credible mechanism within the government to scrutinize filing of statements such as audit reports, donations report and the expenditure statements by parties". Saurabh Bhardwaj, MLA, AAP, personally felt it was an uphill battle. He felt there was not enough coverage given to the counter affidavit in the UOI vs Political parties under RTI in Supreme Court. He said, "…. there is a nexus between politicians, media and corporates". He fully supported transparency in political parties, and mentioned loopholes like no limits on political parties' expenditure during elections lead to increase use of black money. He felt that there should be more public opinion building through debates on this issue. Prof Chhokar, Founder-Trustee of ADR suggested that the AAP should pro-actively appoint a Central Public Information Officer and provide information to the public for promoting transparency. He also felt that all parties should commit to come under the ambit of the RTI as it would benefit them in the longer run. Speaking on the session titled "Exploring the possibility of scrutiny of statements submitted by political parties", Shri Shahid Khan, Former CBDT member, said, "On the one hand, RTI is a tool that every citizen needs to utilize to learn more about the finances and functioning of political parties, whereas filing of PILs in the courts is also one of the strengths. But, that alone will not bring about the change that is required to improve transparency in parties. The need of the hour is to bring in a law exclusive to regulate the registration and functioning of political parties." Final speaker of the session was Shri Amit Baruah who said that the people now have an opportunity to bring political parties under the ambit of the RTI Act. A wholesome solution will not be achieved unless the funding of political parties are not looked into.
  10. No adherence to HC directives on revisiting RTI Rules Mohinder Verma JAMMU, Dec 6: Contrary to the PDP-BJP regime’s commitment about strengthening mechanism of transparency in its functioning, the transparency watchdog of Jammu and Kashmir is facing Government’s indifference as on one side there is no adherence to the directives of High Court on revisiting the RTI Rules and on other side the posts of Member and Secretary have been lying vacant during the past some months. The present Coalition Government in its policy document titled “Agenda of Alliance” has specifically mentioned that all out steps would be made to ensure enough transparency in its functioning. At the time of unveiling of this document, enough indications were given about strengthening of institutions dealing with transparency particularly Jammu and Kashmir State Information Commission (JKSIC).Read more at; J&K’s transparency watchdog facing Govt indifference
  11. RTI activists Aruna Roy, Shailesh Gandhi, Prashant Bhushan and others have demanded that the Delhi government place the Delhi Lokpal and the Service Delivery Amendment bill in the public domain. In a letter to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal the activists have expressed concern at the lack of transparency and public consultation related to the proposed legislations. Read more at: RTI activists slam Delhi govt on lack of transparency in Lokpal bill - The Times of India
  12. NEW DELHI: Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority for Right to information (RTI) Act, has finally moved to bring in more transparency in its working. The transparency watchdog would now upload data of cases received, returned to the applicant and reasons for return on the Commission's website. After protests from RTI activists and former information commissioners, Chief Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma has asked National Informatics Centre ( NIC), which handles the CIC website, to upgrade the website and upload latest data of appeals and complaints registered at CIC. The instructions have come after a series of reports by ET on how CIC had witnessed a sharp fall of 96% in cases registered over four months. The Commission had registered this sharp fall between July and October when it had started returning cases to applicants citing technical grounds. However, the transparency watchdog had no data on how many appeals and complaints had been returned to the applicants.Read more at; CIC to upload RTI filing data on website for more transparency - The Economic Times
  13. Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority for RTI Act, has finally moved to bring in transparency in its working. The transparency watchdog would now put up data of cases received, returned to the applicant and reasons for return on its website. Read more at: CIC to bring in transparency in its working - The Economic Times
  14. NEW DELHI: Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority for RTI Act, has finally moved to bring in transparency in its working. The transparency watchdog would now put up data of cases received, returned to the applicant and reasons for return on its website. After protests from RTI activists and former information commissioners, Chief Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma has asked National Informatics Centre (NIC), which handles the CIC website, to upgrade the website and upload latest data of appeals and complaints registered at CIC. The instructions have come after a series of reports by ET on how CIC had witnessed a sharp fall of 96% in cases registered over four months. CIC had registered this sharp fall between July and October when it had started returning cases to applicants citing technical grounds. However, the transparency watchdog had no data on how many appeals and complaints had been returned to the applicants.Read more at; CIC to bring in transparency in its working - The Economic Times
  15. The Supreme Court of India has struck down the 99th Constitutional Amendment as well as its corollary on the setting up of a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), despite the same being passed by Parliament and a sufficient number of state Assemblies. Clearly, despite their undoubted eminence and proficiency, the law officers appointed by the NDA could not convince the SC of the soundness of their case for retaining the 99th Constitutional Amendment and the setting up of the NJAC. Interestingly, during the arguments before the SC bench hearing the NJAC matter, the NDA law officers were unusually combative, one of them even going to the extent of declaring that the system of appointment of judges begun by Chief Justice J.S. Verma in 1993 had been “consigned to the graveyard” by the NDA government sworn in on 26 May 2014. Something that is in its grave obviously cannot be brought back to life, so the implication of the learned law officer was that the demise of the collegium was a fact of life that the verdict that was to be made by the highest court in the country could not affect. Among the details about judicial functioning mentioned in the open court by the law officers, in what seemed to the layman to be a very combative manner, was the revelation that a particular SC judge participated in 172 judgements but himself wrote only two of those. Not writing a judgement does not mean non-participation in the process of forming a judgement, hence the insinuation made by the law officers seems a bit misdirected. Read more at; NewsX | PM Modi and CJI Dattu, ensure transparency
  16. New Delhi, Oct 16: Congress today sought to prick holes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claim of transparency, saying the PMO even denied information on his wife Jashodaben's query on her security cover under the RTI Act. The opposition party also took a dig at Modi over attending a convention to celebrate 10 years of the RTI Act, wondering whether "imminent defeat" of BJP in poll-bound Bihar forced him to cancel rallies and participate in the event. Read more at: Cong cites Jashodaben's RTI query to puncture Modi's claim of transparency - Oneindia
  17. Congress today sought to prick holes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claim of transparency, saying the PMO even denied information on his wife Jashodaben's query on her security cover under the RTI Act. Read more at: Cong cites Jashodaben's RTI query to puncture Modi's claim of transparency - Oneindia
  18. There is considerable discontent amongst RTI users towards the Information Commissions and commissioners for not delivering the fruits of the RTI Act. We have a law which directly empowers individual citizens and they are understandably concerned about its proper implementation. Read more at: Transparency In Appointments Of Commissioners Is Answer To RTI Woes | Shailesh Gandhi
  19. Ten years ago, the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 was passed as a law ‘to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.’ A decade on, while activists have hailed the progressive aspects of the Act, some have called for a more proactive approach from the government. Representational image. Image courtesy: ibnliveRepresentational image. Image courtesy: ibnlive Data from the Central Information Commission suggests that RTI as a way of ensuring public accountability is becoming increasingly popular year by year. A CIC report says that the number of requests pending with public authorities rose from 6,26,748 in 2009-10 to 9,62,630 in 2013-14, an increase of 53.5 percent. Mumbai-based RTI activist Sunil Ahya says, “On the whole, the right to information appears to be going in the right direction and it is for citizens to take it forward. Public information officers have been appointed to government offices and appointments for appellate authorities have also been made. In present times, the RTI Act is particularly important as the cure for all corruption is transparency.”Read more at; Right to Information turns 10 years old: Has it really brought transparency? - Firstpost
  20. Reported by Theshillongtimes.com on 10th October 2015 News from across Meghalaya | The Shillong Times On the 10th anniversary of The Right to Information Act which falls on October 13, several organizations including TUR,CSWO, KSU, FKJGP, GSU, AJYWO and others will host an RTI Help Desk and Transparency Exhibition at the Additional Secretariat Parking Lot from 11am under the theme ’10 years of Transparency- Time now for Accountability’. The day will be marked not just by reflections and intellectual exchanges but will also include fun and rejoicing and initiatives to challenge corruption, the organizers said in a statement on Friday. Meghalaya has been at the forefront of the historic Right to Information Movement. The Right to Information Act came into being on October 13, 2005 and it has been 10 years of citizens actively using the Act to fight for their rights and entitlements and reclaim democracy. To celebrate 10 years of RTI struggles and victories the Meghalaya Right to Information Movement and the Campaign for an Independent Lokayukta in Meghalaya comprising several peoples groups have planned the programmes. The exhibition will include sharing of files and information accessed through RTI such as the first ever RTI on Khyndailad, RTIs on MLCU and other private universities, PDS, ‘white ink’ Education Scam, Housing-CGI Scam, Urban Department’s Housing for the Poor, Uranium mining, MUDA, New Shillong Township, MLA/MDC Schemes, NREGS and others. The organizers have also invited other RTI users to share their RTIs on October 13. Moreover, the MRIM and the Campaign for an Independent Lokayukta in Meghalaya have also offered to gift the State Information Commission a signboard to clearly mark the office of the State Information Commission in order to emphasize the need to fully operationalise Section 4 of the RTI that insists on proactive disclosure that starts with a simple thing such as a proper signage.
  21. On the 10th anniversary of The Right to Information Act which falls on October 13, several organizations including TUR,CSWO, KSU, FKJGP, GSU, AJYWO and others will host an RTI Help Desk and Transparency Exhibition at the Additional Secretariat Parking Lot from 11am under the theme ’10 years of Transparency- Time now for Accountability’. Read more at: News from across Meghalaya | The Shillong Times
  22. The decadal Right to Information Week Celebration 2015 was launched today at the MFDC hall with the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam as the chief guest and the president of the function. The programme was organized by the Manipur Information Commission under the leadership of its new Commissioner Th Ibobi Singh. This is the first instance for the Manipur Information Commission to partake in the annual weeklong celebration since its inception in 2006 September. Read more at: Importance of RTI Act stressed during celebration of governance transparency | KanglaOnline
  23. Mumbai/Guwahati, Sep 28 (PTI) As Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a vigorous push for a digitally connected India, former CIC Shailesh Gandhi today said it was the issue of transparency over which he ought to do something first in a time-bound manner to help realise his dream. Gandhi also termed "Digital India" campaign, a pet project of the Modi Government, as "expensive" and "with no real benefits", as he stressed that only with transparency can there be hope of accountability. The comments by the former Central Information Commissioner (CIC) came even as Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi attacked Modi for claiming credit for digitalisation, saying he had "inherited" an infrastructure congenial for Information Technology(IT) and was denigrating Jawaharlal Nehru who had laid the foundation for it. It was the issue of transparency over which Modi ought to do something in a time-bound manner first, Gandhi said, adding that addressing this issue would "ultimately pave the way" for his dream coming true to bring "Digital Governance" in the country.Read more at; fullstory
  24. One of the debarred students filed a right to information (RTI) request with the administration to question this discrepancy and for publishing the latest updated examination rules. The student was told that the copy could not be published but was made available to individual students who had asked for it. Read more at: BCI gifts right of privacy to NLUO after debarred LLM students cry for transparency in exam rules - Legally India
  25. The Right to Information Act passed in 2005 provided a ray of hope for common people as it promises transparency and accountability in governance and captured the imagination of masses soon. The law has a potential to be a crucial catalyst in challenging the power equation between the common masses and the ruling classes besides curtailing corruption. The object to create this Act was to serve a larger public interest to question the age old hierarchical traditional system of governance and to strengthen foundation for a true participatory democracy. However, the assessment of ten years of its implementation reveals that many promises remain unfulfilled. The law has failed to benefit citizens as recently the bureaucratic apparatus is creating hurdles in its smooth implementation. Instead of empowering citizens, the law has been operated in a manner to exclude majority of populace. The widening polarity between the givers and the receivers of information is creating a hindrance in smooth functioning of democracy. The RTI (Right to Information) is rather gradually becoming an OTI (Obstruction to Information) where the giver of the information no longer is willingly parting the required information rather the giver is trying to utilize all the armaments to prevent sharing the same.Read more at; The Right To Information Act: Ten Years of Transparency or A Decade of Ambiguity By Shalu Nigam
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