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  • Key posts vacant as government wants to 'grab' land from common people: Rahul Gandhi 2 hours 57 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Stepping up his attack on the Modi government, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday questioned why it was keeping the posts of RTI commissioner, Lokpal and Chief Vigilance Commissioner vacant. Rahul also reiterated his "suit-boot" barb, saying the government kept the posts vacant as it wanted to...
  • 'Blatant U-turn' by Modi government on transparency: Sonia Gandhi 6 hours 52 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "blatant U-turn" on the issue of transparency, charging his government with "deliberately" keeping key posts of Chief Information Commissioner, CVC and Lok Pal vacant. Accusing the BJP dispensation of attempting to...
  • Who is 'Eeshwar' in whose name oath is taken? Law Ministry stumped 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Who is 'Eeshwar' in whose name top constitutional functionaries and legislators take oath of office? This RTI query stumped the Law Ministry, which said there is no constitutional provision defining the term. RTI-applicant Shradhanand Yogacharya also raised another query, seeking to know the meaning of "Satyameva Jayate", the...
  • Delhi High Court asks Information Commissioner to hear case in absence of CIC Chief 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked the senior most Information Commissioner of Central Information Commission (CIC) to hear a case in the absence of its chief, saying any backlog will jeopardise the interest of RTI applicants. A bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher has come to the rescue of RTI...
  • MEA declines answer to RTI query on Barack Obama visit expenses 2 days ago

    Mumbai: An RTI query seeking details of expenses incurred by the Centre on hosting US President Barack Obama in 2015 has been rejected by the Ministry of External Affairs on the ground that such information is sensitive and may affect bilateral relations with the foreign country. Mumbai-based activist Anil Galgali, who...
  • Modi's wife Jashodaben files second RTI appeal on her security cover issue 2 days ago

    Ahmedabad: Four months after she was denied information on her security cover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben has filed a second appeal under the RTI Act seeking details on this matter. Jashodaben, along with her advocate Sandip Modi, filed the second appeal with the State...
  • No information on cost of Narendra Modi's wardrobe: PMO April 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office said it has no information about the cost incurred on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wardrobe. Replying to a query under the Right to Information Act, the Prime Minister's Office said it had no record of the information sought by applicant Rohit Kumar. "It is your contention...
  • Political class is under scrutiny 24 hours: PM Modi April 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said political class was now under the constant scrutiny of media and various other institutions as he advocated for an "inbuilt mechanism" for judiciary to monitor itself. "The news which earlier did not find a place even in a gossip column has now...
  • RTI activist asks Rajasthan government to clear land encroached by mafia April 2, 2015

    Jaipur: An RTI activist on Thursday asked Rajasthan government to clear the land encroached in Dausa district by "mafia working as property dealers", who he alleged are hand in glove with the police. "Land mafia working as property dealers encroached 3 beegha land of Nagarpalika Bandikui (Dausa district) some ten years...
  • 82 per cent of tribal rights entitlement cases quashed: RTI March 29, 2015

    New Delhi: Under the 2006 Forest Rights Act, providing land rights to forest-dwelling communities of the country, only 15 lakh complainants out of the 39,56,262 cases filed; were given the legal recognition to their property. Responding to an RTI query, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs stated that 39,56,262 complaints were...
  • Maharashtra: No minister in Fadnavis government has declared assets, reveals RTI March 25, 2015

    Mumbai: None of the Ministers in the new Maharashtra government have given information to the Chief Minister about their assets and liabilities as mandated, according to the state government's response to a RTI query. RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought information about assets and liabilities declared by the Cabinet as well...
  • Liquor seizure surged during Delhi Assembly elections, but cash haul saw decline March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Liquor seizures by Delhi Police went up during the recent Delhi Assembly polls as compared to the previous election that was held merely 14 months earlier even though the amount of cash seized saw a steep fall. As per the information revealed in an RTI query filed by...
  • Delhi: 60 per cent of sewage remains untreated March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Around 2,225 million litres per day (MLD) of untreated water is either seeping into the ground or being discharged into Yamuna every day as only 40 per cent of sewage is treated in 18 treatment plants in Delhi, an RTI reply reveals. According to an RTI, Central Pollution Control...
  • CIC directs Delhi Women Commission to disclose rape records March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Amid outrage over the interview of a December 16 gangrape convict, CIC on Wednesday directed the Delhi Commission of Women to make public records of rapes committed in the national capital with stern conditions to ensure that identities of victims are not disclosed. "The Commission observes that the records...
  • Prime Minister's Office among top 'rejectors' of RTI applications during 2013-14: CIC March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office is among the top public authorities to have rejected the maximum number of RTI applications received by them during 2013-14, according to an annual CIC report released on Wednesday. The top slot in the list is taken by Ministry of Corporate Affairs which has rejected...
  • Properly dispose of RTI applications, appeals: Government to departments February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: The Government has asked ministries to properly dispose of applications and appeals filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act as per the laid down guidelines. The Public Information Officer (PIO) should communicate reason for rejection, period within which appeal can be filed and particulars of appellate authority...
  • Dispose off RTI applications, appeals as per guidelines: Government to departments February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: The government has asked ministries to properly dispose off applications and appeals filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act as per the laid down guidelines. The Public Information Officer (PIO) should communicate reason for rejection, period within which appeal can be filed and particulars of appellate authority while...
  • No official record of Modi being tea-seller: RTI reply February 21, 2015

    New Delhi: There is no record available that shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a tea-seller on railway platforms or trains during his childhood, an RTI query has revealed. A Congress supporter and social activist Tehseen Poonawalla, had sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Railway Board...
  • PM has no power to declassify Netaji files, says PMO February 17, 2015

    Kolkata: The Prime Minister has no power to declassify secret files relating to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister's Office has clarified in an RTI reply. "There are no mentions in Manual of Office Procedure or Public Records Rules, 1997, regarding any discretionary power...
  • Can high court insist on its rules on RTI pleas, SC asks Gujarat February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the registrar of the Gujarat High Court on a plea by the State Information Commission saying that the high court could not insist on adherence to its rules for sharing information sought under the Right to Information Act. A bench of...
  • Supreme Court seeks High Court's response on Gujarat Information Commission plea February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Registrar of the Gujarat High Court on a plea of the state information panel, saying the High Court Rules cannot be allowed to override the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The State Information Commission had moved...
  • Mother Dairy a 'public authority' under RTI Act: Delhi HC February 3, 2015

    New Delhi: National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) subsidiary Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Private Limited has been declared a "public authority" as defined under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, making it amenable to disclosure of information. A Delhi High Court bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru dismissed the petition filed...
  • Plea in HC on money spent on medical reimbursement of SC judges January 27, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi High Court was on Tuesday moved by an RTI applicant challenging its order exempting medical reimbursements of Supreme Court judges from disclosure under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The petition, which was listed before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, was...
  • It's time BCCI is brought under RTI ambit: Bishen Singh Bedi January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: "Deeply hurt" by Supreme Court's intervention in deciding the fate of BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan, former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi on Thursday said it is time the "cricket board is brought under the RTI ambit". In a setback to Srinivasan, the Apex Court today barred him from contesting...
  • Maharashtra: BJP government's swearing-in at Wankhede Stadium costed Rs 98.33 lakh, says RTI January 20, 2015

    Mumbai: The swearing-in ceremony of BJP's first government in Maharashtra at Wankhede Stadium in 2014 costed Rs 98.33 lakh, an RTI query has revealed. At a time when Maharashtra was facing severe drought and also there was claim by BJP of empty state coffers, the party went ahead and spent...
  • Chennai: RTI activist jailed for refusing to stand at hearing January 8, 2015

    Chennai: In a bizarre case, an RTI activist has been jailed for refusing to stand at a hearing. The RTI activist had asked for a chair so that he could sit in front of a 2-member bench hearing an appeal at the headquarters in Chennai. The victim, NGO Satta Panchayat...
  • PM Modi's wife Jashodaben denied information under RTI on security cover given to her December 28, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Information sought by Jashodaben, wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the security cover given to her through an Right To Information has been denied by the Mehsana police on the ground that her queries were related to local intelligence bureau (LIB) which is exempted under RTI Act. "The information...
  • Vital pages of Vadra-DLF land deal not missing but detached, claims Ashok Khemka December 19, 2014

    New Delhi: With two pages of a file pertaining to DLF-Robert Vadra land deal missing, whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka has asked for a criminal investigation into the case. Khemka has also filed a complaint to present Chief Secretary saying that the file went to certain officers who were not...
  • Government discloses partial details of files on Netaji, refuses to make it public December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office has disclosed partial details of files related to freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose but has decided not to make these filed public. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government has maintained that a disclosure of the classified files on the mysterious disappearance and...
  • PM Modi's wife Jashodaben files RTI on security cover November 24, 2014

    Mehsana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben on Monday filed an RTI application with Mehsana police to seek clarity on her security cover. The police say Jashodaben has sought to know what she was entitled to as PM's wife. The Mehsana SP J R Mothalia said the police department will reply to...