Right To Information

  • Government has no intention to take over BCCI, says Sports Minister August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said taking over the Indian Cricket Board was not a "feasible" option since the BCCI was an autonomous body but it will try to bring the cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was responding to a...
  • Akhilesh Yadav gets luxury cars, but cuts budget for women's panel July 15, 2014

    As women's safety continues to be a cause for concern in Uttar Pradesh, here's a shocker: An activist has found that the Akhilesh Yadav government has drastically downsized the budget of the state women's commission but has the money for two seven-seater Mercedes cars and two similar Land Cruisers. A Right...
  • Manish Sisodia, from journalist to Kejriwal's man Friday December 28, 2013

    Manish Sisodia, the man Friday of Arvind Kejriwal, came to prominence during Anna Hazare's movement for Jan Lokpal Bill in 2011. The 41-year-old is also part of AAP's central working committee and it came as no surprise that he was selected in Kejriwal's Cabinet. He has been given charge of Education,...
  • NTCA says no to reintroduction of white tigers in MP December 22, 2013

    The National Tiger Conservation Authority has refused to give its nod for reintroduction of white tigers in Madhya Pradesh saying they have no "conservation value", a decision that may come as a setback to the state's efforts to secure these rare species. The decision was taken sometime ago during a meeting...
  • Congress believes in delivering on promises, says Rahul November 22, 2013

    As campaigning for the November 25 Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh reached its crescendo, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party believes in delivering on promises it makes and cited two landmark legislations to back his claim. "The Congress does not believe in making tall promises. But whatever...
  • VIPs nominated relatives, friends for Padma awards 2013: RTI query November 9, 2013

    New Delhi: There is a controversy brewing over the 2013 Padma awards. An RTI application filed reveals that VIPs nominated family members and colleagues in sheer disregard to conflict of interest. The RTI reveals that some recommended as many as 25 nominees for the Padma awards. Congress treasurer Motilal Vora,...
  • Parliamentary panel to examine proposed changes in RTI Act November 4, 2013

    A parliamentary standing committee will commence proceedings on Wednesday to examine the amendment to the Right to Information Act which seeks to neutralise the verdict of the Central Information Commission (CIC). The amendment to the RTI Act is rooted in the June 3, 2013 verdict of the CIC. The CIC had held...
  • SC quashes plea, says co-operative societies don't come under RTI Act October 15, 2013

    Co-operative societies do not fall within the ambit of Right to Information Act, the Supreme Court has said while quashing a Kerala government circular to bring all such societies within the scope of the transparency law. A bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri said mere supervision or regulation of...
  • RTI Amendment Bill deferred: Is it a blow to political parties? September 6, 2013

    The government has deferred the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus among political parties. The amended Bill will be send to the Parliamentary Standing Committee. Once the Standing Committee clears the amended Bill, it will likely come for debate in Parliament in the Winter Session. ...
  • Does Right To Information frighten political parties? September 5, 2013

    Most of the major political parties except the BJD, TMC and CPI, are keen to pass the RTI Amendment Bill, which aims at keeping political parties out of the RTI ambit. In June 2013, the Chief Information Commissioner's office had passed an order saying political parties should come under the...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai September 5, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Govt defers RTI Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday deferred the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus among political parties. The amended bill will be send to the Parliamentary Standing Committee. Once the Standing Committee clears the amended bill, it will likely come for debate in Parliament in...
  • Moily in doubt over amendment to RTI Bill, says timing not right: sources September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily has expressed doubts over the amendment to the Right to Information Bill saying the timing may not be right, considering the poor perception about politicians, said sources. The amendment, aimed at keeping political parties out of the RTI ambit, is...
  • Bill to keep political parties out of RTI ambit likely to be discussed in Lok Sabha today September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The Right to Information Amendment Bill is likely to come up in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Bill is aimed at keeping political parties out of the RTI ambit. In June this year, the Chief Information Commissioner's office had passed an order saying political parties should come...
  • Citizens' right to privacy should be protected, stresses Pranab Mukherjee September 2, 2013

    Lauding the role of Right to Information Act in promoting transparency, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday stressed on adequate safeguards to protect the "inviolable rights to privacy" of a citizen. The President also said government must do everything possible to create "an informed citizenry which is vital for the functioning of...
  • Government hopes to push key bills in last week of monsoon session September 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The government is eyeing to push some key reform bills for discussion in Parliament in the last week of its monsoon session. With the government facing persistent attack over economic crisis and the Prime Minister promising more reforms, it is planning to introduce as many bills as possible...
  • RTI Amendment Bill to keep parties out of its ambit tabled in Lok Sabha August 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Minister of State, PMO, V Narayansamy on Monday tabled the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha which will kepp political parties out of its ambit. The bill will be taken up for discussion in Parliament in aweek's time. All the political parties have joined hands...
  • RTI Amendment Bill likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha today August 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday. All the political parties have joined hands to oppose Central Information Commission's order, which said that six major political parties including Congress, BJP, NCP, CPM, CPI and BSP are public...
  • Delhi: AAP members detained for protesting outside PM's house against changes in RTI act August 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Around 40-50 Aam Admi Party (AAP) members have been detained for protesting outside Prime Minster Manmohan Singh's house on Sunday in New Delhi. The party members were protesting against the changes in Right to Information (RTI) Act. They have been brought to Tughlak Road police station. The Cabinet...
  • The Last Word: Are politicians right in demanding special status in terms of the RTI act as well as election laws? August 2, 2013

    The Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to keep political parties out of the Right to Information Act ambit. ...
  • Govt should have approached HC instead of clearing proposal to amend RTI act: Ex-CIC August 2, 2013

    The Cabinet on Thursday cleared a proposal to amend the RTI act to keep political parties out of its ambit. ...
  • News 360: Cabinet clears proposal to keep political parties out of RTI ambit August 1, 2013

    If the ordinance to amend the RTI Act is passed by Parliament, political parties will no longer be answerable to RTI queries. ...
  • Cabinet clears proposal to keep political parties out of RTI Act ambit August 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to keep political parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act (RTI). Following the clearance, an ordinance to amend the RTI Act will be prepared to declare that political parties are not public authorities. If the ordinance is...
  • Cabinet to discuss amendments to RTI Act to keep political parties out August 1, 2013

    The Union Cabinet will on Thursday discuss the amendment to the Right To Information (RTI) Act to keep political parties out of its ambit. The Cabinet will seek to ratify the amendments proposed which is likely to be notified as an ordinance. Most political parties have given its nod to...
  • BMC has misplaced over 9,000 important files, reveals RTI query July 22, 2013

    Mumbai: Major lapses have surfaced in the working of Mumbai's civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. An RTI query has revealed that the department has misplaced over 9,000 files. The RTI query has revealed that BMC's building proposal department has lost the essential construction plans of three landmark buildings, all located...
  • Govt to bring bill on amending RTI Act in Monsoon session July 19, 2013

    New Delhi: With major parties on board, government is set to move a bill in Monsoon session of Parliament for amending RTI Act to overturn a Central Information Commission (CIC) order bringing six major political parties under the ambit of the transparency law. Government sources said that the Law Ministry had...
  • Govt contemplating an amended act to keep parties out of RTI ambit: Sources July 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The government is contemplating an amended act, which will exempt all political parties from the ambit of Right to Information Act, sources said on Thursday. The government has faced a lot of flak for planning to bring in an ordinance to keep political parties out of the RTI...
  • Bringing ordinance to keep parties out of RTI is an abuse of power: Soli Sorabjee June 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Hitting out at the government's proposed move to bring an ordinance to keep political parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act (RTI), former Attorney-General Soli Sorabjee said 'it is an abuse of constitutional power'. "It's an abuse of constitutional power, ordinance should be brought in...
  • Govt may bring the ordinance to keep political parties out of RTI in Monsoon Session June 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Worried by a CIC ruling that said political parties should come under Right to Information Act (RTI), the government is drafting an ordinance to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI. It is planning to bring the ordinance to the Cabinet soon and pass it...
  • Govt to bring ordinance to keep political parties out of RTI: sources June 28, 2013

    New Delhi: The government is likely to prepare an ordinance soon to keep political parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act, say sources. Sources say the government will consult other political parties on the ordinance soon. The Chief Information Commissioner had in June ruled that all political...