Right To Information

  • Manish Sisodia, from journalist to Kejriwal's man Friday 28-12-2013 05:31 PM

    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...
  • NTCA says no to reintroduction of white tigers in MP 22-12-2013 01:32 PM

    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...
  • Congress believes in delivering on promises, says Rahul 22-11-2013 06:39 PM

    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...
  • VIPs nominated relatives, friends for Padma awards 2013: RTI query 09-11-2013 02:24 PM

    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 04-11-2013 09:21 PM

    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...
  • SC quashes plea, says co-operative societies don't come under RTI Act 15-10-2013 05:53 PM

    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...
  • RTI Amendment Bill deferred: Is it a blow to political parties? 06-09-2013 09:55 AM

    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? 05-09-2013 11:15 PM

    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 05-09-2013 10:30 PM

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  • Govt defers RTI Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus 05-09-2013 04:59 PM

    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 05-09-2013 11:37 AM

    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 05-09-2013 07:58 AM

    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 02-09-2013 05:13 PM

    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...
  • Government hopes to push key bills in last week of monsoon session 02-09-2013 08:50 AM

    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 12-08-2013 02:15 PM

    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...
  • RTI Amendment Bill likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha today 12-08-2013 09:05 AM

    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 04-08-2013 02:05 PM

    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? 02-08-2013 11:47 PM

    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 02-08-2013 11:28 AM

    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 01-08-2013 09:41 PM

    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 01-08-2013 08:05 PM

    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 01-08-2013 10:35 AM

    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 22-07-2013 09:20 AM

    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 19-07-2013 08:15 PM

    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...
  • Govt contemplating an amended act to keep parties out of RTI ambit: Sources 11-07-2013 04:58 PM

    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 29-06-2013 03:14 PM

    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...
  • Govt may bring the ordinance to keep political parties out of RTI in Monsoon Session 29-06-2013 07:54 AM

    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 28-06-2013 03:46 PM

    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...
  • Citizens can now file RTI applications to President's Secretariat, MEA 17-06-2013 05:22 PM

    New Delhi: Moving further towards greater transparency in governance, the government has extended the facility of e-filing of RTI applications to President and Vice President's Secretariat, and Foreign Ministry among others. Citizens will also be able to seek information online from ministries of Food Processing Industries, Health & Family Welfare,...
  • Prime Minister spent Rs 620 cr on air travel on foreign trips 08-06-2013 10:00 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spent Rs 620 crores on air travel during foreign trips spanning the years between 2004 and 2013, the website of Prime Minister's Office has revealed. He spent the most on his trip to Mexico and Brazil in June 2012, racking a bill of Rs...