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  • RTI activists write to President 1 week ago

    New Delhi: RTI activists and former Information Commissioners on Thursday urged the President Pranab Mukherjee to take immediate steps to appoint the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC). In a letter to the President, the activists said that it is a matter of grave concern that the post...
  • Delhi HC stays CIC's order asking CAG to give information about auditing of Department of Space September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed an order of the Central Information Commission order asking the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to give various information about its audit with respect to "Hybrid Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting Service Agreement" with private firm DEVAS. Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd (DEVAS),...
  • Decision on LoP in Lok Sabha based on rules: Sumitra Mahajan August 23, 2014

    A day after the Supreme Court questioned the government over the absence of a Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has defended herself, saying the decision was based on rules. She added that the apex court had made no observation against her. ...
  • Give department-wise details of whistleblowers complaints: CIC to CVC August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The department-wise details of whistleblowers' complaints of corruption in government departments can be made public, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has held. Exercising his Right to Information, Venkatesh Nayak had sought from Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) details of complaints against government servants received under the Public Interest Disclosure and...
  • Over 66,000 RTI appeals pending before 6 information centres: survey July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A survey conducted by Commonwealth Human Rights initiative raises serious questions on the lack of transparency in the functioning of Information Commissions across the country. Report says that more than 66,000 appeals and complaints pending in just 6 information commissions across the country, Maharashtra commission tops the list with...
  • BJP's MP unit gets notice for non-compliance of RTI mechanism March 11, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Information Commission on Tuesday directed issuance of notice to state BJP unit for alleged non-compliance of RTI mechanism at its office here. The action came following a complaint by RTI activist Ajay Dubey, who approached the State Information Commission (SIC) after he allegedly did not find any mechanism by...
  • CIC issues notice to six political parties on non-compliance February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Central Information Commission has issued notices to six national parties seeking details of action taken by them to implement Right to Information Act in accordance with its directions issued last year. The Commission, a quasi-judicial body on RTI Act, asked Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP to provide...
  • Parliament panel backs Bill to keep parties out of RTI December 17, 2013

    New Delhi: A parliamentary panel on Tuesday supported passage of a Bill which seeks to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act and negate a Central Information Commission (CIC) order to that effect under the transparency law. "The committee considers the proposed amendment is a right step...
  • 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...
  • Deepak Sandhu takes oath as new CIC September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday administered oath of office to Deepak Sandhu who became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission. A former Indian Information Service officer of 1971 batch, Sandhu has served at many key positions like Principal Director General (Media and Communications) Press...
  • SC admits judgement on CIC mistake of law, recalls verdict September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Admitting that it committed a "mistake of law", the Supreme Court on Monday recalled its own order which had directed that only sitting or retired high court chief justices or an apex court judge could head the central and state information commissions. "It was mistake of law. We recall...
  • People with non-judicial background can be appointed as CIC members: SC September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Reviewing its earlier decision on the appointment of state and central Chief Information Commissioners, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that even people with non-judicial background can be appointed as members of CIC. It was a mistake of law, SC said while withdrawing its order on the appointment of...
  • Madras High Court stays CIC's notice to BCCI over RTI Act July 26, 2013

    Chennai: Madras High Court has stayed the Central Information Commissioner's (CIC) proceedings on declaring the Indian cricket board as a public authority under the RTI Act. The stay was granted by Justice KK Sasidharan while passing interim orders on Wednesday on a petition by the Board of Control for Cricket in...
  • BCCI asked to submit details of its land and buildings: report July 25, 2013

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the 29 members that come under its ambit have been asked by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to submit the details of the land and buildings occupied by them, a report on ESPNCricinfo said. According to the report, CIC has asked...
  • CPI received over Rs 3 crore funding, shows RTI July 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (CPI) has received over Rs 3 crore funding through various sources in the past five years, an answer to an RTI query revealed on Monday. The disclosure comes after last month's Central Information Commission (CIC) order that political parties are public authorities and...
  • CIC's order on bringing political parties under RTI misconceived: Manish Tewari June 11, 2013

    The Congress has hit out at the Central Information Commission for proposing to bring political parties under the Right to Information Act. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said CIC's order is "a bit of a stretch." He was speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate. Below is the full...
  • CIC's order on bringing political parties under RTI misconceived: Cong June 11, 2013

    The Congress has hit out at the Central Information Commission for proposing to bring political parties under the Right to Information Act. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said CIC's order is "a bit of a stretch." ...
  • 'For transparency, parties don't need to come under RTI' June 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The Congress has hit out at the Central Information Commission for proposing to bring political parties under the Right to Information Act. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has dismissed the suggestion saying an amendment to the Income Tax Act would work better towards bringing transparency. He...
  • CIC order may disrupt internal party discourse: Nilotpal Basu June 6, 2013

    While certain RTI activists have asked for political parties to come under RTI, almost all political parties are united in their opposition to this move. All functions of a party and minutes of all meetings can't be disclosed, they say. CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu joined IBNLive readers for an interaction...
  • Funding of parties must be transparent: RTI activist Anil Bairwal June 6, 2013

    Anil Bairwal, national coordinator of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and RTI activist joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on why political parties should come under RTI. Q. If RTI is implemented on Congress then we all know what would happen. In that case it'll be very difficult to help Congress...
  • The Last Word: Should political parties be brought under RTI Act? June 5, 2013

    Should political parties be brought under the Right to Information Act or would that be unwarranted extension of its coverage? CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar discusses the issue with India's first Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, former Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, Congress spokesman and MP Abhishek Singhvi and one of Chief Minister...
  • Mamata justifies CIC's RTI decision June 5, 2013

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday came out in support of the Central Information Commission (CIC) order on bringing political parties under the RTI ambit. "Political parties should function in a transparent manner and the public has the right to be informed about their functioning and funding. There...
  • 'CIC's RTI decision open to debate' June 5, 2013

    Information Commissioner Annapurna Dixit has defended the CIC's ruling that national parties be placed within the ambit of the RTI. ...
  • Explain reasons for withholding Jinnah's speeches: CIC to govt June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The CIC has asked the government to take a view on disclosure of two speeches made by Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah during pre-independence era which are in the archives of All India Radio and explain the reasons for withholding them if it intends to do so. Chief Information...
  • CIC has misinterpreted RTI bill: Chidambaram June 4, 2013

    Finance Minister P Chidamabram said that the intention of the RTI bill was not to apply to political parties but to public authorities. ...
  • May move court against CIC's ruling: MoS PMO June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Opposition is growing against the Central Information Commission's order to bring political parties under jurdisdiction of the Right to Information Act. Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy on Tuesday refused to rule out the possibility of moving court against the ruling. "We will see...
  • CIC comes to the rescue of Sonia, says she paid her bills October 3, 2012

    New Delhi: In response to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's allegations of expenses on UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's trips abroad, the Congress on Wednesday hit back with an order of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), which says no expenses were incurred by the government. The order dated May 3 effectively put...
  • Sonia sounds poll bugle, targets Modi govt October 4, 2012

    Rajkot: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday sounded the poll bugle in Gujarat that is already witnessing personal attacks on the leaders, claiming that only her party has the capability to provide a government which can take the state on the path of inclusive development. Sonia, who addressed an election...
  • Sonia paid for her treatment, not the govt: CIC October 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) in its order on May 3, 2012 had made it clear that the Government of India made no expenditure on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's treatment abroad. Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra while replying to a Right to Information (RTI) query by one Naveen...
  • Full text: CIC reply on Sonia Gandhi's treatment expenses October 3, 2012

    The CIC on Wednesday replied to the RTI filed to seek information on UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's treatment expenses. In its reply, the CIC said that there is no record of any expenditure incurred by government on Sonia's treatment. Below is the full text of the letter: Central Information Commission, New...