Right To Information Act

  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Citizens can now file RTI applications to President's Secretariat, MEA June 17, 2013

    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 June 8, 2013

    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...
  • '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. ...
  • Political parties oppose CIC's move to bring them under RTI Act June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Political parties have come out opposing the Central Information Commission order bringing political parties under jurisdiction of the Right to Information Act. The Janata Dal United and the Communist Party of India - Marxist have slammed the decision saying the CIC exceeded its brief. "The CIC has acted outside...
  • Maken, Shukla differ over bringing BCCI under RTI Act May 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Even as Law Minister Kapil Sibal proposed a new law to fight fixing in sports, his Cabinet colleagues Rajiv Shukla and Ajay Maken spoke in two different voices over the exemption of BCCI from the Right to Information Act. Union Minister Ajay Maken, who earlier held the sports...
  • India's transformation is not orderly but accidental: Shankkar Aiyar April 9, 2013

    In 'Accidental India: A History of the Nation's Passage through Crisis and Change', noted journalist-analyst, Shankkar Aiyar, examines India's ascent through the paradigm of seven game changers: the economic liberalization of 1991, the Green Revolution of the sixties, the nationalization of banks in 1969, Operation Flood in the seventies, the...
  • Tax exemption to parties in 5 years: Rs 2,490 cr December 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Ten main political parties of the country had a whopping Rs 2,490 crore of tax-exempted income in the last five years, according to information from the Income Tax department through an RTI plea. Of this the ruling Congress and the main Opposition party BJP have cornered more than...
  • Proposal to withdraw amendments to RTI Act accepted November 1, 2012

    New Delhi: The proposal to withdraw the amendments proposed to the Right to Information Act in 2006 has been accepted in the Cabinet meeting on Thursday. With the proposed amendments dropped, the Right to Information Act will not be diluted much to the delight of social activists. The move came...
  • Sonia Gandhi rejects dilution of RTI Act November 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has forced the Centre to drop its plan to dilute the Right To Information Act and the announcement is likely to be made in Thursday's Cabinet meeting. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet his new cabinet on Thursday for the first time since Sunday's...
  • Govt not to go for amendments propsed to RTI Act in 2006 October 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The government will not go for amendments proposed to the Right to Information Act as mooted in July 2006, according to sources. The amendment suggested was that the government exempts file notings from disclosure except for development and social issues. The amendment also suggested that the exam selection process...
  • 'RTI Act under threat, may fail in 5 years' July 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Outgoing Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has warned that the Right to Information Act is under threat and might become irrelevant in the next five years. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Gandhi said that the threats come from various sections. "The RTI Act is growing very well across the country, but...
  • Never said we are going to change RTI: PM October 19, 2011

    On Board PM's Special Aircraft: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday denied suggestions that he had pitched for dilution of Right to Information Act. He maintained that he had never said that there should be any dilution of the Act. "There are certain ways in which things can be done. All...
  • No dilution, but review of RTI Act needed: PM October 14, 2011

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister has lauded the Right To Information Act calling it crucial in exposing authorities and their work which otherwise remain hidden from the public while clarifying that the Government is against any dilution in the Act. "RTI is now more extensively and more effectively used to bring...
  • Harassed Gujarat RTI activist commits suicide February 26, 2011

    Kutch: Gujarat Right To Information (RTI) activist Jabbardan Gadhvi had sought information on alleged irregularities in cattle grazing in the Rapar taluka of Kutch district. Earlier this week, the 45-year-old RTI activist set himself ablaze in the compound of the Mamlatdar's office after having received constant threats from the Mamlatdar,...
  • Haryana: Woman crushed to death for filing RTI February 13, 2011

    Fatehabad: A village Sarpanch in Fatehabad in Haryana allegedly crushed a woman to death by mowing her down with his vehicle. He did this because her father-in-law had dared to file a Right to Information application exposing a pension fraud. The victim, Sonu, died and her father-in-law who tried to save...
  • RTI - the common man's tool to get things done October 11, 2010

    New Delhi: Ram Vilas, 32, a small-time shopkeeper in a village in Bihar, now knows the power of the Right To Information (RTI) Act after he used it successfully to get the provident fund money of his ailing retired father, an ex-civic employee. A school drop out, Ram Vilas sought help...
  • Hospital turns Bhopal victims into guinea pigs June 17, 2010

    Bhopal: Some Bhopal gas leak victims who survived the tragedy were used by Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) for four years to carry out drug trials. The number of such people who were subjected to drug trials is 151. Ramadhar Shrivastva is one such gas victim. In 2007...
  • Absent minister Alagiri has excuse for holiday May 10, 2010

    New Delhi: His "perpetual" absence from Parliament may have pushed the government on the backfoot, but DMK leader and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M K Alagiri's Maldives holiday during the budget session had approval from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Replying to an RTI application, the Ministry said Alagiri had sought...
  • 30 pc chance that your right to info plea will work October 23, 2009

    New Delhi: Only four out of 10 requests under the Right to Information Act (RTI) get you the information you want. That is according to a survey which analysed more than 50,000 requests. ...
  • Omar rallies to restore J-K people's faith, trades RTI October 9, 2009

    New Delhi: The Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir is using the right to information to restore credibility among its people, giving the right to the average Kashmiri to get into just about everything, including custodial killings. The J-K government battles a credibility crisis in the wake of the...