Right To Information Act

  • 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...
  • 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

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 'CIC's RTI decision open to debate' 05-06-2013 05:39 PM

    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 04-06-2013 03:26 PM

    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...
  • Maken, Shukla differ over bringing BCCI under RTI Act 20-05-2013 07:56 AM

    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 09-04-2013 03:27 PM

    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...
  • Podcast: Hammering RTI for what it has become

    Strictly non-bureaucratic |  Shailaja Chandra
    Shailaja Chandra talks about how the Right to Information Act, which is a simple law and has helped countless people, has become embroiled in controversy....

  • Proposal to withdraw amendments to RTI Act accepted 01-11-2012 12:13 PM

    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 01-11-2012 07:29 AM

    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 31-10-2012 04:02 PM

    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...
  • Never said we are going to change RTI: PM 19-10-2011 11:42 PM

    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....
  • No dilution, but review of RTI Act needed: PM 14-10-2011 10:54 AM

    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...
  • Harassed Gujarat RTI activist commits suicide 26-02-2011 07:02 AM

    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 13-02-2011 12:37 PM

    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...
  • RTI - the common man's tool to get things done 11-10-2010 05:40 PM

    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...
  • 30 pc chance that your right to info plea will work 23-10-2009 06:35 PM

    Survey finds 10 responses to 50,000 requests are satisfactory. ...
  • Omar rallies to restore J-K people's faith, trades RTI 09-10-2009 12:50 PM

    Many activists still say the Act is a non-starter in the state. ...