Rti Act

  • Utilise Rs 50,000 grant to set up RTI cell: Government to departments July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: To facilitate easy processing of RTI applications, the government today asked all departments to utilise one-time grant of Rs 50,000 for setting up an exclusive cell. The government had three years ago started a scheme 'Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through effective Implementation of RTI', under which one-time...
  • CBI need to be transparent; should be under RTI Act: Former VC April 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Advocating for bringing CBI under purview of RTI Act, former Vigilance Commissioner R Srikumar on Wednesday said the probe agency will never get "hurt" by revealing the truth it gathered in its probe and should win heart of the people by opening itself for public scrutiny. "The CBI got...
  • 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...
  • There is no corruption in India, claims Union Minister Rahman Khan September 14, 2013

    Kolkata: Asserting that the UPA government has taken steps to improve transparency in the functioning of the government, Union Minister of Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan on Saturday claimed that there was no corruption in the country. "How do you say that there is corruption? The so-called Coalgate or the 2G...
  • Media has been 'uncharitable' to the Prime Minister, says Kamal Nath September 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath in an interview on CNN-IBN said that the media has been 'uncharitable' to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the manner it has spoken about him. He added that the Prime Minister has not tried to escape from answering questions that have been raised....
  • BJP gives no assurance as PM seeks support for crucial bills September 4, 2013

    New Delhi: In an attempt to end the standoff over the missing coal files, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday reached out to the Opposition and held a meeting with senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj at his residence. At the meeting, the Prime Minister urged...
  • 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...
  • BJP backs Food Security Bill, but against some aspects, says Jaitely September 2, 2013

    New Delhi: 3:30 pm: Sitaram Yechuri blamed the government for indulging in practices of corruption. "There is no shortfall of money in the country. Money is being looted and parked through corruption. If the corruption can be controlled there will be a lot of money in the economy," Yechury...
  • 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...
  • TMC questions PMO over refusal to furnish files on Netaji in Rajya Sabha August 23, 2013

    Prime Minister Office's refusal to share details of three classified files related to widow and daughter of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had its echo in Rajya Sabha with a member asking about the "exact nature of threat" from the disclosure on Friday. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, TMC leader Kunal...
  • Refer RTI amendment Bill to select committee: MP to LS Speaker August 22, 2013

    Amid growing clamour from civil society against government's move to amend RTI Act to exempt political parties, a member of Parliament has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to refer the proposed legislation to an appropriate standing committee for detailed deliberations. The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which provides...
  • Read PM's address to the nation on India's 67th Independence Day August 15, 2013

    My dear fellow citizens, Brothers, sisters and dear children, I greet you all on this Independence Day. Today is certainly a day of joy for us. But on this celebration of independence we also feel pain in our hearts that our brothers and sisters in Uttarakhand had to face devastation about two...
  • Activists to move court if Parliament approves changes in RTI Act August 13, 2013

    Activists working to promote Right to Information (RTI) Act on Monday said they will move court if Parliament gives its nod to amendments in the transparency law aimed at providing immunity to political parties from providing information. A bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday to keep political...
  • Govt calls all-party meet on Tuesday on several issues including Food Bill August 12, 2013

    New Delhi: With political parties agitated over plans to bring them under the ambit of RTI Act and the recent Supreme Court judgement on disqualification of lawmakers, the government has called an all-party meeting on Tuesday to firm up a view on the contentious issues. The meeting, convened by Parliamentary...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Politicians forget their differences to save their skin: Pallavi Ghosh August 2, 2013

    The Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to keep political parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act (RTI). At a time when public mistrust in political leadership is running high, does this convey the right message? CNN-IBN's deputy bureau chief Pallavi Ghosh joined IBNLive readers for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...