Articles about RTI Act

Government has no information on who created Aarogya Setu

28 Oct 2020

India
Government has no information on who created Aarogya Setu

The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to the Centre over providing evasive answers to a Right to Information (RTI) query.

MEA spent Rs. 10 lakh on Modi's book launch: RTI

04 Dec 2019

India
MEA spent Rs. 10 lakh on Modi's book launch: RTI

The Ministry of External Affairs has been chided for delaying the response to an RTI seeking information about the 2018 launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book 'Exam Warriors'.

Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

09 Aug 2019

Politics
Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

Pranab Mukherjee, one of the tallest leaders of Congress, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor on Thursday, by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Right to Information (Amendment) Bill passed in Lok Sabha

22 Jul 2019

Politics
Right to Information (Amendment) Bill passed in Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha has passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to amend the RTI Act, 2005 amid criticism from the Opposition on Monday.

BJP condemns protests against decision to convert J&K-Bank into PSU

01 Dec 2018

Politics
BJP condemns protests against decision to convert J&K-Bank into PSU

The BJP yesterday condemned the propaganda launched by some Kashmir-based political and other socio-economic organizations against the State Administrative Council's (SAC) decision to convert the J&K Bank into a PSU.

PMO refuses sharing information on black money brought from abroad

25 Nov 2018

India
PMO refuses sharing information on black money brought from abroad

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has refused to share details on the quantum of black money brought back from abroad, citing a provision of the RTI Act that bars disclosure of information that may impede investigation and prosecution of offenders.

CBSE ready to provide answer sheet copies at Rs. 2/page

31 Oct 2018

India
CBSE ready to provide answer sheet copies at Rs. 2/page

On Monday, the Supreme Court closed a contempt plea against the CBSE, after the board agreed to provide copies of answer sheets to students to at Rs. 2 per page, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Amitabh Bachchan appeals rail commuters to travel safe. Watch video

25 Oct 2018

India
Amitabh Bachchan appeals rail commuters to travel safe. Watch video

The Central Railway has roped in Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan to spread the message of safe train travel.

Several records missing from Income Tax Department: CIC informed

19 Oct 2018

India
Several records missing from Income Tax Department: CIC informed

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has been informed that several records have gone missing from the Income Tax Department because of a restructuring drive in 2001 and 2013.

No such thing as too much information in democracy: President

12 Oct 2018

India
No such thing as too much information in democracy: President

President Ram Nath Kovind strongly advocated for transparency in governance, saying there is no such thing as "too much information" in a democracy and information overload is always preferable to a deficit.

Delhi HC directs DU to allow answer-sheet inspection via RTI

08 Oct 2018

India
Delhi HC directs DU to allow answer-sheet inspection via RTI

In a move that might be welcomed by many students, the Delhi High Court has refused to stay a Central Information Commission (CIC) order directing the Delhi University to allow students to inspect their answer sheets via RTI.

Post CIC verdict, BCCI likely to challenge RTI Act

02 Oct 2018

Sports
Post CIC verdict, BCCI likely to challenge RTI Act

Yesterday, the Central Information Commission (CIC) gave a verdict that the BCCI must come under the RTI Act.

Center refuses copy of note-sheets on MP Chief Secretary's extension

16 Sep 2018

India
Center refuses copy of note-sheets on MP Chief Secretary's extension

The Center has refused to share a copy of note sheets related to a six-month extension to Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh, citing a provision of RTI Act that bars disclosure of "third party" information.

SC's notice to CBSE for charging fees for answer-sheet copies

10 Sep 2018

India
SC's notice to CBSE for charging fees for answer-sheet copies

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the CBSE on a plea seeking contempt action against the board for allegedly "disobeying" the top court's order and charging exorbitant fees of up to Rs. 1,200 from students for obtaining copies of evaluated answer-sheets.

RTI applicant in MP asked to pay GST for information

02 Sep 2018

India
RTI applicant in MP asked to pay GST for information

An RTI applicant has been asked to pay the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for getting information from the Madhya Pradesh Housing and Infrastructure Development Board in Bhopal under the transparency law.

Finance Ministry refuses to share three reports on 'black money'

23 Jul 2018

India
Finance Ministry refuses to share three reports on 'black money'

The Finance Ministry has refused to share a copy of three reports on the quantum of black money held by Indians inside the country and abroad, saying its disclosure would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament.

SBI won't share details of political-parties receiving donations through electoral-bonds

28 Jun 2018

India
SBI won't share details of political-parties receiving donations through electoral-bonds

The State Bank of India (SBI) has refused to disclose the details of buyers of electoral bonds, political parties which have redeemed the electoral bonds, and the bank's reports sent to the government on their sales.

CBDT: Scrutiny of lawmakers' assets can't be made public

24 Jun 2018

India
CBDT: Scrutiny of lawmakers' assets can't be made public

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has reportedly told the Election Commission that the scrutiny of assets declared by MPs and MLAs in their poll affidavits cannot be disclosed to the public.

NCERT's Unni-Munni change political beliefs: From criticism to idolization

31 May 2018

India
NCERT's Unni-Munni change political beliefs: From criticism to idolization

It is only natural for governments to exercise some control on the narrative in academic textbooks, partly to ensure positive national sentiment.

Where are Shastri death-related Raj Narain Committee records, asks CIC

13 May 2018

India
Where are Shastri death-related Raj Narain Committee records, asks CIC

Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Prime Minister's Office and Ministries of External Affairs and Home to make public the records of Raj Narain Committee, constituted in 1977 to look into the then PM Lal Bahadur Shastri's mysterious death on January 11, 1966, in Uzbekistan's Tashkent.

Can't share details of corruption complaints: MP CM Chouhan's office

06 May 2018

India
Can't share details of corruption complaints: MP CM Chouhan's office

The details of complaints of alleged corruption received through "complaint boxes", installed on the premises of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's office, cannot be shared as it may not serve the larger public interest, state government replied to an RTI query.

Draft RTI rules, affecting millions annually, still hang in uncertainty

29 Apr 2018

India
Draft RTI rules, affecting millions annually, still hang in uncertainty

Nearly a year after the government came out with the draft RTI Rules 2017, they still lay in the backburner, with no progress in sight towards their approval.

Disclose number of files on Bose held by PMO: CIC

23 Apr 2018

India
Disclose number of files on Bose held by PMO: CIC

Chief Information Commissioner RK Mathur has directed the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to disclose the number of files on Subhas Chandra Bose that are still being held by it.

PSBs among leading govt bodies in rejecting RTI pleas: Study

19 Apr 2018

India
PSBs among leading govt bodies in rejecting RTI pleas: Study

Public sector banks, which are reeling under a huge burden of growing non-performing assets and being probed by central agencies, have emerged as the leading public authorities in terms of rejecting RTI pleas, an analysis by a voluntary group shows.

Anna Hazare is back in Delhi with his anti-corruption protest

23 Mar 2018

India
Anna Hazare is back in Delhi with his anti-corruption protest

Seven years after his hunger strike shook the then UPA government, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare is back at Delhi's iconic Ramlila Maidan.

RTI: Rs. 2000 notes are here to stay

12 Dec 2017

Business
RTI: Rs. 2000 notes are here to stay

Recently, there were rumors regarding the demonetization of Rs. 2000 notes. To put them to rest, a Pune-based activist, Prafful Sarda filed an RTI. The RTI query clarified the status of Rs. 2000 notes.

CIC: Black money SIT comes under RTI's ambit

13 Oct 2017

India
CIC: Black money SIT comes under RTI's ambit

The Central Information Commission (CIC) said that the SC-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money is a public entity, bringing it under the Right to Information Act's (RTI) ambit.

Ram Rahim gets a reality check in jail, grows vegetables

20 Sep 2017

India
Ram Rahim gets a reality check in jail, grows vegetables

A man with a sprawling empire in Sirsa but now inside Rohtak's jail, Ram Rahim Singh is no more than a common prisoner.

RTI misuse: 'Act cannot be used for commercial gains'

31 Jul 2017

India
RTI misuse: 'Act cannot be used for commercial gains'

In another case related to misuse of RTI Act, the Central Information Commission ruled that it cannot be used to build pressure for commercial gains.

Shillong: Meet the ladies that turn garbage into gold

12 Jul 2017

India
Shillong: Meet the ladies that turn garbage into gold

They are called the 'Merry Maidens' of Shillong with a twist.

With the new rules, is RTI law in danger?

11 Jul 2017

India
With the new rules, is RTI law in danger?

The Right to Information Act came into force in India in October 2005, after the government decided to repeal the previous Freedom of Information Act, 2002, to make the system more transparent.

Govt: Reports of tighter RTI rules untrue

06 Apr 2017

India
Govt: Reports of tighter RTI rules untrue

The government has refuted reports that suggested that rules for filing RTIs may soon become more stringent.

RTI to become more expensive and inaccessible to non-internet users

03 Apr 2017

India
RTI to become more expensive and inaccessible to non-internet users

According to the new information law norms, the RTI word was limited to 500 words with a higher fee.

Political Funding: Could electoral bonds, corporate funding ensure transparency?

03 Apr 2017

Politics
Political Funding: Could electoral bonds, corporate funding ensure transparency?

Union Budget 2017 made tall claims towards bringing in transparency in political funding in India. Months later, moving forward on the proposals on electoral bonds and corporate funding might have rendered the process more opaque than before.

RBI refuses to answer RTI query regarding demonetization

02 Jan 2017

India
RBI refuses to answer RTI query regarding demonetization

´╗┐Fifty days after the Centre announced Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes would cease to be legal tender, the Reserve Bank of India declined to answer the burning question: Why were the notes demonetized?

Rising death toll of RTI activists

21 Oct 2016

India
Rising death toll of RTI activists

According to latest reports, 56 Right To Information (RTI) activists have lost their lives for demanding transparency and accountability from the government.