RTI Amendment Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha today

The Government has introduced a Bill to amend the Right to Information Act,2005 in the Lok Sabha.The amendment bill proposes two fundamental changes. First,it proposes to change the tenure of the Central Information Commissioner(CIC) and Information Commissioner(IC) at the centre and state levels from five years or until the age of 65 years at present… Continue reading RTI Amendment Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha today

Govt advises NDDB to bring Mother Dairy, other units under RTI ambit

The Government has told the Parliament that it has advised National Dairy Development Board(NDDB) to extend the provisions of the RTI Act,2005 to its subsidiary companies such as Mother Dairy. The Central Information Commission(CIC) in its 2011 order had said that mother dairy is a public authority under clause(i) of Section 2(h) of the RTI… Continue reading Govt advises NDDB to bring Mother Dairy, other units under RTI ambit

Disclose names of big defaulters, CIC tells RBI

The Central Information Commission(CIC) has directed the Reserve Bank of India to disclose the list of big loan defaulters it had sent to banks for resolution. The CIC’s directive came on a plea who had based her RTI application on some reports that RBI Deputy Governor had said that accounts of some loan defaulters have… Continue reading Disclose names of big defaulters, CIC tells RBI

Disclose details of case probed,CIC tells CBI

Central information commission has directed the CBI to disclose details of a case it had investigated.CIC dismissed the CBI’s argument of being exempt from disclosure under Section 24 of the RTI act. The order by CIC came on an RTI application which has asked for information from CBI regarding the inquiry into irregular appointment of… Continue reading Disclose details of case probed,CIC tells CBI

Staff entitled to information on defunct company, says CIC

Central Information Commission(CIC) has delivered a ruling in favour of the employees of Cambata aviation company.This ruling may empower the Jet Airways employees who are protesting against the airlines for their delayed salaries. In August 2016,India’s first private ground-handling company Cambata Aviation had stopped operations leaving behind employees with pending salaries and unpaid benefits.Later,allegations of… Continue reading Staff entitled to information on defunct company, says CIC

Centre defies SC order on CIC appointments

Central Government has denied a Right to Information (RTI) request for details of the ongoing recruitment process for four vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC).It was denied despite a recent Supreme Court order mandating that such information be made public. Earlier,the Supreme Court has directed the Centre and the States  to ensure transparency in… Continue reading Centre defies SC order on CIC appointments

Release list of convicted officials, CIC orders Customs Department

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Customs Department to make public the list of officers caught red-handed for smuggling gold,heroin and other illegal activities.CIC has said that the information should be disclosed voluntarily for the sake of transparency and accountability in the public authority. The direction came in response to a Right To… Continue reading Release list of convicted officials, CIC orders Customs Department

EVM is ‘information’ under Right to Information Act, rule Central Information Commission

Central Information Commission(CIC),the highest appellate body for the RTI applicants has ruled that an  Electronic Voting Machine(EVM) is an “information” under the Right to Information Act and can be demanded by an applicant from the Election Commission of India.It said that EVM which is available with the Election Commission is in a material form and… Continue reading EVM is ‘information’ under Right to Information Act, rule Central Information Commission

Why only bureaucrats on information panels, asks SC

Supreme court raised concerns over how government employees or retired ones had consistently been found more suitable than eminent persons from other walks of life as Information commissioners. The Right to Information Act of 2005 was enacted to ensure accountability in governance.The act itself requires people from varied domains to man the Commissions. The Central… Continue reading Why only bureaucrats on information panels, asks SC