No authority can force RTI applicant to submit ID: Panel

Source: TOI What is the news? In a landmark order in a case, the state information commission (SIC) Haryana has made it clear that no authority in the state can force an RTI applicant to apply in a particular format or submit identity proof with the application. Background As per the case, an advocate had filed an RTI before… Continue reading No authority can force RTI applicant to submit ID: Panel

CJI Office comes under RTI ambit

News: A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that the office of Chief Justice of India (CJI) comes under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Facts: Background: The verdict comes in the matter of a plea filed by Supreme Court Secretary-General challenging Delhi High Court’s 2010 order holding that the… Continue reading CJI Office comes under RTI ambit

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Government-funded NGOs come under RTI ambit, says SC

News:The Supreme Court has held that Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are substantially funded by the government fall within the ambit of the Right to Information(RTI) Act. Facts: Key highlights of judgement:  The Supreme Court has ruled that NGOs which receive considerable finances from the government fall under the category of “public authority” defined in Section… Continue reading Government-funded NGOs come under RTI ambit, says SC

Jan Soochna Portal

News: The Rajasthan government has launched Jan Soochna Portal Facts: It seeks to provide quick access to information on government departments. By doing so, it aims at transparency and accountability, and empower the right of the people to seek information. Rajasthan is the first state to launch such a portal. The portal will have information… Continue reading Jan Soochna Portal

Plea in Supreme Court seeks online RTI portals in States

The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Centre and several states on a plea seeking direction to state governments to set up online RTI portals. The plea has said that the Centre has established an online RTI portal in which any Indian citizen, including NRIs, can apply for information under the RTI Act with… Continue reading Plea in Supreme Court seeks online RTI portals in States

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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

Supreme Court gives RBI ‘last chance’ to alter disclosure policy

The Supreme Court has directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to disclose information pertaining to its annual inspection report of banks and other material under the Right to Information (RTI) Act unless they are exempted under the law. The Supreme Court was hearing contempt petitions filed against the RBI for not complying with the… Continue reading Supreme Court gives RBI ‘last chance’ to alter disclosure policy

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