The RTI is virtually being strangled to death by deliberate delays in appointments.
If you find a law uncomfortable, even one that you supported and passed, what should you do? Repealing it would not be politically smart; amending or diluting it will give ammunition to your critics. So the best strategy is to strangulate it, softly and steadily, until it is rendered lifeless and ineffec
When the Bharatiya Janata Party won by a massive majority in the general election last year, one of the key election promises that brought it to power was transparency and accountability in governance.
The Supreme Court was moved on Tuesday for a declaration to make political parties “public authorities” under the Right to Information Act, liable to disclose their financial assets for public scr
Last week, upon being requested by a section of the family of the leader of the Indian movement for independence, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, to make the government’s secret files on him public, the Prime Minister, who was visiting West Bengal, is reported to h
On May 13, 2015 the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government used its majority in the Lok Sabha to boorishly push through a set of regressive amendments to the Whistleblowers Protection Act (WBP Act) despite the very vocal and well-reasoned objections of the Opposition. Some MPs of the treasury benches also questioned the wisdom behind these amendments.
In brief, the regressive am
The political parties are an integral part of parliamentary democracy as they are the ones which either run a government or keep a check on the government in the form of opposition. In the 170th report, the Law Commission had recommended transparency in the functioning of political parties with a special emphasis on the internal party democracy, transparency in fina
Why isn't the government appointing a Chief Information Commissioner so I can get the answer sheets that I have been fighting for?" asks Chandan Singh, a disabled engineering student, as he hands over a copy of his petition filed at the Prime Minister's Office. Chandan had moved the Central Information Commission (CIC) against his college, the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, to get a
UNE: A total of 4.18 lakh people have benefitted from the System of Assisting Residents and Tourists through Helpline Information (Sarathi) started by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), where 89,512 citizens' complaints were addressed through the civic body's grievance monitoring system.
"A total of 89,695 phone calls were received from citizens till April 30, 2015. O
A few weeks ago a major headline in the print and electronic media was the allegation that the family members of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were being snooped upon by Government of India. One positive outcome of the hullaballoo around this ‘snoopgate’ was the reported announcement of a committee to review the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (OSA) under which officials can classify a sarkari do