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Today is the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) by Parliament. Ten years ago the Rajya Sabha gave its approval to the RTI Bill and the first baby steps were taken towards establishing a regime of transparency across the country. Two main purposes of the RTI Act as spelt out in its Preamble are – (a) containment of corruption, and (b) making Government

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In its bid to undo and outdo everything that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)  Government did between 2004 and 2014, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has proposed to amend the Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2011 (WBP Act) in the Lok Sabha. Parliament enacted the WBP Act in February 2014 and it was gazetted later in May. The Government has not implemented this law which ai

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The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that in accordance
with the provisions of the National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI), the recognised National Sports Federations are
required to furnish certain documents namely, annual audited accounts, annual report, details of National / International
championsh

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When the Right to Information Act came into force on October 12, 2005, Tamil Nadu was one of the states that put in place a system aimed at implementing it in earnest. Ten years later, the system lies in a shambles, transparency has become a casualty.

RTI applications are piling up as only three of the four available information commissioners hear cases on any given day.

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With no Chief Information Commissioner, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has been left in a quandary with its orders open to challenge by a court. Activists have urged PM Narendra Modi to appoint a chief for the Commission soon adding that the delay was adversely impacting its functioning.

Already there are 25,000 a

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The government is unaware of who attended the meeting to select the chief information commissioner, an appointment that has been pending for the last seven months.

In response to an RTI query, the government admitted that it had not maintained any minutes of a meeting convened to pick the CIC and so did not know who attended the meeting

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An RTI query seeking details of expenses incurred by the Centre on hosting US President Barack Obama earlier this year has been rejected by the Ministry of External Affairs on the ground that such information is sensitive and may affect bilateral relations with the foreign country.

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Jashodaben Modi, who claims to be legally married wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has once again filed an appeal before the Information Commissioner under the Right to Information Act in the state’s capital city of Gandhinagar to seek information on her security protocol and her entitlement as the prime minister’s wife, though estranged. This is the third time

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The Tamil Nadu police have closed  over 20 per cent of the cases filed by them in 190 police stations across the State in 39 months till March 2013, a data collected by an NGO has shown. This otherwise means the police citing their investigation have recommended that no further action is required.

Based on the data obtain

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The Government of India officially announced in the Lok Sabha on April 30, 2015 that it will table the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Land Bill) next week to replace the Ordinance that was promulgated for the second time on 03 April, 2015. This Land Ordinance is already operational and the Bill seeks to

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