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The Centre today announced the formation of a three-member committee of senior bureaucrats to study the review of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) in the wake of the requirements under the Right to Information (RTI).

The committee, including the Secretaries of Home, Law and Personnel, was formed after the Cabinet Secretary met in February and decided to study the issue in depth, offici

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The provisions of Medical Council of India to protect confidentiality in patients' records cannot override statutes of Right to Information Act, Central Information Commission has held. 

Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu held that after RTI Act has come into being, any rules which are not in conformity with the d

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Despite having one of the stronger RTI Laws in the region, India has witnessed an increasing number of instances of attacks and murders of RTI Activists and Users.
The report authored by Suchi Pande analyses the reports for such incidents and recommends a more focussed approach on spreading awareness about use of RTI Laws and increasing reprisals against RTI users.

You can read th

April 7, 2015 turned out to be a bloody Tuesday in the newly-formed states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Broadly, this is what the media reports on the two incidents of extra-judicial killings said:

(a) The first incident was in Warangal district of Telengana where the police escorting five under-trial prisoners shot them dead on the pretext that one of them tried to snatch a fire

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The Narendra Modi government has refused to part with copy of the order to abolish Group of Ministers (GoM) and Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoMs) citing "residual issues". The refusal comes in reply to a right to information (RTI) plea by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) activist Venkatesh Nayak. The activist had sought a copy of the cabinet order ratifying the Prime Minister's de

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1 out of 25 have never reported any RTI information to the CIC

India’s top security and intelligence agencies consistently refuse to give out any information about the Right to Information requests they receive, and those that do, reject the bulk of queries they receive, new data shows.

Twenty-five of India’s top security agencies are exempt from most of the requiremen

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The Times of India carries a news report about the non-compliance of well known security and intelligence organisations with their obligation of reporting RTI applications statistics to the Central Information Commission (CIC) in India. The streak of comments that followed the news article seemed that they believe that Intelligence agencies should not be brought with the purview of the RTI Act.

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Security and intelligence organizations continue to work under the veil of secrecy with minimal scrutiny from Parliament and judiciary. Nearly half of them have not bothered to disclose the number of RTI applications received in the last seven years. 

About 11 or 44% of the 25 security agencies including Intelligence Bure

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A decade after enactment of the Right to Information Act , a study conducted by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has revealed that the government departments are unwilling to share even basic data on how many RTI applications have been received, disposed of or rejected.

The study shows that the percentage of public authorities unwilling to share this data with Central Information Co

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The RTI machinery all over India seems to be crumbling. Half the state information commissions, the final appellate authorities for handling cases under the Right to Information Act in states, are subsisting two or fewer commissioners as state governments refuse to fill vacant positions. 

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