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MUMBAI: In the nine years of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Parliament has never submitted statistics on the RTI applications it has received till date. Neither the Lok Sabha (LS) nor the Rajya Sabha (RS) secretariats have ever submitted reports to the Central Information Commission (CIC), which compiles data received from public authorities across the country.



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Uttar Pradesh State Information Commission's website sought comments form the people on the Draft Regulations for the management of State Information Commission. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative had sent its comments within the deadline specified in the notice. We have made two majo
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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. 

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The Jammu & Kashmir State Information Commission recently put the J&K State Information Commission (Management) Regulations 2015 which can be accessed at for pre legislative consultation. This is tandom of the pre-legislative consultation policy of the of the Central Government.

Monday, 30 March 2015 17:25

The Committee of Secretaries of Legislative Department of Ministry of Justice, Government of India on 5th February, 2015 came up with a policy on pre-legislative consultation which is to be invariably followed by every Ministry?Department of Central Government before any legislative proposal is submitted to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. It also requires that the comments/suggestio

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A Committee comprising representatives of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Central Informatio

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Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats and Delhi High Court are among some prominen

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Published on 19 Oct 2014

Venkatesh Nayak, Program Coordinator (Access to Justice) with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, tells us how he used the RTI to ask the Central Government why it has not framed Whistleblowers' Protection Rules, despite the enactment of the Whistleblowers' Protection Act. He also asks what the Government is doing to protect Whistleblowers in India, where

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:04

The report covers international privacy principles, national privacy principles, rationale and emerging issues along with an analysis of relevent legislations/Bills from a privacy perspective.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:39

For two years, national political parties have defied the RTI Act that they themselves passed. They have not sought legal remedy either by appealing against the CIC order declaring them to be Public Authorities. If lawmakers defy the law in this fashion, it sets a bad precedent. Political parties should be more accountable if they

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