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Source : Business Standard http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/ls-rs-delhi-hc-not-filing-rti-compliance-reports-chri-115032600772_1.html   Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats and Delhi High Court are among some prominent offices which have not filed mandatory annual reports of compliance of RTI Act even once since the transparency law was enacted nine years ago, according to an advocacy group.Commonwealth Human Right Initiative did a study of annual reports of the Central Information Commission which has been tabled in the Parliament every year and concluded that CIC is not able to compel a large number of public authorities to submit data.Every public authority under the RTI Act is mandated to submit the statistics related to processing of the information seeking ap...Read more
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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.  For further information click the link below http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/ministries-still-reluctant-to-share-information-on-rti-applications-with-cic-study/articleshow/46763786.cms  ...Read more
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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 major recommendations amongst others:   1) that the Draft Rules be translated into Hindi for people in UP and elsewhere to be able to send comments in larger numbers; and   2) extension of the deadline for submission of comments.   Several other RTI users, activists and organisations in UP may have made similar demands.    The UPSIC has put out a notice stating that the Hindi version of the Draft Rules will soon be available for consultation purposes. You may check this on their website at: http://...Read more
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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.  To read more about it, click the link below: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/right-to-information-mechanism-is-largely-obsolete/articleshow/46819076.cms...Read more
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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 break the law, not less Six national parties in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Indian National Congress (INC), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), have refused to comply with the Central Information Commission (CIC) order of 2013 declaring them as Public Authorities. On March 16, 2015, the CIC passed another order which in effect said...Read more
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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 Commission (CIC), the transparency watchdog, has increased over the years, with 27% of government departments not reporting this data in 2013-14, compared to 11% in 2005-06, the year of introduction of RTI Act. For full news coverage click the link below: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31816&articlexml=Ministries-Reluctant-to-Share-Info-Under-RTI-says-01042015002072...Read more
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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 Bureau, RAW, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Aviation Research Centre among others have not reported the number of applications received, rejected or information given under RTI since 2007.  To read more about the findings, please click the link below: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/RAW-IB-did-not-report-RTI-queries-finds-CIC/articleshow/46830859.cms?...Read more
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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. Here is Mr. Venkatesh Nayak's reply.  To read further click on the link below: http://counterview.org/2015/04/07/disclosing-rti-statistics-does-not-in-any-manner-jeopardise-national-security-external-or-internal/...Read more
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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 disclosure norms will be overridden by the transparency law.  For further information click on the link below: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/rti-overrides-privacy-norms-of-mci-in-patients-records-central-information-commission/articleshow/46936518.cms  ...Read more
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