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You can’t use RTI to light up every corner: Chief Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma
On RTI’s tenth anniversary, info watchdogs under the scannner
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Right to InformationYou can’t use RTI to light up every corner: Chief Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma

Oct 18, 2015
Chief Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma talks about identifying the gaps in the RTI Act, improving pendency levels and dealing with ‘vexatious’ requests.
Shyamlal Yadav: There is a perception that the government wants to weaken the RTI. What is your experience of working with the previous government and this one? …

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On RTI’s tenth anniversary, info watchdogs under the scannner

Oct 14, 2015
On RTI law’s tenth anniversary, the information watchdog is coming under the scanner.
A civil society-driven analysis of 2,000 verdicts delivered by the Central Information Commission and state panels in three states have indicted the info watchdogs for over 15 counts, right from forcing applicants to pay for delayed information or deciding cases in violation of the law. …

Central Information Commission appeals plunge 96% in four months

9 Oct, 2015
NEW DELHI: The number of appeals and complaints with the Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority for the Right to Information Act, plummeted 96 per cent to 119 in September from 3,356 in May. …

Delhi High Court asks Information Commissioner to hear case in absence of CIC Chief   Ibnlive.in.com
May 04, 2015
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked the senior most Information Commissioner of Central Information Commission (CIC) to hear a case in the absence of its chief, saying any backlog will jeopardise the interest of RTI applicants. …

CIC told to hear DERC plea afresh   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 1, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Thursday asked the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission not to hold its public hearing for fixing power tariff till May 8. Justice Rajiv Shakdher directed the Central Information Commission to once again hear the plea of DERC where the latter wants to go ahead with a public hearing to fix tariff. …

CIC delayed is spirit of RTI denied   Indianexpress.com
Apr 27, 2015
Files already piled up on the Chief Information Commissioner’s desk could take up to 2020 to clear. Delay in appointing the CIC hurts the objectives of both the RTI Act and the PM’s pledge of good governance. …

RTI activists demand non-political info commissioner   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 27, 2015
CHENNAI: With the present State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) K S Sripathi’s term coming to an end on Monday, RTI campaigners have urged the state government to appoint an eminent person who is not a retired bureaucrat and affiliated to any political party. …

Medical bills of SC judges can’t be revealed under RTI: HC   Indianexpress.com
April 19,2015
Observing that giving details of individual medical bills of Supreme Court judges under RTI would “amount to invasion of their privacy”, the Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking details of medical reimbursements of Supreme Court judges under the RTI Act. …

RTI overrides privacy norms of MCI in patients records: CIC   Business-standard.com
New Delhi April 15, 2015
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. …

‘CIC order on avoiding penalty on pol parties contrary to law’   Business-standard.com
March 18, 2015
RTI activist Subhash Agrawal today alleged that the order issued by the Central Information Commission expressing helplessness in penalising political parties is “contrary to law” as notices were issued an year before complaint was registered in the Commission. …

CIC pulls up green ministry for ‘misleading’ info on effects of mobile radiation   Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 18, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has pulled up the environment ministry for providing “false and misleading” information that it had conducted no study on the harmful effects of mobile radiations. …

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