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High Court seeks Centre’s reply on notary’s plea against CIC order
Govt asks all departments to upload report cards on websites every month
Coming soon: IGNOU to offer diploma course on Right to Information
Private colleges, schools under RTI ambit
CIC wants RTI activist punished for misuse of law
CIC bans appearance of lawyer, HC stays order
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Consumer ForumHigh Court seeks Centre’s reply on notary’s plea against CIC order

India.com
In the interim, the court extended till the next date the time for payment of the first installment of the penalty and also stayed CIC’s direction to the notary to pay Rs 1000 as compensation to RTI applicant Nand Lal.
July 7, 2016
New Delhi, Jul 7 : Delhi High Court has sought the Centre’s response on a notary’s plea challenging Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order declaring her to be a deemed Public Information Officer (PIO) and imposing a fine of Rs 25,000 for not furnishing records sought under RTI. Apart from the Centre, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also issued notice to the RTI applicant, who had under the Right to Information Act (RTI) sought details of attestations made by the notary from 2008 to 2013, seeking his reply by the next date of hearing on July 13. In the interim, the court extended till the next date the time for payment of the first installment of the penalty and also stayed CIC’s direction to the notary to pay Rs 1000 as compensation to RTI applicant Nand Lal. …

Report CardGovt asks all departments to upload report cards on websites every month

Hindustantimes.com
Jun 27, 2016
This small step could go a long way to raise the transparency bar.
The Modi government has told all central departments to go public with a report card of its activities and achievements on a monthly basis. …

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Training on RTIComing soon: IGNOU to offer diploma course on Right to Information

Hindustantimes.com
Jun 11, 2016
In order to encourage people to understand societal relevance of the Right to Information Act and its nuances, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has decided to introduce certificate and diploma courses in the subject. …

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Private colleges, schools under RTI ambit

Tribuneindia.com
Shimla, June 9, 2016
To ensure transparency in the functioning of private educational institutions, the government has decided to bring all private colleges, senior secondary and high schools under the RTI Act 2005 with immediate effect. However, the Act will not cover medical and nursing colleges and schools affiliated to the CBSE and the ICSE. …

CIC wants RTI activist punished for misuse of law

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 21, 2016
NEW DELHI: In an unusual move, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has recommended action against an RTI applicant for misusing the law to harass his colleagues in a Delhi college.

CIC bans appearance of lawyer, HC stays order

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Apr 3, 2016
New Delhi, Apr 3 () An Information Commissioner has “banned” the appearance of a counsel for the External Affairs Ministry before his bench on the ground that he was not discharging his duties as an advocate, an order which has been stayed by the Delhi High Court. …

Osmania University PIO fined 10,000 for failure to reply to query

Thehansindia.com 
May 24, 2016
Hyderabad: The Public Information Officer (PIO) of Osmania University was fined Rs 25,000 on Monday, for “non compliance” of Telangana Information Commission’s orders and for his failure to provide information to the appellant even after six months. …

Huda official delays RTI reply, fined 25,000

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 15, 2016|
Gurgaon: The chief information commissioner of Haryana has imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on estate officer-II of Huda, Gurgaon for delaying a piece of information sought under the RTI Act for over 11 months. …

Officials reduce RTI Act to a farce?

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com 
Apr 17, 2016
Hyderabad: The Right to Information Act (RTI) has been enacted with a lofty goal of ensuring transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority and is considered a powerful instrument in the hands of citizens to expose corruption.

Disclose bio-safety data of under-test GM mustard: CIC   

Economictimes.indiatimes.com  
Apr 6, 2016
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has directed the environment ministry to share a copy of the bio-safety document related to genetically-modified mustard and the raw data of studies with the caveat that provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety as well as confidentiality should be kept in mind. …

Central Information Commission does away with need of hard copies for online appeals

Zeenews.india.com  
March 15, 2016
New Delhi: In a major procedural change, the Central Information Commission has done away with the mandatory provision of sending signed hard copy of appeals through post even though the appellant approached it online. …

Ministers are answerable under RTI Act, Central Information Commission says

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Mar 13, 2016
NEW DELHI: Ministers in the Union and state cabinets are “public authorities” liable to answer public questions addressed to them under the Right to Information Act, the Central Information Commission has ruled. …

SIC issues show-cause notice to DEO

Tribuneindia.com   
February 28, 2016
State Information Commissioner Ravinder Singh Nagi has issued a show-cause notice to the District Education Officer (Secondary) for not providing the information to the appellant Hardeep Singh, a resident of Dabwali Road area, sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. …

Supreme Court dismisses plea for information on pending judgements under RTI Act   

Livemind.com

Feb 16, 2016
Delhi and Bombay high courts, however, mention on their judgements both dates—on which judgement was reserved and when judgement was delivered
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday confirmed a Delhi high court verdict which said the court registry couldn’t be directed to collect information on how long judgements on cases remained pending under the Right to Information Act. …

Penny wise, pound foolish? New CIC resurrects Rs 2 absurdity of RTI Act  

Hindustantiems.com 
Feb 15, 2016
Should a government department spend Rs 27 to get an RTI applicant to pay a fee of Rs 8?

Yes, said chief information commissioner RK Mathur in a controversial decision this week, overruling a “common sense” decision delivered by his predecessor, Satyananda Mishra. …

Don’t disclose students’ information without consulting parents: CIC    

Zeenews.india.com
In a warning to the RTI applicant, Acharyulu said, “The Commission records its admonition against the appellant for misuse of RTI against the school child and warns him against such misuse in future.
January 26, 2016
The Commission admonished the principal of RD Public School and Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of Directorate of Education (DoE) of Delhi government for disclosing information about a student to his relatives who had a dispute with the student’s family. …

Delhi HC sets aside order asking SC to share info on reserved verdicts   

RTI activist Commodore Lokesh Batra had filed an RTI request seeking data on the number of judgments reserved and kept pending between 2007-09.

Indianexpress.com
The Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside the order of its single judge bench that had required the Supreme Court registry to provide information under the RTI Act on the pending cases in the apex court on which orders had been reserved. …

Disclosure of Govt Email IDs National Security Threat: CIC   

Outlookindia.com
New Delhi | Jan 03, 2016
Email IDs of all government officials cannot be provided under the Right to Information Act as it could cause a serious security threat, the Central Information Commission has ruled. …

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