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A commuter shows her COVID-19 status via Aarogya Setu app before entering Vaishali station. (File photo)(PTI)

Aarogya Setu row: Show cause notice dropped after officials explain what caused ‘no information’ fiasco

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 02:09 PM IST
The officials have said Information regarding Aarogya Setu app was scattered in different government departments.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned the inclusion of journalist Uday Mahurkar in the list of probable candidates for the information commissioner’s post(ANI File Photo)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned the inclusion of journalist Uday Mahurkar in the list of probable candidates for the information commissioner’s post(ANI File Photo)

Congress alleges violations in Central Information Commission selection

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 02:11 AM IST
Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged that transparency was not followed in the selection process and the apex court guidelines were violated by the government by not making public the names of the shortlisted candidates and the criteria for their selection.
Aarogya Setu application was born out of a need to bring a 21st century technology-based solution to an unprecedented problem presented by coronavirus pandemic(AP)
Aarogya Setu application was born out of a need to bring a 21st century technology-based solution to an unprecedented problem presented by coronavirus pandemic(AP)

Officials who embarrassed govt with RTI response on Aarogya Setu face action

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bharadwaj
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 08:03 PM IST
Aarogya Setu: The government has been encouraging people to downlload the mobile app that would help in contact tracing and alert the government to potential hotspots.
Officials said that the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has taken the lapses made in providing information on Aarogya Setu app, which has data of millions of users, very strictly.(File photo for representation)
Officials said that the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has taken the lapses made in providing information on Aarogya Setu app, which has data of millions of users, very strictly.(File photo for representation)

Committed to furnish all information for Aarogya Setu: Govt after RTI body’s notice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 06:36 PM IST
The Centre said on Thursday it is committed to furnish all the information sought under the RTI Act over the Aarogya Setu contact tracing application and comply with the directions of Central Information Commission.
According to social activists, the SICs were denying people access to information under the garb of Covid-19.(HT Illustration)
According to social activists, the SICs were denying people access to information under the garb of Covid-19.(HT Illustration)

Only 44% state information commissions conduct hearings: CHRI survey

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 07:51 AM IST
The state information commission officials say that reason for the hearings getting stopped is the exponential spike in Covid-19 cases across the country
The CHRI is an organisation working towards greater transparency in governance.(@CHRI_INT/Twitter Photo)
The CHRI is an organisation working towards greater transparency in governance.(@CHRI_INT/Twitter Photo)

Functioning of state information panels takes a hit: Survey

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 01:59 AM IST
According to its third rapid telephonic survey, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative found that the commissions that had previously started attending to litigants June had stopped by July.
The political class and information commissioners need to step up(HT)
The political class and information commissioners need to step up(HT)

The RTI regime failed India during Covid-19

By Yashovardhan Azad
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 09:53 PM IST
Responses have been elusive on critical issues, including health care infra, PM Cares fund, schemes, and migrants
Shah, who was the chief guest at the event, said when the law was being drafted, there were apprehensions of its misuse, but during the last 15 years the benefits have outdone the misuse.(Twitter image)
Shah, who was the chief guest at the event, said when the law was being drafted, there were apprehensions of its misuse, but during the last 15 years the benefits have outdone the misuse.(Twitter image)

Govt putting information in public domain, reducing need for filing RTI: Amit Shah

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2019 11:58 AM IST
Dashboards for various schemes introduced by the Modi government have enabled even the poorest of beneficiaries to get information about them and their implementation by going online, the home minister said.
The government must rethink its priorities, and the opposition and civil society must keep a careful watch on its actions(AP)
The government must rethink its priorities, and the opposition and civil society must keep a careful watch on its actions(AP)

Why institutional accountability matters

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2019 06:51 PM IST
The government has the mandate to push its agenda, but it must respect checks
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi(PTI file photo)
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi(PTI file photo)

RTI act stands on brink of extinction, says Sonia Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 11:44 PM IST
In a statement on Tuesday, she said it is clear the central government sees the RTI Act as a “nuisance” and wants to destroy the status and independence of Central Information Commission.
The association also sought modification of a previous order of the Delhi High Court, directing it not to undertake any construction that may prevent the children from indulging in any sporting activities in the park.(HT Photo)
The association also sought modification of a previous order of the Delhi High Court, directing it not to undertake any construction that may prevent the children from indulging in any sporting activities in the park.(HT Photo)

Not stopping kids playing in park: Defence Colony RWA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2019 05:10 AM IST
On February 8, the court had cautioned DCWA not to make flower beds or do any such thing that restrained the children from playing in the park. This order was preceded by another order on October 3, when the court had passed similar directions.
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CIC directs census body to file affidavit saying it has no information about OBC caste data

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 03:48 PM IST
Several groups have been demanding caste-based census to press for their demands of proportionate representation in government services.
President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the appointment .(PTI)
President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the appointment .(PTI)

Sudhir Bhargava new CIC, government appoints four information commissioners

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2018 11:09 AM IST
Bhargava was Information Commissioner in the CIC. The panel was functioning with three members against the sanctioned strength of 11, including the chief information commissioner.
The Central Information Commission was constituted under the Right to Information Act, 2005.(Representative image)
The Central Information Commission was constituted under the Right to Information Act, 2005.(Representative image)

Govt appoints four new Information Commissioners in CIC

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2018 09:05 PM IST
The RTI body currently has three Information Commissioners as against the strength of 11, including the Chief Information Commissioner.
These days in India, e-governance and dashboards, which give information on the progress of schemes and projects, are buzzwords in government circles. In such a scenario, keeping legitimate information beyond the reach of the public is not just wrong, but unhealthy for a democracy(Getty Images)
These days in India, e-governance and dashboards, which give information on the progress of schemes and projects, are buzzwords in government circles. In such a scenario, keeping legitimate information beyond the reach of the public is not just wrong, but unhealthy for a democracy(Getty Images)

Government departments must do much more to be transparent

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 06:22 PM IST
The transparency audit by the Central Information Comission reveals that more than one-third of government ministries and departments do not disclose basic information about their decision-making process, foreign visits of senior officials, minutes of departmental meetings, transfer policy and grievance redressal mechanism
Image for representation(Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Image for representation(Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

PM office refuses info on black money, says may harm investigation

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2018 03:48 PM IST
Replying to an RTI query, the Prime Minister’s office refused to share details on the quantum of black money brought back from abroad, saying that disclosure of information may impede investigation.
Under the RTI Act, applicant Sunil Kumar Johar had demanded copies of approval issued by office of the Commissioner of Income Tax, Delhi-II.
Under the RTI Act, applicant Sunil Kumar Johar had demanded copies of approval issued by office of the Commissioner of Income Tax, Delhi-II.

Several records missing from Income Tax department: CIC told

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 09:48 PM IST
The tax department expressed his inability to furnish the records not in their possession and stated that an exercise had been initiated in the Department to digitise its records.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Central Information Commission brings BCCI under RTI Act

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2018 08:26 PM IST
The Central Information Commission concluded that the status, nature and functional characteristics of the BCCI fulfil required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.
Shastri had died in Tashkent hours after signing a ceasefire declaration with Pakistan President Muhammad Ayub Khan during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.(HT Archives)
Shastri had died in Tashkent hours after signing a ceasefire declaration with Pakistan President Muhammad Ayub Khan during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.(HT Archives)

PM Modi should decide on declassifying Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death records, says CIC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 07:55 AM IST
All classified records pertaining to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death should be placed before the prime minister and home minister to take a call on their declassification
Following a Central Information Commission order in June asking the Ayush ministry “to clarify upon the issue of entitlement and extent of practitioner of India system of medicine to perform surgeries lawfully”, the ministry said surgeries were a part of Ayurveda curriculum.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Following a Central Information Commission order in June asking the Ayush ministry “to clarify upon the issue of entitlement and extent of practitioner of India system of medicine to perform surgeries lawfully”, the ministry said surgeries were a part of Ayurveda curriculum.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Ayurveda doctors can’t do surgery in hospitals, says Medical Council of India

UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 11:10 PM IST
At Banaras Hindu University, the hub for Ayurveda medicine, vaids are trained to perform routine surgeries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands at the top of the stairs to his airplane in Kigali, Rwanda on July 24.(AFP Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands at the top of the stairs to his airplane in Kigali, Rwanda on July 24.(AFP Photo)

Provide list of private persons who accompanied PM Modi on foreign tours: CIC to MEA

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 04:32 PM IST
Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur ordered the list of private persons (not linked with security) who travelled with the Prime Minister of India at government expenditure should be provided to an appellant.
An RTI applicant has been asked to pay the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for getting information from the Madhya Pradesh Housing and Infrastructure Development Board here under the transparency law.(Illustration: Jayanto)
An RTI applicant has been asked to pay the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for getting information from the Madhya Pradesh Housing and Infrastructure Development Board here under the transparency law.(Illustration: Jayanto)

RTI applicant in Madhya Pradesh asked to pay GST to get information

Bhopal | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2018 03:37 PM IST
RTI applicant Ajay Dubey, an anti-corruption activist, paid Rs 43 – Rs 36 as photocopy charges for 18 pages (at the rate of Rs 2 per page), Rs 3.5 as CGST and Rs 3.5 as SGST, the documents show.
BJP president Amit Shah during budget session of Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah during budget session of Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Security expenses on BJP chief Amit Shah can’t be disclosed: CIC

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2018 05:12 PM IST
The information was denied by the home ministry citing Section 8(1)(g) that exempts from disclosure information that would endanger the life or physical safety of any person.
A plea by RTI activists has claimed that over 23,500 appeals and complaints are pending with the Chief Information Commission.(AFP Photo)
A plea by RTI activists has claimed that over 23,500 appeals and complaints are pending with the Chief Information Commission.(AFP Photo)

Supreme Court asks govt why CIC vacancies have not been filled

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 11:33 PM IST
The Supreme Court bench also asked seven states -- Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha and Karnataka -- to file an affidavit giving a time frame for filling up the vacant posts at State Information Commissions.
BCCI should be accountable to public in general and in public interest, according to Central Information Commission.(AFP)
BCCI should be accountable to public in general and in public interest, according to Central Information Commission.(AFP)

Explain why BCCI should not be under RTI Act: Central Information Commission

PTI, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 03:26 PM IST
The matter came before Central Information Commission as Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports did not give a satisfactory response to an RTI applicant, Geeta Rani, who had sought to know the provisions and guidelines under which the BCCI has been representing India and selecting players for the country
The Centre has started internal discussions to appropriately adjust the terms of conditions of service for CIC/ICs.
The Centre has started internal discussions to appropriately adjust the terms of conditions of service for CIC/ICs.

In rejig of info commission, govt may downgrade CIC, ICs’ status

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji and Ashok Bagriya
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2018 11:27 PM IST
The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners at present get a status equivalent to Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners, respectively. This, in turn, means they have the status similar to that of the judges of the top court.
The Election Commission’s order came while deciding the appeal of an RTI applicant seeking to know donations collected by six national parties.(Photo for representation)
The Election Commission’s order came while deciding the appeal of an RTI applicant seeking to know donations collected by six national parties.(Photo for representation)

Political parties out of the purview of RTI: Election Commission

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2018 04:31 PM IST
The Election Commission has ruled that political parties are out of the purview of the RTI Act, an order contrary to the Central Information Commission’s directive bringing six national parties under the law.
Former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri(HT Archives)
Former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri(HT Archives)

Make Raj Narain committee records on Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death public, CIC directs PMO

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2018 02:32 PM IST
Activists say repatriation of CIC secretary is a setback to RTI.(Illustration: Jayanto)
Activists say repatriation of CIC secretary is a setback to RTI.(Illustration: Jayanto)

Repatriation of CIC secretary is a setback to RTI, say activists

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2018 12:32 AM IST
The CIC had earlier this month implemented the directive of the cabinet committee of appointments to send back its secretary Anjali Anand Srivastava to her parent cadre of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
A woman pays tribute to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots at Tilak Vihar in New Delhi on November 3, 2017.(HT File Photo)
A woman pays tribute to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots at Tilak Vihar in New Delhi on November 3, 2017.(HT File Photo)

CIC directs home ministry to disclose beneficiaries of anti-Sikh riots compensation

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2018 09:09 PM IST
The CIC directed the ministry to disclose details of 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims on a complaint filed by Navdeep Gupta.
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