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President Ram Nath Kovind administers the oath of office to Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, Chief Information Commissioner, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.(ANI)

Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha appointed new Chief Information Commissioner

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 09:02 PM IST
The post of the chief of transparency watchdog was lying vacant for over two months after Bimal Julka completed his term on August 26.
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‘Ad hocism’ continues: Punjabi University V-C assigns additional charges to faculty

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2020 10:58 PM IST
Punjabi University now has no permanent appointees for the posts of dean academic affairs, registrar, director public relations, dean students’ welfare, and director cultural affairs
Congress on Wednesday termed “illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional” the process adopted for selecting the next chief vigilance commissioner (CVC) and vigilance commissioner
Congress on Wednesday termed “illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional” the process adopted for selecting the next chief vigilance commissioner (CVC) and vigilance commissioner

Cong calls process of appointment of CVC ‘illegal’, seeks withdrawal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 01:18 AM IST
At a meeting of the selection committee on Tuesday, the Congress’ leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised objections over the procedure.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury speaks to mediapersons during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on February 3.(PTI Photo)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury speaks to mediapersons during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on February 3.(PTI Photo)

At PM-led meet to select new CIC and CVC, Congress raises objection

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 11:01 AM IST
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury did not object to the names and did not have any formal dissent note but objected to the procedural formalities.
Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused the Modi government of diluting the powers of the Information Commissioners through amendments to the RTI Act(PTI)
Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused the Modi government of diluting the powers of the Information Commissioners through amendments to the RTI Act(PTI)

Amendment to RTI Act final assault on legislation: Sonia

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 04:49 AM IST
Sonia Gandhi said the Modi government has seen this remarkable institution as an obstacle to enforcing their majoritarian agenda without being held accountable to people.
The RTI regime is at a crossroads today. There have been vigorous protests, and civil society may move court(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The RTI regime is at a crossroads today. There have been vigorous protests, and civil society may move court(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

RTI 2.0: Eroding a valued right | Analysis

By Yashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2019 07:34 PM IST
The new rules curtail the autonomy and authority of information commissions. Citizens will suffer
Activists and citizens of Mumbai on roads to fight against the recent amendment in the RTI.(PTI photo)
Activists and citizens of Mumbai on roads to fight against the recent amendment in the RTI.(PTI photo)

Mumbai Activists vow to oppose RTI amendment, seek support

Hindustan times, Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2019 10:37 AM IST
A meeting was conducted on Sunday, attended by citizens, a resolution was passed to garner support of the citizens to oppose the RTI amendment, forms a movement and fight against it.
Since its passage in 2005, the RTI has been enthusiastically used by citizens. By one estimate, nearly six million citizens use the RTI annually. And this may come as a surprise to many readers, but governments respond to applications.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Since its passage in 2005, the RTI has been enthusiastically used by citizens. By one estimate, nearly six million citizens use the RTI annually. And this may come as a surprise to many readers, but governments respond to applications.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Why the RTI amendments must be opposed

By Yamini Aiyar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2019 09:12 AM IST
As institutional mediators between citizens, their right to information and the State, it is the information commissions who shape norms (and limits) of transparency.
The existing law mandates a fixed five-year term, and equates the status of the information watchdog to that of election commissioners.(ANI)
The existing law mandates a fixed five-year term, and equates the status of the information watchdog to that of election commissioners.(ANI)

Opposition loses its bite in Rajya Sabha, govt pushes RTI amendment through

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 08:39 PM IST
A resolution moved by a group of opposition parties to send the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2019 for scrutiny by a Select Committee of lawmakers hadn’t been successful.
Information is a constitutional right. Parliament must protect it(Hindustan Times)
Information is a constitutional right. Parliament must protect it(Hindustan Times)

RTI: A bill that may kill a right

By Yashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2019 08:04 PM IST
The retrograde amendment would amount to creating an RTI ministry under the government
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre and state governments to expeditiously fill vacancies of Information Commissioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.(Amal KS/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre and state governments to expeditiously fill vacancies of Information Commissioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.(Amal KS/HT File Photo)

Supreme Court asks Centre, state govts to fill up vacancies of information commissioners

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2019 07:00 AM IST
The Supreme Court criticised the government bias for only appointing government employees as information commissioners .
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.
Viney Kapur Mehra(HT File)
Viney Kapur Mehra(HT File)

Punjab information commissioner sacked for holding ‘office of profit’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2018 10:23 AM IST
Punjab government said she should have put in papers as a professor in the university and her resignation should have been accepted before she took oath as the commissioner.
The draft Bill seeks to amend Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act which exempts from disclosure personal information subject to several conditions.(Image for representation)
The draft Bill seeks to amend Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act which exempts from disclosure personal information subject to several conditions.(Image for representation)

Changes in RTI privacy clause will allow corrupt babus escape scrutiny: Information commissioner

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2018 05:14 PM IST
Changes in the privacy clause of the RTI Act as suggested by the government-constituted Justice BN Srikrishna panel will allow corrupt officers to escape public scrutiny, an information commissioner has said.
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.
RTI users say the first roadblock in most cases are the information officers, who either don’t respond or provide incomplete information.(HT File Photo)
RTI users say the first roadblock in most cases are the information officers, who either don’t respond or provide incomplete information.(HT File Photo)

How RTI Act is dying a slow death in India

Hindustan Times | By Chetan Chauhan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 10:02 AM IST
A 6% fall between 2015-16 and 2016-17 was reported in RTI applications filed with the 1,950 public authorities of the Central government, which receives maximum information applications followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka.
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).
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