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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi. As per the PM CARES website, ₹3,076.62 crores were collected by the fund in 2019-20.(REUTERS)

PM Cares ‘owned, controlled and established’ by govt, says Centre

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 04:50 AM IST
In an earlier reply, the government had said the fund was not owned, controlled or “substantially financed by any government”.
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CIC alters view on electoral bond buyers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:30 AM IST
In January, another bench of the CIC said in an unrelated case that the electoral bonds process should be more transparent and the names of those buying them should be declared.
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In a first, Parliament committee to examine functioning of RTI, information commissions

By Chetan Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 07:49 PM IST
A Rajya Sabha official privy to the development said the committee decides on the agenda after taking inputs from all members.
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IAF told the court that it has provided SRF-I information which contains details of number of crew and others on the PM's flight, but details of SRF-II cannot be provided as it contains names, ranks and organisation of security and other officials on the flight.(REUTERS)
IAF told the court that it has provided SRF-I information which contains details of number of crew and others on the PM's flight, but details of SRF-II cannot be provided as it contains names, ranks and organisation of security and other officials on the flight.(REUTERS)

Delhi HC stays CIC order directing IAF to provide information about PM’s foreign visits

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2020 12:37 PM IST
Justice Navin Chawla said the information sought by the RTI applicant with regard to details of ministry or department officials who accompanied the PM on a trip cannot be disclosed, but there was no harm in providing details of the number of passengers on flights.
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The State Bank of India gave the information regarding electoral bonds in reply to an RTI query.(File photo)
The State Bank of India gave the information regarding electoral bonds in reply to an RTI query.(File photo)

Electoral bonds worth Rs6,210 crore sold since 2018, reveals RTI query

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:10 PM IST
The RTI, which was filed by activist Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd), shows that nearly 660,000 electoral bonds have been printed until March 19,2020. However, only 12,452 were sold until March
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NEGVAC was formed to prepare a strategy for the roll out of Covid-19 vaccine.(Reuters)
NEGVAC was formed to prepare a strategy for the roll out of Covid-19 vaccine.(Reuters)

In RTI response, Health ministry says not aware where records related to Covid-19 vaccine expert group are kept

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) was constituted under the chairmanship of Member (Health) of Niti Aayog V K Paul on August 7 to prepare a strategy for the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine.
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All over India, there are efforts inviting citizens to re-imagine belonging. To make the city their own.(HTPHOTO)
All over India, there are efforts inviting citizens to re-imagine belonging. To make the city their own.(HTPHOTO)

Stewards, not bystanders: Civil society creates new opportunity to co-design cities

By Rohini Nilekani
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 12:26 PM IST
Citizens now have more opportunities to take active part in building urban resilience
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RTI activist RK Jain succumbs to Covid-19, other ailments

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 09:28 PM IST
Founder of the Centax Publications and editor of the Excise Law Times, Jain had complained against all the national parties that were not abiding by an order of the full bench of the Central Information Commission (CIC), which had brought them under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
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Murlidhar Mohol has resolved to take action against those responsible for not executing ducts as part of the 24x7 water pipeline project(HT PHOTO)
Murlidhar Mohol has resolved to take action against those responsible for not executing ducts as part of the 24x7 water pipeline project(HT PHOTO)

Pune mayor commits to action, blames civic chief for duct-less pipeline

By Abhay Khairnar
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 04:31 PM IST
The mayor who warned of strict action said he was informed of the lapses in the construction only a few days ago and has called a meeting with selected officers for the same
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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

By Deeksha Bharadwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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The CIC has directed the CPIOs of the agencies to appear before the bench on November 24. (Representative HT photo)
The CIC has directed the CPIOs of the agencies to appear before the bench on November 24. (Representative HT photo)

Govt pulled up by RTI body over evasive reply on Aarogya Setu. It clarifies

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 07:39 PM IST
The government said that Aarogya Setu was developed in record time to combat the prevailing Covid-19 outbreak and its source code and the names of those associated with developing the app are available in the open domain.
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A commuter shows her COVID-19 status via Aarogya Setu app before entering Vaishali station on September 9.(PTI)
A commuter shows her COVID-19 status via Aarogya Setu app before entering Vaishali station on September 9.(PTI)

Ministry has no information on who created Aarogya Setu, RTI body issues showcause notice

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 11:11 AM IST
The complaint was filed by one Saurav Das who claimed to have approached the NIC, National E-Governance Division (NeGD) and the ministry of electronics and information technology seeking to know about the creation of the application.
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Minister Jitendra Singh’s comments come in wake of criticism by RTI activists who allege that the government is trying to curb transparency.(HT archive)
Minister Jitendra Singh’s comments come in wake of criticism by RTI activists who allege that the government is trying to curb transparency.(HT archive)

More RTIs disposed of during lockdown, says minister; experts disagree

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 12:12 PM IST
Minister Jitendra Singh shared this during a press briefing on the completion of 15 years of the RTI Act, which came into force on October 12, 2005
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As India headed into the 15th year of RTI amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the information commissions received severe setbacks.(HT illustration)
As India headed into the 15th year of RTI amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the information commissions received severe setbacks.(HT illustration)

Key posts vacant as RTI law completes 15 years

By Chetan Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 05:33 AM IST
With the passage of time, the burden of replying to the applications increased, leading to a higher backlog of RTI applications.
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.(ANI)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.(ANI)

Public services should be provided online by March 2021: Ashok Gehlot

By Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2020 04:07 PM IST
Information under RTI to be made available online, say government officials
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Of the 12 PSBs, SBI reported the maximum 2,050 fraud cases involving Rs 2,325.88 crore during April-June 2020.(HT Archive)
Of the 12 PSBs, SBI reported the maximum 2,050 fraud cases involving Rs 2,325.88 crore during April-June 2020.(HT Archive)

PSBs report frauds worth over Rs 19,964 cr in April-June, says RBI

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 07:30 PM IST
The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) saw the highest number of fraud cases; however, Bank of India was the worst hit in terms of value, as per a reply from the Reserve Bank on frauds reported by these lenders to RTI activist Chandra Shekhar Gaur.
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The JSIC continued with acting chief information commissioner (CIC) Himanshu Chaudhary and two ICs for nearly three years in the past, as the previous BJP government was reluctant to fill in the vacancies. (HT File photo)
The JSIC continued with acting chief information commissioner (CIC) Himanshu Chaudhary and two ICs for nearly three years in the past, as the previous BJP government was reluctant to fill in the vacancies. (HT File photo)

Congress’ RTI in poor shape in Jharkhand where it is a coalition partner

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 04:34 PM IST
The salary payment of two on contract, four daily wage earners and 10 home guard jawans deputed in JSIC were on hold since June in want of the disbursing officer - the CIC.
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chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. HT Photo. To go with PM Mussoorie visit story(HT photo)
chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. HT Photo. To go with PM Mussoorie visit story(HT photo)

Uttarakhand excludes Vigilance Dept from RTI purview, Opposition and experts call move regressive

By Kalyan Das | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 04:49 PM IST
Govt justifies the move by saying that there is confidential information with the vigilance department which should not be revealed to the public
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A flooded street in Kurla, Mumbai in August 2020.(shutterstock)
A flooded street in Kurla, Mumbai in August 2020.(shutterstock)

Review: Rivers Remember by Krupa Ge and Flood and Fury by Viju B

By Sudhirendar Sharma | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 06:38 PM IST
Two recent books acquire a fresh significance at a time when different parts of the country are battling serious floods
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A flooded street in Kurla, Mumbai in August 2020.(Shutterstock)
A flooded street in Kurla, Mumbai in August 2020.(Shutterstock)

Review: Rivers Remember by Krupa Ge and Flood and Fury by Viju B

By Sudhirendar Sharma | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 06:38 PM IST
Two recent books acquire a fresh significance at a time when different parts of the country are battling serious floods
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Transparency officers: Ludhiana MC’s first appellate authority to appear before PSIC

By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana:
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 11:32 PM IST
City based RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal had, under RTI, sought the names of the transparency officers deputed with MC and asked for reasons if they had not been appointed.
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Two wheeler riders struggle to get through a waterlogged spot in Sector 9 after a heavy spell of rain in June this year.(HT Photo)
Two wheeler riders struggle to get through a waterlogged spot in Sector 9 after a heavy spell of rain in June this year.(HT Photo)

Readers’ take: Chandigarh not geared up for monsoon this year

UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 11:16 PM IST
FATED TO BE INUNDATED It’s still not too late to gear up for the monsoon. Problem spots where waterlogging is reported regularly can be cleared on priority, waste piling up near drains removed and sewerage system checked for any defects, suggest Hindustan Times readers
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FIR against govt official for not furnishing information under RTI

By Bhavey Nagpal, Ambala
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 11:08 PM IST
‘Unidentified public servant’ had said the records sought by RTI applicant were ‘missing’ or ‘too old’
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Seven Loves chowk near Kumar Pacific Mall. VBA members allege that ₹9.64 lakh was locked-in from the budget meant for garden department to plant trees at the location.(RAHUL RAUT/ HT PHOTO)
Seven Loves chowk near Kumar Pacific Mall. VBA members allege that ₹9.64 lakh was locked-in from the budget meant for garden department to plant trees at the location.(RAHUL RAUT/ HT PHOTO)

Corruption worth 8.2 lakh in tree-plantation drive at Seven Loves chowk, reveals RTI

By Shalaka Shinde | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 04:42 PM IST
The case came to light when the party representatives asked for details of the work done around the flyover.
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Advocates wearing protective masks as a precautionary measure amid rising coronavirus scare, at Supreme Court area, Bhagwan Dass road, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Advocates wearing protective masks as a precautionary measure amid rising coronavirus scare, at Supreme Court area, Bhagwan Dass road, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

SC asks govt, IRDAI to respond to petition over mental illness insurance

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2020 02:19 AM IST
The plea, filed by an advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, stated that insurance companies were refusing to provide such coverage despite a mandate under the Mental Healthcare Act of 2017.
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Chhattisgarh has the highest number of migrant workers—1,085,828—according to this estimate, followed by Kerala (2,86,846), Maharashtra (2,01,909) and Telangana (1,84,006) .(HT Photo)
Chhattisgarh has the highest number of migrant workers—1,085,828—according to this estimate, followed by Kerala (2,86,846), Maharashtra (2,01,909) and Telangana (1,84,006) .(HT Photo)

‘46% migrants back home or on way’

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 03:54 AM IST
The CLC’s data, updated till June 2, has been revealed under an RTI query which shows the total number of migrant workers is 2,617,218.
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The controversy erupted on Tuesday after the Congress party alleged that the Centre waived loans worth ~68,607 crore of 50 top defaulters, including Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya.(Manoj Dhaka / Hindustan Times)
The controversy erupted on Tuesday after the Congress party alleged that the Centre waived loans worth ~68,607 crore of 50 top defaulters, including Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya.(Manoj Dhaka / Hindustan Times)

BJP, Congress blame each other for protecting wilful defaulters

By Rajeev Jayaswal & Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 09:10 AM IST
Top leaders in the BJP camp contended that the central government did not waive loans of wilful defaulters, while the Congress stuck to its guns and alleged that the government’s handling of the issue benefited economic fugitives such as Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.
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In her reply, Sitharaman said the Congress “attempted to mislead people in a brazen manner”, adding that it’s typical of the party that resorts “to sensationalising facts by taking them out of context”.(Bloomberg)
In her reply, Sitharaman said the Congress “attempted to mislead people in a brazen manner”, adding that it’s typical of the party that resorts “to sensationalising facts by taking them out of context”.(Bloomberg)

‘Cong, Rahul Gandhi should introspect’: Sitharaman hits back on wilful defaulter row

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 01:35 PM IST
Her remarks came a day after the opposition Congress party alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had written off loans worth Rs 68,607 crore due from top 50 bank loan defaulters, including Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya.
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Simultaneously, Surjewala reiterated the Congress party’s pledge to fight the Covid-19 health crisis along with the government and provide every possible support that the Centre may need.(TWITTER.)
Simultaneously, Surjewala reiterated the Congress party’s pledge to fight the Covid-19 health crisis along with the government and provide every possible support that the Centre may need.(TWITTER.)

Cong slams Centre, asks how it can afford to waive bad debts worth Rs 68,607 crore

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 04:24 PM IST
Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala who was interacting with the media via a video conference cited the RTI query and demanded to know how the government had the money to waive bad loans when the entire country was facing financial instability due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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