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  • Why banks don't want disclosure of inspection reports, defaulter list under RTI Jul 19, 2021 04:24 PM IST

    Why banks don't want disclosure of inspection reports, defaulter list under RTI

    SBI, HDFC Bank, Axis have moved Supreme Court against RBI disclosure of inspection reports under RTI. These petitions are likely to come up for hearing on 22 July at the apex court.

  • Do not have ITR of political parties: I-T dept to RTI activist Jun 29, 2021 04:29 PM IST

    Do not have ITR of political parties: I-T dept to RTI activist

    The Central Information Commission, the highest adjudicator of RTI matters, had ordered in 2008 that tax returns of political parties should be disclosed under the transparency law, a position which was repeatedly reflected in its orders later.

  • RTI shows distance education for dropouts dips to a decade low amid pandemic Feb 07, 2021 09:38 AM IST

    RTI shows distance education for dropouts dips to a decade low amid pandemic

    Established in 1968, Patrachar Vidyalaya platform opens new vistas of education for students who drop out of schools. It helps students continue in formal education.

  • Cite rules under which look out circulars were issued against Vijay Mallya: CIC to CBI Jan 17, 2021 04:47 PM IST

    Cite rules under which look out circulars were issued against Vijay Mallya: CIC to CBI

    Acting on a petition by Pune-based RTI activist Vihar Durve, who was denied information by the CBI, the panel directed the central agency to cite him regulations under which look out circulars (LOCs) were issued in October and November, 2015.

  • In RTI response, Health Ministry says not aware where records related to COVID vaccine expert group are kept Dec 06, 2020 09:35 PM IST

    In RTI response, Health Ministry says not aware where records related to COVID vaccine expert group are kept

    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.

  • Railways earned Rs 561 crore from ticketless travellers in 2019-20, revenue up by 38% in last 4 years Aug 23, 2020 04:00 PM IST

    Railways earned Rs 561 crore from ticketless travellers in 2019-20, revenue up by 38% in last 4 years

    An RTI application filed by Madhya Pradesh-based activist Chandra Shekhar Gaur revealed the details.

  • COVID-19 effect | RTI finds 1.78 crore rail tickets cancelled in five months Aug 23, 2020 03:35 PM IST

    COVID-19 effect | RTI finds 1.78 crore rail tickets cancelled in five months

    This is the first time when the refunds were more than the amount earned by the Railways from sale of tickets.

  • COVID-19: Railways' refund exceeds earning from passengers in Q1, but freight holds ground, RTI finds Aug 12, 2020 05:00 PM IST

    COVID-19: Railways' refund exceeds earning from passengers in Q1, but freight holds ground, RTI finds

    The freight earnings, however, during the period managed to hold ground, according to the RTI reply provided by the Railways to Chandra Shekhar Gaur, a Madhya Pradesh-based activist.

  • About 84,545 bank fraud cases reported during 2019-20: RBI in RTI reply Jul 27, 2020 06:45 PM IST

    About 84,545 bank fraud cases reported during 2019-20: RBI in RTI reply

    The RBI stated that the total number of frauds reported by Scheduled commercial banks and select FIs during Financial Year 2019-20 is 84,545 and the amount involved therein is Rs 1,85,772.42 crore.

  • Plea to declare PM-CARES Fund as a 'public authority' under RTI not maintainable: PMO to Delhi HC Jun 10, 2020 04:55 PM IST

    Plea to declare PM-CARES Fund as a 'public authority' under RTI not maintainable: PMO to Delhi HC

    Justice Navin Chawla, who conducted the hearing through video conferencing, was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented PMO, that he will file a response explaining why this petition should not be entertained.

  • Over 3,000 trains cancelled in 2019 due to maintenance work on railway network: RTI reply Feb 17, 2020 07:36 PM IST

    Over 3,000 trains cancelled in 2019 due to maintenance work on railway network: RTI reply

    Between January 1 and September 30 last year, 2,251 trains were cancelled and from October 1 to December 31 last year, 895 trains were cancelled due to maintenance works, as per the reply.

  • Air India has dues of over Rs 822cr towards VVIP charter flights: RTI Feb 06, 2020 02:50 PM IST

    Air India has dues of over Rs 822cr towards VVIP charter flights: RTI

    It also said an additional Rs 9.67 crore towards evacuation operations and Rs 12.65 crore towards ferrying foreign dignitaries were also pending.

  • RTI reply reveals discrepancies in JNU administration's claims about server room vandalism on Jan 3 Jan 22, 2020 11:50 AM IST

    RTI reply reveals discrepancies in JNU administration's claims about server room vandalism on Jan 3

    JNU administration's response to Das’ RTI query points at discrepancies in FIR filed by the university and public statement made by the varsity administration

  • JNU does not have info on nationality of 82 foreign students: RTI reply Jan 20, 2020 09:00 PM IST

    JNU does not have info on nationality of 82 foreign students: RTI reply

    The Right to Information (RTI) query was filed by Kota-based activist Sujeet Swami and it provides information up to September 1, 2019.

  • Disclose names of IAS officers who faced disciplinary proceedings in last 10 yrs: CIC Jan 07, 2020 06:40 PM IST

    Disclose names of IAS officers who faced disciplinary proceedings in last 10 yrs: CIC

    The Information Commissioner was adjudicating the RTI appeal of Lucknow-based Nutan Thakur who had sought the list of IAS officers against whom disciplinary enquiries under Rule 8 of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules were initiated since January 1, 2008.

  • Chief Justice of India's office is public authority, comes under RTI: Supreme Court Nov 13, 2019 02:41 PM IST

    Chief Justice of India's office is public authority, comes under RTI: Supreme Court

    The bench was hearing a plea challenging the Delhi High Court decision of bringing the Office of the CJI under the RTI

  • Amendments to RTI Act 'final assault' to decimate legislation: Sonia Gandhi Oct 31, 2019 01:25 PM IST

    Amendments to RTI Act 'final assault' to decimate legislation: Sonia Gandhi

    The amendments passed by the government will ensure that no Information Commissioner shall be free from interference and signalling by the Modi government, she said in a statement.

  • Online RTI portal: SC gives 4 weeks more to Centre, states to file replies on the plea Oct 14, 2019 06:34 PM IST

    Online RTI portal: SC gives 4 weeks more to Centre, states to file replies on the plea

    A bench of justices N V Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari expressed displeasure that though the apex court had issued notice to the Centre and states on the petition on August 26, they have not filed their responses yet.

  • 18 PSBs hit by 2,480 cases of fraud of Rs 32,000 cr in Q1: RTI Sep 08, 2019 06:37 PM IST

    18 PSBs hit by 2,480 cases of fraud of Rs 32,000 cr in Q1: RTI

    As many as 1,197 cases of cheating involving Rs 12,012.77 crore were detected in SBI in the first quarter, according to the RTI reply.

  • SBI sought issuance of 147 Look Out Circulars in last five month: RTI Sep 08, 2019 04:34 PM IST

    SBI sought issuance of 147 Look Out Circulars in last five month: RTI

    Data shows that the bank started seeking LoC from the Bureau of Immigration from April this year.

  • Policy | No RTI lessons for financial regulators Aug 23, 2019 02:25 PM IST

    Policy | No RTI lessons for financial regulators

    The RTI Act had elements of a proper design of tenures of officials. Sadly, these very elements now stand amended.

  • Officials face Rs 2.5 lakh fine for not giving info under RTI Aug 10, 2019 08:40 PM IST

    Officials face Rs 2.5 lakh fine for not giving info under RTI

    Vinod Chaturvedi and Narendra Kumar Pandey, officials of Chandia Nagar Palika (civic body) in Umaria district, have been asked to reply by the last week of August.

  • RTI Amendment | People’s right to know must be cherished, guarded Jul 31, 2019 04:00 PM IST

    RTI Amendment | People’s right to know must be cherished, guarded

    The RTI, first passed in 2005, opened the black-box of governance and policy-making and allowed the average Indian to ask difficult questions to those in power. The recent amendment overturns these privileges.

  • Sonia Gandhi takes lead as Congress faces vacuum in House Jul 31, 2019 01:19 PM IST

    Sonia Gandhi takes lead as Congress faces vacuum in House

    The same week, she came to the aid of her colleague Manish Tewari, who was speaking during Zero Hour on US president Donald Trump’s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited him to mediate on the Kashmir issue.

  • Five ways to save the spirit of RTI Jul 30, 2019 11:01 AM IST

    Five ways to save the spirit of RTI

    In the wake of a bruising battle over the RTI Act, much-needed steps to improve transparency are being ignored.

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