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01 October 2014
RTI POWERS FOR THE CAG
What good is an auditor without information?

A recent letter written by the CAG Shashikant Sharma to the finance minister, seeking access to required information through RTI, exposes once more the lacunae in the powers of the Supreme Audit Institution. Himanshu Upadhyaya analyses the debate around the issue.

Public Funds Government Laws

RIGHT TO INFORMATION
CIC: Delaying complaints against delays!
Anger and frustration is on the rise over inordinate delays by the Central Information Commission in responding to or inquiring into complaints from RTI appellants. Revathi Siva Kumar looks at what ails the institution.
Laws

RTI & OTHER LAWS
Can a post box save the Indian whistle blower?
A recent court ruling allows RTI applicants to seek information without divulging their address, by simply citing a post box number. While this may partially stem the spate of attacks on activists, a lot more is needed to effectively shield whistle blowers, finds Navya P K .
Law and Order Justice RTI Law and Policy

CRIME STATISTICS
Suicides due to poverty: How reliable is our data?
While researching suicide data published by the NCRB, Shambhu Ghatak files an RTI enquiry on how the Bureau identifies causes behind suicides and compiles the data across states to arrive at national figures. The response reveals the lack of clarity in the exercise.
Labour Issues Exposes

TRANSPARENCY OF POLITICAL PARTIES
Court battle likely after CIC's RTI ruling
Indian political parties have been notorious for their opacity, particularly when it comes to questions of their funding. A recent quasi-judicial order bringing six large national parties within the ambit of the RTI Act 2005 might change that. A quick summary of the latest developments:
Government Laws

RTI IN ACTION
Rules to restrict rights
Governments have been changing the rules of the RTI Act, trying all sorts of things to dilute its provisions. Most of these are done without consulting the public. Navya P K reports.
RTI Law and Policy

RTI APPOINTMENTS
SC orders revamp of RTI regime
RTI activists across the country will be cheered by the apex court's order to make transparent appointments to the posts of Information Commissioners, and recognise the quasi-judicial nature of their functions. Krishnaraj Rao writes.

GOVT REPORTS
Nothing secret about Panel reports
Central Information Commission asks MoEF to make an environment expert panel's report public, outlining arguments that could be used for disclosure of many other documents. Krishnaraj Rao writes.
Environment
RTI RULES
Maharashtra secretly amends RTI Rules
The State has quietly pushed through a set of changes to the way it treats RTI applications. Activists discovered it quite accidentally, and are shocked. Krishnaraj Rao writes.
MAHARASHTRA
RIGHT TO INFORMATION
DoPT throws open CIC appointments
Under pressure from RTI campaigners, the department in charge of short-listing the candidates for appointment as Central Information Commissioners itself becomes more transparent.

LAWS
Protecting the truth-tellers
The Whistleblowers Protection Bill moves closer to becoming law, as the Standing Committee on the draft law submits its latest report to Parliament. Kaushiki Sanyal reports.
Laws

RTI AND MURDER
Death of an activist
Niyamat Ansari fearlessly sought to secure for people their rights under the law. The political economy around the delivery of those rights, however, proved too vicious, and he was killed. Simrin Makhija reports.
Human Rights

RIGHT TO INFORMATION
Lost the file? Jail the culprit!
Too many RTI applicants are being fobbed by Public Information Officers saying the file being sought is lost. Well, in that case, ask what action has been taken per the Public Records Act, urges Krishnaraj Rao.

 

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