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Privacy right can’t eclipse RTI 

Privacy right can’t eclipse RTI 

Sep 05,2017 , 01:22 AM IST | Hans
The people now can challenge the state, which holds or owns or collects huge data of personal information about citizens, for selective disclosure or misuse of their data. In any dishonest and non-accountable administration, the privacy of citizen becomes highly vulnerable. One more ‘asthra’ was added to armory of common man under Articles 32 or 226. State has a duty to make a comprehensive law o
Voter has right to question legislators

Voter has right to question legislators

Aug 22,2017 , 01:52 AM IST | Hans
A voter Vishnu Dev Bhandari asked for the progress of the works undertaken in Khatauna block of Madhubani district, Bihar, and under RTI he was asking for the action taken report. The CPIO and First Appellate Authority did not bother to respond. If not the voter who would ask the representative or agency that executes the works for which representative has allocated funds?
‘Godman to Tycoon’ stopped from selling

‘Godman to Tycoon’ stopped from selling

Aug 12,2017 , 11:24 AM IST | National
A Delhi court has restrained Juggernaut Books from the publication and sale of 'Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev' but the publisher says an appeal would be filed against the ex-parte order.
RTI can hinder officials giving advice on decisions: Jaitley

RTI can hinder officials giving advice on decisions: Jaitley

Jul 29,2017 , 08:30 AM IST | National
The Indian Right to Information (RTI) Act can sometimes inhibit bureaucrats from giving their honest opinion during the process of decision making, Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.
Jail for Aam aadmi, bail for Super Star

Jail for Aam aadmi, bail for Super Star

Jul 25,2017 , 03:51 AM IST | Hans
One is a celebrity and the other an unknown common man. Both are convicted and jailed. Common man suffers 14 days of extra-detention and celebrity is released 8 months in advance. 
Ramanuja: Father of RTI, 1000 yrs ago

Ramanuja: Father of RTI, 1000 yrs ago

Jul 10,2017 , 10:35 PM IST | Hans
Thousand years ago one person broke the laws of secrecy and revealed sacred mantras from top of the Gopuram to all, rebelled against caste-based hierarchical anarchy and respected non-Brahmin personalities as Gurus and Shishyas, and opened the doors  of temples for dalits and tribals. 
Why secrecy about note ban impact?

Why secrecy about note ban impact?

Jun 27,2017 , 04:22 AM IST | Hans
A citizen Ramswaroop sought to know under RTI: a) how many persons exchanged old notes for new notes at Pinto Park post office and also at 3 Wing Branch of post office in Air Force area in New Delhi during the period 08.11.2016 to 25.11.2016 after demonetisation; b) total amount of new currency issued for the period 08.11.2016 to 01.12.2016 from both the post offices;
Attempts to undermine RTI

Attempts to undermine RTI

May 03,2017 , 02:53 AM IST | Editors Desk
Any attempt to reduce the right to information in its size, content and power will harm the democratic system. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) of Central government has placed draft RTI Rules, 2017, for public consultation, evoking huge response from all over the country, objecting to certain diluting proposals. 
Tough innings ahead

Tough innings ahead

May 23,2016 , 05:36 AM IST | Editorial
Justice Shah has set a May 24 deadline, which translates to a 48-hour time to Thakur, who will realise, sooner than later, that ‘uneasy lies the hea’ will apply to BCCI, its adamant opposition to coming under the RTI Act ambit, notwithstanding.