Tuesday, 28 June, 2022
TopicRight to Information

Topic: Right to Information

How many people with disabilities have a driving licence in Tamil Nadu?: A story in 79 RTIs

RTOs to medical boards — there are many stigmas people with disability face while getting a driving licence.

CIC rejects plea seeking report that gave ex-CJI Gogoi clean chit in ‘sexual harassment’ case

Central Information Commission cites privacy to dismiss RTI appeal that sought disclosure of an in-house SC inquiry report absolving ex-CJI of sexual harassment charges in 2019.

How can landmark laws fail? Just look at how high courts resist RTI

High courts’ rules on RTI act as barriers for information, defeat the law’s purpose.

RTI, triple talaq, UAPA — petitions linked to 3 key matters heard only once in SC since 2019

In all the three matters, the Supreme Court had sought the Centre’s response, which wasn’t filed. Petitioners & lawyers say it shows ‘lack of seriousness on the Centre’s part’.

21 of 29 state information commissions did not hold any RTI hearings during lockdown

Only 7 commissions made provision for taking up urgent matters, a study by Satark Nagrik Sangathan & Centre for Equity Studies showed.

Information panel wants Modi govt to relax RTI response deadline during lockdown

The CIC made the request to the govt last month in view of the fact that offices are shut due to the lockdown, making it difficult to reply to RTI queries.

Judicial independence, motive & purpose, surveillance — how SC argues for and against RTI

The top court has ruled that Chief Justice of India’s office comes under the ambit of the RTI Act. ThePrint brings you four highlights from the judgment.

CJI office comes under RTI Act, says Supreme Court

Announcing the verdict, five-judge SC bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi says judicial independence and accountability go hand in hand.

Only 19% of India’s public authorities get ‘A’ grade for sharing mandatory information

Of India’s 838 public authorities, Central Information Commission has given 'E' grade to 35% because they don't share mandatory information.

Supreme Court concerned about vacancies in central, state information commissions

Says 'strict view' will be taken if Centre or the seven states fail to provide a time schedule for filling up the vacancies.

On Camera

YourTurn

J.P.Singh, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Division), MEA, meets Taliban's interim foreign minister Amir Khan Mottaki | Photo credit: Twitter/@QaharBalkhi

Hard-nosed, practical—why India has revived relations with Kabul, and why Taliban is welcoming

By protecting the Indian embassy in Kabul for the last ten months, the Taliban is sending a message to its neighbours and the rest of the world.
An employee works at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. facility in Chakan, Maharashtra | Bloomberg file photo

Bigger cars, smaller chips — Why Mahindra is worried about increased wait time

A major focus for Mahindra will be defending its market share in the large-format SUV segment from Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor.

Defence

The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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