Monday, 23 May, 2022
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Topic: RTI

‘They can break legs, not spirit’: RTI activists call Barmer the ‘kala pani’ of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is where RTI movement began in the late 1990s. Even so, multiple RTI activists in state's Barmer claim they regularly face attacks or threats as they attempt to 'expose corruption'.

‘Pierced with nails, made to drink urine’: Rajasthan RTI activist claims work led to attack

Amra Ram had filed a complaint this month against alleged illegal liquor trade & corruption in two govt schemes in a Barmer gram panchayat. Four arrests for assault so far, police say.

Governance accountability is a myth. Just see what has happened in India: Ex-IAS officer

Where does India stand, in today’s post-accountability world? The government has won, civil society has lost.

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.

9.27 lakh ‘severely acute malnourished’ children identified until November 2020, says govt

The Women and Child Development Ministry's response to an RTI query underscored concerns that Covid-19 could exacerbate the health and nutrition crisis among the country's poorest.

Modi govt irked by ‘misuse of RTI to extract news, discredit’ it. Has a plan to counter it

Govt is set to informally ask senior officials to respond to RTI applications ‘in totality’, and explain all circumstances in detail to eliminate the scope of ‘interpretation’.

Govt claimed it held discussions on farm laws but RTI reply shows no record, says TMC leader

TMC's Sukhendu Ray said if farmers remain angry, it will have an impact on the economy. He also asked BJP if it will achieve its election promise of doubling farmers' income by 2022.

Bihar’s long walk to the polls, and where to find answers on Aarogya Setu

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Since 2015, Modi govt has kept no data on persons with disability seeking jobs, RTI shows

There were 6.89 lakh disabled job-seekers registered on the live register of Employment Exchanges in 2015. Data after this period is 'under process'.

Long before RTI Act, the Janata Party was already pitching for ‘openness’ in govt

In ‘Capturing Institutional Change’, Himanshu Jha writes about the Official Secrets Act and the Janata government promising ‘openness’ after Emergency.

On Camera

YourTurn

The World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland | Bloomberg Photo

Davos meetings are full of potential but rarely full of solutions

Time and time again, Davos has fallen victim to a lack of focus and actionable unifying vision. Individual and collective interests have remained unreconciled. 

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.

Defence

Representational image of drone. | Photo: Mark Kauzlarich | Bloomberg

As drones usher in new era of warfare, India’s growing UAV industry begins to take flight

With a growing indigenous base of drone manufacturers and exporters, and incentives from government, industry sentiment is bullish. However, some concerns remain. 

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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