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Central Govt’s proposal to amend RTI Rules will increase attacks on RTI users and activists

Dear all, The Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India has invited comments on a new set of Draft Rules (available in English only) to implement The Right to Information Act, 2005. The RTI Rules were last amended in 2012 after a long period of consultation with various stakeholders. The Government’s move to put the draft …

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Mumbai police: Cops between ranks PSI to PI to declare assets before 31st March

In a landmark decision the Mumbai DG of police office has issued a circular directing all the police officials between the rank of PSI to PI to file their assets returns till 31st March. Up till now only IPS officers had to file such returns every year, this is the first time MPSC cadre officers …

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UPA special: One tune in Supreme Court, another in Parliament

In June, the CIC, which ensures the RTI Act is implemented and public queries are answered by government departments, ruled that the six major national parties (NCP, Congress, BJP, CPI, BSP, CPI(M)) are public authorities under the Right to Information Act and as such must respond to RTI applications. The parties were directed to appoint PIOs and appellate authorities within six weeks as required to be compliant …

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DMC Balamvar threatens activist at Lokshahi Din for complaining on official email id & phone!

Mumbai, 24thJuly 2012: Beware Mumbai citizens! Think twice before complaining against illegal building activity to MCGM’s officers on their official email id and mobile numbers, or they may threaten to book you under cyber-crime laws! Also be careful if they invite you to meet them with your complaint on Lokshahi Din, because they may land …

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RTI for folder on RTI amendments lost. Now what?

This is priceless. Just got an email explaining how Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd), who is an RTI activist and following the proposed amendments to the RTI act did NOT get information he needed. An important file containing public responses to DoPT’s invitation (of 2010) for comments on the proposed amendments to RTI Rules has apparently …

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Filing effective RTI applications under the Right to Information Act.

Practical tips for filing RTI applications under the Right to Information Act that give you the information you need effectively. A good RTI application as boring as a laundry list. It is a bare list of items of information WITHOUT ANY reasoning. If the first draft of RTI application is interesting to read, something is …

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