66 lakh online rail tickets got cancelled in 8 months due to non-confirmation: RTI

Indore: Nearly 65.69 lakh railway tickets booked online got automatically cancelled as they failed to get confirmed in the first eight months of the current fiscal, reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed. This means that over eight lakh such tickets automatically got cancelled per month during that period. These figures manifest… Continue reading 66 lakh online rail tickets got cancelled in 8 months due to non-confirmation: RTI

RTI application seeks proof of PM Modi’s citizenship

Thrissur: A Right to Information (RTI) application has been moved before the Kerala information department seeking to know whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an Indian citizen. Josh Kalluveettil, a native of Chalakkudy town in Thrissur district, moved the application in this regard on January 13. The application has sought documents that prove PM Modi’s… Continue reading RTI application seeks proof of PM Modi’s citizenship

SC directs Centre, states to appoint information commissioners in CIC, SICs within 3 months

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre and the state to appoint within three months information commissioners in the Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and said there was a need to evolve guidelines to stop misuse of the Right to Information Act. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A… Continue reading SC directs Centre, states to appoint information commissioners in CIC, SICs within 3 months

Over 13,000 cases pending for more than a year in CIC: Personnel Ministry

New Delhi: There are over 13,000 cases pending with the Central Information Commission (CIC) for more than a year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. “Total number of pending cases for more than one year is 13,453,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply. Transparency watchdog CIC has registered… Continue reading Over 13,000 cases pending for more than a year in CIC: Personnel Ministry

Chronology of events in office of Chief Justice of India falling under RTI Act case

New Delhi:¬†Following is the chronology of events in the case in which a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the 2010 Delhi High Court verdict which said that the office of the Chief Justice of India falls under the ambit of RTI Act.       Nov 11, 2007: RTI activist Subhash… Continue reading Chronology of events in office of Chief Justice of India falling under RTI Act case

RTI Act applicable to office of Chief Justice: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the office of Chief Justice of India is a “public authority” and comes under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act while also adding that the transparency only strengthens the judicial independence. A five-judge Constitution bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices N V Ramana,… Continue reading RTI Act applicable to office of Chief Justice: Supreme Court

Over 3,400 branches of 26 public sector banks closed or merged in last 5 years: RTI

Indore: Over 3,400 branches of 26 public sector banks (PSBs) have been either closed or merged during the last five financial years due to a merger under the consolidation exercise in the banking space, revealed an RTI query. Of this, 75 percent of the affected branches belong to the country’s biggest lender State Bank of… Continue reading Over 3,400 branches of 26 public sector banks closed or merged in last 5 years: RTI

Govt notifies RTI rules; CIC tenure cut to 3 yrs, govt to decide salary, other perks

New Delhi: The Centre has curtailed the tenure of information commissioners in transparency panels across the country to three years in new RTI rules notified Thursday night, a move activists call an assault on their independence and autonomy. The Centre had amended the Right to Information Act, 2005 in July ending the parity enjoyed by… Continue reading Govt notifies RTI rules; CIC tenure cut to 3 yrs, govt to decide salary, other perks

SC seeks govt’s reply on plea for online RTI portals

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and state governments to file reply on a plea seeking direction to establish Right to Information (RTI) web portals in all states to enable citizens, especially those living abroad, to file RTI applications online. A bench headed by Justice NV Ramana asked them to file… Continue reading SC seeks govt’s reply on plea for online RTI portals

Officials face Rs 2.5 lakh fine for not giving info under RTI

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Information Commissioner Vijay Manohar Tiwari has served notices to two civic officials, asking them why they should not pay a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh each for not sharing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Vinod Chaturvedi and Narendra Kumar Pandey, officials of Chandia Nagar Palika (civic body) in Umaria… Continue reading Officials face Rs 2.5 lakh fine for not giving info under RTI