Post details of Gandhi assassination: CIC

  1. News: The Central Information Commission has directed the National Archives of India to place the index of records available to them on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on their official website along with the procedure to gain access to these, under Section 4 of the RTI Act
  2. The order comes after an appellant approached the Commission claiming he could not get two documents — final charge sheet issued by the Delhi Police and order of execution of Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse — despite inspecting the records and getting certified copies of many documents from NAI
  3. This will effectively reduce the number of the RTI applications of Gandhi assassination related issues
  4. The aim of Section 4 is to encourage voluntary disclosures which will not create any necessity for citizens to file an RTI application
  5. The Commission also directed the NAI to provide copies of documents at ₹2 per page, as the RTI Act overrides the Rules under the Public Records Act, 1993, under which the NAI collects ₹3 per page on the copying of documents


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Govt aborts plan for grievance redressal law

  1. Govt has junked the idea of passing a grievance redressal law
  2. The law would have given citizens legal rights to secure proper and timely delivery of government services and benefits
  3. Instead, it is working on a scheme called the Delivery of Services and Grievances Redressal Scheme
  4. The scheme would provide for a recourse to more departmental procedures and actions

Learn more about CIC?

  1. Context: CIC was established by central govt in 2005 under provisions of RTI Act, 2005
  2. Structure: consists of Chief Information commissioners and not more than 10 Information commissioners
  3. Appointment: by President, on recommendation of committee
  4. Committee: PM as chairperson, Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Union cabinet minister nominated by PM

Centre appoints 3 Information Commissioners

  1. News: Central government appointed 3 Commissioners at the Central Information Commission (CIC)
  2. Who? Amitava Bhattacharyya, 1980 batch IAS officer; Bimal Julka, 1979 batch IAS officer; and Divya Prakash Sinha, 1979 batch IPS officer
  3. Tenure: 5 years or till the appointees turn 65
  4. Background: Mr. Bhattacharyya was the SSC Chairman. Mr. Julka retired as Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
  5. Mr. Sinha, who retired from the post of Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat, was earlier a Special Director with the IB

Panel proposes bringing elite clubs under RTI Act

The panel members said the clubs were behaving in an “extremely exclusive” manner despite getting grants, land and other concessions from the government.

  1. In yet another proposal by politicians that could control the functioning of elite clubs in the city.
  2. A Legislature committee has proposed to bring all clubs under the ambit of the government’s rules and the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
  3. A 7-member Legislative Assembly Committee headed by the Congress MLA, N.A. Harris, which visited clubs in the city.
  4. They found that most clubs in Bengaluru and other parts of the State charged exorbitant fees for membership and enforced dress codes.

An adalat to clear RTI backlog

The Karnataka Information Commission is considering first-of-its-kind RTI adalats to clear the backlog.

  1. The State is staring at a backlog of close to 30,000 cases, which came before the commission after the 2-step appeal process.
  2. The two step includes hearing by the information officer and an appellate authority.
  3. If the larger picture is considered, there are a lot more cases in limbo across several govt. departments.

Don’t cite national security to withhold info

  1. The CIC has told the BARC and the DRDO that they cannot withhold information in the guise of national security.
  2. The CIC’s order have raised hope of residents and environment activists to stall military, defence and research institutes from coming up on the land.

Info panel turning down more RTI requests now

  1. The Central Information Commission has admitted fewer and fewer cases every month this year, under the RTI Act.
  2. RTI activists have asked for greater transparency in the process of turning down requests.

How do the cases reach Central Information Commission ?

  • If an applicant is not satisfied with the response to his request for information from a Central govt. authority, and with the verdict of the first appeal made to the authority concerned.
  • If a citizen has a complaint that his request was not taken or wrong information was given.

Vacant posts in all SIC benches may render RTI Act toothless: Report

The Maharashtra SIC’s report takes note of the various administrative and functional lapses hindering the functioning of the Commissionerates.

  1. The Right to Information Act seems to have become a victim of govt. apathy.
  2. There is 35% vacancies in all benches of the State Information Commission (SIC) and reluctance from senior officers to take up role of Information Officers.
  3. As mandated by the RTI Act, the SIC benches hear the second appeals filed by the applicants and pass orders which are quasi-judiciary in nature.
  4. RTI activists said that lack of suo motu declaration of information, is one of the major reasons for more number of appeals.

Can’t bring political parties under RTI, Centre tells SC

Union govt. has argued that political parties cannot disclose their internal functioning and financial information under the Right to Information Act.

  1. The disclosure will hamper their smooth functioning and create a weak spot for rivals with malicious intentions to take advantage of.
  2. SC had earlier issued notice to 6 national parties, asking their inability to come clean and explain their hesitation to disclose complete details.
  3. The details will include their income, expenditure, donations, funding, including donor details, to the public under the RTI Act.

Why can’t we bring political parties under RTI, asks SC

  1. Bench said it is within the voter’s fundamental right to know the financial details of political parties.
  2. Under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 all political parties must affirm their allegiance to the Constitution of India.
  3. Therefore, political parties must furnish information to the public under the right of information under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India.

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