Six out of seven political parties — the BJP, Congress, BSP, NCP, CPI and CPM — for which information was sought by the applicant were brought under the ambit of the RTI Act by a full bench of the commission on June 3, 2013.
The role of the state council is to promote the use of RTI in Delhi, review the operation of the Act, review the administrative arrangements, and advise government on matters related to RTI.
Hyderabad-based RTI activist C J Karira had sought information pertaining to corruption in several top offices of the country from the CBI, but the agency had said since it is exempted from the RTI Act, it will not share such records.
Advisor to the home ministry Ashok Prasad had said that the CRPF DG had received the report and would send it to the home ministry.
In March, CIC had also ordered that ‘oath of secrecy’ be replaced with ‘oath of transparency’ so that the minister respects the right to information of citizens.
This is the third decision the Congress government in Kerala has taken on the eve of the election notification, but was forced to withdraw under pressure from the party and the Opposition.
In the present fiscal, the amount dropped by 80 per cent with only Rs 1.67 crore being spent this year.
The Commission wants the Chief Information Commissioner to device a mechanism to handle applications appearing to be ‘vexatious’ even as it highlighted that RTI Act has not defined the term.
The Right to Information Act was implemented on October 12, 2005. Over the last decade, it has transformed the functioning of the government machinery in several ways.
But denial of proper information, rising pendency of cases dilute the impact.
Ten years on, it is a weapon for the citizen facing arbitrary power. It needs to be protected, taken further.
The orders were passed by former DPI (Schools) and Director Higher Education Kamlesh Kumar Bhadoo.
She took the matter to the Gujarat High Court and it is sub judice.
Vijay Kumbhar of Surajya Sangharsh Samiti, sharing his experience, said there were many instances of PIOs giving “laughable” replies to RTI queries.
Ten years after RTI Act came into being, applicants still face hurdles in getting information.