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Recently, @fernandoharin renounces his parliamentary salary for the upcoming year while #RTI reveals that continuous payments to Chairmen of the dissolved Provincial Councils. In addition to the salary, payments for their personal staff, vehicles and fuel allowances (1/7)
Amidst the present #EconomicCrisis in the island, about 10 million rupees of public funds is continuously being spent in relation to Chairmen of inactive PCs who do not discharge any official duties after the dissolvement of such PCs on a monthly basis (2/7)
At the same time, a staggering amount of more than Rs.200 million paid in total after the dissolvement of PCs as salaries for Chairmen and their personal staff for many years by the state (3/7)
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#RTI
An RTI filed by SFLC.in,the reply for which came after 5 months reveals that #InternetShutdowns were imposed in Jammu & Kashmir for a period of 2 months.
sflc.in/internet-shutd…
#LetTheNetWork #keepiton #internetshutdown #JammuKashmir #BreakingNews
SFLCin had received information that the mobile Internet was being frequently suspended in various regions of Kashmir for nearly 10 hours every day.
The areas facing such suspensions are #Anchar, #Eidgah, #Qamarwari, #Soura, #MRGung, #Nowhatta, #SafaKadal, #Bagyass of #Srinagar district; #Wanpoh of #Kulgam district, #Qaimoh and the #Litter area in the #Pulwama district of #Kashmir.
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#ExpressExclusive: Slamming a set of what he called “self-appointed custodians of the world,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said,“India is not looking for their approval, is not willing to play the game they want to play.”

On the ground, things were a little different.
And in a move that raises questions of Constitutional propriety, it also sent these to the Lok Sabha Secretariat which is an independent office that functions under the advice of the Lok Sabha Speaker.
In its response to the RTI request by The Indian Express, the MEA shared emails but did not share the two attachments citing Section 8(c) of the #RTI Act, which relates to breach of privilege of Parliament.
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#LetTheNetWork
An #RTI response from the Rajasthan government reveals that a total of 6 shutdowns were imposed during August 2018 in the districts of #Ajmer, #Bhilwara, #Naguar and #Tonk to prevent cheating in exams.
sflc.in/rti-applicatio…
#keepiton #internetshutdown
The RTI response states that the law under which the suspension was ordered is Order Number F 35(1) Home-9/ 2006 Pt. Dated 02-09-2017 issued by Home (Gr.9) Department of Rajasthan Government.
The order states that in exercise of the powers conferred by Rule 2(1) of the Temporary Suspension Of Telecom Services Rules, 2017, the DCs of the State of Rajasthan are hereby empowered to exercise the powers conferred by the Rules in case of public emergency or public safety.
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Asking @namalrajapaksa whether he chartered aircraft from @flysrilankan is pertinent, relevant and NECESSARY, considering past history. @TimesOnlineLK investigated the abuse of the national airline during the presidency of his father and found that...(1)
...@PresRajapaksa spent more than Rs. 785 million within three years to charter @flysrilankan aircraft for his visits abroad. Documents showed that the airbuses would often remain idle in various airports until Mr Rajapaksa finished his tours. (2)
@flysrilankan billed his office a total of Rs 785,079,185 for 90 aircraft movements in 2012, 2013 and 2014. This figure doesn't reflect other multiple costs such as crew accommodation. Those expenses were often met by Sri Lanka’s diplomatic missions abroad. (3)
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Supreme Court to hear plea seeking the urgent filling of vacancies at Information Commissions. On July 7, Court had directed all States and Centre to file latest status report & compliance report, within 4 weeks #supremecourt
Supreme Court pulls up Maharahstra for not filling the vacancies of State Information Commission. 4 out of 11 required posts vacant.

SC: We direct vacancies to be filled within 3 weeks. On failure, the Chief Secretary will be summoned
State of Karnataka: Out of 8 out of 11 posts in State information commissions are filled and advertisements for the rest 3 vacancies have been published.

SC: status report to be filed on next date
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Justice AM Khanwilkar of the #SupremeCourt makes an important observation concerning the Right to Information Act

"Do not cite #RTI reply. It is not very reliable as per our experience. If the letter lends with some other authority, the reply is something completely different: Image
The observation was made during the hearing of a case: Ashish Kumar Saxena vs State of UP
#SupremeCourt
correction in the first tweet: ends*
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Supreme Court bench led by Justice Abdul Nazeer hears a plea seeking for directions to fulfil vacancies for Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission

@AnjaliB_ #RTI #SupremeCourt @pbhushan1
Prashant Bhushan: This matter is for filling the posts of Information Commissioners. Notice was issued in November 2019
@AnjaliB_ #RTI #SupremeCourt @pbhushan1
Bhushan: criteria for selecting people for search committee should be made public. but it was not given to the leader of opposition too

@AnjaliB_ #RTI #SupremeCourt @pbhushan1
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#Update
Date extended for 'Draft #Aadhaar Regulations 2021' till June 21, 2021.
@SFLCin had written to the @UIDAI seeking extension of the stakeholder consultation period and to be in compliance with the Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy.
#DigitalDefenders #Policy #AadhaarCard
The letter also highlighted that the Pre-Legislative Policy requires proactive publication of the proposed legislation on the internet and through other means. sflc.in/sflcin-writes-…
The draft document was released by the UIDAI from May 20, 2021 to June 2, 2021 which is less than the 30 day period stipulated by the Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy. The deadline has now been increased till June21, 2021.
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I took a deep dive into the information available through #RTI & shared by the Centre on #vaccine supplied by the manufacturers.
The no. of supplied vaccine doses to States/UTs by Centre is almost 7 cr doses more than no. of procured doses. How? Please read the thread.
The RTI reply received by transparency activist (Retd) @CommodoreBatra on 2 & 7 May reveal that the Govt of India placed an order of 18.6 crore vaccine doses in its first TWO orders, which is till end of April 2021.
The FIRST order:
The Centre ordered 6.6 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine through PM CARES FUND. Of which, 5.6 crore doses were of #Covishield and 1 crore doses were of #Covaxin .
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Why @RBI must reveal info about it's advt contract with Shri Amitabh Bacchan under #RTI

1️⃣ Public has every right to know how public entities are spending their hard earned money. 1/5 @ajitanjum
@suchetadalal @rasheedkidwai @idesibanda
RBI's job as a regulatory authority is to safeguard the commercial interest of common man & not hide details of it's advertisement splurges on Bollywood celebrities like Shri Bacchan. 

2️⃣ Isn't the public right in questioning the budgetary allocation of public entities... 2/5
.. specially when they come across miserable state of affairs of health sector largely due to poor budget allocations?

3️⃣Our Constitution is for enabling an informed citizenry. Transparency is vital for democracy as it helps contain corruption and holds the government... 3/5
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#THREAD #RTI
#Kejriwal_Exposed

I've read many articles where KEJRIWAL g have promised giving so and so buses every year. So I Filed an RTI seeking the year wise comparison of no. of buses running on road. The result was shocking expectedly.

Let's look at his promises now

1/n
Promised 4000 plus buses in 2015

2/n
Promised 2000 more buses by mid of 2016

3/n
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The #Balochistan Right to Info Act 2021 suffers from several drafting mistakes including, for instance, definition of subordinate judiciary includes non-judicial institutions like office, council, board & commission. @jam_kamal @ZahoorBuledi @Senator_Baloch @IshaquebalochDr
The #Balochistan #RTI Act 2021 unfairly excludes higher judiciary from the definition of public body, despite the fact that Article 19A makes no such distinction. #Punjab #RTI Act applies to higher judiciary as well. @jam_kamal @ZahoorBuledi @Senator_Baloch @Senator_Baloch
#Balochistan #RTI Acts 2021 doesn’t mention if it will have overriding effect, which is a major flaw as, without it, it may be treated as in addition to other laws that include restrictions on disclosure of info. @jam_kamal @Senator_Baloch @ZahoorBuledi @IshaquebalochDr
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Delhi High Court begins hearing a challenge to CIC order directing the disclosure of information pertaining to foreign visits by PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh.

@PMOIndia @DefenceMinIndia @narendramodi @IAF_MCC

#RTI #NarendraModi
The challenge is by Central Public Information Officer, Directorate of Personal Services Air Headquarters, Indian Air Force.

@IAF_MCC @DefenceMinIndia @PMOIndia
Petitioner begins.

Adv Rahul Sharma: The CIC order is full ot dichotomy. The info sought is in relation to two PMs.
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#BombayHighCourt will give its verdict in the plea filed by social activist Saket Gokhale seeking removal of his contact details which were uploaded on the official website of the MIB.

Bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Milind Jadhav will pronounce order shortly.

@SaketGokhale
The Court had in the previous hearing reserved the matter for judgment stating that they would deal with the issue of the lapse on the part of MIB, which went unnoticed until Gokhale raised alarm.

Read: barandbench.com/news/litigatio…
Court orders that the petition and the replies in the plea would be placed before the Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, who will hold an inquiry and submit the report within 3 months.
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#MintPlainFacts | From high vacancies to shorter tenures to rising pendency, the Central Information Commission (CIC), India’s right-to-information (#RTI) appeals body faces a plethora of problems today.

Know more here: livemint.com/news/india/the…
#MintPlainFacts | In the first nine years since it was formed in 2005, the CIC was headless for all of 10 days. Since 2014, it has gone headless for 464 days. In each top appointment since, there has been a break, with the longest being in 2014 and 2015.
#MintPlainFacts | Rising case pendency at the commission suggests that the appeals body is in urgent need of more commissioners.

In October 2017, the CIC had 24,287 appeals and complaints pending before it. In October 2020, this figure had increased by 52% to 36,894.
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How is there no information about creation of the app?: CIC issues show cause notice to officials for evasive reply to RTI on Aarogya Setu
@SetuAarogya @GoI_MeitY #AarogyaSetu #CIC #RTI
barandbench.com/news/cic-show-…
"Aarogya Setu developed in a transparent manner in collaboration with industry, academia," Government clarifies (reports NDTV)
@SetuAarogya @GoI_MeitY #AarogyaSetu #CIC #RTI
Central Government issues clarification, says Aarogya Setu App was built by it in collaboration with volunteers from "Industry & Academia".

#AarogyaSetu #AarogyaSetuApp #COVID19
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*THREAD* (1/n) Often feminists don't agree to the fact that men in India suffer due to gender biased laws- in favor of women. Argument is, there are no statistics which suggest that Indian men suffer. So there is no need for gender neutral laws or a national commission for men.
(2/n)Well the statistics were always there but mostly ignored. I've collated some stats from NCRB data for Crime in India 2019. Despite these facts, people still play the 'women victim', 'abla nari' card. Let us look at what the statistics say -
(3/n) Analysis and approach - 1. For simplicity, the focus of this analysis will only be on crime against women. 2. Crimes like IPC 506 (Criminal intimidation), IPC 354C (Voyeurism), IPC 354D (Stalking), IPC 406 (Criminal breach of trust) have been left out in this analysis-
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We had filed an #RTI on 29 June 2020 requesting @GoI_MeitY to tell us the number of #websites that had been #blocked between 29 June 2019 and 29 June 2020.
The request was denied by the ministry citing Section 8(1) (a) of the #RITact as well as #Section69A of the #ITact. Image
However, when @RavneetBittu asked @GoI_MeitY about actions taken by the Gov. against #socialmedia platforms like #Facebook & #Instagram used to incite violence & hatred in society. The data on banned websites was shared along with the response.

We filed an appeal which was also denied. We believe that information such as this which directly impacts our fundamental right to Free speech and expression should be made available to the public.
#DigitalDefenders #RTIinfo Image
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मित्रांनो आजचा #thread तसा युनिक आहे आणि तुम्हाला माहिती नसलेल्या गोष्टी समजण्यासाठी उपयुक्तही.'2000 ची नोट' हे thread च शिर्षक आहे.ज्यावेळीस 8 नोव्हेंबर 2016 ला रात्रीत भारतीय अर्थव्यवस्थेच्या कण्यावर #नोटाबंदी रूपी हल्ला झाला तेव्हा नोटाबंदी लागु करताना जे कारणं दिली त्यातील एक ImageImage
म्हणजेच'आतंकवाद्याकडे आणि जनतेकडे असलेला काळा पैसा नष्ट करणे व बाहेर काढणे'. हयासाठी 500 व 1000 च्या नोटा बंद करून '2000 ची' करकरीत नोट मार्केटमध्ये आली(ती नोट देशात आणखी नीट वितरीत ही झाली नसताना भाजपाच्या लोकांकडे बंडल सापडले अशी बातमी त्यावेळी फिरत होती(?) तो मुद्दा वेगळा,असो) ImageImageImageImage
तर सांगायच हे आहे की आपल्यामधल्या कोणी सुज्ञाने RTI,2005 (माहितीचा अधिकार,2005) कायद्याअंतर्गत '2019' मध्ये 2000 च्या किती नोटा छापल्या अशी विचारणा केली असता RBI ने स्पष्ट शब्दात त्याला सांगितले की १ ही नवी नोट छापली नाहीय..आणि इथल्या मित्रांना माहित नसाव पण त्याच कारण ही
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I can only speak to my thoughts, feelings and emotions as another restless night gave way to my thoughts and prayers for the Floyd family.
I’m truly saddened by the state of affairs that caused the death of George Floyd. I’m also aware of the growing tension in cities across the country regarding the issue.
The video footage we continue to see is hard to turn off in your mind and has left me both angry and alarmed by what has become an all to familiar issue in our country.
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PM Cares Fund is not a Public Authority says Prime Minister's Office

@PMOIndia @narendramodi @PMCares
Advocate Abhay Gupta had filed a RTI application asking for
1) the total amount deposited in PM cares account,
2) total disbursement details and
3) the person who has deposited the highest amount till date in the PM Care Fund.

@PMOIndia @narendramodi
[Read Story] PM Cares Fund is not a public authority under the RTI Act: Response to RTI filed by lawyer
#RTI #PMCaresFunds @PMOIndia @narendramodi @PMCares

barandbench.com/news/pm-cares-…
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#ReadingSession - #Thread on "Report of the Task Force on an IT Strategy for PDS and an implementable solution for the direct transfer of subsidy for Food and Kerosene" - Oct 2011 aka #NandanPDSTaskForce which first mooted the idea of #PDSN. It is important to understand #ONORC
The report is here - dea.gov.in/sites/default/…

Before dwelling in - Note the title - Czar didn't like 'commitees' and hence called whatever he was part of, as - task force - Though no task was done!
Members of committee - All ex-officio secretaries, except 2 from the illegal executive body UIDAI. This was basically done by "#Aadhaar lobby".

May 2020 - theprint.in/economy/modi-g… - Nandan funded media calling 'Anti Aadhaar lobby' in NAC stalled it in UPA era.
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THREAD - Was just going through the list of the #PMDoesNotCare fund and it seems like a "White Collar" version of bribery/favorings towards certain companies and agencies. Not a hater, but where is this going?
What's the usage of the funds if it is only being collected not used?
So here are a few of the largest donors towards the fund via @moneycontrolcom

The nation wants to know!! (is this trademarked @ArnabGoswamiRTv @republic ?)

moneycontrol.com/news/business/…

#PMCaresFund #PMOfIndia #ModiMadeDisaster
What's shocking is that the @PMOIndia has violated and breached a bunch of sections towards the #RTI act with regard to disclosing the donors, beneficiaries, decisions made and how they were made of the so called CARES fund.

#ModiGovtFailsIndia

thewire.in/rights/pm-care… ImageImage
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