For months the Centre has rejected to reply to imp RTI queries like EVERYTHING related to d powerful COVID-19 Expert Committee, Vaccines, & more. Documenting it in this thread.

A cut-copy-paste reply to all- "threat to strategic, scientific, economic interests"

In this reply, @MoHFW_INDIA refuses to reveal any minutes, any agendas, even members of the Committee until recently, any file noting, what work it is undertaking, etc. The same cut, copy, paste answer

D Committee is steering the country's fight against COVID, & vaccination

On how the vaccines were cleared, based on what data it was cleared, minutes of the Expert committee meetings, and also on what basis @DGCAIndia claimed "110% safe vaccines", the CDSCO under MoHFW too, rejected the RTIs.
@drharshvardhan @MoHFW_INDIA
As Govts and people demand vaccination for all, the Govt refuses to reveal on what basis it restricted vaccination for adults below 60 without co-morbidities.

This, while India exported d highest number of Vaccines to the world while restricting vaccinations in India.

Again, the cut, copy, paste reply for details, including the creation of the CoWIN App.

Remember, Ministry is supposed to justify rejection of info on sound grounds. Simply invoking exemptions without giving reasons for doing so, is illegal. But sadly...

On Co-WIN App's source code, the same cut, copy, paste reply.

Add to these more imp queries like details of bilateral agreements into which India has entered for vaccine supply, purchase agreements with vaccine manufacturers, working of the Joint Monitoring Group, foreign shipments,

all are denied under same cut, copy, paste reply.

...under "threat to strategic, scientific, economic interests of India", which is Section 8(1)(a) of the RTI Act, also the most misused provision of the law.

Without transparency, there are a lot of problems that ultimately people will have to face and that'll harm us.

What is very clear, however, is that the Centre is very hostile towards RTIs.

Not saying this without proof-

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The harm it does is mentioned here by @internetfreedom.

Further, why does the Police Department need to have our health data? And if it does need to have our data, why wasn't this disclosed to the people? Was their consent obtained? NO. @SetuAarogya

The Reply has come after 4 months since NIC, which is responsible to handle Aarogya Setu and also maintain a list of such agencies/entities with whom data was shared (has not complied with this rule), transferred my RTI to Govt of J&K.


Perhaps data has been shared with law enforcement agencies by Govt authorities elsewhere in India... cannot be ruled out. At least now, we have 1 Dept admitting to this.

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For months now, I've been trying very hard for full disclosure of the making of Personal Data Protection Bill and the Justice Srikrishna Committee's work. All of this has been denied under RTI.

I had filed 3 Cases at the Central Info Commission.

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I moved the Madras HC seeking an urgent hearing in the matter bcuz if the Bill is passed in parliament, the cases at CIC would turn infructuous after 2 years. Court was pleased to direct so.

Now, this is what happened during the hearing at CIC and after-

@GoI_MeitY's officers raised new grounds for denying info. A copy of their written submissions was provided to me only 30 mins before hearing, after I hounded them for it.

I requested the CIC to allow me a day's time to file my counter to their new grounds for denial.

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Get ready for a string of #SorrySavarkar moments from our national media. The NBSA has asked prominent news channels to apologise to the nation as per this schedule-

1. First goes our favourite @ZeeNews @sudhirchaudhary and @indiatvnews on 27 Oct 9 PM Prime Time
2. Then goes @aajtak ... to apologise to the nation on 28 Oct at 9 PM prime time.

3. Then again goes "sabse tez" @aajtak and @news24tvchannel on 29 Oct at 9 PM Prime Time.
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Some great news to share with fellow activists & people.

The Govt of India has now decided to include a separate section, within the online RTI portal, for filing of RTIs under "threat to life and liberty", for which info must be provided within 48 hours. @SaketGokhale

The CIC, in April 2020 had advised the DoPT to device such a mechanism due to lack of proper implementation of this provision. As usual, nothing happened.

I moved the Madras HC seeking to effectuate this order. The first pic above reveals that the file moved after this.

I also filed an RTI seeking to know what happened to this CIC order. Proper info was not provided. The CPIO is a habitual offender & has time & again, either rejected or furnished unsatisfactory reply to many of my RTIs.

I wrote to Union Secretary, DoPT for his removal as CPIO.
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Karma has its way❗️

Aaj Tak has been fined 1 Lakh rupees by the NBSA for attributing fake tweets to #SushantSinghRajput.

Further, @aajtak @ZeeNews @News24 @indiatvnews have been asked to air unconditional apologies on its channels for running objectionable content

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Today, #RheaChakraborthy also got bail.
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On April, 22 the Modi govt had announced a special package of 15,000 crores for the fight against corona. What the govt. concealed is the fact that the entire amount has been taken as a loan from int banks.

There's more to this-

The PM-CARES had collected more than 9,000 crores by May 20, as per an @IndiaSpend report. But that figure was only acc. to publicly available press releases. The original amount was much more than that!


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