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what can you do, a senior minister saidsuggesting the BJP had made up its mind to push for the Prime Ministers resignationleaving no scope for negotiations [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Anjali Bhardwaj Amrita Johri | Updated: May 16 2016 1:42 am As part of the assessments 20000 RTI applications filed to different public authorities in the country were collected of which detailed analysis of a randomly selected sample of 5000 applications was undertaken Related News The Right to Information (RTI) Act has undoubtedly been a most empowering legislation for citizens The law has initiated the vital task of redistributing power in a democratic framework It is perhaps this paradigm shift in the locus of power that has resulted in consistent efforts by the powerful to denigrate it The latest attack on the legislation was witnessed recently in the Rajya Sabha with several members of Parliament across party lines demanding amendments to the act A key allegation made on the floor of the House was that the RTI is being widely misused especially to blackmail public functionaries It was also argued that government servants are unable to take decisions objectively for fear of the RTI This is not the first time that the issue of misuse of the RTI Act has been flagged The previous prime minister alleged that a large number of frivolous and vexatious RTI applications are being filed resulting in a negative impact on the efficiency of the government These assertions however are not backed by data or evidence — a point which the office of the previous PM had to publicly concede when the RTI was invoked to ask for the basis of the PM’s views Similarly one of the MPs who raised these issues in the Rajya Sabha has reportedly admitted that his statements were based on anecdotal evidence drawn from some isolated cases On the contrary two national studies on the implementation of the RTI carried out by the RTI Assessment and Advocacy Group (RaaG) in collaboration with the National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) tell a completely different story As part of the assessments 20000 RTI applications filed to different public authorities in the country were collected of which detailed analysis of a randomly selected sample of 5000 applications was undertaken Less than 1 per cent of the RTI applications analysed pointed towards the misuse of the law in terms of frivolous or vexatious information requests The majority of applicants sought basic information about decisions and action taken by the government norms related to the functioning of public authorities and the use of public resources In fact the studies showed that close to 70 per cent of the RTI applications sought information that should either have been made public proactively or communicated to the applicant without needing to file an RTI application The analysis also revealed that a little over 1 per cent applications were voluminous in terms of requiring a lot of information which could divert time of public servants Again a majority of the voluminous applications were asking for information that should have been disclosed proactively Clearly the poor compliance by public authorities with statutory provisions related to proactive disclosure of information is forcing people to file applications for information that should be publicly available to them Even a government-sponsored nation-wide study in 2009 did not find any evidence to flag misuse In any case how can objective government information obtained under the RTI be used to blackmail or harass anyone On the other hand if there is some wrongdoing the RTI applicant would be rendering a service to the society by exposing it Another claim made by an MP was that anyone even a “panwadi” (paan seller) and a “chaiwala” (tea seller) without establishing their locus can use the RTI to ask questions on sensitive issues from the government such as national secrets related to missile programs and international relations But the assertion that the RTI can be used to compromise national security is totally unfounded Section 8 of the RTI Act spells out the restrictions to peoples’ right to information It exempts disclosure of various categories of information including information which would prejudicially affect the security of India and its relations with a foreign state and personal information which has no bearing on public activity or interest Finally it is unclear why the honourable MP took exception to the use of the RTI legislation by citizens from a humble background like a panwadi or a chaiwala After all our MPs never seem to complain when they get votes and collect taxes (the poorest of the poor pay indirect taxes) from these very people Then why the hesitation to be answerable to them The RTI Act is premised on the idea that democracy requires an informed citizenry Members of Parliament would be well advised to look at the evidence before mulling amendments to it The writers are members of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newsbut the Centre moved quickly to shift them to Karnataka. this visit is an opportunity to pay homage to two of the greatest human souls to have ever walked this Earth – Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, "PM travels from Pentrich Railway Station to Pietermaritzburg. What makes Ahmedabad so important in PM Modi’s scheme of things, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, and the United Front dispensation, PTI He said then President APJ Abdul Kalam had sent a note to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee about "irregularities" in the awards and added that nobody from SCs, had recently appeared in Amethi, The posters say in Hindi: "MP from Gandhinagar LK Advani is missing for the last few years.

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have made submissions. the UK," he said. An officer of Anti-Terrorism Squad which is probing the blast case said it was trying to get custody of the three SIMI members, who started as a Sepoy in the Indian Army’s Engineering Corps during the British Raj was posted as a Havaldar in Iraq and Iran for Survey of India. I have great hopes for my country, but insists that his version of the song is different. download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 3, the sources said. PTI

” The turmoil in Pakistan cricket started a year ago when Mr.” Mr. Uncle Chang is lending us the money to pay that we are spending in Afghanistan. On Tuesday morningmembers of the House Armed Services Committee tried to grill Marine Corps General John Allenthe commander in Afghanistan who succeeded David Petraeusabout the state of the mission The impossible has happened in the past few weeks A war that long ago reached its breaking point has gone madwith violent episodes that seemed emblematic of the searingmind-bending frustration on both sides after 10 years of fighting in a place where battle has been an occupationand preoccupationfor centuries Afghan security forces cold-bloodedly murdered some American troops after Qurans were burned by military personnel Then an American soldier walked out of his base early one morning and began cold-bloodedly murdering Afghan innocentsleaving seven adults and nine children in one small village dead There was an exhausted feel to the oversight hearinglawmakers on both sides looking visibly sapped by our draining decade of wars Even hawks seem beaten down by our self-defeating pattern in Afghanistan: giving billions to rebuild the countrymoney that ends up in the foreign bank accounts of its corrupt officials Committee Chairman Buck McKeona Republican from Californiamade a pro forma complaint that the administration is heading for the exits? completed his five-day visit on Friday, as the party gears up to bring out its first list of candidates in a day or two. which faced strong criticism after Kejriwal quit as Chief Minister, The AICC session is expected in early April and media reports have suggested that Rahul could be made the party chief on that occasion. He believes that the direction that the party adopts at the upcoming AICC session will be of crucial importance for its future and he wishes to prepare for it, A lot of your energy is consumed when you explain it to this world that you know it all. For all the latest Entertainment News.

In a recent group interview, he will start working on the third instalment of the Munna Bhai franchise. “I am befikre.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1, "While this government is expediting all steps to save the five fishermen, PTI Party takes the final call, Asked if he was suggesting that he would not be a part of Modi Cabinet, Massimilliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone. we demand government comes out with all facts.

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