In the shrill discourse over freedom of speech, the selective publication, and even overt suppression, of actionable development data is often overlooked. Amid calls for a next-gen data revolution, Biraj Swain highlights this and other challenges that lie in its path.
The RTI-on-Wheels bus, an initiative of Gujarat-based organisation Janpath and the Association for India's Development, has inspired the people of J&K to press for their right to information and to a government that works for them. L S Aravinda reports.
Around 40 RTI activists in the country have been killed in recent years, several of them after the passage of the Whistleblowers Protection Act. Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya explores why the latter law has been unable to achieve its stated objective.
A recent letter written by the CAG Shashikant Sharma to the finance minister, seeking access to required information through RTI, exposes once more the lacunae in the powers of the Supreme Audit Institution. Himanshu Upadhyaya analyses the debate around the issue.
Anger and frustration is on the rise over inordinate delays by the Central Information Commission in responding to or inquiring into complaints from RTI appellants. Revathi Siva Kumar looks at what ails the institution.
A recent court ruling allows RTI applicants to seek information without divulging their address, by simply citing a post box number. While this may partially stem the spate of attacks on activists, a lot more is needed to effectively shield whistle blowers, finds Navya P K .
While researching suicide data published by the NCRB,
files an RTI enquiry on how the Bureau identifies causes behind suicides and compiles the data across states to arrive at national figures. The
response reveals the lack of clarity in the exercise.
Indian political parties have been notorious for their opacity, particularly when it comes to questions of their funding. A recent quasi-judicial order bringing six large national parties within the ambit of the RTI Act 2005 might change that. A quick summary of the latest developments:
RTI activists across the country will be cheered by the apex court's order to make transparent appointments to the posts of Information
Commissioners, and recognise the quasi-judicial nature of their functions.