RTI Amendment Bill would result in forceful adoption of SICs by Central government

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Bill to amend The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) which the Lok Sabha approved (218 voting in favour and 79 opposing it) this Monday (22 July, 2019) is slated for introduction and passing in the Rajya Sabha today (Click here and  select 24/07/2019 for accessing the List of Business of the House). Despite the very vocal demand … More RTI Amendment Bill would result in forceful adoption of SICs by Central government

India’s Information Commissions would weaken if proposals to amend RTI Act are accepted

Excerpts “The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019: A Critical Review of the Amendment Proposals and the Underlying Reasoning”, prepared by Venkatesh Nayak, Access to Information Programme, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi: The Government of India (GoI) has come up with a Bill to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). This … More India’s Information Commissions would weaken if proposals to amend RTI Act are accepted

Will Delhi’s real estate authority regulate public sector ‘navratna’ company’s housing projects?

Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli, Kush Tanvani* On June 27, 2019, the Lt Governor of Delhi launched a new portal of the Delhi’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) to “promote transparency and accountability” in the real estate sector. RERA was set up under a Central legislation enacted by parliament in 2016. The main task of the … More Will Delhi’s real estate authority regulate public sector ‘navratna’ company’s housing projects?

Sustainable Development Goals: Socially excluded vulnerable groups face multiple disadvantages

Excerpts from ‘100 Hotspots: Snapshot of Socially Excluded and Vulnerable Population Groups and SDGs in India’, anchored by Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation (HRF) and Life Education & Development Support (LEADS), coordinated by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), and supported by Amnesty International, Bread for the World (BFdW), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), … More Sustainable Development Goals: Socially excluded vulnerable groups face multiple disadvantages

Independence in appointment of election commissioner: A foundational imperative reform

By Pranav Tanwar, Saurabh Pandey*  Former Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. S.Y. Quraishi recently in an interview to The Hindu (April 19, 2019) said, “The appointment to the Election Commission must improve. Right now, the Election Commissioners are appointed by the government of the day and they might feel beholden to the government or the government … More Independence in appointment of election commissioner: A foundational imperative reform

Complaints against CIC: DoPT decides to set up committees, but refuses to part with proposal

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember the controversy created by the Central Government’s proposal to set up two committees to inquire into complaints against serving and former members of the Central Information Commission (CIC). Several RTI advocators have commented on this latest move of the Government to curb the CIC’s autonomy. I had also critically examined its implications in light of media reports … More Complaints against CIC: DoPT decides to set up committees, but refuses to part with proposal

Residents look to courts for protection, even as political parties seek votes on environmental issues

By Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* In this election season, political parties wooing voters have included environmental promises in their manifestoes. Yet, many residents of Delhi are looking to the courts to protect them from government decisions that will worsen living conditions in the city. The matter regarding the newly constructed East Kidwai Nagar government housing … More Residents look to courts for protection, even as political parties seek votes on environmental issues