By Abhishek Kumar* “The right to know is the right to live”- Boldly stated by Indian activist Aruna Roy, entices the mind to ponder upon a very fundamental thought that one cannot change what one is not aware of, but, once we are aware, we cannot help but change. India is the largest democracy in the world. … Continue reading RTI: Involving stake-holders in order to pave way for a transparent nation
By Nikhil Kedia* RTI Act is supposed to be the most influential of Acts because unlike other Acts, this is one which is implemented by the people. Thus, this act is a true representation of the democracy. But in the current context of the country, is it really able to represent the different factions and … Continue reading Is the RTI Act working right? Is it able to bring out much-needed transparency?
By Cibita G, Pratik Nath* Every year nearly 6 million RTI applications are filed in India making it the most used transparency law in the world. Assessments have shown that many applications have been filed at the grassroots level and the marginalized community. Though there is a huge scope for leveraging the act for empowerment, … Continue reading RTI: Government officials need to promote, support a transparent system
By Pratik Nath, Cibita G* The coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamics of operations in a tremendous manner. Many people have adopted and grown oblivious to online video meetings, lectures and conference to maintain social distancing. The lockdown has also increased digital access to many sections of the society with increasing usage of web technologies … Continue reading Pandemic: A boon for Right to Information activism in India
By Venkatesh Nayak* Media reports of the proceedings of the all-party meeting held on 4th December, 2020 about the progress made regarding COVID-19 vaccine administration plans have kindled hope for millions of people across the country suffering from the adverse effects of the epidemic in myriad ways. The Hon. Prime Minister announced that healthcare workers, frontline workers and the … Continue reading RTI: Health Ministry, ICMR plead ignorance about National COVID Vaccine Expert Group’s records
By Venkatesh Nayak* Come December, the Central Government will begin disbursing the 7th instalment of funds under the Pradhan Mantri- Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN). This is a Central scheme implemented through the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare for the benefit of eligible farmers across the country. According to a reply to an Unstarred Question tabled in the Lok Sabha … Continue reading A probe into how PM-KISAN is benefiting different sections of society
By Shivam Kumar* What should be the priority of a development-focused country? Some would say to bring more FDI, some would argue to enable more businesses, and some would say to develop the rural infrastructure. But are we thinking from the grass-root level? India, being a developing country, is rapidly taking steps to reach to … Continue reading Should a development-focused country not care about its beggars?