CAG appointments by government are shrouded in secrecy, unmindful of norms or criteria

By Dr BP Mathur* The institution of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in India is patterned on the British model. In Britain, The Exchequer & Audit Department Act of 1866 created the office of CAG with a view to strengthen democracy and exercise parliamentary control over national finances. The office of CAG came into being, thanks … More CAG appointments by government are shrouded in secrecy, unmindful of norms or criteria

Central government flipflop in Lok Sabha over death statistics in Gulf countries

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may remember my email alert sent during the first week in November, 2018, containing statistics of the number of Indian Workers who died in six Gulf Countries since 2012. Using the data that I obtained from the Indian Embassies situated in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, I had pointed out that 24,570 … More Central government flipflop in Lok Sabha over death statistics in Gulf countries

Reports on 26/11 attack accessed from M’shtra legislature; Union Home Ministry denied access

By Venkatesh Nayak* Next Monday (November 26, 2018), marks the completion of a decade since a group of armed militants launched attacks at multiple places in Mumbai in 2008. On this occasion, I am placing in the public domain, two reports obtained through RTI — one from an inquiry held by Government-appointed Committee and the other … More Reports on 26/11 attack accessed from M’shtra legislature; Union Home Ministry denied access

CIC directs disclosure of Indian Defence Forces’ Joint Operational Doctrines in a 7-year old RTI case

By Venkatesh Nayak* Earlier this week, the Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the HQ, Integrated Defence Staff (HQ-IDS), Union Ministry of Defence to disclose the following Joint Operational Doctrines under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act): 1) Joint Doctrine for Perception Management and Psychological Operations; and 2) Joint Doctrine for Land and Air Operations. Readers may remember that in June 2010, the … More CIC directs disclosure of Indian Defence Forces’ Joint Operational Doctrines in a 7-year old RTI case

Legal framework for privacy and data protection should complement RTI Act, not undermine it

Joint statement by RTI and privacy activists on the amendments to Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act proposed by the Committee of Experts under the Chairpersonship of Justice BN Srikrishna: The Right to Information (RTI) and the Right to Privacy (RTP) are fundamental rights flowing from the Indian Constitution. The State has an obligation to … More Legal framework for privacy and data protection should complement RTI Act, not undermine it

Centre should take into account Kerala’s climate sensitive sectors affecting livelihood, biodiversity

The National Alliance of People’s Movements’ (NAPM’s) open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on catastrophic floods across Kerala and parts of southern states: We the undersigned, on behalf of National Alliance of People’s movements and numerous others alliances, networks, organizations and concerned citizens, academics, activists are writing to you with utmost anguish regarding the … More Centre should take into account Kerala’s climate sensitive sectors affecting livelihood, biodiversity

NRC debate: Who came first on this earth, humans or nations? It’s not a chicken-and-egg question

A controversy has broken out following well-known Assamese intellectual Hiren Gohain, in an open letter to Indian, seeking to explain the rationale behind the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Human rights activist Nilanjan Dutta has sharply contested Gohain’s view. We reproduce both Gohain’s open letter and open reply by Dutta. Open letter to Hiren Gohain … More NRC debate: Who came first on this earth, humans or nations? It’s not a chicken-and-egg question