Technology For Transparency

Technology For Transparency

Bihar has became the first state in the country to utilize information technology by introducing video conferencing system for speedy disposal of complaint cases under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The scheme has been launched by the Chief Minister, Shri Nitish Kumar. Initially, the system is available at all...

A passion for truth

A passion for truth

After being in the pharmaceutical business for most of his working life, retired 66 year old J S D Pani is always busy finding out the truth and exposing malpractices in public life  through the RTI Act. After retiring from his Ayurvedic drug manufacturing business in 2006, Pani started a...

Can we blow the whistle on whistle blowers?

Can we blow the whistle on whistle blowers?

There is no committee in the police department that can probe complaints against police officers despite a Supreme Court order to this effect issued four years ago. According to the Karnataka gazette notification issued on December 2, 2010, a public interest litigation filed by Prakash Singh in the Supreme Court...

Information from Information Commission

Information from Information Commission

The office that deals with RTI petitions, the Andhra Pradesh Information Commission (APIC), refused to disclose information-  the number of petitions it has cleared, for which orders to the respective departments are pending, claiming there were no such records.  This was revealed in a reply to an RTI query on...

Whistleblower in Aligarh

Whistleblower in Aligarh

Many of the taxis hired by the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) office in the past decade (1997-2008)  for official reasons have turned out to be scooters and tractors, according to the Right to Information Act activist Bimal Khemani. He had  filed an RTI application in the BSNL seeking...

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