Despite allegations that the Right to Information (RTI) Act was being misused for extortion and harassment, the law should be appreciated in a big way, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Monday.
A full bench of the Central Information Commission will hear on Friday complaints against six national political parties for non-compliance of its order that they came within the ambit of RTI Act and had to put in place all mandatory requirements under the law.
Public authorities cannot take excuse of "missing files" for denying information under the RTI Act as such claims have no legality under the transparency law for withholding records, the Central Information Commission has held.
The government on Wednesday said taking over the Indian Cricket Board was not a "feasible" option since the BCCI was an autonomous body but it will try to bring the cricket body under the ambit of the RTI Act.
Nearly nine years after the Right to Information Act came into force, the government has made changes in the Act to correct the names of two intelligence organisations exempted from providing information under the transparency law.
Advocating for bringing CBI under purview of RTI Act, former Vigilance Commissioner R Srikumar on Wednesday said the probe agency will never get "hurt" by revealing the truth it gathered in its probe and should win heart of the people by opening itself for public scrutiny.
The Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta has refused to share information about the recommendations made by its officials on the basis of foreign tours conducted by them, citing a transparency clause in the RTI Act.
Wives of government servants have a "right" to know salary particulars of their husbands and these details should also be made public by their offices as mandated under suo-moto disclosure clause of the RTI Act, the Central Information Commission has held.