Peoples' Monitoring of the RTI Act in India
Report on the Adjudicators of the RTI Act 2017
In 2015, SNS & RaaG (Research, Assessment & Advocacy Group) along with other groups and activists initiated an assessment on the quality of orders of information commissions in India and other adjudicators including the High Courts & the Supreme Court. The assessment covers a sample of orders of the Central Information Commission and the State Information Commissions of Rajasthan, Bihar and Assam, the High Courts of Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar and Assam and all the orders of the Supreme Court related to the RTI Act.
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Peoples' Monitoring of the RTI Regime in India 2011-13
Satark Nagrik Sanagathan was involved in a national assessment of the implementation of the RTI Act in India carried out by the Right to Information Assessment & Advocacy Group (RaaG) and the Centre for Equity Studies (CES) in collaboration with civil society groups across the country. The report of the study, titled 'Peoples' Monitoring of the RTI Regime in India 2011-13', was released in October 2014. Two members of SNS were among the co-authors of the study while SNS was also the state partner in Delhi.
The national study covered the central government, five state governments, nearly a hundred public authorities and all information commissions across the country.
Campaign against amendments to the RTI Act
The RTI Amendment Bill 2013 was introduced in Parliament in August with an aimto nullify the Central Information Commission’s order declaring six political parties as ‘public authorities’ under the RTI Act.
SNS in collaboration with groups like the National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) has been demanding that the RTI Act should not be amended to exclude political parties from its purview.
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Article in Outlook- Lets All Come to the Party
Article in the Times of India- Open Political Parties to Public Scrutiny