On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the RTI act, the report finds important gaps in implementation
Fifteen years after the entry into force of the Right to Information Law (RTI), there are more than 2.2 billion cases pending before the central and state information commissions, which are the last appeal courts of the law.
- The growing backlog of orders is compounded by the fact that most commissions are operating at reduced capacity, including the Central Information Commission (CIC), which has been headless since August.
- This is according to a report released by Satark Nagrik Sangathan and the Center for Equity Studies to mark the anniversary of the law on Monday and which found that Maharashtra had the highest number of pending appeals, with more than 59,000 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh (47,923) and CIC (35,653).
- For example, at the current rate of elimination, it would take the Odisha Commission more than seven years to resolve all outstanding complaints, while the CIC would take more than two years, according to the report.
- Odisha operates with only four commissioners, while Rajasthan has only three, Jharkhand and Tripura don’t have commissars and have been dead for months.
- The CIC has no leader and only five commissioners. According to the provisions of the law, each commission must have a head and up to 10 commissioners.
- The analysis also found that government officials are hardly punished for breaking the law.
- Analyzing data from 16 commissions in 2019-2020, the report found that sanctions were only imposed in 2.2% of resolved cases, even though a previous analysis showed a rate of around 59% of violations that they allegedly had to trigger the sanctions process.
“The fact that the committees do not impose sanctions in meritorious cases sends a signal to the public authorities that breaking the law will not have serious consequences. This destroys the basic incentive framework built into the RTD law and promotes a culture of impunity, ”the report says.
Andhra CM writes to the Chief Justice, alleges that Justice Raman influences the High Court
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote to the Chief Justice of India Sharad Aravind Bobde, alleging that the Supreme Court Justice, Justice NV Ramana, had influenced the sessions of the State High Court, including the list of some judges.
- In a letter dated October 6, Reddy alleged that matters of importance to the opposition Telugu Desam party had been “turned over to a few judges.”
- The prime minister also noted that Ramana was an additional legal adviser and general advocate in the previous government led by Chandrababu Naidu.
- Reddy urged Bobde to consider taking steps to ensure Andhra Pradesh’s continued judicial neutrality.
- The High Court has muzzled the media from reporting on a land sale case in Amaravati involving a former lawyer and others.
Just hours after the publication of an FIR and a press release on the resumption of the investigation into the gang rape of Hathras and the murder of a Dalit woman, the Central Bureau of Investigations removed the survey from its website.
- The CBI officially took over the case after the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued a notice authorizing the agency to investigate the case and registered an FIR early Sunday under Section 307 (Attempted murder), 376 ( D) (Gangbang) and IPC 302 (Murder) and Article 3 (2) (v) of the SC / ST (Atrocity Prevention) Act, 1989.
- The Anticorruption Division (ACB) of CBI’s Ghaziabad Unit cited “rape, attempted murder, gang rape and murder (other)” as alleged crimes in this case. Although the FIR and a press release were posted on the agency’s website, the FIR was later withdrawn. The link in the press release now leads to a bank fraud case.
- At the end of the afternoon, a new press release was published stating that the agency had registered a case “against a defendant and had resumed the investigation of the case, previously recorded in video CC no-136/2020 at the Police Station Chandpa Police Station, Hathras District, Uttar Pradesh, in connection with a complaint.
- The author alleged that on 14 September 2020, the defendant tried to strangle his sister in the millet field. The case was registered by CBI upon request from the government of Uttar Pradesh and in addition to the government of India ”.
Health experts warn of increased use of disinfectants and antibiotics
Health experts from the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have warned that the increased use of antibiotics and the widespread use of hand sanitizers and antimicrobial soaps, which has increased especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, may make the situation worse antimicrobial resistance.
- Stating this during a webinar on “Antibiotic Resistance: A Renewed Fight” earlier this week, Rama Chaudhry, Head of Department of Microbiology, AIIMS, Delhi, said that antibiotic resistant organisms have become firmly established in our environment with many infections that do not respond to available antimicrobials.
“Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest challenges in modern medicine. This antimicrobial resistance poses problems across geographic and species barriers and can be transmitted from animals to humans. Antimicrobial resistance must be fully addressed by all sectors, including the health, veterinary and agricultural fields. This is where a health approach comes in, ”he said during the webinar co-organized by AIIMS and the American Society for Microbiology.
- The experts added that the pandemic has shaken the entire world with its scope and scale and had an impact on local health facilities.
- “We are seeing an increase in hospitalizations due to complications from COVID, with all our resources focused primarily on managing it, while many other major health problems, such as antimicrobial resistance and other health programs, have come to the fore. The Health Ministry said on Sunday that recoveries had passed the 60 lakh (60,77,976) milestone.
A new type of test for Covid diagnosis is coming soon, announces the Minister of Health
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday that his ministry would soon launch the FELUDA paper strip test for Covid-19 diagnosis. This was developed by CSIR-IGIB and has been approved by the Comptroller General of Drugs of India for commercial launch. He added that the test showed a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 98%.
- “This compares favorably with the current ICMR acceptance criteria for the RT-PCR kit of at least 95% sensitivity and at least 99% specificity,” Dr. Vardhan said, however, adding that “Not yet you can specify an exact date of availability. “
- The health minister, speaking during his weekly social media interaction on Sunday, Samvaad also warned people not to risk their lives during the upcoming Christmas season.
- “You don’t need to come together in large numbers to demonstrate your faith or religion … You can pray to your gods at home. I suggest you celebrate the holidays with your families,” he said. .
- Speaking of a Covid-19 vaccine, he said supplies are initially expected to be available in limited quantities. “In a large country like India, it is essential to prioritize the administration of vaccines based on various factors such as risk of exposure, comorbidity between various population groups, the mortality rate among Covid-19 cases …” .
GST Council will discuss compensation issue again
The GST Council, at its meeting on Monday, will likely discuss the suggestion of non-BJP-led states to create a ministerial group to develop consensus on the compensation issue , reports the Press Trust of India.
- The Council, chaired by the Minister of Finance of the Union, Nirmala Sitharaman and made up of finance ministers from the states, will debate for the third time in a row the issue of financing the deficit in the collection of the tax on goods and services (GST).
- While some states led by the opposition are calling for a group of ministers to be established to make a decision on the financing mechanism for the compensation deficit, states led by the BJP, which have already opted for the loan option offered by the Center , they think that they should be given the green light to get the money quickly.
- At its previous meeting last week, the Council decided to extend the surtax on taxes on luxury items such as cars and tobacco products beyond June 2022, but failed to achieve this. consensus on how to compensate states for lost tax revenue. The total projected compensation gap for the current fiscal year is Rs. 2.35 million lakh.
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India has passed 6 million and stands at 71.06,729 at the time of publication of this news summary with a toll of 1,09,125.