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English Release 27-November 2014
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India attends Birth Centenary Celebrations of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh
  • President of India to visit West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha from November 28 TO 30
  • Election Commission
  • FACTS AT A GLANCE- JHARKHAND
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has expresses happiness over establishment of Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Motihari
  • Min of Civil Aviation
  • Tourist Visa on Arrival Enabled with ETA Scheme Launched
  • Min of Coal
  • Production of Coal
  • Quantum & Value of Coal Reserves
  • Setting up of Independent Regulator for Coal Sector
  • Auction of Coal Blocks
  • Sampling of Coal
  • Min of Defence
  • GRSE, Kolkata pays Dividend to the Government of India
  • DGDE Contributes 48.9 lakhs to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund
  • Min of Earth Science
  • Monitoring of Variability of Weather Phenomena
  • Proposal to Conversion of Sea Water Into Potable Water
  • Mapping of Multi-Hazard Coastal Vulnerability
  • NASA Aircraft for Prediction of Cyclones
  • Ministry of Finance
  • FM Revises the Target of Opening of Bank Accounts under PMJDY to 10 Crore by 26th January, 2015
  • Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley Reiterates The Government’s Vision and Commitment for Working Towards Expanding and Deepening Engagements and Relations Between India and China Based on Mutual Complementarities and Common Interests;
  • Min of Heavy Ind. & Public Enterprises
  • Protection of Capital Goods Industry
  • Formation of SC/ST Employees’ Welfare Organisation in CPSU
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Union Home Minister & Tourism Minister launch landmark Tourist Visa on Arrival Enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization Scheme
  • Min of Information & Broadcasting
  • Othello: An Assamese Film Portraying Life as a Perennial River
  • North 24 Kaadham: A Film Full of Optimism
  • The mission of mothers is to see the happiness of their children but we destroy their mission by making war says director Elchin Musaoglu
  • Music Recording comes out of the Shadows
  • Lokmanya Tilak Continues to Inspire Youth at IFFI 2014
  • Min of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Strengthening of Khadi and Village Industries Commission
  • Review of financial architecture of MSMEs
  • Special employment through Khadi and Village Industries (KVI) Commission
  • Protection of MSME Sector
  • Entrepreneurship Development Programme in the Country
  • Min of New and Renewable Energy
  • Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission
  • Setting Up of 25 Solar Parks
  • Investment in Renewable Energy Sector
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Showcasing of commendable work done during Service
  • Complaint against the CSAT Examination Pattern
  • Disposal of Appeals by CIC
  • Establishment of Jan Lokpal
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 76.00 per bbl on 26.11.2014
  • Min of Power
  • Steps to Overcome the Shortcomings in Supply of Power
  • Round the Clock Supply of Power
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Railways’ Solar Power and Wind Mill Plant
  • Committee on Restructuring of Railways
  • Upgradation of Railways’ E-Ticketing System
  • Railways Launches Automatic Freight Rebate Scheme for Traffic Booked in Empty Flow Directions as a Pilot Project
  • Ongoing Railway Projects in North Eastern Region
  • Provision of Medical First Aid in Trains
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • GDP in Science Research
  • Min of Shipping
  • Government Takes Steps to Increase Coastal Movement of Cargo
  • Government to Expand Capacity of Ports
  • Cochin Shipyard Delivers Nine FPVs to Coast Guard
  • Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Self employment training programme for differently abled persons.
  • Reservation for disabled
  • Granting allocation to NGOs made more transparent
  • Min of Textiles
  • Textiles Minister Inaugurates ‘International Conference on Innovative Ideas, Technologies and Services
  • Online Marketing Platform to Handloom Weavers
  • Memorandum from All India Kisan Sabha
  • Promotion of Handloom Industry
  • Handloom and Powerloom Sectors
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Cleaning of Yamuna River
  • Cleaning Of Ganga
  • Groundwater in Rural Areas

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions02-August, 2013 14:41 IST
Amendment to the Right to Information Act, 2005

The Union Cabinet has approved introduction of a Bill in the coming session of the Parliament to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005, to exclude the political parties from the definition of Public authority for the purpose of the Act.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) in its decision dated 03.06.2013, has held that the political parties, namely, AICC/INC, BJP, CPI(M), CPI, NCP, and BSP are public authorities under Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. While deciding that the said political parties are public authorities, the CIC has relied mainly on the grounds that there is substantial (indirect) financing of political parties by the Central Government and they perform public duty.

The political parties are registered with the Election Commission under the provisions of section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Under this section any small group of persons, if they so desire, can be registered as a political party by making a simple declaration under sub-section (5) of section 29A.

With reference to the political parties, detailed provisions exist in the Representation of the People Act, 1951 which provides for dissemination of information relating to political parties, candidates and donations. The said Act, inter alia, provides for –

• Registration with the Election Commission of associations and bodies as political parties (section 29A)
• Political parties entitled to accept contribution (section 29B)
• Declaration of donation received by the political parties (section 29C)
• Declaration of assets and liabilities (section 75A)
• Account of election expenses and maximum thereof (section 77)
• Lodging of account with the district election officer (section 78)
• Penalty for filing false affidavit etc. (section 125A)

The above provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 indicate that there are sufficient provisions in the Act to deal with each and every aspect of financing, its declaration and punishment for filing false affidavit and all such information is made available to the public through the website of the Election Commission.

Under section 13A of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the political parties claiming exemption from tax are required to file their return of income before the due date before the tax authorities along with audited accounts; and form 24A prescribed under section 29C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 read with Rule 85B of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 declaring the list of persons making donations to the political parties exceeding 20,000/- rupees.

As per section 138 of the Income-tax Act, any information with the Income-tax Department would be ordinarily held confidential, but can be made public, if in the judgment of the Commissioner of Income-tax, it serves public purpose.

Under section 10A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, for failure to lodge the account of election expenses as per the requirement of law, the defaulting candidate may be disqualified by the Election Commission for three years from the date of the order of disqualification.

Section 29C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, provides that each political party shall submit report to the Election Commission (before filing its income-tax return) regarding all contributions in excess of 20000/- rupees received by it in a financial year and failure to submit this report will deprive them of the tax benefit. Further, the candidates are required to file affidavit along with their nomination papers giving the annual income of the candidate and filing of false affidavit attract punishment for furnishing wrong information.

The RTI Act was enacted to provide for an effective framework for effectuating the right of information recognised under Article 19 of the Constitution. The RTI Act was enacted to ensure greater and more effective access to information by making the Freedom of Information Act, 2002 more progressive, participatory and meaningful.

The definition of public authority given in clause (h) of section 2 of the RTI Act is well defined to include only such authority or body constituted by or under the Constitution or by any law made by Parliament which is substantially financed directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government. The political parties do not fall within the parameters of the definition of public authority given in the RTI Act, as they are only registered and recognised under the RP Act, 1951.

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