- Right to Information (Amendment) Bill passed by Parliament
- Opposition strongly opposes amendments in law
- Changes in the tenure and pay process of CIC and IC
National Desk. The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill was passed by Parliament on Thursday (July 25), despite strong opposition from the opposition. Through this amendment, many changes have been made in the Right to Information Act 2005, which led to serious objections to the opposition parties. It mainly reduced the powers of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioner of the Center and the state. Because of which the opposition did not want to let it pass. The opposition alleges that the government has made these changes so that the powers of Information Commissioners can be reduced and made under their control.
The RTI Act was brought with the objective of reducing corruption, bringing transparency in government work, increasing accountability of officials and empowering the public. The most important thing about it is that in order to protect it from governmental delay, it is also obliged to answer the question asked by the public in a certain time. Under the RTI Act 2005, it was made necessary that public sector undertakings and officers would have to disclose information related to their department and its processes when asked questions.
Which change is being opposed
According to the RTI Act 2005, the Chief Information Commissioners and Chief Information Commissioners of the Center and States had a tenure of 5 years, while their salaries were like the Chief Election Commissioners of the Center and States. Whereas, the amendment bill states that the definition of tenure and tenure of the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners will be decided by the Central Government. It has also been added to this that the Central Government will also determine the salaries, allowances and other conditions related to the service of both the officers.
The opposition was afraid of this
The opposition says that after the formation of the RTI Act, everything was going on without any problems for the last several years and the post of Information Commissioner was free from government interference. During this time he was not dependent on the government in any way for salary and tenure and for this reason he was doing his work free. But after the new amendments, now the Central Government will decide the salary and tenure of the Information Commissioners. In such a situation, the information commissioners were made accountable to the government, limiting their independence. Because somewhere, the commissioner will avoid taking decisions against the government to increase his salary and tenure.
This law, in its original form, provided an important process and platform for maintaining public vigilance. Which is the core of the democratic system. In such a situation, the opposition says that the government has taken its powers by making this law a tiger without nails and teeth and has done all this to force the Information Commissioners to work under them.