Monsoon Session 2018: Bill To Change RTI In Parliament Today Amid Criticism

Monsoon Session 2018: Bill To Change RTI In Parliament Today Amid Criticism

Monsoon Session 2018: Bill To Change RTI In Parliament Today Amid Criticism

New Delhi: In today's parliament session, the government is expected to move a controversial bill to change the landmark transparency law, the Right To Information Act or RTI. However, the opposition's plan to fight it tooth and nail. The proposed changes of the bill includes the salaries and tenures of information commissioners and the states and centre, which, activists say will put the officials at the mercy of the government and interfere with their freedom to make independent decisions.

The government revealed the details of this new bill at the last moment and proposes that information commissioners - - who currently have five-year tenures - have "terms as may be prescribed by the central government".

The information commissioners' salaries should be decided by the Central government, instead of being on par with that of Election Commission officials.

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The sources of the government said it was suggested that it is not good practice to put Information Commissioners on par with Election Commissioners. As the EC is a constitutional body responsible for free and fair elections, but the Information Commission is a statutory body formed to look into complaints and requests for information under the RTI.

Since the government listed the bill for "introduction, consideration and passing" the monsoon session, extensive protests have been held.

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