Rajya Sabha has passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The
bill amends the RTI Act 2005.
to the RTI Act of 2005, the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information
Commissioners (IC) at the central and state level will hold office for a term
of five years. However, the amendments
specify that the Centre will in fact notify the terms of both the CIC and the
Bill also removes provisions of the salary of the CIC and IC being equivalent
to those of the CEC and election commissioners at the central level and to
those of the election commissioners and the chief secretary at the state level.
The bill states that it should be specified by the government.
to the government, the rationale behind the amendment is that the mandate of
Election Commission of India and Central and State Information Commissions are
different. Hence, their status and service conditions should be rationalised. Central
Information Commission was a statutory body and it was an anomaly to equate it
to a constitutional body like Election Commission
opposition parties have criticised the amendment bill on the grounds that it
would dilute the Act and curtail the independence of the CIC and other
have opined that the amendment would also allow Centre to simply transfer any
authority be it the CIC or any of the SICs in the event a case is directed
against the interests of the government.