parties have criticised the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and
moved a resolution to send it to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for
Act 2005 sets the term of the Chief Information Commissioner (CICs) and
Information Commissioners (ICs) at the centre and state levels at five years
(or until the age of 65, whichever is earlier).
amendment bill 2019 proposes that the appointment will be for such term as may
be prescribed by the Central Government.
ACT 2005 states that salaries, allowances and other terms of service of the
Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief Election
Commissioner, and those of an Information Commissioner shall be the same as
that of an Election Commissioner.
the state level, CIC and IC salary shall be equivalent to election commissioner
and Chief Secretary respectively.
amendment proposes that the salaries, allowances and other terms of service of
the Chief Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners at centre
and state level should be prescribed by the Central Government.
parties have criticised the amendment bill on the grounds that it would dilute
the Act and curtail the independence of the CIC and other information officers.
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.
RTI Act 2005 aims to promote transparency and accountability in the working of
Act provides that Public Authorities are required to make disclosures on
various aspects of their structure and functioning. This includes: a)
disclosure on their organisation, functions, and structure, b) powers and
duties of its officers and employees, and c) financial information.