The government has introduced Right to
Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill seeks to amend the Right to
Information (RTI) Act, 2005
RTI 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).
The amendment bill 2019 proposes that the
appointment will be for such term as may be prescribed by the Central
RTI 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.
At the state level, CIC and IC salary shall be
equivalent to election commissioner and Chief Secretary respectively.
The 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.
The RTI Act
2005 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.
of the Act is to promote transparency and accountability in the working of
Act, ‘Public Authorities’ include bodies of self-government established under
the Constitution, or under any law or government notification.