Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2019, Key Points of this Amendment Bill

The Lok Sabha passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2019 on Monday. The RTI amendment bill was voted in the House with 218 votes in favour and 79 against.

It will empower the Central Government to decide the tenure and salary of the Chief Information Commissioner and information commissioners.

During the discussion in the house the opposition alleged that the bill has now been undermined While on behalf of the government said things of undermine RTI and its autonomy are baseless.

Union Minister of State, Jitendra Singh said that through this amendment, we will institutionalize the functioning of the Information Commissions and remove the discrepancies.

Key points

  • Major change in the Bill is two Sections 13 and 16. Section 13 earlier provided that the tenure of the Chief Information Commissioner and information commissioners was 5 years (or 65 years, whichever is earlier). The revised bill says that the term of office will be decided by the central government.
  • Earlier, the system was that the salary, allowances and other service conditions of the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners would be equal to that of the Chief Election Commissioner and the Election Commissioners. The Centre government in the amendment will decide these things.