The Lok Sabha on Monday took up The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passage. The development is significant as it seeks to empower the government to fix salaries, tenures and other terms and conditions of employment of information commissioners and has already been opposed by key opposition parties including Congress which on Monday demanded that the bill be withdrawn and referred to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny.“There is misunderstanding that this will impact the effectiveness of the RTI bill. These concerns are unfounded. These amendments will only allow government the right to frame the rules which did not exist before…we are not going into the autonomy aspect at all," union minister Jitendra Singh told the House while beginning the discussion on the Bill.
“There was also a discussion on how the rights of information commissioners will get infringed upon but these amendments have nothing to do with it. I sincerely appeal to all the members that through these amendments we will be able to streamline and streamline functioning of the information commissions…I am sure all members will respect the spirit with which this bill is moved and talked about," Singh added.
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