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Right To Information Amendment Bill, 2019

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RTI (Right To Information) Amendment Bill 2019:


The Right To Information (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 22, 2019. 

Important Features of RTI Amendment Bill 2019:


  • It brings the changes in fixed tenure of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioner (IC) which was five years, now which will be decided by the Central Government.

  • Salaries of CIC and IC, which was benchmarked with the salary of Election Commissioners, will now be decided by the Central Government. The bill gives the rights to the Central Government for deciding the salaries of CIC and IC which could be lower.

  • The Central Government will now decide the tenure of CIC, IC, SCIC or SIC. Earlier they could not serve for more than one term, up to a maximum of five years or up to 65 years of age, whichever was lower. 


Criticism Factor:


  • It dilutes the transparency and accountability by restraining the autonomy of CIC and IC.


Source - Times of India
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