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Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2019: Details, Features, Aim, Significance

 

 

Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2019: Details, Features, Aim, Significance

Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 aims to amend certain provisions of landmark transparency law- Right to Information Act, 2005 so as to empower central government on deciding terms of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (ICs) at both central and state levels, as well as have a say on salaries, allowances and other terms and conditions of service.

Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) at the central level and Information Commissioners (ICs) at the state level will hold office for a term of 5 years.

Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 proposes that salaries, allowances, and other terms and conditions of service of CIC and ICs will be determined by the central government.

While as per the RTI Act the salary of CIC and ICs will be equivalent to the salary paid to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (EC) respectively.

As per RTI Act, 2005 at time of the appointment of CIC and ICs, if they are receiving a pension or any other retirement benefits for previous government service, their salaries will be reduced by an amount equal to pension. The RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2019 removes these provisions.


 

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