Amending RTI Act will end the independence of information commissions, says Arvind Kejriwal
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Amending RTI Act will end the independence of information commissions, says Arvind Kejriwal

By Money Control calender  22-Jul-2019

Amending RTI Act will end the independence of information commissions, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 22 opposed the Centre's move to amend the RTI Act, alleging that it will end the independence of central and states information commissions.
Kejriwal, who had actively worked for the implementation of the Right to Information Act before coming into politics, said the decision to amend the RTI Act was a "bad move".
"Decision to amend the RTI Act is a bad move. It will end the independence of Central & States Information Commissions, which will be bad for RTI," Kejriwal tweeted.
On July 19, the Centre introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to amend the RTI Act, seeking to give the government powers to fix salaries, tenures and other terms and conditions of employment of information commissioners.
While tabling the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh had asserted it would lead to ease of delivery of RTI Act and described it as enabling legislation for administration purposes.
However, transparency activists have slammed the government's move to amend the Act to take away statutory parity of Information Commissioners with Election Commissioners in terms of tenure and service conditions, saying it is an attack on the independence of the panel.

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