• Home
  • National News
  • Concerns Raised As Centre Moves To Amend RTI Law In Parliament Session
Concerns Raised As Centre Moves To Amend RTI Law In Parliament Session
National  
NDTV

The Monsoon session of parliament will begin from July 18 and end on August 10.

 

NEW DELHI: A bill to amend the 2005 law on Right to Information has been listed for passing for the monsoon session of parliament. While government sources earlier indicated that the bill is only meant to revise salaries of RTI officers, opposition parties and activists expressed concerns that it could weaken the landmark transparency law.
 
Under the 2005 law, the Chief Information Commissioner at the Centre gets the same salary as the Chief Election Commissioner. In the states, the salary of state Information Commissioners and the Election Commissioner are on par.
 
Government sources said the Department Of Personnel and Training had suggested it might not be a good practice to link the salaries of Information Commissioners to that of the Election Commissioners, since the Election Commission was a constitutional body responsible for free and fair elections. In contrast, the Information Commission is a statutory body formed to look into complaints and requests for information under the RTI.
 
According to activists, a move to bring the salaries of RTI officers under the central and state governments, instead of the Parliament, may prove to be a coercive measure which may influence the freedom of officials to make decisions that go against the government.
 
RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj has sought information from the Department of Personnel and Training on the proposed bill, through an RTI. In its response, the DoPT, however, said the bill is under consideration, because of which further information could not be provided.
 
Activists have criticised this lack of transparency and public consultation before the introduction of the bill. "We will be holding protests once the session starts against any amendment to this crucial act," said Ms. Bharadawaj.
 
Sources said the government had initially contemplated an ordinance, but finally decided against it in view of possible opposition to the move.
 
The amendment bill has been listed for "introduction, consideration and passing" in the monsoon session of parliament, which will be held from July 18 to August 10. Eighteen new bills have been listed for introduction in this session, which is expected to have 18 working days.
 
The opposition parties are yet to chalk out their plan of action, though the Left parties said they will raise the issue of increasing number of mob killings in house.
 

 

The ruling Telugu Desam Party of Andhra Pradesh will again pitch for a no-confidence motion against the government over its demand for special category status for the state.

The second half of the budget session of parliament was hugely disrupted due to a push for four no confidence motions against the government, which could not make any progress following constant protests by the AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
The ruling Telugu Desam Party of Andhra Pradesh will again pitch for a no-confidence motion against the government over its demand for special category status for the state.
 
The second half of the budget session of parliament was hugely disrupted due to a push for four no confidence motions against the government, which could not make any progress following constant protests by the AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.

 
 


 
 


 
More in National
12 Crore Indians Lost Jobs Last Month Amid Virus Lockdown: Think Tank

Lockdown Impact: At least 49 million people across the world are expected to plunge into "extreme poverty" as a direct result of the pandemic's econom...

Recently posted . 39 views

Bodies From the Sky: CCTV Captures Horror as Plane Crashes Into Buildi...

The alleyway at the centre of the crash was littered with debris from pieces of the plane's cabin along with personal goods from luggage, which were scattered a...

1 week ago . 49 views

Train Carrying Migrants From Maharashtra to UP Ends up in Odisha, Rail...

The migrant workers said they were informed that the train’s driver had lost his way because of some mix-up.  

1 week ago . 44 views

Manisha Koirala brings in China to support new Nepal map. Governor Swa...

Manisha Koirala was censured on Twitter after she tweeted in support of Nepal amid its border dispute with India.  

1 week ago . 41 views

राजीव गांधी के वो 5 बड़े योगदान, जिनसे बदल गया हिंदुस्तान

-- राजीव गांधी ने अर्थव्यवस्था के सेक्टर्स को खोला. -- 1988 में की गई उनकी चीन यात्रा ऐतिहासिक थी. ...

1 week ago . 48 views

A quick comparison of India’s Richest Man and Pakistan’s Richest Man

There is no doubt that India and Pakistan have produced notable billionaires even as family businesses have passed down from generation to generation. However, Indi...

1 week ago . 55 views

 
 
 

Prashnavali

Thought of the day

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”
Anonymous