The Government of India introduced the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005.
The Bill changes the terms and conditions of service of the CIC and Information Commissioners at the centre and in states.
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The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill is a twin attack on accountability and the idea of federalism
- RTI Act, 2005: The Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (ICs) (at the central and state level) will hold office for a term of five years.
- RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2019: The central government will notify the term of office for the CIC and the ICs.
- Quantum of Salary:
- RTI Act, 2005: The salary of the CIC and ICs (at the central level) will be equivalent to the salary paid to the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners, respectively.
- RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2019: The salaries, allowances, and other terms and conditions of service of the central and state CIC and ICs will be determined by the central government.
Deductions in Salary:
- RTI Act, 2005: At the time of the appointment of the CIC and ICs (at the central and state level), if they are receiving pension or any other retirement benefits for previous government service, their salaries will be reduced by an amount equal to the pension.
- RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2019: The Bill removes these provisions.