Government reduces the tenure of Information Commissioner

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government at the Center has issued a notification about the new rules relating to the Central Information Commission (CIC) and the Information Commissioner (IC). According to the new rules, their tenure has been reduced. According to the new rules, their office term has been reduced from 5 years to 3 years. With this, CIC has been downgraded to the level of Secretary to the Government of India.

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Amid concerns of civil society, the Central Government has issued a notification to implement the Right to Information (Amendment) Act-2019. In the notification issued, the Ministry of Personnel has said that 'The Central Government has fixed the date of implementation of the provisions of the Right to Information (Amendment) Act-2019, October 24, 2019.' It is noteworthy that this bill was passed in both the houses of Parliament in July, while in August it was signed by the President.

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According to the amended law, now the government can determine the salary from the tenure of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (IC). In RTI Act-2005, the tenure of CIC and IC was fixed for five years or 65 years, while their salary was equal to Election Commissioners.

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