New Delhi: Several political parties and social activists are protesting against the government's amendment to the Right to Information Act, 2005. The government had introduced the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The protesters feel that this will weaken the transparency panel in the country. Opposing the introduction of the bill, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary in the Lok Sabha said that the draft bill threatens the independence of the Central Information Commission.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, the Bill is actually a bill to eliminate the RTI which is going to destroy the two important powers of the institute. Asaduddin Owaisi of the AIMIM said that the Bill is going to undermine the Constitution and Parliament. On this, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the RTI application in the previous government could have been filed within office hours.
But now the RTI can be filed anytime and anywhere. He said the Modi government has gone ahead with the selection of CIC. There was no Leader of the Opposition in the 16th Lok Sabha. The government then amended and added the leader of the largest party to the selection committee.
This is the aspect of the Government on this Bill :
It will be easier to get information from RTI
Ease of managing RELATED TO RTI
Bringing Transparency, Government Priority
Bill introduced hastily in 2005
Not the right rules when making laws
RTI is strengthening the law
Opposition parties like Congress, TMC, DMK, BSP, SP are opposing the bill.
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