Government trying to weaken RTI law, says Sonia
Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party, has said that the government is using its majority to weaken the Right to Information Act.
The Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi has opposed the changes in the Right to Information Act (RTI Act).
In a statement issued today, Sonia said that the central government is bent on destroying the Right to Information Act. She said that this is a matter of concern. She said that this law was made after a lot of deliberations and parliament passed it by consensus. But today this law is under threat.
Sonia said in the statement that more than six million people of the country, in the last decade, have used this law at all levels; the law made the administration accountable, and the country developed a new and transparent culture of accountability.
Weak people got the advantage
Sonia Gandhi said in her statement that the rights activists and many others have used this law. Becaus of this, the poor and the weak greatly benefited.
She said that it is clear that the central government is disturbed by it. That's why it wants to end the law. Ms. Gandhi said the steps proposed by the government will curb the freedom of the Information Commissioners. She said that the government would use its majority to weaken this law.
The Lok Sabha passed the Right to Information Amendment Bill 2019 on Monday. Opposition parties and RTI activists opposed it.
After the law is enacted, the Central Government will fix the salary, allowances and services of the Chief Information Commissioner, Information Commissioners and Chief Information Commissioner of the States and State Information Commissioners.
According to existing laws, the salary of Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners is equivalent to the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners.
Following the amendment in the RTI Act, the government will get the right to decide the salary, tenure of the commissioners and conditions of employment.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]