New Delhi, July 19 (UNI) Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the changes proposed in the RTI will make it a useless Act and must be opposed by every Indian.
In a post on social media, Rahul Gandhi said, “Every Indian has the right to know the truth. The BJP believes the truth must be hidden from the people and they must not question people in power. The changes proposed to the RTI will make it a useless Act. They must be opposed by every Indian. #SaveRTI.”
The comments by the Congress president come in wake of the move by the Central government to bring a bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament to amend the RTI Act.
The Central Government’s move to amend the Right to Information Act by introducing an amendment bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament has not gone down well with RTI activists.
RTI activists say that at present, the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner have a fixed term of five years. However, the amendment bill proposes to change the period of office of Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner as “for such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government”. In the same manner, the term of office of State Information Commissioner is proposed to be curtailed by the amendment.
The activists say that the amendment gives power to the Central Government to fix the salary and allowances of Chief Information Commissioner and State Information Commissioners.
As per the present RTI Act, the salary and allowances of the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner are the same as that of the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioner respectively, which are fixed as per provisions.