RTI Amendment Bill: Why Is the Opposition Against It?
The bill to amend the Right to information (RTI) Act was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday, July 22. The bill was passed amid allegations from the opposition that it was being diluted. The opposition wants to send the bill to a select committee for further scrutiny, hoping to get support in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling BJP lacks the required numbers. The proposed changes involve the salaries and tenures of Information Commissioners at the states and centre. Information commissioners who currently have five-year tenures will have terms as may be prescribed by the government.