RTI: A bill that can kill a right

Fifteen years is a good time for institutional assessment. Right to Information Act (RTI), known as the Sunshine Law and promulgated in 2005, definitely deserves an in-depth study and assessment to accelerate the flow of information to the public. This calls for the upgrading of infrastructure skills, processes and enthusiasm in response from public authorities. A rigorous review of the RTI regime that was implemented in 2014 by various stakeholders resulted in a very useful discovery.

Currently, more than 25,000 applicants are filed annually, which is a quantum leap from about 15,000 times, dating back to 10 years with digitization. The whole process of submitting an application, notification and uploading decisions becomes easy. And the system has increased the capacity and efficiency Increased applications indicate the people's faith, including better responses from public authorities.

In this context, the government's plan to amend the RTI Act to change the salary and terms of the Information Commissioner is interesting. Lok Sabha on Monday passed. "RTI Act (Amendment) Bill 2018" This is a movement in the final session as well. But withdraw in the face of violent resistance

The final bill of RTI in 2005 has the provisions to appoint a deputy commissioner who will act according to 'The direction of the federal government' The parliamentary committee recommended to remove because it would allow all civil servants in the information management working group. Finally, when the bill is submitted, this subclause is replaced: "... may use all such powers and do all things and things that may be used or done by the Central Information Commission (CIC) independently. Without being guided By other agencies under this Act "The committee felt that" it is desirable to consult with the information commander and deputy commander, the Commission on Status Information of the Chief Election Commission and the Election Commissioner respectively ... "

The RTI (Amendment) Act 2019 has been set to dilute the Act by lowering the salary and autonomy of the Information Commission. It will affect the sovereignty of the state because it reduces their power to make decisions about the level of independence for the information commission in their jurisdiction. If there is a bill passed, there will be an unusual situation that the state will have the power to appoint commissioners But the center will consider their position, salary and status

Many states may oppose such movements. In addition, how can you specify the salary and duration of work? Does it mean different salaries and positions for different commissioners?

The government stated that RTI is not a constitutional right and the CIC and the State Information Committee are not constitutional agencies. But the Supreme Court on the issue of important cases can be considered RTI. The right to vote is derived from the right of expression under Article 19 (1) (a). Both the CEC and CIC enforce both sides of that fundamental right. The RTI Act of 2005 states that information is "Constitutional rights" while the 2019 draft law conflicts with it If the Election Commission enforcing the rights under Article 324 (1) is the Constitution Institute, the Information Commission that enforces basic rights under Article 19 (1) (a) is not a draft constitution. The mandate of both is similar - to meet the constitutional obligations if the RTI has been previously introduced in India as well as other countries, as well as the CEC will find a mention in the constitution itself.

Therefore, both CIC and CEC are equal and the judiciary should be separated from the legislature and the administration according to the separation of powers established by Montevideo and established in the Indian Constitution.

The introduction of the RTI Act of 2005 shows a broad goal: transparency and accountability. The Information Commission judges the appeal in such a way that these objectives are fulfilled without fear and favor. The commission therefore needs to be protected from political turmoil and decorated with appropriate status. It can be said that there is a thorough discussion with all stakeholders including the judiciary, the legislature and the administration before giving the current status to the Commission in the RTI Act 2004.

The RTI Act is a law on sunlight. Intelligent RTI query management directly affects governance, especially public delivery systems and discloses damage. More and more poor people seek justice through RTI. Applications ? 10 give hope to them and the recipients, which is the duty of the people to release. The hourly requirement is to strengthen the RTI regime by posting a strong and direct commission that maintains the dignity and power of the institution. Reducing their salaries and work periods will be a retrograde step which is equivalent to creating a RTI mission under