Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2019

  • Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed by Loksabha on 22 JUL 2019.
  • In this amendment, it is proposed to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005 so as to provide that the term of office of, and the salaries, allowances and other terms and conditions of service of, the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners and the State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners, shall be such as may be prescribed by the Central Government.
  • According to the original RTI act of 2005, the power of framing rules in respect of Information Commissions does not fall under the purview of either the Union or the State or the Concurrent lists. Hence, framing rules, even for the State Information Commissions, falls under the Residuary powers of the Union Government.
  • ┬áCentral Information Commission and State Information Commissions are statutory bodies established under the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005.
  • There has been no change in the section of the original act dealing with the appointment of Information Commissioners.