Congress leader Sonia Gandhi today slammed the Central Government a day after the Lok Sabha passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
“It’s clear that the present Central Government sees the RTI Act as a nuisance and wants to destroy the status and independence of the Central Information Commission which was put on par with the Central Election Commission and Central Vigilance Commission,” claimed Sonia Gandhi in an official statement.
The latest amendments in the RTI Act lets the Central government notify the term of office for the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners (ICs). Condemning the amendments, former information commissioners and RTI activists had said that the law would end up being another ‘toothless tiger’ if the Centre fixes the term of service of ICs.
Upping the ante against the Narendra Modi-led Centre, Gandhi further stated, “The Central Government may use its legislative majority to achieve its aims but in the process, it would be disempowering each and every citizen of our country,”
Thus, the Bill invited criticisms from most of the Opposition members who blamed it for seeking to dilute the provisions of the RTI Act 2005 enacted during the first Congress-led government UPA government. The Bill was also considered an encroachment on the power of states.