Right to Information Act is on the verge of collapse.
The UPA government was gone and the BJP government came to power in 2014. This government initiated the amendment in the name of overhauling the Right to Information Act. But at that time, he preferred to keep quiet, anticipating the public reaction. Of course, this was also part of the anticipation of the forthcoming elections. However, soon after the BJP got a majority in the elections this year, the amendment to the Right to Information Act was repealed, and they made such a rush that the amendment bill was approved in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in just ten days.It is worth mentioning here that on December 2, the then government introduced the Act in Parliament. There were six members of the BJP along with the then President Ramnath Kovind in the standing committee constituted for this. At that time, however, the congregations had expressed their immediate consent to this Right to Information Act and expressed the need to strengthen democracy.But now they are the only ones who want to amend this law. What kind of thing is this? In particular, the government has done the repairs immediately, without giving any concrete reason.
"The Right to Information Act, which was passed in the 2005 year, is very complex and so we are amending it,he Right to Information Act of India is the best law in the world. It has also shown positive results. There is no such good law to bring transparency in the affairs of the government and control the people.It is a great tool in the hands of the masses, which compels the government to make it transparent in this country, the world's largest democracy.
A recent amendment by the Central Government to the Right to Information Act of 2005 has been tried to quench the edge of the Act
Indian Constitution through Article 19 (1) Indian citizens have been given the right to freedom of expression. It has the right to information, the right to express opinion freely, the right to vote and the right to disseminate information to the media.All of these rights are at the same level. Many of these rights were amended over time. However, no government has explicitly mentioned information authority or made it public.
Section 16 of the original Act deals with state-level Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners. It sets the term for state-level CICs and ICs at five years (or 65 years of age, whichever is earlier). The amendment proposes that these appointments should be for “such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government”. And while the original Act prescribes salaries, allowances and other terms of service of the state Chief Information Commissioner as “the same as that of an Election Commissioner”, and the salaries and other terms of service of the State Information Commissioners as “the same as that of the Chief Secretary to the State Government”, the amendment proposes that these “shall be such as may be prescribed by the Central Government”.
The RTI Act is regarded as one of the most successful laws of independent India. It has given ordinary citizens the confidence and the right to ask questions of government authorities. According to estimates, nearly 60 lakh applications are being filed every year. It is used by citizens as well as the media. The law is seen as having acted as a deterrent for government servants against taking arbitrary decisions.