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Letter to BS: RTI amendments dilute common citizens' right to information

By limiting the freedom and autonomy of information commissioners, the amendments undermine the Right to Information (RTI) Act and deprive people of a powerful tool for empowerment

Activists shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest against an amendment to the Right to Information Act, in New Delhi, India, July 29, 2019. Photo: Reuters
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Activists shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest against an amendment to the Right to Information Act, in New Delhi, India, July 29, 2019. Photo: Reuters

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It is clear that with the power to fix the tenure, status and salary of information commissioners both at the Centre and in the states vested in the Union government, the latter can control the former and influence its decisions. By limiting the freedom and autonomy of information commissioners, the amendments undermine the Right to Information (RTI) Act and deprive people of a powerful tool for empowerment. Activists lament that the RTI Act is now as good as dead with the independence of information commissioners lost. While constitutional authorities and statutory functionaries do not have to think about whether their

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First Published: Jul 29 2019 | 9:56 PM IST

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