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Tenure erosion can be a subversive tool

If the law protects the tenure, the office-bearer is ring-fenced from acting under fear of being sacked

Tenure erosion can be a subversive tool

Somasekhar Sundaresan
Tenure protection for public servants is under attack. Amendments to the Right to Information Act, 2005, passed in this session of Parliament have blown off two fundamental statutory protections enjoyed by information commissioners all over the country — first, a statutory protection of tenure for information commissioners, and second, protection of their remuneration.  

Both, tenure and remuneration for information commissioners at the central level and the state level, will henceforth be “as may be prescribed” by the Central government. Before the amendment, there was a tenure of at least five years unless the incumbent reached the age of 65. Likewise, remuneration
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First Published: Jul 31 2019 | 9:24 PM IST

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