17 July 2018

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BJP PM Modi government may make RTI act a useless law by amending RTI law

BJP  PM Modi government may make RTI act a useless law by amending RTI law
Legislative agenda of the monsoon session of Parliament (from July 18). It says: “To amend The Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005 — for Introduction, Consideration, and Passing.

Congress government gave India a law called as Right to Information Act, which is used by Indian citizens to expose corrupt politicians and government officials.

Right to Information act legally allows citizens to question and seek information from public authorities.

The RTI law currently pegs the salaries, allowances and other terms of service of the Chief of all information commissions and the information commissioners of the Central Information Commissions at the level of a judge of the Supreme Court, while those of the state information commissioners are pegged at the level of the Chief Secretary of the state

Murders of RTI activist show that how powerful is RTI act.

Now it was the duty of BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring all the political parties under RTI with exceptions regarding meeting agenda or election plans of political parties.

But as per media reports now BJP PM Narendra Modi government has decided to amend the Right to information act.

BJP and PM Narendra Modi have not invited any suggestions from Indian citizens regarding the amendments.

The agenda is kept hidden just like Masters keep important things hidden from slaves

The text of the proposed RTI Amendment Bill is not in the public domain

The BJP Government has gone back on its own prelegislative consultation policy under which all draft legislations are to be placed in public domain for 30 days.

Now BJP government Modi government may bring amendments like right to withdraw application, different type of conditions and documents which will further delay the RTI application.

BJP government may bring the amendment that only a concern party can file a RTI application.
Must prove and tell to government officer why you need that information and what you are planning to do with that.

BJP government may bring a harsh punishment for RTI applicants if information is misused by them like saying corruption happened etc.

BJP government has not appointed a Lokpal even Supreme Court of India told government.

BJP government also ignored Whistle Blowers Protection Act

BJP government also brought electoral bonds which  hide the names of people who fund the political parties

Now let us see what amendments BJP government will bring
be sure amendments will bring create loopholes in RTI act which will make it impossible to get information from government
Hope this does not happen.

Updated on July 18, 2018

The government has proposed changes to three sections of the RTI Act, which are related to ranks, salaries, allowances and tenure of the Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners of the Centre and states.

The proposed amendments say that the tenure, rank and perks of Central and State Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners will be decided by the central government. The proposal is to amend Sections 13, 16 and 27. While Section 13(1) and Section 13(2) are related to tenure of Chief Information Commissioner and Central Information Commissioners and say that it will be five years or up to the age of 65, the proposed bill says that their tenure will be “for such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government”.

Section 13(5) says that “The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service of the Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief Election Commissioner; an Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of an Election Commissioner”. The proposed legislation says their salary “shall be such as may be prescribed by Central Government.” Section 27 is related to their salaries.

The proposed amendment to Section 16 states that tenure of Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners of states as well will be “for such term as may be prescribed by Central government”. And their salaries and allowances will also be “such as may be prescribed by the Central Government”.

Stating “objects and reasons” for these amendments, the government has said that, “The functions being carried out by Election Commission of India and the Central; and State Information Commissions are totally different… Hence their status and service conditions need to be rationalised accordingly.”

Loophole -

Sir appointment me as an Information Commissioner, I will obey government and will delay all the applications, will reject all the appeals with your one phone call or a message.
Please appoint me as a IC.

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Tuesday, July 17,2018

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Kirtivasan Ganesan July 17, 2018  

Lokpal is also not much useful with Lokpal being weak and may fall.

SM July 18, 2018  

@Kirtivasan Ganesan
Government is not even ready to appoint a weak lokpal why so much fear.