Friday, July 13, 2018

Proposed Amendments to RTI Act Downgrading the Status of Chief Information Commissioner : M Sridhar Acharyulu

EPW: New Delhi: Friday, July 13, 2018.
The right to information, much like the right to vote, is rooted in the same fundamental right, with the offices of the chief information commissioner and the chief election commissioner, respectively, operating at the same level of autonomy, towards the enforcement of these rights. The proposed amendments to the Right to Information Act, which reportedly seek to downgrade the status of the chief information commissioner and information commissioners, reduce the autonomy of this constitutional institution and are, consequently, an assault on the right to information and democracy.