Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
2) The recent amendments to the RTI Act passed in the Lok Sabha have drawn criticism from the Opposition and a large section of the civil society. In such a scenario critically analyse the amendments made to the act and their effects thereon.(250 words)
Why this question:
The bill introduces changes in the terms and conditions of appointment of the chief information commissioner (CIC) at the Centre and the information commissioners in states. The RTI amendment bill has three provisions that have been challenged by the Opposition members in Parliament and by activists working in the field.
Demand of the question:
The answer must provide for detailed critical analysis of the recent amendments made to the act and in what way the associated concerns can be resolved.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
In brief explain the basic things that the RTI Act of 2005 does.
Explain precisely the specific amendments made – In the 2019 RTI amendment bill, the government has done away with the fixed tenure of five years for the chief information commissioners and the information commissioners. Their salaries too have been altered. Both will now be separately notified by the government of the day.
This, in a political sense, means that the government can threaten or lure the chief information commissioner and information commissioners with arbitrary removal or extension and curtailment or increase in salary depending upon their suitability for the ruling dispensation.
Suggest what needs to be done to overcome these concerns.
Conclude with way forward.