SC notice to the government about Jairam Ramesh's plea against the change in the RTI law
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to examine the validity of the right to information (Amendment), 2019, which empowers the Center to prescribe, assignments and salaries of information commissioners and requested the response of the Center to a request for Jairam Ramesh congressional
A bank of Judges DY Chandrachud and KM Joseph issued a notice to the Center and asked him to submit a response within four weeks to the petition filed by Jairam, who claimed that the new law and the Term of office, salaries, subsidies and Other terms and conditions of the Service Rules, 2019 collectively violate the fundamental right to information of all citizens.
The allegation said that the provision of the amended Law alters the previous fixed tenure of five years of CIC and SIC, to a tenure prescribed by the central government. Section 2 (c) of the Amendment Act grants absolute power to the central government to prescribe the salaries, allowances and terms and conditions of service of the central information commissioners that in the pre-amended Act were set to be on par with the elections commissioned under section 13 (5) of the RTI Act, ”said the statement.
He said that the Law and the modified rules give the Center a rampant and unchanged discretionary power that could jeopardize the independence of the information commissioners.