- Research/Scholar Paper name – “Critical Analysis of The RTI Act, 2005 In Light Of The Recent Amendment Act Of 2019”
- Author: Swati Daga
- Institution: Symbiosis Law School, Pune
- Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
- Date of Publication: 31/05/2021
This paper basically tries to bring out how the Right to Information (Hereinafter referred to as ‘RTI’) Amendment Act of 2019 defeats the very purpose of the landmark RTI Act, 2005. In doing so the paper primarily focuses on the question whether independence of information commissioners is a pre-condition to their effective functioning.
In this paper the author, will firstly briefly talk about the history of the RTI movement and how important is the RTI Act 2005. In doing so the author will explain how the RTI institution works and the role of Information Commissioners thereunder. Secondly, the author will review the literature available on whether independence of information commissioners is a pre-condition to their effective functioning throughout the global. In doing so the author will analyse the degree of autonomy and independence of the information commission in various countries around the globe and compare it with India.
Moving on, the author will analyse how the RTI Amendment Act, 2019 shakes the very foundations of the RTI Act, 2005. In doing so the author will analyse what the RTI Amendment Act really means for the country as a whole and how it will completely shatter the transparency guaranteed by it to the citizens. Then the author will focus upon the road forward and will elucidate upon how the Information Commissioners have become puppets in the hands of the central government due to the amendment of 2019. Also, in order to better understand the research question, the author prepared a questionnaire and circulated it to get a first-hand idea of the people’s response.
And finally, the author will put forward certain solutions to ensure that the efficacy of the RTI as an institution is maintained.
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