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Rahul Gandhi Exhorts All Indians to Oppose RTI Amendment Proposed by Modi Govt

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the BJP government over proposed changes to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, saying they will render the law useless.

The proposed amendments, circulated among Members of Parliament, would do away with the parity given to information commissions with the Election Commission in terms of salary, allowances, and conditions of service.

“Every Indian deserves to know the truth and the BJP wants to hide the truth. The BJP believes the truth must be hidden from the people and they must not question people in power. The changes proposed to the RTI will make it a useless Act,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

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The proposed amendments to the RTI Act include changes to sections related to ranks, salaries and tenure of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (ICs) and bringing them under the control of the Union Government.

A notice of intention was given to introduce ‘The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ in Rajya Sabha for consideration and passage during the current session of Parliament, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha yesterday.

Leaders of various political parties said they have committed to fighting any “attempt” by the Centre to “dilute” the Act and oppose amendments to it.


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