Opinion | Critics of RTI amendment crying foul without much justifiable reason
The amendment was introduced in the 17th Lok Sabha by the government in order to rectify certain anomalies in the Act
I am yet to meet an adult who has not heard the story of the boy who cried wolf. Of late, it has become rather difficult to see through a day without seeing someone crying wolf. The latest to join the bandwagon are my fellow brothers and sisters who have spoken out and criticised the Right to Information Amendment Bill, 2019, without much justifiable reason. Though it is the right of every citizen to question their government, it is equally important that we sift through the misinformation that is spread by obfuscation of facts. Criticism stops being fair when it is based on half- baked information and is being done just for the sake of it. While it may be fair to argue that we should confer constitutional status to the authorities constituted under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (“Act"), given that legitimate arguments can be forwarded by those in favour of the argument and those against, it is grossly unjust to say that the amendment destroys the federal structure due to the Centre’s power over state level authorities, or destroys the basic structure of the RTI mechanism, and gives unbridled right to the Centre to hire and fire authorities set up under the Act, or allows the Centre to control the authorities set up under the Act, as the same is devoid of any merit whatsoever.