The Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019

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THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2019

NO. 24 OF 2019

[1st August, 2019.]

An Act to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Seventieth Year of the Republic of India as follows:—

1. (1) This Act may be called the Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019.

(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

2. In the Right to Information Act, 2005 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), in

section 13,—

(a) in sub-section (1), for the words “for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office”, the words “for such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government” shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-section (2), for the words “for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office”, the words “for such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government” shall be substituted; Short title and commencement.

 (c) for sub-section (5), the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:—

“(5) The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service of the Chief Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners shall be such as may be prescribed by the Central Government:

Provided that the salaries, allowances and other conditions of service of the Chief Information Commissioner or the Information Commissioners shall not be varied to their disadvantage after their appointment:

Provided further that the Chief Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners appointed before the commencement of the Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019 shall continue to be governed by the provisions of this Act and the rules made hereunder as if the Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019 had not come into force.”.

3. In section 16 of the principal Act,—

(a) in sub-section (1), for the words “for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office”, the words “for such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government” shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-section (2), for the words “for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office”, the words “for such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government” shall be substituted;

(c) for sub-section (5), the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:—

“(5) The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service of the State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners shall be such as may be prescribed by the Central Government:

Provided that the salaries, allowances and other conditions of service of the State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners shall not be varied to their disadvantage after their appointment:

Provided further that the State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners appointed before the commencement of the Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019 shall continue to be governed by the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder as if the Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019 had not come into force.”.

4. In section 27 of the principal Act, in sub-section (2), after clause (c), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely:—

“(ca) the term of office of the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners under sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 13 and the State Chief Information Commissioner and State Information Commissioners under sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 16;

(cb) the salaries, allowances and other terms and conditions of service of the Chief Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners under sub-section (5) of section 13 and the State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners under sub-section (5) of section 16;”.