President of India Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019. It will amend the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005. The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Mr. Jitendra Singh, on July 19, 2019. Changes: Amendments are made in Section 13, Section 16 and Section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. Term of Information Commissioners: Under the Act, Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (ICs) are appointed at the national and state level to implement the provisions of the Act. They will hold office for a term of 5 years. The Bill removes this provision and states that the central government will notify the term of office for the CIC and the ICs.
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