Parliament approves amendment to the RTI Act

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha, File Photo

Rajya Sabha, File Photo

Parliament approves the amendment to the RTI Act, with Rajya Sabha passing the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The Bill was passed in the Upper House by voice vote, after negating an Opposition sponsored motion to send it to a House committee for greater scrutiny.

The motion was negated by 117 members voting against the motion and 75 members voting in favour.

Minister Jitendra Singh said the amendment was not brought without any motivation and was in good faith. This, he said, will lead to the institutionalisation of Chief Information Commission and strengthen the provision of RTI Act.

Members of various political parties took part in the debate and put forth several suggestions.

(PTI)