RTI Act under threat: CIC Commissioner

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 14 October 2018

Acharyulu said, “The recommendation will encroach upon freedom of speech and expression. It is also going to prevent exposure of corruption.”

Pune: Chief Central Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu, has opposed the Personal Data Protection bill, 2018, which will amend section 8 of RTI Act. He said that new amendment will infringe upon the freedom of speech, undermine the Right to Information (RTI) Act and will protect corruption. 

While interacting during an event by Pune Patrakar Sangh on Saturday, Acharyulu raised objection on the recommendations made by the B N Srikrishna Committee on data protection. He said, “The recommendation will encroach upon freedom of speech and expression. It is also going to prevent exposure of corruption. People will have to raise their voice and register protest against bill.”

“The CIC was established in 2005 under the RTI Act, which is aimed at holding government accountable by allowing individuals to submit information requests. The purpose of RTI Act as well as CIC will be nullified by personal data bill,” he added.

He further said, “The Union and State government has decided to make appointment of information commissioner, which is also objectionable. RTI commissioner should have to give independent status like election commissioner. Otherwise, they cannot work or order bureaucrats to furnish information to people.” 

He also said, “The Union government wants to introduce right to be forgotten act. It gives an individual the power to restrict or prevent the disclosure of personal information by a data fiduciary. A politician embroiled in graft cases can invoke this right. Another thing is if an if an RTI applicant seeks this information about past criminal cases against the politician, he will not get it under the right to be forgotten. There are clear internal conflicts between the two laws.” 

 

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