Updated: Jul 29, 2019
The RTI Amendment Bill, Why should I be concerned?
When Dr Shashi Tharoor objected to the RTI along side Mrs. Sonia Gandhi apart from other like- minded legislators, the common Indian citizenry could not understand the urgency to stop the Amendment. As a citizen and as someone who demands and promotes transparency and accountability, the decision to amend the RTI bill sans public consultation has once again posited the question, Are we still living in a democracy or surviving under a subtly veiled authoritarian regime?
The RTI amendment bill seeks to de-class the original principles by reducing the said legislation into a mere paper tiger. Why does this affect the Indian middle class? Why should it affect you and me?
As a student, know that you may no longer have the right to question the way your papers were assessed, why your please for help, ignored and why you are unable to procure an admission on meritorious grounds. In short you have been gagged even without it being expressly stated.
As a young professional, you will no longer have the right to question the government or its officials on their action or inaction on any matter of public importance. With the removal of the fixed tenure and fixed salary, the office of the vigilante stays vulnerable.
The issue of accountability will soon be erased as the RTI will now be reduced to a governmental puppet, swaying according to the tide. It is important for this bill to be put for consideration as all the others on a clause by clause basis, if we have to see some form of transparency still thrive in this country. Else we are to nothing short of an arbitrarily led, government whose primary motto is, “All I want is power, but none of the responsibility.”
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Dr. Shashi Tharoor's remarks on the RTI Amendment Bill, 2019
Transcript for the same can be found here: https://t.co/glNvu27FcB