New RTI Rules Notified

  • The Union government has notified new rules under the Right to Information Act.
  • It reduced the tenure of information commissioners from five years to three.
  • Gave the government the discretion to decide on “conditions of service” for which no express provisions are made in the rules.
  • The Chief Information Commissioner’s salary has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh and an information commissioner’s at Rs2.25 lakh.
  • The government had been given the “power to relax” the provisions of the rules.