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3) Do you think giving the government the authority to fix the tenure and salaries of information commissioners, would be a proxy way to kill the RTI? Analyse and suggest solutions to strengthen the ambit of RTI.(250 words)

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

3) Do you think giving the government the authority to fix the tenure and salaries of information commissioners, would be a proxy way to kill the RTI? Analyse and suggest solutions to strengthen the ambit of RTI.(250 words)

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Why this question: 

The article discusses in detail in what way in the wake of a bruising battle over the RTI Act, much-needed steps to improve transparency are being ignored.

Demand of the question:

One must discuss the recent amendments made by the government and the pros and cons of such steps and the effects it has on the functioning of the RTI. One has to suggest solutions to overcome such issues.

Directive word: 

AnalyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction

State the recent amendments made to the RTI act.

Body

First explain the  proposed amendment –  the salaries, allowances and other terms and conditions of service of the CIC and ICs “shall be such as may be prescribed by the central government”. The tenure of information commissioners at the centre and the states is proposed to be amended from “a term of five years” to “terms as may be prescribed by the central government”.

Then discuss why is it being opposed and on what grounds?

Explain what needs to be done to preserve the true spirit of the act and to ensure it functions to the best possible way.

Conclusion 

Conclude by suggesting solutions to make the act more effective.

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