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NHRC Amendment Bill passed in RS; LS passes RTI Amendment Bill

As the Parliamentary proceedings resumed on Monday, Rajya Sabha passed The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019.  The discussion on the bill was held post 3 pm. The bills aims at strengthening the existing system. Reponding to the concerns raised by the Opposition, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that anyone  the member or chairperson of the NHRC will be chosen by a committee whose mebers will comprise of leaders from the Opposition. The chosen members or chairperson will not hold any other government position. 

Meanwhile, proceedings in the Lok Sabha began after paying tribute to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, and Member of Parliament from Samastipur constituency, Ram Chandra Paswan. The house was later adjourned till 2 pm. Post the adjournment, the house debated and passed the RTI Amendment Bill. The bill has proposed changes in the RTI Act 2005.

The RTI Amendment Bill aims at making access of information easier and more transparent. Apart from strengthening the RTI Act 2005, the government wants to make improvement in the existing rules. Though the proceedings in both houses of the Parliament are going on in full force, a number of bills are still pending. Therefore, it is a matter of contemplation if this session is extended for a couple of days.

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