25/07/2019 7:59 PM IST

Rajya Sabha Passes RTI Amendment Bill, Opposition Stages Walkout

Opposition members demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee before initiating discussion.

Screenshot from live proceedings

Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the RTI Amendment Bill by voice vote despite the Opposition staging a walkout. 

Government and the Congress-led Opposition entered into a tug of war over sending the RTI (Amendment) Bill to a Select Committee of the House, forcing four adjournments.

As soon as the House resumed in the afternoon, Deputy Chairman Harivansh asked the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh to move the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill. 

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After moving it for consideration, the minister urged the Chair to hold discussion on the bill and then decide on the motions for its passage as well as the issue of sending the draft law to a select committee.

As many as five members had given notice for amendment seeking to send the bill to a select Committee.

The government stuck to its point that the motions for sending the bill to select committee and passage of the draft law would be taken up after the discussions.

The House witnessed four brief adjournments amid the din as Congress, DMK, CPI, CPM, TMC and AAP members remained in the Well and raised slogans against the government.

The opposition members also stuck to their demand to move the motion for sending the bill to select committee before initiating discussion on that.

(With PTI inputs)