Right to Information Act 2005, fine of Rs 25,000 each to 3 Public Information Officers who denied information

State Information Commissioner of Chhattisgarh State Information Commission Mr. Manoj Trivedi has imposed a fine of Rs. He has instructed the concerned to collect the amount of fine from the concerned and deposit it in the government fund and inform the commission. It is worth mentioning that in a democracy, it is a sign of transparent governance that all its citizens are informed about all the activities of the governance system. Have a fundamental right to receive. The main objective of Right to Information is to make available the desired information easily to every aware citizen. If any department or organization refuses to give information, a complaint can be filed against them in the Information Commission. With the help of this Act, all the citizens have to be informed, the functioning of the government has to be taken towards a transparent and more accountable governance system. Information can be in any form, print media, mass media, web media, e-mail, opinion polls, reports, papers, dialogues, reports and statistics, advertising. Under the Right to Information Act, the applicant Shri Mohitram Village Kharwani Tehsil Kartla District Korba submitted an application to the Public Information Officer, District Panchayat Kartla on July 18, 2016 and received a letter from the Panchayat Kharwani from February 1, 2015, for refusing to accept the application by the Secretary, Gram Panchayat Kharwani Development Block, Kartla. Till June 2016, photocopy of cash register, bill vouchers and details of principal amount and expenditure of 14th finance were demanded. On not receiving timely information from the Chief Executive Officer, District Panchayat Kartla, submitted the first appeal application on August 22, 2016, but being dissatisfied due to not passing any decision of the first appellate officer, made a second appeal in the Commission on October 10, 2016. State Information Commissioner Mr. Trivedi observed the application and after listening to the appellant and the Public Information Officer under the Act, did not provide information to the appellant within the time limit and did not submit any reply to the commission as well as did not respond to the letters of the commission. Taking it seriously, a fine of Rs 25,000 was imposed under Section 20 (1) against the (then Public Information Officer) of District Panchayat Kartla. The Chief Executive Officer, District Panchayat Korba has recommended disciplinary action to the Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Chhattisgarh, Panchayat and Rural Development Department for not discharging the first appeal case legally and responsibly. Information was sought on 5 points regarding the allotment of 1200 MW thermal power plant to BALCO on 30-year lease for the purpose of establishment, in which certified copy of the order of acceptance of waiver by BALCO in favor of the government on June 1, 2019 and Tehsildar, City and Village Investment, Municipal Corporation Korba, Chhattisgarh. The Housing and Environment Department had demanded a photocopy of the no-objection certificate received from the concerned department under the Forest Conservation Act and the separate permission letter for felling of trees under section 214 of the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code, 1959. Due to non-receipt of information from the Public Information Officer, applied to the First Appellate Officer on July 29, 2019, but being dissatisfied with the decision not taken by the First Appellate Officer, submitted a second appeal to the Commission on September 13, 2019. State Information Commissioner Mr. Manoj Trivedi studied the case closely and provided sufficient opportunity of hearing to the applicant and the Public Information Officer and the First Appellate Officer. The then Public Information Officer and Sub-Divisional Officer Revenue Korba did not give information to the applicant within the time limit and Mr. Trivedi was fined Rs. Imposed and Collector Korba was directed to recover the amount of imposed fine from the concerned and deposit it in the government fund and inform the commission. Mr. Upendra Rathore, a resident of Rampur Korba, submitted an application to the Public Information Officer and Secretary, Gram Panchayat Cachar on 22 September 2016, for a photocopy of the allotment order received from January 2016 to August 2016 to Gram Panchayat Cachar under various schemes of the Government of Chhattisgarh and the Central Government, in this regard Demanded an attested copy of the register of the Gram Sabha meeting held with the approval of the Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat Cachar along with the date of commencement and completion of the work. On not receiving the information desired by the applicant, he applied to the First Appellate Officer on 9 November 2016, but being dissatisfied with the decision not taken by the First Appellate Officer, submitted a second appeal to the Commission on 01 July 2016. State Information Commissioner Mr. Trivedi sent notices from the Commission to the then Public Information Officer, Gram Panchayat Cachar 6 times, but no response was received, due to which the Chief Executive Officer, District Panchayat Korba was asked to inform the Commission by serving Netis. Due to non-receipt of any response from the then Public Information Officer, Gram Panchayat Cachar even after the notice was served, a fine of Rs 25,000 was imposed under Section 20 (1) of the Right to Information Act and the Chief Executive Officer, District Panchayat Korba Directed that after recovering the amount of imposed penalty from the concerned and depositing it in the government fund, inform the commission. Also said that the First Appellate Officer, District Panchayat Korba, should ensure action on the appeal case as per the instructions of the government.Like this:Like Loading…Continue Reading