12 Government Officials Penalized Rs. 3 Lakh For Delaying RTI Replies
Bijnor: The Uttar Pradesh State Information Commissioner imposed a cumulative fine of Rs. 3 lakh on 12 government officials from Bijnor, Moradabad and Amoraha for causing delay in replying to Right To Information applications filed in their respective departments.
State Information Commissioner Hafiz Usman, who was in Bijnor to attend a hearing on complaints related to RTIs, imposed the fine on the 12 officials for delaying replies, while letting off 10 others with a warning.
The officials we were asked to pay a fine of Rs. 25,000 each are district magistrate of Sambhal, district education and training institutes of Kanth in moradabad, registrar of Vilaspur in Rampur district, basic Shiksha Adhikaris of Sambhal and Rampur, district inspector of of Schools in Sambhal, block development officer of Haladaur, supply inspector of Kundarki in Moradabad, executive officer of Milak civic body in Rampur, child development project officer of Najibabad, accounts officer of basic education department in Sambhal and block education officer of Junaavai in Sambhal.
The commissioner heard a total of 55 cases pertaining to RTI applications.
Information Commissioner Usman said, “We can only pass orders on the complaints filed. Necessary action should be taken by the authorities concerned as we don’t have powers to ensure implementation. Amendment of the RTI Act is needed so that we can ensure effective implementation too.”