Rs 25000 penalty for not providing information under RTI Act

The State Information Commission has on Wednesday fined an officer in Palladam, Tiruppur for not providing information under the Right to Information Act.

The State Information Commission has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on an officer who did not provide information under the Right to Information Act. Lakshmanan, 58, is a garments worker from Arumugam Nagar near Palladam in the Tirupur district.

He had applied to the Public Information Officer in February last year for some documents. But the answer was given for three months. Thus, in May he applied to the Appellate authority concerned. There was a half-hearted response.

In this case, he appealed once again for the second time in August. The appeal was heard over the phone. It has been confirmed that no reply has been received to the petition of the applicant for more than one year.

According to the order issued by the State Information Commissioner Pratap Kumar, the information requested by the applicant should be sent by registered post with an acknowledgement card free of cost within a period of one week. A copy of the acknowledgement card received by the applicant and the information provided should be prepared as a report and sent to the State Information Commission.

The deputy Tahsildar has said the public information officer who did not provide information to the petitioner was fined Rs 25,000 and disciplinary action would be taken.

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