Saturday, December 02, 2006

TN PIO faces penal action

The State Information Commission is taking steps to penalise State Public Iformation Officer K.K. Ramani, an Additional Secretary to the Government, for disobeying its order.

The commission has, as the first step, ordered Ms. Ramani to appear in person before it on December 12 and explain why penalty should not be imposed on her, under the Right to Information Act, for not complying with its order.

If penalty were to be imposed, it will be the first time that an official is punished for disobeying the commission's order to provide information sought by a citizen under the Act. Section 20 of the Act provides for a penalty of Rs. 250 for each day of delay in providing the information sought.

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