Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Panchayat secretary fined under RTI Act

State Information Commissioner (SIC) P N Narayanan slapped a penalty of Rs 25,000 on panchayat secretary Raj Hakam (Gopalganj) under Right to Information Act (RTI). The SIC found the panchayat secretary guilty of refusing to supply the information sought by one Bharat Ram and of not replying to an explanation sought by the SIC in this regard. The panchayat secretary has been directed to deposit the penalty amount in five equal instalments in the government treasury. The SIC has also directed panchayat secretary to supply required information to Ram and to apprise the SIC of the compliance of the order by April 22.

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