Sunday, December 20, 2009

Meghalaya officers penalised for RTI failure

Seven public information officers of Meghalaya have been penalised for failure to provide information under provisions of Right to Information. Disciplinary action was taken against two of them, while five others, including an Inspector of School and a Project Director of DRDA, were slapped with fines ranging from Rs 2000 to Rs 7500, according to the 2008 annual report of Meghalaya Information Commission released recently. According to the report, out of a total number of 360 requests received under RTI Act, 335 were disposed off during the year and the remaining 25 were pending. PWD department received the highest number of 63 requests, followed by Forests and Environment (47) and Health and Family Welfare (28). The number of complaints relating to refusal of information by government departments in the year was 59.
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