Thursday, June 24, 2010

Official to pay fine for delayed service

The Karnataka Information Commission has imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on A H Bijapur, assistant registrar-cum-assistant administrative officer and public information officer, Dakshina Kannada District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum. The Commission has levied the penalty under powers vested in it by section 20 (1) of Right to Information Act and directed that the penalty amount be paid out of the salary of the officer. The action against Bijapur follows for what the state information commissioner K A Thippeswamy, who passed the order, observed was failure on part of the official to discharge his duties as PIO. The officer had unduly delayed in providing the information sought by B Prakash Bhat and furnished the required information only when the president of the forum conducted an inquiry and took strong objection to the delay.

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