Monday, October 11, 2010

Maharashtra officers fined Rs 26L for RTI delays

Maharashtra Government has imposed fines of over Rs 26 lakh collectively on primary information officers for ignoring and delaying answers to the queries received under the Right to Information Act. On completion of five years of implementation of RTI, as per the figures revealed by state's Chief Information Commissioner Suresh Joshi today, in 2009, 347 officers were fined Rs 26,57,691 for ignoring the queries and delaying
information. The amount of fine imposed has gone up since 2006, he said. "The fine was charged in proportion to the number of applications received which are increasing per year," Joshi said. The Government can even conduct divisional inquiry of the officers for delay in implementation of the Act, he added.

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