Sunday, October 31, 2010

No info about RTI penalties, says CIC

Information Commissions in the state are failing to provide information about how penalties imposed for improper management of RTI appeals are being recovered. This loophole has convinced officers and activists that the RTI Act needs some amendment If an answer to a Right To Information (RTI) application is not received within the given period of time (ie 30 days) or is not satisfactory, then the applicant may proceed with an appeal. If found guilty in any way, then the Public Information Officer (PIO) has to pay a penalty. However, the new State Chief Information Commissioner, Vilas Patil, feels that the implementation of the Act is not right, as there is no mechanism to collect the penalty imposed on the PIO.

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