3 PIOs fined under RTI

Dimapur, July 4 (NPN): The Nagaland Information Commission has imposed a fine of Rs.10,500 each on the PIOs of Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Office of the Chief Engineer PHE Department and Office of the Chief Engineer PWD (Housing) for failing to provide information to Nagaland Govt Registered Class-I Contractors’ Union on time.

Delivering its judgement on an appeal filed by the Union, the Commission on Wednesday directed the PIO of Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation to pay the amount as penalty for not furnishing information and for the delay of 42 days at Rs.250 per day.

The Commission directed the PIO to pay the amount by depositing in the government treasury through a treasury challan in favour of Consultant (Accounts), Nagaland Information Commission.

In its decision notice issued on May 2, 2007, the Commission had directed the PIO to appear before it on May 14, 2007, to show cause as to why he should not pay a penalty of Rs.250 per day for each day of delay subject to a maximum of Rs.25,000.

In a similar order, the Commission directed the PIO in the Office of Chief Engineer, PHE Department, to pay a penalty of Rs.10,500 for failure to furnish information to the appellant within the prescribed time limit of thirty days without reasonable cause as specified in the Right to Information Act.
The Commission has also directed the PIO in the Office of the Chief Engineer PWD (Housing) to pay Rs.10,500 as penalty.

The PIO appeared before the Commission following a show cause notice issued to him but the Commission did not find his submission convincing for failure to attend to request for information as sought till the first appeal which was preferred by the appellant and for not furnishing the same.
The PIO in the Department of Forest, Ecology, Environment and Wildlife submitted that he had not received any directive from the First Appellate authority on receipt of the appeal on November 9, 2006 or any time thereafter.

The Commission directed the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest to show cause within ten days from the date of issuance of this order as to why penalty should not be apportioned to him for failure to provide information as sought till it was fully furnished at the direction of the Commission in its decision notice on May 2, 2007.

The case was heard in the presence of State Chief Information Commissioner, Information Commissioners, the concerned PIOs and Kezhokhoto Savi, advocate representing the applicant as its legal advisor.

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