PCMC health officer fined for delay in providing RTI information
Amount to be deducted from his salary over 3 months, official says he will appeal
State Information Commissioner Vijay Kuvlekar has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Dr Nagkumar Kunachgi, health officer of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation for not providing information to a citizen within the stipulated time under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
In his order, the SIC has said the amount of fine will have to be deducted from Dr Kunachgi's salary over a period of three months. "The fine amount should be deducted in equal instalments from Dr Kunachgi's salary," the SIC order said.
In the order, the SIC pulled up Kunachgi, who is also the public information officer, for denying information to the applicant Ramesh Nanasaheb Waghere of Pimprigaon. The applicant had sought information about the court cases against him and other details about him as civic health officer. The SIC said though Dr Nagkumar refused to provide information about himself, the appellant officer had allowed the appeal and upheld the information that was sought. The appellant officer had also directed Dr Nagkumar to provide the information sought by the applicant. Waghere pointed out during the hearing that despite the appellant officer and even the State Information Commission directing Dr Nagkumar to provide the information through an order on October 29, 2009, he refused to provide the information. Waghere then complained to the SIC.
The SIC said Dr Nagkumar is a PIO and the information sought is about his functioning during his service tenure so far. "Dr Nagkumar has termed this information as belonging to the third party and stated in his reply that the third party was objecting to it and hence he said information cannot be provided. He has acted as per his convenience and this is improper," said Kuvlekar in his order. "Waghere had sought information about the court cases involving Dr Nagkumar and other details. Dr Nagkumar in his reply said giving this information would cause harm to him. And that's why he was objecting to it. This is not correct," the SIC stated, adding that Waghere had not demanded any private details but only information regarding civic services.
The SIC said Dr Nagkumar took 79 days to reply to Waghere after the commission's order on October 29, 2009, directing him to provide necessary information to the applicant. The SIC said Dr Nagkumar submitted a detailed report before the commission on April 17, 2010.
"He said there was a delay in providing the information and expressed regret for it. Dr Nagkumar also requested that he should not be fined," the SIC said. However, the SIC said Dr Nagkumar showed no urgency in providing the information and hence was fined Rs 25,000. When contacted, Dr Nagkumar maintained he had given the information on time. "I will appeal against the judgement," he said.
The state information commission has slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the chief medical officer of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Dr K Nagkumar, for failing to respond to a Right To Information (RTI) query in stipulated time. <o></o>
The amount should be recovered from his salary over a period of three months, the commission ruled.<o></o>
A Pimpri-based activist Ramesh Waghere had sought some information related to health, environment and pollution control, under RTI in February 2006....