Rs 10 lakh collected by state as fine under RTI
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Sunday, February 03, 2008 12:58 [IST]

Mumbai: As many as 100 Maharashtra government officials have been penalised and Rs 10 lakh collected from them in last two years for not complying with the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

"In last two years we have imposed penalty on 100 state government officials appointed as Public Information Officers (PIOs), for not giving information under RTI Act, 2005," Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner S V Joshi told PTI.

In 2006-07,penalty was imposed in only 20 cases since it was the first year of implementing RTI in the state. It increased to 80 last year. The amount ranged between Rs 1,000 and Rs 25,000.

"On an average Rs 10,000 has been collected from each official. The total amount for 100 cases would be around Rs 10 lakh. Also, warning of penalty has been issued to 200 PIOs till date," Joshi said.
It ensures that the PIOs pay up immediately. Their superiors are asked to deduct the money from their salary.

"This action is needed to ensure discipline in implementation of RTI and has a very good impact," he said.

But this stringent action does create a heartburn among penalised officials, Joshi said. In one such case, a government employee, when faced with a penalty threatened the CIC to withdraw the penalty of Rs 8334 imposed on him.

Source : PTI