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As reported in deccanchronicle.com on 21 January 2011:
Info denial: IIT officer told off | Deccan Chronicle | 2011-01-21
Info denial: IIT officer told off
Jan. 20: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has pulled up the registrar (public information officer) of IIT-Madras for not providing details under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The CIC has also asked why penal action under section 20 (1) of the RTI Act should not be taken against the registrar while seeking an explanation for the delay in providing the information requested.
Tamil Nadu Human Rights Movement state general secretary M. Mathiayazhagan filed a petition under the Right to Information Act on March 5, 2010 to IIT-M’s PIO, seeking various details including functioning of the institute’s administration. But the institute’s PIO did not provide the details sought within 30 days as prescribed in the RTI Act.
The official of the Pothanur, Namakkal-based human rights outfit then approached the CIC, seeking that IIT-M’s public information officer be directed to provide all the details he had sought.
Information commissioner Annapurna Dixit in her recent order directed the institute to provide all the details Mr Mathiayazhagan had asked for free of cost and permit him to inspect the records by February 15.
“It appears that the PIO’s action attracts the penal provisions under section 20 (1) of the RTI Act, according to which the PIO is liable to pay a penalty of Rs 250 each day till the information is furnished or Rs 25,000,” the commissioner noted. “Ms Dixit sought clarifications from the PIO as to why the information had not been supplied to the petitioner within the mandated time.”
As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 22 January 2011:
Official fined for delaying info under RTI Act - The Times of India
Official fined for delaying info under RTI Act
MYSORE: State information commissioner H N Krishna on Saturday fined an official from Mandya for delaying information sought under the Right to Information Act.
Hearing the petitions filed before the information court, the commissioner took the taluk panchayat official of K R Pet taluk to task and fined him Rs 5,000. The application was pending before him for nine months.
"Officials must provide details within 30 days of filing of the application. In case the information is given after the specific period, the copies should be provided free of cost," the commissioner stated.
Information is taxpayers' right and it is the duty of officials to provide the same to them, he said. Action would be taken against the officers who do not provide details within a specific period. The fine amount will be deducted from their salaries.
Krishna said when the officials do not have information required by an individual, they have to transfer the applications to the other officers or get the details from them. "They can't escape saying they do not have the details or return the application," he said.