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CIC imposes fine of Rs 25000 on Delhi government officer for stopping pension

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In a landmark order, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has imposed maximum penalty of Rs. 25,000 on a Delhi government officer for wrongfully stopping pension of a 70-year-old poor woman and not reinstating it despite a directive from the transparency watchdog.

 

Read more at: Central Information Commission imposes fine of Rs 25000 on Delhi government officer for stopping pension - The Economic Times

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    • humhongeykamyaab
      By humhongeykamyaab
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      3)Now the PSB has started recovering the Pension since last 3 years, illegally.
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      6) The Pensioner has been forced to go to the court to seek redressal. Case is stuck in the court for the last 3 years
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      Q-3) Name the officer who responsible for sanctioning the excess pension
      Q-5) Please provide number of cases in your bank wherein excess amount of pension is being recovered
      Response received (for all three questions, above) from CPIO: As informed by the Branch Manager of your branch : Information is not available
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      It doesn't give the name of the officer who is recovering excess. Plus: The Audit Memo from CAG does not talk about recovery at- all. This has also
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    • Shrawan
      By Shrawan
      There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.

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