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RTI: Ex-BDPO fined, amount to be deducted from retirement benefits

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As reported by Jasneet Bindra at indianexpress.com on Feb 4, 2010

 

Chandigarh : Public information officers, who are nearing retirement and think that they can escape penalty after superannuation, should think again.

Punjab State Information Commissioner Darbara Singh Kahlon has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on a retired Fazilka BDPO for causing delay in furnishing information sought by RTI applicant Vijay Kumar Handa of Fazilka in Ferozepur district.

 

Incumbent BDPO Puran Chand has been directed to deduct the fine from the retiral benefits of Saroj Rani in two installments and deposit it in the state treasury and present the receipts to the commission.

 

The SIC has also imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 each on Social Education and Panchayat Officer (SEPO) Natha Singh and Ganjuana Panchayat Secretary Upinder Kumar.

 

Directing the block development and panchayat office to pay a compensation of Rs 4,000 to Handa, Kahlon said the amount should be drawn from the panchayat samiti fund.

 

‘Ensure security to RTI activist’

 

The state home department has asked the DGP to ensure security to Amritsar-based RTI activist Harjit Singh, said HC Arora, state coordinator of the National Federation of RTI activists. Harjit had alleged in his complaint that he faces threat to his life from certain persons, who illegally owned properties, and he had filed an RTI application for getting information about their ownership.

 

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