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Challan compulsory in payment of fine

 

LUCKNOW: Erring public information officers (PIOs) will now submit a 'challan' receipt at the state information commission as proof that they have paid fine for providing delayed or no information to RTI applicants. In case PIO errs again, commission will initiate contempt proceedings against the officer.

 

 

Going by the RTI rule book, a fine of Rs 250 per day (till the information is provided and which cannot exceed Rs 25,000) is slapped on the PIO for giving incomplete, incorrect or misleading information. Since UP State Information Commission (UPSIC) gets 90% complaints and very few appeals from applicants, the rate at which the fine is slapped on defaulters is much higher in UP than in any other state information commission.

 

 

But the recovery of fine being as low as 1% defeats the purpose of the fine. "PIO will get a receipt from treasury where he deposits the fine and submit it at the commission. Those who fail to do so will get contempt proceedings initiated against them," said information commissioner (IC), UPSIC, Hafiz Usman.

 

Read More: Challan compulsory in payment of fine - The Times of India

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Prasad GLN

The highlight of the news is that "Complaint has to be filed in case second appeal is not effective. That means Non compliance or Complaint (under sec.18) is not clear.

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