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Three Punjab SDM's in dock for not giving right info under RTI Act

Atul Patankar

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Atul Patankar

As reported at punjabnewsline.com on 26 October 2009


SANGRUR: Taking serious note for not providing information in prescribed time of 30 days as well as not appearing in the District RTI court under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Appellate Authority Cum Deputy Commissioner Sangrur has issued a ‘show cause’ notice to the SDM Dhuri, SDM Moonak & SDM Malerkotla asking him to explain why action should not be taken against him on this account. In an application dated June 15, 2009 under the RTI Act, Jatinder Jain , head of an NGO, SANKALP, had asked the Deputy commissioner sangrur for information about the functions, seminars or any other activities done by Sangrur administration or in subdivisions of Sangrur district for promotion of RTI Act 2005, What activities of daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual maintenance are supposed to be carried to promote this act?, Brief of activities plan Vs organized during the period from the day of implementation of act to date of filling application & many more question for regarding RTI promotion’s Sunam, Lehragaga & Sangrur provide the information but After more than a month went by and he did not receive any reply from SDM, Dhuri, Malerkotla & Moonak he appealed to the SDM’s first appellate authority cum Deputy commissioner on August 10, 2009.

After which the appellate authority taking the cognizance of the matter issued notices to SDMs on September 24, 2009 & instruct them to be appear personally after providing information to Mr. Jain on October 13, 2009. Though during the hearing the office barer of The SDMs submitted the answer to the asked query.

Jain, though expressing non-satisfaction over the information provided to him, submitted before the appellate authority that the SDMs was not at all serious about the RTI Act and they not appear in the court even after the order of Deputy commissioner. He said the SDMs provide information & that is not correct only after the Deputy Commissioner summoned them for a hearing.

Jain demanded action under section 20 (1) of the RTI act against SDM Dhuri, Moonak & Malerkotla for not supplying the information. He also demanded initiation of action under section 166 of the IPC & demand suitable compensation should be awarded to appellant under section 19 (8) (b) of RTI Act for the "detriment and loss suffered by him" on account of the delay in obtaining the desired information.

Accordingly, Deputy commissioner cum appellate authority has also issued a ‘show cause’ notice to All three SDMs, asking him why he should not be penalized for the delay in providing the required information. Deputy Commissioner cum appellate authority ordered them to be appeared in District RTI court on October 27, 2009.


Source: PunjabNewsline.com - Three Punjab SDM's in dock for not giving right info under RTI Act

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