Friday, June 25, 2010

Official to pay fine for delayed service

Official to pay fine for delayed service

TNN, Jun 24, 2010, 09.50pm IST

MANGALORE: The Karnataka Information Commission has imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on A H Bijapur, assistant registrar-cum-assistant administrative officer and public information officer, Dakshina Kannada District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum. The Commission has levied the penalty under powers vested in it by section 20 (1) of Right to Information Act and directed that the penalty amount be paid out of the salary of the officer.

The action against Bijapur follows for what the state information commissioner K A Thippeswamy, who passed the order, observed was failure on part of the official to discharge his duties as PIO. The officer had unduly delayed in providing the information sought by B Prakash Bhat and furnished the required information only when the president of the forum conducted an inquiry and took strong objection to the delay.

The Commission directed the president of the forum to recover the penalty of Rs 2,000 levied on Bijapur in two equal monthly instalments of Rs 1,000 out of the salary of the respondent for the months of April and May 2010, payable during the months of months of May and June 2010. The Commission directed that the amount so deducted be paid to the head of account 0070-60-118-0-03 - penalties under the Act, a KIC order stated.

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