The Hans India: Madanapalle: Tuesday, May 03, 2016.
Right to Information Act (RTI) commissioner Lam Thanthia Kumari slapped a penalty of Rs 60,000 on two Tahsildars for failing to provide the information sought by the applicants.
Lam Thanthia Kumari imposes a penalty of Rs 60,000 on two tahsildars for failing to provide the information sought by the applicants.
Thanthia Kumar on Monday took up the hearing on appeals related to RTI cases, pertaining to Revenue department including mandal revenue offices in Madanapalli division here at sub-collector’s office.
RTI commissioner after finding that the Piler Tahsildar had deliberately denied the information sought by five applicants slapped a penalty of Rs 10,000 for each case amounting to Rs 50,000 in total.
She also imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on Rompicherla Tahsildar for not providing the information sought by an applicant within the stipulated time of 30 days.
This apart, she also ordered officials concerned to issue show-cause notices in 12 cases: in four cases against Madanapalli Tahsildar, in two cases against Sadum Tahsildar, one each against Peddapanjani, Chinnagottigallu, Peddamandyam and Valimikipuram Tahsildars. Five cases were settled while the hearing on one case was postponed to next meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, the RTI commissioner made it clear that the onus of the effective implementation of the RTI Act at district-level lies with the district collector, SP and district revenue officer (DRO).
“They should take steps to ensure proper implementation of RTI Act and also raise awareness about the same in association with NGOs,” she said.
Along with the applicants, she said the PIOs concerned should also make themselves available during the hearing on the appeals and warned if they found to be suppressing any information sought by an applicant.
She wanted everyone to come together to ensure proper implementation of RTI Act to ensure transparency from grass-root level.