Thursday, February 02, 2017

Misuse of RTI act to be dealt with seriously: Commissioner

Web India: National: Thursday, February 02, 2017.
Right to Information act (RTI) Commissioner P Vijaya Babu ruled that the Progressive Civil Protection Act, Right to Information Act should not be used for personal gains or to harass any of the employees and warned that if any such act is reported it would be dealt with firmly.
He made this observation during his inquiry conducted at the Collectorate here today on the appeals under RTI Act received from East Godavari, West Godavari, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts pertaining to Revenue and Panchayat Raj departments. Giving his decision on an appeal filed by one individual from Srikakulam, the Commissioner has ruled that the individual appeals were appearing that they were aimed at employees for personal gain and directed to pass common order not to entertain any such appeals hereafter from that individual. In this context, he has quoted the judgements given by the High Court and Supreme Court in such cases.
Such acts would affect the day to day work of the employees both mentally and physically and become burden some to government' he remarked. In another appeal, the Commissioner has directed the gram panchayat officials of Dowlesweram village in East Godavari district to pay compensation of Rs.22,000 to the victims for medical treatment, who were attacked by hooligans for seeking information relating to permissions given by the Panchayat for buildings construction.
In this connection the commissioner has quoted the GO No : 33086 which suggests conducting of a thorough inquiry every month by the district collector and police authorities under CRPC and IPC sections for taking suitable action. Accordingly, he has ordered for an inquiry by the Revenue and police authorities on that particular incident and submit their report to the commission within 20days .The commissioner has examined twenty appeals and disposed them off.UNI XC-DP CS 2020