The Hans India: Ongole: Friday, February 10, 2017.
The Right to Information Act is a boon to the poor, said L Tantiya Kumari, commissioner of the State Information Commission.
She held a public a hearing in Ongole on Thursday for 32 complaints pending with the public information officers of various departments in Prakasam district.
In all, 32 complaints received by the State Information Commission, showcause notices were served on the PIOs in 19 cases and four cases were postponed for hearing later.
The commissioner fined the PIOs for not giving proper information in nine cases and ordered them to provide the requisite information.
Tantiya Kumari said that the laws are made for the protection of public and the government departments and organisations should respect them.
She said it is a right to know about the schemes of the government and the process of selecting beneficiaries.
She warned the officials to know the Right to Information Act and avoid the negligence in providing the information requested within 30 days.