Friday, March 24, 2017

RTI Act: 50% rise in penalties imposed on central public information officers

Times of India: Chennai: Friday, March 24, 2017.
Penalties imposed on central public information officers (CPIOs) under the provisions of the RTI Act went up by close to 50% in 2015-16, as compared to 2014-15.
Data released by the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions shows that a penalty of Rs 10.52 lakh was collected from CPIOs in 2015-16. The corresponding figures for 2014-15 and 2013-14 is Rs 7.39 lakh and Rs 19.25 lakh, respectively.
The Right to Information Act, 2005 provides for imposition of penalty by CIC against central public information officers (CPIO), in pursuance of section 20 of the RTI Act.
The ministry told the Parliament on Wednesday that the government had conducted training and capacity building programmes for public information officers and first appellate authorities through state government training institutes for effective implementation of the RTI Act.
Ministries and departments and other public authorities are proactively working towards suo motu disclosure and more information is put on their websites so as to reduce the need for filing RTI applications.