Top RTI defaulter MCD to pay Rs 2 lakh fine

    Top RTI defaulter MCD to pay Rs 2 lakh fine

     CAPRG has been using the  RTI for obtaining information from government departments. While some information is made available most of it kept out of public view. All attempts are made to scuttle the RTI. 

     Extracts of MCD antics 

     When it comes to dubious distinctions, Delhi’s civic agencies are always at the forefront.
     This time, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has come right on top. It has invited the maximum number of penalties from the Central Information Commission (CIC), making it the biggest defaulter in RTI cases.

      Of the 88 penalties imposed by the CIC so far, 23 are against the MCD babus. The Delhi government and the Delhi Development Authority figure on the defaulters’ list too, though with fewer cases.


     The fine amount ranges between Rs 1,000 and Rs 25,000. The MCD’s penalty amount has totalled up to Rs 226,000.
     Penalties have been imposed on babus most frequently for delay in providing information to an applicant. If a person files an RTI application, the department concerned has to provide information within 30 days. For every single day’s delay after that, a penalty of Rs 250 is imposed. Cases where misleading information has been provided to the applicants have also invited penalties for the officials concerned.
Delhi was one of the first places in the country to implement the RTI Act. Yet, departments are not serious about providing information to the people.
      “In all cases in which penalties are imposed, the departments and officials concerned take the plea that they are not aware of the Act. That can’t be true for Delhi. The Capital has had the RTI Act for more than seven years now and officials of the MCD and other agencies have to be aware,” said chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.

       He pointed out that agencies like the MCD and the DDA are involved in a lot of day-to-day public dealings and consequently receive a larger number of RTI applications than other departments.
     
kavita.chowdhury@mailtoday

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