Make penalties on officials’ public: CIC

Penalties were levied on officials for not providing ration cards within the stipulated 45 days.

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission
has directed the Delhi Government to make public those cases
where penalties were levied on officials, as promised by it in
2010, for not providing ration cards within the stipulated 45

The case relates to an RTI application seeking to know
details of service level agreement announced by the Delhi
Government in 2010 where it was promised that officials will
be penalised at Rs 10 per day in cases where ration cards were
not prepared within 45 days.

During the hearing before the transparency panel, the
Delhi Government officials conceded that no penalties have
been levied even though there were cases where cards were not
made within 45 days.

"The main component in this promise made by the Delhi
Government was that citizens would get a ration card in 45
days failing which the responsible officer would be penalised
Rs 10 per day. The appellant was seeking to know if the
government had implemented this promise or had made a false
promise," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said.

Directing to publish on their websites in tabular format
the cases where cards were not prepared within the time-frame
and penalties levied on the officials concerned, Gandhi said
if the government makes false promises this is a serious
default and the citizens can not have any faith in it.

"This list must be displayed for the period starting June
2011 onwards and must be updated each month before 15th of the
following month. PIOs of all zones will send the compliance
report to the Commission before 15 July 2011," he directed.


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