Mumbai: Maharashtra Government has imposed
fines of over Rs 26 lakh collectively on primary information
officers for ignoring and delaying answers to the queries
received under the Right to Information Act.
On completion of five years of implementation of RTI, as
per the figures revealed by state`s Chief Information
Commissioner Suresh Joshi today, in 2009, 347 officers were
fined Rs 26,57,691 for ignoring the queries and delaying
information. The amount of fine imposed has gone up since
2006, he said.
"The fine was charged in proportion to the number of
applications received which are increasing per year," Joshi
said. The Government can even conduct divisional inquiry of
the officers for delay in implementation of the Act, he added.
Claiming better implementation of the Act in the state,
Joshi said Maharashtra received 4.4 lakh applications last
year while six lakh queries were received in entire America.
Even the disposal rate is as high as 102 per cent, he said.
Most queries were regarding Urban Development and Revenue
Departments, 1,25,418 and 72,393 respectively.
Joshi, the state`s first CIC has completed his tenure and
is likely to be replaced by Vilas Patil, sources said.