PIO of college slapped with fine for delay in releasing info



Jaipur: A penalty of Rs 25,000 has been slapped on a Public Information Officer of an engineering college here by the Central Information Commission for delay in releasing information sought by a faculty member under RTI.

The CIC imposed the penalty on Professor Anurag Misra of Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) for not providing information to S D Bharti on the number of show cause notices issued by CIC to the institute in last four years even 100 days after filing of the application.

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, in a hearing this week in New Delhi, found Misra guilty under Section 20(1) of the RTI Act.

Director of MNIT, Jaipur was directed to deduct Rs 5,000 from Misra's salary every month from April onwards.

The Commission held the combined hearing on Shah's other applications seeking details of career advancement scheme for faculty promotion and foreign travels made by the Institute's faculty members in last five years.

The CIC expressed its deep anguish on the persistent non-compliance of orders by the PIO and ordered complete disclosure of all required files and to facilitate file inspection on three days from April 28, 2010.

After the file inspection, the inspection report shall be prepared listing all the files inspected and for non-existent document a certificate shall be issued by the MNIT that such document never existed in the office files.

As for the lost/stolen records, a police complaint has to be made by the Institute clearly naming the person who has last handled the stolen files, the order said.

PTI