Information officers penalised for delaying RTI replies

Information officers penalised for delaying RTI replies
State information commissioner Dr K L Vivekanandan. Photo: Manorama

Kannur: The Kerala Information Commissioner has ordered action against information officers attached with the Kannur district collectorate and district medical office for the delay in responding to RTI queries. The order is to slap a fine of Rs 250 per day for the delayed period to a maximum total amount of Rs 25,000.

The State Information Commission also directed that the fine should be levied on the information officer of the Thalassery Cooperative Engineering College.

The commission also asked the department officials concerned to expedite the process, which had been delayed citing many reason, of providing information to the RTI (Right to Information) applicants.

Orders were issued to the deputy collector of the Kannur collectorate, who gave information to an RTI applicant over phone, to provide the relevant data in writing to the applicant. '

The commission redressed 19 out of 20 complaints that were lodged from the district.

State Information Commissioner Dr K L Vivekanandan said that officials were not serious about many provisions of the RTI Act.

The officials delay in responding to RTI queries due to lack of proper knowledge about relevant provisions and frivolous attitude.

The commission has decided to take strict action against erring officials.

Efforts are on to clear backlog of cases. Every member of the commission would look into 200 cases per month, Vivekanandan said.