PIO slapped with show cause notice

  • | Monday | 8th March, 2021

Tribune News ServiceLudhiana March 7Delay (beyond the stipulated time period) and the denial of information to an applicant under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has cost dear the SDM (West) Amrinder Singh Malhi who is also the Public Information Officer (PIO) and the first appellate authority in the office of the SDM (West). Denial delay in providing info under RTI The CIC in his orders further directed the PIO and the SDM (West) to file the specific reply/supply the complete information to the appellant before the next date of hearing on March 25 2021. Accepting the plea of the appellant the Chief Information Commissioner of Punjab State Information Commission Suresh Arora has issued a show-cause notice to the PIO asking him as to why a penalty under Section 20 (1) should not be not imposed on him. However the respondent official was given an an opportunity under Section 20(1) proviso thereto for a personal hearing before the imposition of such penalty on the next date of hearing. The CIC in his orders further directed the PIO and the SDM (West) to file the specific reply/supply the complete information to the appellant before the next date of hearing on March 25 2021.

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