Officer of the Chief Engineer PHE pulled up for not furnishing info under RTI
An application was filed with the department of Public Health Engineering (PHE), Government of Assam seeking information about the implementation of various schemes under Rajiv Gandhi Rural Water and Sanitation Mission (RGRWSM) in the State but the information was not provided to the applicant.
During the hearing of the matter, the State Information Commission (SIC) of Assam had directed the chief engineer of PHE to provide the required information to the applicant within 15 days of receipt of commission’s order.
Instead of providing the information, the department approached the high court against the commission’s decision. The High Court dismissed the petition and upheld the order. The state information commission has pulled up the Office of Chief Engineer, Public Health Engineering and has imposed a penalty of Rs. 250 per day subject to a maximum of Rs. 25,000 on the State Public Information Officer, Shri Debendra Sarma.