SIC sends notice to Executive Officer for denying information under RTI
A show cause notice has been sent by the state information commission of Punjab to the Executive Officer (EO) of the Bassi Pathana Municipal Council (MC) for not providing complete information to a resident of the same town under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The state information commission found that the said EO was asked by the commission in the previous hearing to be present in the next hearing but he was not represented in the hearing neither did he communicate the reason of his absence.
The commission, after hearing the complainant, found that there has been a delay / denial of information, and hence asked the Public Information Officer (PIO) to show cause in writing or through affidavit as to why penalty should not be imposed upon him under Section 20 of the RTI Act.
As per the provisions of the RTI Act, the commission gave an opportunity of personal hearing to the PIO adding that in case of failure to avail the opportunity, it would be presumed that he has nothing to explain and further proceedings will be initiated.