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`Take action on petitions received under RTI Act’

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 26, 2006

`Take action on petitions received under RTI Act’

Staff Reporter


Review meeting held at Collectorate




Dharmapuri: The Collector, M. Chandrasekaran, has instructed officials to take immediate action on petitions received under the Right to Information Act.

Speaking at a review meeting at the Collectorate on Friday, he said that names of Public Information Officers (PIOs) and Appellate Authority should be displayed in a board in front of departments concerned to provide information to the public. The salient features of the Act were also discussed in the meeting.

Mr. Chandrasekaran said that people could apply for information to the PIO of the concerned office. People who were interested in applying under the Act can obtain the form from the officials concerned. A sum of Rs. 50 should be remitted in the district treasury or banks and the challan copy should be attached with the form and submitted in person or through post or courier to the officials concerned.

They can also seek the assistance of the Public Information Officer to fill in the application form. Inspection of files can also be done. The Collector said that stringent action would be taken against the Public Information Officer if information was not provided within the stipulated time. Fine starting from Rs. 250 a day to Rs. 25,000 would be imposed on the officials.


2 Responses to “`Take action on petitions received under RTI Act’”

  1. Ramesh Agrawal said

    Applicant is not bound to submit application on prescribed form.He may write on simple paper. It is too difficult to find Babus and obtain form. If the officer refuse application on simple paper, complaint can be made to state information commission.
    I wonder if Collector is impowered to impose penalty under the Act.

  2. Sundaram cv said

    In Tamilnadu, State Information commissioner is in place, he has an office, and a non working Fax line. There is no contact telephone numer, or E.mail address, No web site etc. To contact him one has to visit his office. How is it possible for a senior citizen to do.

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