The Karnataka State Right to Information Commission on Wednesday fined S.D. Bhat, Panchayat Development Officer of Kodani in Honnavar taluk, for not providing information under the RTI Act. Mr. Bhat has been asked to pay Rs. 5,000 to the applicant. The commission has asked the government to recover the money from his salary. Shridhar Ganapayya Nail of Kodani village had sought information under the RTI Act. When he failed to get the information, he wrote to the Honnavar Taluk Panchayat and Uttara Kannada Zilla Panchayat. He was provided with incomplete information, and hence he wrote to the State RTI Commission which passed the order.

— Correspondent