He did not respond even after being served three show-cause notices

The Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) has imposed a penalty of Rs. 5,000 on Suresh Babaladi, Public Information Officer (PIO) and Chief Officer of the Chincholi Town Panchayat in Gulbarga district, for his failure to provide information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Penalty

State Information Commissioner Shekhar D. Sajjanar took serious exception to Mr. Balabadi’s failure to respond to three show-cause notices served by KIC.

He directed the zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer to deduct the penalty from Mr. Babaladi’s salary and credit it to the State treasury.

Disposing of an appeal filed by RTI activist Sheikh Shafi Ahmed, Mr. Sajjanar, in his order pronounced on September 2, directed Mr. Babaladi to provide the information sought by Mr. Ahmed within 30 days for free through registered post.

The Public Information Officer was also directed to inform the commission about the action taken along with a copy of the postal acknowledgement for having sent the information to Mr. Ahmed.

Mr. Ahmed filed an application on January 29, 2011 with the Chief Officer of the Chincholi Town Panchayat seeking details about a road between Ambedkar Circle and Padma College in Chincholi town that was in a bad condition.

Mr. Ahmed wanted to know whether the road was being repaired.

Details

Mr. Ahmed also sought other details, such as when the road was last repaired, and the expenditure incurred during those repairs.

However, Mr. Balabadi did not provide any details, forcing Mr. Ahmed to file the first appeal before the Project Director of the Rural Development Cell Gulbarga, who was the First Appellate authority on March 7, 2011.

However, the first appeal went unheeded and no answer was provided to Mr. Ahmed.

This incident forced Mr. Ahmed to file a second appeal before the Karnataka Information Commission on May 30 seeking action against both the Public Information Officer and the first Appellate Authority for failing to respond to his application made under the provisions of the RTI.

Absence

The KIC conducted hearings on December 23, 2011, and on March 2, June 18 and July 10 of this year.

The PIO did not attend any of the three hearings, despite being issued notices.


  • PIO Babaladi directed to provide information within 30 days

  • RTI activist Sheikh Shafi Ahmed had sought information about a road


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