To strengthen the Right to Service Commission, the Punjab government has amended certain sections of the Punjab Right to Service (RTS) Act, 2011.
With the amendment, the commission has been empowered to impose a penalty up to Rs 10,000 on designated officer or any other official involved in the process of providing services under the Act.
Disclosing this here, an official spokesperson of the RTS Commission said the notification had been issued and now the Act might be called the Punjab Right to Service (Amendment) Act, 2014.
He said the Act had conferred duty on the Punjab Right to Service Commission to take a suo motu notice of the failure to deliver service in accordance with the timeline fixed by the state government and could refer such cases to the 2nd Appellate Authority or pass such orders as may be appropriate.
The spokesperson said the Punjab Right to Service Act was enacted with the sole objective of delivering various notified services to the people of the state within the given time limit in a hassle-free manner.
“To make the Act effective and keeping in view the interests of the public, the 2nd Appellate Authority has been empowered to impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day subject to a maximum of Rs 5,000 for delay in the delivery of services by designated officers or any other officials involved in the process of providing such services,” the spokesperson added.