The Punjab state information commission has issued a show cause notice to SAS Nagar additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Puneet Goyal of SAS Nagar, for not providing the information in time under the Right to Information (RTI).
HS Hundal, through an RTI dated Feb 10 earlier this year, had asked the deputy commissioner to provide information regarding the utilisation of funds received for MNREGA pertaining to the Kharar block in SAS Nagar district since 2008. The deputy commissioner had forwarded the application to the ADC.
A month later, when Hundal did not receive a reply, he filed his first appeal with the deputy commissioner. Receiving no reply to this as well, he then approached the state information commission on his second appeal.
At the hearing of the second appeal on July 9, Pardeep Singh, who had appeared on behalf of the respondent, argued that the information sought was available on the department’s website.Observing that the ADC did not appear before it himself, the commission said, “It is observed that the respondent has no regard for the orders issued by the commission”.
The state commission, in its affidavit, has asked Goyal to explain the delay and justify why the complainant must not be compensated for the harassment and financial loss caused to the complainant in getting the information. The commission also directed him to file the answer of why complainant should not be compensated for the harassment and financial loss suffered by him in getting the information.Puneet Goyal must file his reply, as well as provide the information sought by Hundal, before the next date of hearing which is on August 20.