Principal secretary (local government) has failed to provide information under the Right to Information Act (RTI) to the appellant as ordered by the Punjab State Information Commission (PSIC), nearly a month after the May 15 order.
State information commissioner RS Nagi had ordered that the principal secretary would provide within a week, a copy of action taken report in connection with the alleged financial irregularities in the Nakodar municipal council as detected by the vigilance team of local bodies department.
The SIC had said in his order that the public information officer of principal secretary would send the said information through registered post to the appellant and relevant postal receipt was to be presented before the commission on June 20, the next date of hearing.
The chief vigilance officer's report had indicted 11 officers and employees of the Nakodar municipal council for irregularities in development work involving the use of Rs 2 crore grant released by the chief minister. The SIC had impleaded principal secretary local government in the case as a party and sought an action taken report on investigation by the vigilance team of local bodies department in Nakodar.
Public information officer-cum-senior vigilance officer in an official communication to superintendent-cum-public information officer of local government (branch-3) said that information commission had directed that action taken report should be presented before it by June 15, otherwise action would follow against the public information officer of principal secretary office. Dilbag Singh, a resident of Baina Pur village, had filed an appeal to the information commission.