Punjab Information Commission has started penalty proceedings against Kapurthala district transport officer (DTO) Kapurthala, Daljit Kaur, for inordinate delay in providing information to Gurbax Singh, a resident of Bholapur Jhabewal village, under the RTI Act, 2005.
Gurbax Singh, though an application filed on April 12, 2012, had sought information from the DTO office on number of school buses plying in the district, buses belonging to Roadways, PRTC and buses of private companies and commercial trucks fitted with speed governors, with their respective registration numbers, model and the name and designation of the officer who had affixed the seals.
He had further sought copies of certificates of fitness issued by the authority. This informayion was not provided.
The order passed by SIC BC Thakur reads: "It is observed that the application for information had been filed about a year back and yet no information whatsoever has been made available to the applicant-complainant, which is clearly against the very spirits of the RTI legislation."
Neither DTO Kapurthala as PIO nor Motor Vehicle Inspector as APIO failed to appear in person before the commission on the proceedings held on April 3, 2013.
"PIO - Ms Daljit Kaur, Kapurthala DTO, is hereby issued a show-cause notice as to why a penalty under Section 20(1) of RTI Act, 2005 @ Rs 250 per day subject to maximum of Rs 25,000 not be imposed on her till the information is furnished," read the order.
The SIC also directed the DTO to make written submissions, if any, in the shape of a duly sworn affidavit, in response to the the show-cause notice, failing which further steps including initiation of disciplinary proceedings should be taken, as per the relevant provisions of the RTI Act, 2005.