A public information officer (PIO) and assistant engineer (AE) of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been fined Rs 50,000 for not providing information on RTI applications seeking action taken on Tabela of applicant. The State Information Commission (SIC) has also ordered for disciplinary action against PIO.
The accused identified as A G Naik, Assistant Engineer of M/East ward of BMC. The fine will be deducted from his salary in five installments. The officials of building and factory department, M/East ward BMC has taken action twice on March 5, 2012 and March 16, 2012 on a Tabela at Plot No-5, CTS No-132/8, Aziz Baugh, Mahul Road, Chembur owned by applicant Anand Ashok Singh.
Singh has filed RTI application to M/East ward with A G Naik seeking information that on whom instruction, on whom complaint and on which condition the action was taken on his Tabela. But Naik failed to provide information to Singh.
Singh was running from pillar to post to get information but Naik ignored his plea.Fed up Singh appealed before State Information Commissioner (SIC) Ratnakar Gaikwad. Despite several hearings before Ratnakar Gaikwad, Naik and his staff were not serious about the matter. Even they ignored orders and instructions of Ratnakar Gaikwad.
On May 4, 2016 Ratnakar Gaikwad slaps fine of Rs 25,000 and also ordered to take disciplinary action against Naik. Anand Singh has filed two RTI applications. Gaikwad slaps fine of Rs 25,000 each ie Rs 50,000 on both.
Punishment order copy available with ABI.
“I am thankful to Mr Gaikwad who gave me justice and punished corrupt officer,” said Anand Singh.