COIMBATORE: State Information Commissioner Christopher Nelson has directed Deputy Commissioner P Gandhimathi to trace the files which are reportedly missing from the Corporation’s office.
The order relates to an RTI petition made by S Kanagasundaram on May 17, 2013, for which answers have not been provided so far. The Information Commissioner has also ordered Gandhimathi to provide the information to the applicant and to take disciplinary action against two Public Information Officers (PIOs) who failed to give the answers for two years.
Kanagasundaram had sought copies of the layout approval and licence given to Nethra Nagar in Kalappatty and details of the amenities provided there by the Corporation and TWAD Board. He had also asked whether the 40-feet Road had been handed over to the Corporation.
“I have been repeatedly asking the Corporation and the Local Planning Authority for the layout approvals as the land was encroached. I petitioned them for the information after Kalapatty was merged with the Corporation. However, officials of both the Corporation and LPA said they had no files related to Nethra Nagar,” said Kanagasundaram.
The PIO has not replied so far to eight queries from Kanagasundaram. The Information Commissioner has therefore asked Deputy Commissioner Gandhimathi to get a written explanation from the PIO for not imposing the maximum fine of `25,000 on him under Rule 20(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.
He has also directed Gandhimathi to visit the relevant section and trace the files, under Section 18(3)(b) of the RTI Act, as the PIO has been evading a reply for two years. After verifying the files, the information sought by Kanagasundaram should be provided to him within 30 days.
The Information Commissioner has also recommended disciplinary action against two PIOs for providing false information and for not providing information sought for two years under Rule 20(2) of the RTI Act.