Three PIOs penalised

ITANAGAR, Dec 26: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) has imposed a penalty of Rs 25, 000 each under section 20 (1) RTI Cat, 2005 on three public information officers (PIO).
The PIO-cum-superintending engineer (CSQ) PWD, Itanagar, was penalised for ‘deliberately defying the order of the Commission’ in connection with the appeal made by appellants Shoney Pertin and Omuk Aje.
A similar penalty has also been imposed on PIO-cum-ADC of the Capital Complex deputy commissioner’s office for ‘deliberately defying the order of the Commission on connection with the appeal made by appellant Rani Jomoh Tawe.
Both officers have been directed to deposit the penalty amount on or before 17 January, 2018, and asked to appear before the Commission on the same date along with the treasury challan and information sought for by the appellants.
A penalty has also been imposed on PIO-cum-Executive Engineer Taluk Rai, of the Rural Works Division of Seppa in East Kameng district for ‘furnishing incomplete information on the PMGSY road from Khenewa to Nampe’ to appellant Kullu Bagang.
The executive engineer has been directed to pay the penalty and furnish all information and documents to the appellant before 31 December, as the next hearing has been fixed for 11 January, 2018 at 10.30 am in the APIC office.
Meanwhile, a complaint has been lodged with the Namsai Deputy Commissioner against the Namsai divisional forest officer (DFO) for not providing information sought by an applicant under the RTI Act.
The information seeker, one Chow Tasina Namchoom, in his complaint letter stated that he had submitted an application on 21 June, seeking information from the DFO regarding allocation of fund and execution of work under the 13th Finance Commission grant during 2016-’17.
‘But no information has been provided till date,’ Namchoom said.