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KIC – Officials fined for passing wrong info

Posted by mahitihakku on September 17, 2006

Officials fined for passing wrong infoMATHANG SESHAGIRI

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
[ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2006 12:40:55 AM]

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1967469.cms

 

BANGALORE: If you are worried that officials coming between you and your right to information will go scot-free, don’t. Two officials have been slapped with fines — one Rs 500 for not giving information and the other Rs 5,000 for giving misleading information — under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The penalty amount will be deducted from their salaries.

RIGHT TO KNOW

• Karnataka Information Commission imposed a penalty of Rs 500 on Eashwarappa, then public information officer in Tumkur City Municipal Council, for denying information to one B R Panduranga Rao

 

• Rao had sought certified copies of building plans and building licence, but Eashwarappa turned him away, saying records were not available

 

• KIC also slapped Byatarayanapura CMC commissioner C K Dashwanth with a penalty of Rs 5,000 for providing wrong information to B H Veeresh of Bhrastachara Nirmulana Vedike

In the first-ever instance, the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) has imposed a penalty of Rs 500 on Eashwarappa, the then public information officer in the Tumkur City Municipal Council, for denying information to B R Panduranga Rao.

Rao had sought certified copies of building plans and building licence, but Eashwarappa turned him away, saying records were not available. He told the commission that the file was taken away by a joint engineer, who was transferred to Sira and hence the file was missing.

‘‘The commission was not satisfied with the response because he should have tried to trace the records and provide the information. It, therefore, decided to impose a penalty of Rs 500 on Eashwarappa for denying mala fide the information to the complainant,’’ the KIC has ruled.

In another case, the commission has rapped Byatarayanapura CMC commissioner for furnishing misleading information. Commissioner C K Dashwanth has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 5,000. B H Veeresh of Bhrastachara Nirmulana Vedike had filed an application on November 16, 2005 with the CMC, but the information was not only delayed but wrong information was supplied.

When the application sought ‘‘particulars of houses constructed in the civic amenity sites and action taken to protect the CA sites’’, the CMC replied: ‘‘Since the ownership of the CA sites does not vest with us, the same information may be obtained from the Bangalore Development Authority.’’

 

 

 

 


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INDIA: A first under RTI — two erring officials fined

Posted by mahitihakku on September 17, 2006

INDIA: A first under RTI — two erring officials fined

Two officials fined for not abiding by Right to Information act

http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=52501

 

Times of India
Friday, September 8, 2006

Bangalore — If you are worried that officials coming between you and your right to information will go scot-free, don’t.

Two officials have been slapped with fines — one Rs 500 for not giving information and the other Rs 5,000 for giving misleading information — under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The penalty amount will be deducted from their salaries.

In the first-ever instance, the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) has imposed a penalty of Rs 500 on Eashwarappa, the then public information officer in the Tumkur City Municipal Council, for denying information to B R Panduranga Rao.

Rao had sought certified copies of building plans and building licence, but Eashwarappa turned him away, saying records were not available. He told the commission that the file was taken away by a joint engineer, who was transferred to Sira and hence the file was missing.

“The commission was not satisfied with the response because he should have tried to trace the records and provide the information. It, therefore, decided to impose a penalty of Rs 500 on Eashwarappa for denying mala fide the information to the complainant,” the KIC has ruled.

In another case, the commission has rapped Byatarayanapura CMC commissioner for furnishing misleading information. Commissioner C K Dashwanth has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 5,000.

B H Veeresh of Bhrastachara Nirmulana Vedike had filed an application on November 16, 2005 with the CMC, but the information was not only delayed but wrong information was supplied.

When the application sought “particulars of houses constructed in the civic amenity sites and action taken to protect the CA sites”, the CMC replied: “Since the ownership of the CA sites does not vest with us, the same information may be obtained from the Bangalore Development Authority.”

The commission, during the appeal, observed: “The information provided initially was misleading if not false, since it advised the appellant (Veeresh) to approach the BDA while knowing full well that CA sites had not been surrendered to the BDA and as such this information was not likely to be available with them.”

The KIC ruled: “While deciding on the penalty to be levied, the extenuating factor is that Dashwant was not a party to the underlying irregularities, although it does appear that there was clear reluctance to provide correct information with a view to conceal the irregularities committed by the CMC.”

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Karnataka State Information Commission – KIC

Posted by mahitihakku on September 17, 2006

ADDRESS for Communication

 

Karnataka Information Commission
3rd floor, 3rd Stage, Multistoried Buildings
Dr.Ambedkar Road,
Bangalore- 560001.
Ph.No.080-22371191  

                               (1)  Shri. K.K. Misra
                           State Chief Information Commissioner
                           3rd Floor,  3rd Stage,  Multistoried Buildings,
                          
Dr.Ambedkar Road,  Bangalore – 560001.

                           Ph. No. 080-22371191

                           FAX:    080-22371192

 

 

 

                   

                      (3) Shri. S.R.sayinath Prakash
                           Under Secretary and Public Information Officer (P.I.O)

                           3rd Floor,  3rd Stage,  Multistoried Buildings,
                          
Dr.Ambedkar Road,  Bangalore – 560001.

                           Ph. No. 080-22371194

  

Kannada Press Release regarding shifting of office

 http://www.kic.gov.in/kannada_office_shifting_press_release.bmp

                       English Press Release regarding shifting of office

http://www.kic.gov.in/English_office_shifting_press_release.bmp

 

 

 

 

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BDA: 771 apply in 12 months

Posted by mahitihakku on September 17, 2006

771 apply in 12 months

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/sep172006/city2010582006916.asp

 
Unauthorised apartments, unplanned layouts, building and zonal violations and frauds in sale of property are all characteristics of a City succumbing to unbridled growth. The only shield to gullible property buyers risking a hasty buy, as the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) claims, is the Right to Information Act.
 

Is your apartment facing a threat of demolition because it has an the additional floor which not shown in the approved plan? Have you been allotted a site on a CA site earmarked for a park?

Unauthorised apartments, unplanned layouts, building and zonal violations and frauds in sale of property are all characteristics of a City succumbing to unbridled growth. The only shield to gullible property buyers risking a hasty buy, as the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) claims, is the Right to Information Act.

A staggering 771 RTI applications were received by BDA in the last 12 months. Says BDA Commissioner M K Shankarlinge Gowda, “BDA has designated 14 officers as Public Information Officers to answer queries pertaining to land acquisition, land compensation, award, notification, de-notification, plan sanction, change in land use, Site allotment, registration of sites, among other issues. We have also voluntarily disclosed much of the information on the list of authorised and unauthorised projects, housing projects, allotments etc. on the website.”

The BDA officials argue that RTI can effectively help the citizens in verifying the documents before properties change hands. It also help curb malpractice among builders and developers.

HOW TO APPLY

Avail form after paying Rs 10

Fill in details like name, address, information sought

Collect acknowledgement after depositing the form

Follow-up if there is no reply within 30 days after submitting form.

PRICE OF INFO

Document copies at Rs 2 per page

Sketch or building plan includes actual cost of photocopying.

First one-hour inspection of records is free

Rs 5 for every 30 minutes after the first hour of inspection of records

What every buyer must check

Copies of approved plan for the building

Survey numbers of the property.

Occupancy certificate on completion of the projects

No objection certificate

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Posted by mahitihakku on September 14, 2006

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