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RTI Act 2005 – Furnishing Wrong Information

RTI Act 2005 – Furnishing Wrong Information – RTI provides for imposition of penalty and recommendation of disciplinary action

There are a number of cases where an applicant has filed first appeal with the First Appellate Authority in the Public Authority concerned and second appeal/complaint with the Central Information Commission/State Information , as the case may be, inter-alia, due to the following reasons:
(i) Non-receipt of information within prescribed time;
(ii) Denial of request of information;
(iii) If he/she believes that incomplete/misleading or false information under this Act has been given by the Public Information Officer.
The number of second appeals/complaints registered by the Central Information Commission during three years is as under:
2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
22800 28875 33922
The Right to Information Act, 2005 already provides for imposition of penalty and recommendation of disciplinary action by the Central Information Commission/State Information Commission, as the case may be, against the Public Information Officer who has knowingly given incorrect, incomplete or misleading information under the RTI Act. The CIC/SICs have been imposing such penalties and also recommending disciplinary action against such Public Information Officers.
This was stated by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in written reply to a question by  Shri Bharat Ram Meghwal  today.
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