Gurgaon official fined for stonewalling RTI query

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Gurgaon, Feb 9 (IANS) The Haryana state information commission has imposed a Rs.5,000 fine on Gurgaon’s District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO) Narender Singh for not replying to an RTI request.

Sudhir Yadav had sought information, through a request made on January 31, 2015, about how much money was drawn and spent by members of the Zila Parishad and the Block Samiti in the last financial year.

He was called on first appeal but DDPO Singh missed the meeting without any justified reason and kept him waiting for over two hours.

Yadav then filed a complaint with the state information commission about the behaviour of officials in the DDPO office.

Acting on the complaint, the commission issued show cause notice to Singh who failed to respond.

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The commission called the DDPO for a final hearing on February 1, 2016, and imposed the fine after the officer failed to present himself personally.

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