The central information commission has slapped a penalty of Rs.25,000= on a Delhi government official for not giving information related to the pension status of a 70 year old woman. The commission has also asked for compensation of Rs.5,000= to be paid to her.
Taking a stern view of laxity in implementing his order on disclosing status of pension , information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu warned the Delhi government’s women and child development department that if this order was not complied with and the report not provided within one month, the commission would be compelled to take measures to prosecute the concerned officials.
The department had withheld information related to the status of pension of a 70 year old poor woman whose pension was stopped abruptly by the Delhi government without giving her intimation to open a bank account. The government had decided that the pension will no longer be delivered in the post office and the pensioner would have to open a bank account.
source: The Times of India, New Delhi, April 8, 2014, page 3