Chennai floods: State told to share details of action against officials

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The Tamil Nadu Information Commission has directed State authorities to share details of action taken against officials in the Chennai Corporation, Revenue and Disaster Management Departments, in connection with the alleged misuse of funds meant for flood prevention/relief operations in 2015.
The case arises out of a petition filed by a resident of Ullagaram, who lodged a complaint with the Tahsildar, Sholinganallur, demanding action against officials who misused funds meant for preventing floods and relief operations after the natural calamity.
He preferred the complaint months after the devastating floods caused huge loss to life and property, particularly in the southern parts of Chennai, four years ago.
‘No action’With no perceptible action taken on his complaint, the petitioner, S. Kumar, wrote to the Public Information Officer/Tahsildar, Sholinganallur, seeking to know, under Section 6(1) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the action taken against officials based on his petition.
Not convinced with the response of the PIO and the first appellate authority, the petitioner moved the Tamil Nadu Information Commission to direct the authorities to provide the information that he sought for. The contention of the PIO was that the details wanted by Mr. Kumar was obtained from the Chennai Corporation and sent already.
State Information Commissioner S. Selvaraj who heard both sides noted that the public authorities had not provided the information sought by the petitioner in full and on time.
He directed the PIOs in the Revenue Administration and Disaster Management Department to provide free of cost the details of action taken against officials concerned based on the complaint lodged by the petitioner and report compliance of the order.
Mr. Selvaraj also sought an explanation from the PIO/Tahsildar as to why disciplinary action should not recommended against him and a maximum penalty of Rs.25,000 be imposed under the provisions of Section 20(2) of the Act.