Chirag Desai

10.52 lakh worth of fines under RTI during FY15–16


The Central Information Commission (CIC) looks after second appeals and complaints received by the commission with respect to the Right to Information Act, 2005.

According to the RTI Act, 2005, Section 20 (1), a fine of Rs. 250 per day up to a maximum of Rs. 25,000 pay be imposed on an Information Officer for refusing an application, not furnishing a reply within stipulated timeframes, malafidely denies the request or furnishes incorrect information.

During the FY15–16, Rs. 10,52,500 penalty was imposed, as against Rs. 7,39,000 during the previous FY. 19,25,000 was fined during FY13–14.

^1 The Right to Information Act, 2005