For the first time in the state,eight officers in Ludhiana have been issued notices for violating provisions of the Right to Service (RTS) Act. Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari issued the notices to the eight for causing delay in providing information and for general pendency of cases in their offices.
The maximum penalty of Rs 5,000 has also been imposed on four of the officers. They include the district transport officer Ashwini Kumar,the district health officer Dr Kulwinder Singh,the Tehsildar East Gursewak Singh Sidhu and the Tehsildar West Balwinder Pal Singh.
Both the tehsildars,however,have been issued two notices each.
The other officers who have been issued notices are the Naib Tehsildar Dehlon,Harbans Singh,Niab Tehsildar Koomkalan,Bahadur Singh,Niab Tehsildaar Mullanpur,Harvinder Singh and Niab Tehsildaar Sahnewal,Ashish Mehra.
The officers have been issued the notices for,as per the RTS, services need to be provided within 5 days,while in the offices of the above mentioned officers many files were found to be lying for more than 20 days.
The eight,however,may have got off lightly. As per the notices,the penalty calculated for the Tehsildar East is worth Rs 17.98 lakh according to the pending cases.
As per the RTS Act,a penalty of Rs 250 per day for each delayed day of a file is calculated but the maximum penalty that can be imposed is Rs 5,000 only. It is a similar scenario for the other officers.
The penalty calculated for the Tehsildar West is Rs 3.56 lakh while the actual penalty calculated for the district health officer is Rs 6.02 lakhs. For district transport officer- the penalty calculated as per the pending cases in his office is Rs 49,000.
Though we have calculated the actual penalty but the maximum which can be deducted from their salaries is Rs 5,000 only. They have been asked to explain the reason for the delay. The idea is not to punish anyone but to make them alert regarding providing services on time, DC Tiwari said.