The Assam Information Commission (AIC) vide an order issued on January 12, 2018 imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the State Public Information Officer (SPIO) of the Guwahati Municipal Commission (GMC), for failing to provide required information pertaining to building permission records in an RTI second appeal case.
In the same order, the State Chief Information Commissioner, Assam, HS Das has also directed the Commissioner of GMC to retrieve or to re-construct the missing building permission records and furnish the same to the concerned appellant, stated a government press communiqué.
The Commission has taken a serious note of the repeated complaints of unauthorised constructions in Guwahati city.
It may be noted that Assam Information Commission receives a good number of RTI appeal and complaint petitions concerning building permissions granted by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and Guwahati Municipal Commission (GMC).
“In this connection, it has come to the notice of the State Chief Information Commissioner that such building permission records are often reported to be missing,” the press communiqué added.