Punishment to Govt servant for no time-bound service

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 02 May 2013 21:38 IST

Government servants would now be fined as well as disciplinary action would be initiated against them if they do not serve the public or dispose of the files in specified time.

They would also face imprisonment up to three years if they mismanage the government property.

The Goa (Right of Citizens to time-bound delivery of public services) Bill was today passed on the last day of the 28-day long Assembly session.

The bill primarily makes the government authorities accountable to follow Citizens’ Charter displayed in their offices, failing which actions of various kinds have been proposed in this bill.

The bill, which was submitted on 29 April, was today passed by voice vote.

Besides taking care and responsibility of moveable and immoveable government property, the bill also deals with encroachment on government property even by blocking or digging without permission.

The bill has made it a criminal offence with a fine from Rs 10,000 to Rs 10 lakh and imprisonment up to three years.

PUBLIC SERVICES

While defining specific time to provide all kind of public services, the fine would be Rs 50 per day to Rs 2500 for each offence of failure to provide public service or delay it.

In case of deficiency in public service, the fine however would be up to Rs 5000.

The citizen now will have a right to appeal, within 30 days; if the application made to the government office is rejected or it is delayed or even if the service is deficient.

The appellate authority, at the level of the administrative secretary, has to dispose of the appeal, again within 30 days.

Though the appellate authority has been powers similar to the civil court, the Government (means the minister concerned) can penalize also the appellate authority with a fine from Rs 1000 to Rs 5000, if the appeal is not disposed of in time.

DISPOSING OF FILES

The Right to Public Services bill also proposes punishment for not disposing of files within specified time.

The fine here is Rs 500 per day.

In case of government officers, Chief Secretary has been given powers to fine the officers for the lapses.

The minister will have powers to punish any statutory authority, public body, government committee, government society or any other legal authority or body.

In case there is a doubt on the question of authority, the Chief Minister will have powers to decide.

In addition to fine, the government service will also face disciplinary action for the offence, which would be a bailable cognizable offence.

COGNISABLE OFFENCE

In case all these provisions are not complied with, the government servant will face a fine of Rs 10,000 and trial by the principal sessions judge while making it a non-bailable cognizable offence. 

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