National RTI News
Right to Information (RTI) Laws: a Best Tool to Get Rid of Corruption
Effective use of RTI laws is a best tool to get rid of corruption from Pakistan said by Mian Abrar Hafeez, Secretary General, Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP). On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, Mian Abrar said that corruption is a social, political and economic dilemma that affects all countries of the world.
KP’s Right to Information Act
In his article, M. Shafiq Anjum viewed that remarkable approval of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act, 2013 on November 1, 2013 by Provincial Assembly is a vital step to guarantee citizen’s right to information and ensure transparency.
RTI bill still seen strong tool for access to information
The Right to Information (RTI) bill approved by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly with the select committee-inserted amendments on November 1, 2013 is still seen as a strong instrument to afford the people the right to access to information or record held by a public body.
Right to Information Law: ‘Other provinces should follow Punjab, K-P’
The fact that Right to Information (RTI) laws are in place in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) should be welcomed and replicated in the rest of the country. This was stated by Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP) Secretary General Abrar Hafeez in a press release. He said that although it took the government longer than it should have, the enactment of RTI laws is commendabl
Civil Society in Pakistan demands the deletion of the offence section in the KP RTI Act
The Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) has welcomed the enacting of the RTI law which acknowledges citizens’ right to access information held by public bodies. However, it expressed reservations over the inclusion of a section about criminal offence in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Right to Information Act 2013. The CRTI also demands the provincial government take steps for the establishment of the K-P Information Commission and to launch awareness campaigns for citizens,” concluded the press release.
Compared to KP, federal Information Bill is a tame, vague effort to deny info
The draft law has treated parliament as a sacred cow, denying the public right to seek any information about it.On the contrary, the judiciary, which has a special status in the Constitution, can be approached for information about its working.
Punjab freedom of information bill: Civil society rejects draft - DAWN ...
Maximized time of redressal mechanism, long list of arbitrary “exemptions”, safeguarding many public domain information with the notion of “national defense or security”, “public order” and “public interest”, concealing commercial interest of a public body running with taxpayers’ money and not questioning government ability to manage economy were some of the points they criticized during a discussion on the draft bill, which the Punjab government has offered for public comments.
KPK info bill a catalyst for change
Although promulgation of Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has largely gone unnoticed in the media, it is set to become a catalyst for change by practically recognising the people’s right to know through a law considered one of the best in the world.
Proposed accountability body can even arrest CM .
A Senate committee on information and broadcasting approved the draft Right to Information bill just before the end of the Parliament session last week. However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province had already passed an ordinance on this on August 13.
Pakistan RTI draft promises to hold defense department accountable ...
The new bill has made it difficult for information seekers to be rebuffed and there is no blanket immunity for the Defence Ministry … The new bill also proposes to override all other acts including the Official Secrets act. It has also brought NGOs under the ambit of the law and there could be an open debate on whether madrassas or political parties can be under scrutiny.
Promising autonomy: Govt to set up accountability commission.
The structure of the commission was shared by Information Minister Shah Farman during a press briefing at Officers Mess on Tuesday. Farman said the PTI government was not satisfied with the anti-corruption bodies in the province, which will be dissolved after the accountability commission is established.