KP districts show dismal budget preparation

The budget preparation process is dismally weak in majority districts of PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) where performance of 86 percent districts can be termed very weak and 14 percent as moderate. “The budget preparation process is very weak in 18 districts (86%), and moderate in 14% districts, calling for serious concerted efforts for policy reforms,
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Budget-making process ‘non-transparent’

Budget-making process ‘non-transparent’

ISLAMABAD: Budget making process in Pakistan continues to be obscure amid the creative budgeting practices such as block allocations. This was highlighted in a recent research study on Budget Transparency and Accountability in Punjab conducted by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI). During the study, it was revealed that for fiscal year 2014-15, Punjab’s
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Right to Information in Pakistan-A Historical Perspective

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KP CM spends Rs2.6m on entertainment, bakery items

KP CM spends Rs2.6m on entertainment, bakery items

ISLAMABAD: While Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is vehemently preaching austerity and end to VIP culture, his chief minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pervaiz Khattak has spent Rs2.6 million of the public money on entertainment and bakery items alone during the last one year, The News has learnt. According to documents provided by the
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Umar Cheema wins RTI Award for journalists

ISLAMABAD: The News investigative reporter Umar Cheema has won Coalition on Right to Information’s (CRTI) RTI Annual Champion Award for his efforts to promote right to information through investigative reporting and filing of over one dozen information requests with various government departments. The award was given in a ceremony hosted by Centre for Peace and
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Information is everybody’s power now

SAHIWAL: The bureaucracy backed by traditional red-tape has been good at concealing information from the public for decades but the time has come for them to share information with those seeking it. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Dr Sajid Mahmood Chohan said this at an interactive public forum on ‘Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act
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Rs2.6 million spent on moon sighting in one year

ISLAMABAD: Contrary to common belief that the government spends a heavy amount on sighting of moon only Rs2.6 million were spent on meetings of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee during last fiscal year. The amount was spent on air-tickets, and hotel stay of the members who travelled from other parts of the country to Karachi for
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Awareness raising walk held to celebrate 12th international Right to Know day

Islamabad/thedemocrate.com;  Government is custodian of the information and citizens have the right to access information held by government departments to ensure judicious use of public resources. Every year on 28th September, Right to Know day is celebrated throughout the world to highlight citizen’s right to information held by the governments. Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives
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Get to Know

Get to Know

Though effective on papers, the implementation status of Punjab and KPK right to information laws is not up to the mark. As the world celebrates 12th International Right to Know Day today, it would be appropriate to take stock of the legislative landscape of right to information laws of the country with special focus on
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Bureaucrats hampering free flow of information, says study

ISLAMABAD: Despite enactment of Right to Information (RTI) laws in two major provinces of the country, the bureaucracy in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) continues to offer stiff resistance to efforts for transparency, openness and good governance. According to a latest research study, the baboos in the two provinces are reluctant to acknowledge people’s right to
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CDGR financial activities still on hold

CDGR financial activities still on hold

rawalpindi -  All the financial activities of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) are on halt owing to the vacant seat of Executive District Officer (EDO) Finance and Planning, reliable sources revealed to The Nation here on Thursday. According to sources, the office of EDO Finance and Planning has been running without the officer concerned for
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Lacuna found in budget-making process at grassroots level

Majority of the district governments in Punjab prepared their annual budgets without public consultation and following rules and regulations due to the absence of the elected local government system, says a survey. Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI), in collaboration with Citizens Network for Budget Accountability (CNBA), carried out an extensive survey in all
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Budget preparation: Rawalpindi district ranked 19th in Punjab

Budget preparation: Rawalpindi district ranked 19th in Punjab

RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi district has been ranked 19th in the province in terms of preparation of budget documents, performance transparency and people’s participation. According to a report released by the Center for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) in collaboration with Citizens Network for Budget Accountability to rank the 36 districts in the province, the district government
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