Lax approach: Govt takes nine months to answer questions

Lax approach: Govt takes nine months to answer questions

ISLAMABAD: It takes some nine months for a child to be born, and on an average, the same time is required to get a response to a question in the Punjab provincial assembly, exactly 269 days — 38 weeks — nine months. Shocking as it may seem, but the average time taken by the provincial
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Punjab commission for review of laws against right to information

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab Information Commission (PIC) has asked the provincial government to review its laws that are in conflict with citizens’ right to information as guaranteed by Article 19-A of the Constitution. In a recent order, the Punjab Information Commissioner Mukhtar Ahmad Ali directed the provincial secretary Health and his subordinates to take immediate steps
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Most DCOs continue to jealously guard ‘information’

Most DCOs continue to jealously guard ‘information’

LAHORE: A majority of the DCOs in Punjab is not willing to share information with citizens under the Transparency and the Right to Information Act, simply ignoring related applications or contesting them on one pretext or another. Most have also not appointed information officers in contravention of the law enacted last year. Such officers are
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A right step towards Right to Information

May 14, 2006: Leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party and the PML-N sign the Charter of Democracy. In it is a clause that reads: “Access to information will become law after parliamentary debate and public scrutiny”. Yet to this date, the Freedom of Information Ordinance (FIO) 2002 at the centre stands unrepealed. Thankfully though, it
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310 out of 732 Punjab BHUs working sans doctors

ISLAMABAD: Despite claiming success for the construction of mega projects in big cities, the Punjab government has failed to ensure the provision of basic health facilities to almost half of its population, official documents have confirmed. According to the data collected by this correspondent from 10 districts of the Punjab under the Punjab Right to
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FPSC also has double standards in giving information

ISLAMABAD: It is not just the bureaucracy that practices doublespeak; the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) too resorts to this practice, depending on who is seeking the information. In March this year, The News filed a Right to Information (RTI) request with the FPSC, seeking – among other questions – a district-wise breakdown of candidates
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KP govt using helicopters in violation of rules

ISLAMABAD: Tall claims of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to end the VIP culture in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have dashed to the ground as KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and members of his cabinet, who were not entitled to avail this facility, used official helicopters on 32 occasions in violation of the rules and procedures, sources told
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Citizens’ oversight of the 18th amendment

Peshawar,Despite its passage over four years ago, two successive governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have made no progress on implementation of 18th amendment in letter and spirit. This was discussed during a one-day conference on ‘Citizens’ Oversight on Implementation of 18th Amendment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ organized by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) in
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Training sought for officials making budget at district level

TIMERGARA: A non-profit civil society organisation has compiled a study showing that budget making process at district level in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is dismally weak and called for proper training and provision of required facilities to the concerned officers to ensure efficient budget making. The study on budget making process in KP by the Centre for
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Punjab conceals facts while KP provides requested details

ISLAMABAD: Two Right to Information (RTI) requests asking same questions have drawn different response as Punjab has concealed facts whereas Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provided all requested details in true letter and spirit of the RTI law, referred as sunshine law. The Punjab Information Department, responding to a question, claimed that the Information Commission has its office that
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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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