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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Entries invited for RTI Award 2014

Islamabad: The Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) has constituted the Annual RTI Champion Award to protect and promote citizens’ right to information held by public bodies. The award ceremony will be held every year on September 28 to celebrate International Right to Know Day. Each year, a citizen, a journalist and an NGO will
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Punjab’s citizens have no say in budget preparation for dist govts

RAWALPINDI: A 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. This was stated in a report, ‘Study of budget making process at district level in Punjab (2014-15)’ prepared by the Centre for Peace and
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Education woes: Call for devolution of school affairs to communities

Education woes: Call for devolution of school affairs to communities

One of the issues facing the education sector in Pakistan is the dysfunctional school management bodies (SMB). Comprising parents, local community members, teachers and philanthropists, the bodies oversee all administrative matters of schools including financial management and internal audit. Experts think SMBs is the solution to many issues confronting our education system. The Free and
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