Govt urged to ensure citizens participation in budget preparation

BADIN      –     Experts urged the federal, provincial and district governments to ensure fully and active participation of common people and citizens in the preparation of budget at district and provincial level. 

Addressing a seminar titled “Consultation over preparation of district Budget” organised by Indus Development Society (IDS) in collaboration with Center for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) at Thalassemia Center Hall Badin on Wednesday which was participated by large number of representatives of CSOs and speakers including Tufiq Ahmed Wasan, Dr Sahib Khan Khoso, Razia Ujjan, Fida Soomro, Khadim Talpur, Noor Jahan Chandio, Hyder Panhwar and others said that common people were being ignored at each level of budget preparation that indicated the inappropriate steps of budget preparation. Speakers indicted that corruption was being committed in all departments and no transparency was ensured adding that institutions had been destructed rather than development. “Govt should device the plan to get know the priorities areas of common people of district as real budget to be suggested by the lawmakers in their respective forums,” they added.

Finally the moot urged the govt departments and district administration to ensure the participation of common people specially women in preparation of the budget. Earlier, Tufiq Ahmed Wasan, Provincial Coordinator, CPDI discussed detailed of budgetary components of different district budget and participants raised their queries amid to make clarity.

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First-ever NFIC set up in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD  –  The first ever National Forum of Information Commissioners (NFIC) has been established in Pakistan after federal and all provincial information commissioners gathered here to discuss the challenges being faced by public to get information from government bodies under relevant right to information (RTI) laws.

The forum consists of all in-service information commissioners from federal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. With regular meetings and learning from each other, the forum will make a joint effort for a transparent and accountable regime in Pakistan

The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), a not-for-profit civil society organization, laid foundation of the national forum in Islamabad- a move that is being described as a historic achievement in the RTI (right to information) history of the country.

The two-day inaugural meeting of NFIC concluded on Friday, here in Islamabad. The meeting was attended by the information commissioners from Pakistan Information Commission (Federal), Punjab Information Commission, KP RTI Commission and Sindh Information Commission.

All the commissioners welcomed the idea of a joint forum of information commissioners in Pakistan and pledged to learn from each other’s experiences. The commissions shared their progress, success stories, issues, challenges faced while implementing RTI laws in their jurisdictions.

Several issues were also discussed including non-allocation of financial resources, lack of administrative support from government, delay in finalizing the working rules and subsequent shortage of staff, resistance in disclosing information and colonial mindset of public bodies etc.

At the end, all information commissioners agreed that culture of secrecy and colonial mindset was prevalent in Pakistan. Transparency, good governance with maximum disclosure and better service delivery can only achieved with the bona fide implementation of RTI laws in Pakistan.

A declaration was also signed by the commissioners where they pledged to ensure access to information in the service of people without any fear of favour.

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National Forum of Information Commissioners launched

PESHAWAR: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has laid the foundation of the first-ever National Forum of Information Commissioners (NFIC) in Pakistan.

A press release said the forum consists of all in-service information commissioners from federal, KP, Punjab and Sindh. With regular meetings and learning from each other, the forum will make a joint effort for a transparent and accountable regime in Pakistan.

The two-day inaugural meeting of the NFIC concluded on Friday, in Islamabad. It was attended by the Information Commissioners from Pakistan Information Commission (Federal), Punjab Information Commission, KP RTI Commission and Sindh Information Commission.

All the commissioners welcomed the idea of a joint forum of the information commissioners and pledged to learn from each other’s experiences.

The CPDI is an independent, non-partisan and a not-for-profit registered civil society organization working on the issues of development and peace in Pakistan.

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