Local Governments in Sindh Province are in place since last year after the LG elections under the Local Government Act 2013. The absence of Local Government budget rules jeopardizes the financial authority promised by the constitution to the district governments. Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI) demands formulation of local government budget rules in Sindh. The province has its new local government law ‘Sindh Local Government Act, 2013’ in place but no budget rules have yet been devised to execute the budget making function at district level.
While Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh have enacted effective right to information laws, federal Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 and Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005 are the most ineffective right to information laws in the country, according to Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI).
Why is effective right to information law important for good governance? It is so because it enables citizens and journalists to get certified information and copies of records available with public bodies as a right and not as a favor of public officials. Furthermore, an effective right to information law allows citizens and journalists to get information from public bodies on topics and timing of their own choosing. In the absence of a right to information law, public bodies share only that information that they deem fit to disclose and on the time of their own choosing. Therefore, a good right to information law is a prerequisite for accountability of public officials and elected representatives.
ISLAMABAD: Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) has declared the cabinet-approved RTI bill as structurally flawed and ineffective, terming the draft law as “so ineffective and structurally flawed that it can’t be improved”.
ISLAMABAD: In the wake of Panama Leaks, rumour mills are in full swing and have started churning out about the very future of democracy in the country. In such a scenario, it is all the more important to strengthen democratic institutions in the country through an effective Right to Information (RTI) law.
Jhang: The Punjab Information Commission (PIC) has issued notice against the Registrar, The Women University, Multan to share information about recent recruitment of “Admin Officer”.
According to Source a Right to Information (RTI) activist from Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) from Jhang district, Raza Ali, filed an information request with Registrar, The Women University Multan seeking information about recent recruitment of Admin Officer in the University by using The Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 on March 21, 2016.
The Applicant requested information regarding recruitment of admin officer i.e. list of candidates, criteria of the selection, copies of educational documents, professional certificates, list of members who were part of interview panel committee and copies of interview marks sheets of selected candidates. Assistant registrar shared the incomplete information and stated some requisition fall exempted under section 13 of The Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.
However, the applicant filed complaint to PIC for incomplete information on March 29, 2016. The commission reviewed the complained and issued notice to registrar to share the requested information as soon as possible not later than April 20, 2016.
The Commission also directed the body to implement sections 4 and 7 of the Act, post contact details of public information officers on the website, and establish a mechanism to decide all pending or future complaints within the timeframe prescribed in section 10 of the Act. Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ali, Information Commissioner said that it is legal right of any citizen of a legal person to access information from public bodies. Any violation of the Law or delay of can result in penalties as per section 15 or 16 of the Act.
LAKKI MARWAT: The Lakki Marwat district government on Friday launched its website at a ceremony held in the district headquarters complex, Tajazai, here.
ISLAMABAD: Tackling crime and social disorder requires working together of the police and local community.
This was stated by National Police Bureau (NPB) Gender Crime Cell Director Abbas Hussain Malik while speaking at the launch of a handbook on community policing organised by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) here at a hotel on Wednesday.
Malik highlighted the significance of community policing in tackling the growing levels of crime.
The event, organised with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the European Union, was attended by a diverse audience comprising citizens from all walks of life.
Senior police officials, including Islamabad AIG Operations Asher Hameed, Azad Jammu and Kashmir AIG Faheem Ahmed Khan, Karachi DIG Crime Branch Azhar Rasheed Khan, K-P
SSP Investigation Abdul Rasheed Khan, Islamabad SP Crime Branch Zubair Sheikh and Rawalpindi DSP VIP Security Shamshad Akhtar shared their insights on the subject.
CPDI Programme Manager Bilal Saeed delivered a presentation to provide an overview of the handbook on community policing.
Saeed discussed the pros and cons of various community policing initiatives undertaken across the country, and expressed hope that police would adopt the indigenised framework on community policing presented in the publication.
NPB Gender Crime Cell Deputy Director Mahreen Maqsood explained the various initiatives of the bureau currently under way, directed at uplifting the image of the police, and towards implementing community policing in the country.
She also expressed the possibility of collaborative efforts with the CPDI to take push for community policing in the country.
The speakers at the event were of the unanimous view that community policing must be implemented in the country, and the image of police must be corrected to strengthen police-community relations.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2015.