As the world celebrates the 14th International Right to Know day today, it is appropriate to discuss the role of legislation, political parties, regulatory bodies and international best practices in protecting the right to information, freedom of expression and other human rights both off-line and in digital spaces.
LAHORE: More than half of the Punjab’s district based development budget has gone only to the provincial capital, as revealed by a detailed analysis of this year’s budget document.
ISLAMABAD: Despite slight improvement in health facilities, at least 284 Basic Health Units (BHU) are operating without doctors in only 13 districts of Punjab, official figures revealed.
MULTAN: The Punjab Information Commission (PIC) has summoned the Multan Women University registrar on June 27 for violating the Right to Information Act and not sharing information to a complainant regarding recruitment of admin officers.
Punjab Information Commissioner Mukhtar Ahmad Ali, in his order No AD (A&C) PIC-2-247/2016, has directed the registrar to appear with relevant record. He has warned the registrar that in case of non-appearance, the commission may pass an ex parte order and proceed under Section 15 or 16 of the act.
The commission had earlier issued notices on April 5 and 22 but the registrar did not respond. To it, the complainant again filed a petition. Earlier, in a complaint, civil society activist Raza Ali said that he had filed an application with the university registrar, seeking information on recruitment of admin officers under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 on March 21.
He said that he sought information on recruitment of admin officers i.e. list of candidates, criteria of selection, copies of educational documents, professional certificates, list of members who were part of interview committee and copies of interview mark sheets of selected candidates.
He said that the university assistant registrar shared incomplete information, stating that some requisition was restricted under Section 13 of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act.
Public officials use tactics of hiding behind rules, procedures and even constitutional provisions to hold back information from citizens.
“If no one knows what you’re doing, then no one knows what you’re doing wrong,” a dialogue spoken by quintessential bureaucrat Sir Humphrey Appleby, of BBC’s famous TV comedy ‘Yes Minister’ encapsulates in one single line what prevents public officials from sharing information with public.
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.
The process of filing information requests under the Right to Information laws should be easy and cost-effective
One of the core principles of Right to Information (RTI) legislation is that the process of filing information requests should be easy and cost-effective. The logic behind this principle is to facilitate citizens in exercising their right to information.