Govt un­able to ful­fill most re­cent prom­ise for tabling of RTI Bill

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: PILDAT's Monthly Mon­i­tor on Know­ing Your Right to In­for­ma­tion for the Month of De­cem­ber, 2015 notes that the most re­cent prom­ise made by the Fed­eral govern­ment for tabling of the RTI Bill has re­mained un­ful­filled. This fol­lows other un­met prom­ises made by se­nior Govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, such as Mr. Per­vaiz Rashid, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion, Broad­cast­ing & Na­tional Her­itage. The Mon­i­tor also com­ments on the im­pact of the on­line dis­clo­sure of MNA at­ten­dance records on the over­all rate of at­ten­dance in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

In spite of the ex­pec­ta­tions of civil so­ci­ety, at­ten­dance in the 24th, 25th and 26th Ses­sions of the Na­tional As­sem­bly does not yet show signs of trend­ing pos­i­tively. The Sindh Govern­ment's fail­ure to im­ple­ment its ex­ist­ing Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act or make pub­lic a copy of its vaunted new RTI Bill is also cov­ered in this month's is­sue of the Mon­i­tor. Also cov­ered in this month's Mon­i­tor is the Pun­jab Gov­er­nor House's fail­ure to com­ply with the Pun­jab In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sion's or­der for dis­clo­sure of its an­nual ex­pen­di­ture records. Fi­nally, in KP, the Mon­i­tor notes with con­cern the lack of a mech­a­nism for col­lect­ing fines from of­fend­ers un­der the RTI Act, which has sig­nif­i­cantly ham­pered en­force­ment of the law in the Prov­ince? The com­plete text of PILDAT's Mon­i­tor on Know­ing Your Right to In­for­ma­tion for De­cem­ber 2015 can be ac­cessed by click­ing here.

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