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Punjab bureaucrats render RTI toothless

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ISLAMABAD: The much touted Right to Information (RTI) law in Punjab is becoming a toothless piece of legislation as the top government officials are disregarding the orders of Punjab Information Commission by continuously blocking public access to information. Almost 50 days have passed since the commission unanimously ordered the Governor House officials to share information […]

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Enforcement of RTI law in Punjab being impeded

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ISLAMABAD: The Punjab Information Commission has complained that non-serious attitude of public bodies is impeding the implementation of Right to Information (RTI) law in the province, urging the provincial government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to take cognisance of the issue. In its first annual report for 2014-15, the commission, which is tasked to promote free […]

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Cost in violation of ‘KP Right to Information Act 2013’

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Islamabad: The “Schedule of Fees for Hard Copies,” notified by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission on December 19, 2014 has shifted the burden of postal costs from public bodies to citizens if the requested information is more than 20 pages. If the requested information is more than 20 pages, a citizen will have to pay Rs […]

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KPK govt better than Punjab in access to information

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ISLAMABAD: Despite lagging behind Punjab in many areas, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government is far ahead of Shahbaz Sharif’s Punjab government in the implementation of Right to Information (RTI) Act. The official data and the research conducted by this correspondent indicate that the bureaucracy in KPK seems readier to share information regarding its working to […]

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Fate of Right to Information Act hangs in balance

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LAHORE: Six months after the introduction of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act (RTI) 2014, the government has failed to implement the legislation and has not reserved any funds for the purpose in this year’s budget. This has raised questions about the establishment of the Punjab Information Commission (PIC), and the three information […]

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No right to know

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Despite the fact that this is a compulsory requirement under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 (RTI) passed last December by the provincial assembly, the government has not yet established a Punjab Information Commission (PIC) or Press Information Officers (PIO) in any public body. Under the Act, the government is required to […]

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Punjab right to information act still in stillborn state

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LAHORE: The Punjab government has not yet established a Punjab Information Commission (PIC) or Press Information Officers (PIO) in any public body, even as these are mandatory under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 (RTI), The Express Tribune has learnt. The Punjab Assembly passed the RTI Act 2013 in December last year, […]

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PA adopts Right to Information bill

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LAHORE: The provincial assembly on Thursday passed “Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Bill,” along with four other bills, rejecting almost all changes suggested by the opposition. The Right to Information bill carried two amendments that differentiate it from the original act. Clause Five of the bill maintained: “Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, any […]

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Right to Information Bill tabled in PA

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By: Hussain Kashif LAHORE: The Punjab government tabled and started debate on the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Bill 2013 in the provincial assembly on Wednesday to make compulsory for government departments to provide the demanded information within the next 14 working days to the citizens. Under the proposed laws, a special commission would […]

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