The Development, Environment, Legal Aid, Technical Support and Advocacy Association (Delta), a non-governmental organisation, demanded to Right To Information (RTI) law, to be extended to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), to give right to tribesmen for accessing of basic information. The organisation in a press release issued on Saturday said the rights provided under the RTI Act, should be also be provided to the residents of Fata.
It further said this can be accorded through extending the legislation to cover the area of Fata through a presidential notification. The organisation said as per Article 19-A of the Constitution, it is the fundamental right of all citizens to have access to information at federal and provincial levels. The KPK government's newly promulgated Right To Information Act (RTI Act) 2013 is a bold attempt to bring transparency to the province.
Naazlee Sardar President of Delta recommended the following improvements be made to the legislation on RTI Act of KPK, at different forums. The Delta aims to improve engagement between citizens and government in order to promote good governance in Pakistan. Delta, under a USAID grant, has conducted several consultations on countering corruption and improving transparency and accountability mechanisms in KPK, and also is broadcasting radio programs on FM-101 on the subject.
The Delta said that the commission comprises of representatives from the legal fraternity and civil society but does not have media representation. The media is in the forefront in highlighting issues regarding corruption. Hence a member from the media must be included in the Information Commission alongside other members, it added.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2013