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Disclosure policies

Several intergovernmental institutions have established their offices to carry out a range of programmes and activities to improve development and governance in South Asia. As these bodies have diplomatic immunity they have no obligation to provide information to citizens under any FOI/RTI law of any country. Nevertheless, several such international bodies have instituted policies for disclosing information about their functioning in order to promote accountability. In this section you will find the full text of the disclosure policies specific to intergovernmental institutions functioning in South Asia.


The Committee of Secretaries of Legislative Department of Ministry of Justice, Government of India on 5th February, 2015 came up with a policy on pre-legislative consultation which is to be invariably followed by every Ministry?Department of Central Government before any legislative proposal is submitted to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. It also requires that the comments/suggestions from the public or the stakeholders should also be made avaible in the public domain. The policy is a commendable initiative in promoting transparency and accountability of the Government....Read more
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