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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday said it will clear by June 30 75 per cent of cases pending since 2013. NAB chief Qamar Zaman Chaudhary said the move will help end backlog of cases whereas the remaining 25 per cent of cases have been forwarded for thorough investigation. For more click below http://tribune.com.pk/story/904171/right-to-information-informed-citizens-help-in-government-accountability-nab-chief/...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Article 19-A of the Constitution of Pakistan states, “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law.”With this fundamental right granted to the people of Pakistan, the country finally entered the era of transparency but the weak law continues to make this process tiresome and inhibitive. The undefined linguistics of restrictions and the broad generalisation has left a loophole in the system which is now being compromised and fraudulently used by public officials to hide discrepancies. Even the Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006 does not define the exclusions comprehensively enough to stop misuse. No rules and regulations have been outlined till to-date. For full a...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
  Bureaucracy has started resorting to launching enquiries and disciplinary actions as more and more citizens are trying to have access to information under right to information laws of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. According to a report released by Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CDPI) here on Thursday, it is highly unfortunate that teachers are facing wrath of bureaucracy in the shape of transfers, suspensions and enquiries for seeking copies of seniority lists. As reported in the press on March 25th, district education officer (DEO) Nowshera suspended two school teachers Ijaz Ur Rahman and Mudassir Shah under West Pakistan Government Servants (Conduct) Rules 1966. For full press release refer: http://www.cpdi-pakistan.org/archives/7335...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Karachi—Sindh government was committed to introduce ‘Right to Information’ law in accordance with the letter and spirit of Article 19 9 (A). The law department is reviewing other pieces of legislation on right to information already introduced by the National Assembly, Punjab Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.Sindh Minister for Parliamentary affairs Dr Sikanadar Mandhro said in a meeting with Amjad Bhatti, UNDP’s National Technical Advisor on Decentralization and Local Governance. For more details visit http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=262185...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
In an exemplary development, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission has provided corrected papers of the K-P Public Service Commission (PSC) to a candidate who had lodged a complaint against the marking system. For more on the story click the link below: http://tribune.com.pk/story/863352/the-paper-chase-rti-commission-provides-marked-papers-to-complainant/...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission (RTI) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) to install a toll-free helpline with a view to facilitate the citizens in exercising their constitutional right to information here. For more Information click on the link below: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-308088-RTI-Commission-to-establish-helplinep  ...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
The monthly newsletter of CPDI, Pakistan is out for the month of February, 2015. Find the newsletter attached!...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
As the Pakistan election is round the corner more and more the citizens are accepting the importance of RTI. Center for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) launched the "Public Accountability Project" in the aim to create awareness in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa about the implementation of Article 19-A. Taking forward CGPA conducted training workshop on 'Budget Advocacy and Accountability' on April 17-18. The event was held to promote the involvement of local community in the budget making process which could be possible by enacting RTI. It was a consultative process with relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations, lawyers, public representatives and media organisations.The participants discussed the progress Punjab and Sindh have made in legislating the Freedom of Inform...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Summary The Centre for Peace & Development Initiatives (CPDI), supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNST) and in collaboration with Gogi Studios and Numairicals Animation, have created a series of short public service announcements to raise awareness of the the Right to Information in Pakistan. This short clip highlights the use of RTI in addressing problems with public roads.Source: Friedrich Naumann Foundation, CPDI...Read more
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Summary The Centre for Peace & Development Initiatives (CPDI), supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNST) and in collaboration with Gogi Studios and Numairicals Animation, have created a series of short public service announcements to raise awareness of the the Right to Information in Pakistan. This short clip highlights the use of RTI in addressing problems with public schools.Source: Friedrich Naumann Foundation, CPDI...Read more
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  Summary The Centre for Peace & Development Initiatives (CPDI), supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNST) and in collaboration with Gogi Studios and Numairicals Animation, have created a series of short public service announcements to raise awareness of the the Right to Information in Pakistan. This short clip highlights the use of RTI in addressing problems with public hospitals. Source: Friedrich Naumann Foundation, CPDI  ...Read more
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SummaryIslamabad, September 28, 2012: Government departments need to be obligated through right to information laws to proactively disclose information pertaining to issues of public importance as well as provide such information when it is demanded by citizens.Source: Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI)...Read more
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SummaryThis document is sourced from Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan.http://www.crcp.org.pk/ordinance_of_2002.htm...Read more
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SummaryThis document is sourced from Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan.http://www.crcp.org.pk/ordinance_of_2002.htm...Read more
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SummaryThis document is sourced from Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan.http://www.crcp.org.pk/ordinance_of_2002.htm...Read more
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Summary This document is sourced from Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan.http://www.crcp.org.pk/ordinance_of_2002.htm...Read more
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Summary This document is sourced from Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan.http://www.crcp.org.pk/ordinance_of_2002.htm...Read more
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Summary This manual contains information on various aspects of the Ordinance and how Pakistani citizens can use it to access information and records held by government bodies as stipulated in the Ordinance Rules notified in June 2004.This document is sourced from Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan.http://www.crcp.org.pk/ordinance_of_2002.htm...Read more
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Article 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan introduced through the 18th amendment in 2010 guarantees the right to information as follows: “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law.”...Read more
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