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Monday, 22 July 2013 22:43

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  In an interview with Indian newspaper The Hindu, Bhutan's Prime Minister-designate and PDP President reaffirmed his commitment to the people's Right to Information: Question: Corruption emerged as a major election issue during this election. What will be the guiding principles for your government on this sensitive issue? Answer: The guiding principles will be transparency and accountability in government decisions and actions. My party is committed to strengthening the constitutional bodies charged with fighting corruption including the anticorruption commission, royal audit authority, and the judiciary. We are also prepared to pass a Right to Information Act to provide the tools for people to exercise their constitutional right to information. Moreover, my government will support
NEW DELHI: After getting major parties on board following back channel consultations, the government is all set to bring a Bill in the forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament for amending the Right to Information (RTI) Act to overturn a Central Information Commission (CIC) order bringing six major political parties under the ambit of the transparency law. Though the law ministry had earlier cleared the ordinance route to amend the Act, the government has now decided to bring a Bill as dates of the monsoon session have already been announced and couple of political parties, including BJP and Samajwadi Party, has expressed uneasiness over supporting the ordinance route. The proposed amendments state that declaring political parties as public authorities under the RTI Act would "hamper th
    PESHAWAR: There is no access to the draft of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Right to Information Ordinance. Though the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial government showed some intent by approving the proposed legislation in its first cabinet meeting on July 10, it is, however, treating the ordinance as a classified document. The Right to Information bill should have been implemented following the 18th constitutional amendment in 2010, but lingered on for years under the Awami National Party’s (ANP) tenure. After assuming charge, the PTI government promptly approved the draft of the bill in an attempt to set up a transparent system of governance. The bill was to be implemented through a governor’s ordinance by July 15 as the assembly is not currently in session, and th
Monday, 22 July 2013 11:04

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The interim constitution of Nepal has recognized Right to Information (RTI) as one of the fundamental rights of people. RTI Act 2007 and Rule 2009 help citizen exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to know.  Though the posts of information commissioners are currently vacant, we have independent semi-judicial institution, the National Information Commission (NIC), to hear appeals from information requesters if they are denied requested information by public agencies. However, it must be said that access to information situation is still weak.  Three pillars vital for enhanced access to information are: strong demand, proactive supply and properly recorded and managed information. In Nepal, demand side is slowly gaining in strength. We do not have a proactive supply side but i
Right to Information (RTI) is one of the eight basic consumer rights as per the UN Guidelines on Consumer Protection. This is also an integral part of our Consumer Protection Act and one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by Article 27 of the Interim Constitution. With this constitutional and legal guarantee, people enjoy every right to question the government, demand it to perform better and hold it to account for the resources spent in various development and welfare programs. When people start demanding information and details on government spending, public officials will have limited chances to indulge in mis-allocation of funds.  Since the law came into effect on 21 August, 2007, enlightened citizenry and some civil society organizations are strategically using it. Whether it was