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      Increased industrialization in Asia has created countless hurdles for communities to protect themselves from pollution. Important government information—such as the amount of pollutants being discharged by nearby factories or results from local air and water quality monitoring—still isn’t readily accessible in user-friendly formats. This practice often leaves the public entirely out of decision-making processes on issues like regulating pollution or expanding industrial factories. In many cases, the public lack the information they need to understand and shield themselves from harmful environmental, social, and health impacts. This state of affairs recently prompted a group of government officials, NGOs, local community representatives, and academics to demand governm
In April 2011 the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, set up a Task Force to suggest guidelines for better implementation of the proactive disclosure obligations under Section 4 of the RTI Act. This Task Force comprised of representatives of civil society and central and state governments. CHRI was nominated to convene the sub-group dealing with the themes of voluntary disclosure of information relating to budgets, expenditure plans and disbursements actually made by public authorities. The other theme that we were asked to deal with was voluntary disclosure of information relating to electronic records held by public authorities. After holding nationwide consultation the Task Force submitted its report to the DoPT along with detailed guidelines and templates that co
Monday, 22 April 2013 11:57

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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
Bangladesh Information Commission publishes their annual report in English and Bangla.  
Monday, 25 March 2013 11:59

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Now you can listen to our first RTI (right to information) radio program "An Introduction to Right to Information" (in Dhivehi), via our podcast, which was first broadcast live on "Rakaave Thibiyaa Dathuru" of Voice of Maldives, on 10th February 2013.For RTI related complaints please call our toll free number 800 300 3567Listen to our 1st podcasst: