Democratic process must for good governance
He also termed continuity of democracy in the country as pre-requisite for ensuring good governance through effective and efficient service delivery to the public by the institutions leading to ultimate peace and prosperity. He was expressing these views in a meeting with 58 membered delegation of media studies students of Islamia University Bahawalpur at Parliament House today.
The Chairman deliberated upon constitutional and political history of the country as well as talked about past status of media in the country and said that due to discontinuity of democratic process and restrictions on media during dictatorial regimes transparency, accountability and accessibility to information has always been lacking and there was only marginalized people’s participation that resulted into decision making on ad-hoc basis. Bokhari reiterated that refinement for desired results needs continuity.
The Chairman said that access to information is a basic right and media has crucial role to play for informing and educating every segment of society regarding the problems facing the country and seeking their possible solutions.
He advised the media studies students that huge responsibility lied on your shoulder and you must go for objective reporting without succumbing to your personal likes and dislikes and act as forerunners for building this country via provision of reliable and timely information to decision makers and proper functioning of democratic legislature.
Talking about Parliament-media relationship he said that today’s representative democracy places special emphasis on making people aware of the Parliamentary proceedings and likewise providing feedback of people regarding public service delivery and their aspirations so as people’s representative’s work in line with their wishes and desires.
Hence, media plays the role of a bridge between the citizenry and elected representatives via exchange of two-way flow of information. Parliament and media though independent in any democracy are complementary in their activities and effects and work for common goal i.e. enlightenment and good governance for citizens.
Answering a query regarding creation of new provinces in the country, the Chairman said that such decisions will be taken in line with people’s aspirations of that area. Talking about energy crisis in the country, the Chairman said that there are multiple reasons of this crisis like electricity theft, line losses, ad-hocism in initiation of energy related projects and lack of long term planning by previous governments. He told the students that Pakistan needs innovative approach to resolve energy crisis by usage of hydle energy as thermal is expensive along with exploring other sources of energy e.g. solar, wind and nuclear etc.
Answering a question regarding confrontation of judiciary and government the Chairman said that perceptions vary across the spectrum and different state organs should work in their own ambit without transgressing the boundaries of one another that leads to smooth sailing.—Online