Amendment in Right to Information Act sent to law division for clarification

Ijaz Kakakhel

A legislative body of Upper House of parliament on Monday agreed to refer the ‘Amendment in Right to Information Act’ matter to the Law Department for further clarification.

The issue was raised in the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, which was held today at the Parliament Lodges with Senator Faisal Javed in Chair.

The bill to amend the Right to Information Act presented by Senator Walid Iqbal and other senators was considered. After a detailed discussion on the bill, it was agreed to refer the matter to the Law Department for further clarification.

PTV officials gave a detailed briefing to the committee on the issue raised by Senator Fida Muhammad regarding the approval of service structure of PTV news correspondents recruited on contract basis in 2015/16.

MD PTV apprised the committee that news correspondents were recruited on contract basis while there were no approved permanent positions available in PTV News.

The matter was referred to the HR committee of PTV, recommendations of which were presented in the PTV board meeting held four days ago. Decision has been taken by the board to regularize the services of these news correspondents and they will be regularized soon after the minutes of the meeting are compiled.

The Chairman Committee instructed to keep the Committee and Senator Fida Muhammad informed about all the details in this regard.