Peshawar—A high level meeting to discuss the proposed amendments in the RTI Act aimed at making it more comprehensive and accessible to the people was held here on Tuesday with Special Assistant to Chief Minister for Information and Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghanni in the chair.
The meeting discussed the proposed amendments one by one and decided to send the same to Law department for vetting. As per proposed amendments the registered Organization and High Court would also be included in the Act for provision of any sort of requested information.
The provision of false information will be treated as criminal offence and those responsible will be fined and sentenced both for two years. The proposed amendments also bind the commission to initiate a case for filling the expected vacancies due to retirement of an Information Commissioners or Chief Commissioner within 120 days before the due date and the government shall fill the vacancy within 30 days of the occurrence of the vacancy.
As per proposed amendments, the penalized person or body may file appeal before the high court within 60 days and the same shall also be disposed of within 60 days. Speaking on the occasion, the Special Assistant for Information Mushtaq Ghanni said the establishment of RTI Commission is the great achievement of the present provincial government.
The proposed amendments, he said, are being made on the request of the civil society and the people of the province, which will further boost the performance of the commission. Besides others,the meeting was also attended by the Secretary Information Abid Majeed, Chief Information Commissioner Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid, Information Commissioner Abdul Mateen and legal experts of the law department.