Abdul Khaliq Qureshi
The Right to Information (RTI) Law of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has played a vital role in promoting transparency and accountability in all the Provincial Government departments and local bodies. Certain independent non-government organizations and foreign missions had lauded the spirit of the RTI Act introduced by present KP government as well as the mechanism for its true implementation.
However, common citizens of the province and their local representatives must be kept aware of the benefits of the provisions of the RTI.
These views were expressed by the speakers and other participants of a training session arranged by KP RTI Commission in collaboration with the district administration at Committee Room of the Deputy Commissioner, Battagram office. The prime purpose of the session was to train the Principal Information officers (PIOs) and elected district councillors about the management of information requests that are filed by the citizens before the public bodies.
The District Nazim Battagram, Attaullah Khan Tarand was chief guest of the seminar while DC Battagram Sardar Asad Haroon presided over the event. Heads of all the district government departments and members of the District Council as well as officials of the RTI Commission, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also attended the seminar. The Participants discussed various aspects of the RTI Law and presented proposals for making it more effective.
The participants termed the RTI Law better than similar laws enacted by other provinces and stressed the need for creating maximum awareness about the law. They also emphasized the need for making use of the RTI Law to empower people and improve governance.