Karachi Feb 7: Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) has urged the Sindh government to ensure implementation of Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Act, 2016.
More than one year has elapsed but effective measures like designation of PIOs in public bodies and functionality of Sindh Information Commission is not guaranteed by the provincial government.
Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) is a coalition of 55 organizations working endlessly for the protection of right to information in Pakistan.
In a joint statement issued to the press by CRTI Partners, CPDI Program Coordinator and PPF Secretary General demanded the following:
- Designation of public information officers in all public bodies of Sindh and (b) strengthening of Sindh Information Commission through financial and administrative empowerment.
- Sindh Information Commission was notified back in May 2018, but it is not financially and administratively empowered till date. With the weak Information Commission and no awareness about people’s right to know, the whole process of public access to information is halted in Sindh
It is pertinent to mention here that KP as well as Punjab government along with provincial government of Sindh enacted the Sindh T& RTI Act 2016 in March 2017. This law is progressive and meets the international standards of an effective RTI law that is cost effective access to Information, maximum proactive disclosure, narrowly drawn list of exemptions and effective complaint redressal mechanism etc. but the law still awaits implementation.
The Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation said that right to information is a fundamental human right, guaranteed under Article 19-A. He stressed the need of immediate steps for the implementation of Sindh RTI law.
Coalition on Right to Information is a coalition of 55 civil society organizations working towards the enactment and implementation of right to information laws in Pakistan. Its secretariat is based at Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI)