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    May 22, 2016



KP Government not Paying heed to RTI Commission Proposed Amendments to KP RTI law.

Chitral Times Report

Peshawar: The KP RTI law in the past two years has empowered citizen to ask questions from the public bodies and proving to be a hallmark for ensuring transparency and accountability in government departments, the Information commissioner Prof. Kalimullah said while addressing the launching ceremony of Centre for Governance and Public Accountability ’s project here on Friday at a local hotel.

In responding to a question about the proposed amendments, the information commissioner said that “The proposed amendments sent to the KP Law Department for vetting for the past six months but has yet to be finalized and put to the cabinet for approval.” Adding that, “the early resolution of the matter would further facilitate the citizens and ensure transparency and accountability in public bodies.”

Sharing details, Professor Kalimullah said that the information commission has suggested to make divisional bench of Peshawar High Court as appellate authority against decisions of KP RTI Commission, fine collection procedures, empowering PIOs and bringing all courts funded by the government in the ambit of KP RTI law.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province the PTI led coalition government which came in power through 2013 general elections had a pledge in election manifesto to ensure social Justice, accountability, transparency, decentralization and devolution. To follow the manifesto, KP government adopted good governance legislative framework and has enacted corresponding laws on Right to Information Act 2013, Right to Public Services Act 2014, Local Government Act 2013, Ehtisab Commission Act 2014, while whistle blowers protection Act and Conflict of Interest are in pipeline since long.

The project will be implemented under USAID “Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program”. Under the project, CGPA will be strengthening demand for effective service delivery by awareness raising on Right to Information, Right to Public Services and local government laws. Citizens’ capacity will be built to demand services from local government, public bodies and local government entities through Right to Information and Right to Public Services laws. On the other hand, local government elected members will also be trained on their obligations and responsibilities under these laws. The project will contribute to the strengthening of local governments and civic participation of the citizens for effective social service delivery.

Mr. Said Rehman, Additional Secretary local government department said that local government department is working to improve the capacities of the LG representatives. He said that local government is the primary school of politics, most of KP current assembly members have nurtured through local government system as our CM was once District Nazim. He said that LG department proposed 100 percent allocation of development funds to LGs but as it was allocated 30% by the provincial assembly. He also added that local governments are supposed to raise the revenues and utilize the resources at their own.


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