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     February  09,  2016



CGPA demands right to compalsory education under KP Right to Public Services law

Chitral Times Report

PESHAWAR: Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) demands notification of provision of compulsory education under KP Right to Public Services law. The constitution of Pakistan gives to its citizens an individual and collective right to provision of services by the state in a transparent, participative, responsive and accountable manner. Simultaneously, it gives them the right to an efficient grievance redressal mechanism. While KP government is considering draft Right to compulsory education bill as per provision of Article 25-A of constitution of Pakistan, the implementation mechanism should include RTS commission as complaints redressal body.

CGPA highlighted that the basic services regarding Education sector are still not included under the purview of KP Right to Public Services law. Under the constitution of Pakistan, it is a fundamental right. Article 25-A also states specifically about right of education. CGPA demands provision of basic services e.g availability of teachers and classroom as per number of enrolled students, enrollment of out of school children, provision of text books and teaching aid material, school leaving certificates etc must be included under the purview of KP RTS law.

The provincial government has under section (4) of the Act notified about 19 important public services so far. These include the registration of first information reports (FIR) in the Police Stations, Issuance of Fard (land document) by the Patwari (Revenue Staff), Issuance of Domicile, Death and Birth Certificates, approval of building plans (both residential and commercial),treatment of patients in the health service delivery outlets, issuance of Arms License, Driving license, garbage disposal, supply of clean drinking water, getting water connection and disbursement of Zakat (Financial assistance) among poor and deserving citizens. With the passage of time more public services shall be notified by the Government under the RTS law.

CGPA also stressed upon strengthening the district monitoring and facilitation staff currently deployed in all the districts of KP. As the district covers a huge geographical area and most of the time has number of Tehsils under its jurisdiction, deploying one person is not enough. It becomes more difficult when the mechanism is not covered under the main statute or Rules made there under the law. Therefore, CGPA demands that number of staff at district level must be increased to cover the whole district and rules must be amended for bringing this whole mechanism, protection and cover of law.


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