PESHAWAR: The Right to Information Law is an important tool in modern democracy to monitor and make public bodies accountable and transparent in their day today affairs. That is why Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took the lead in implementing one of the best RTI law in the province where thousands of people have used their basic right to know about various public interest information.
The outgoing KP RTI Information Commissioner Abdul Matin Khan said on Monday while addressing Officers of the Mid-Career Management Course (MCMC) from Sindh province here at a local hotel.
He said that the Commission since it became functional in March 2014 has provided information to 2078 complainants out of 2562 within legally stipulated time period while the remaining 484 complaints are in process which will also be solved within 60 days of time frame.
Addressing the MCMC officers about the role of RTI law in ensuring transparency and good governance in public sector, he said that with the effective implementation of the law there will be less room for malpractices and corruption in public offices where people will know how the public bodies are functioning.
At his farewell address, he urged the federal government to ensure implementation of this sun shine law to Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) where there is a strong need of transparency and accountability particularly in government tenders and in recruitments.
He said that after hard work of three years now public bodies in settled areas start obliging the law where citizens too are well aware and informed to use their fundamental right to know.
“It is evident from the fact that more that 4455 RTI requests were filed with the Public Information Officers in almost every provincial government department where half of them where provided information without filling compliant in the Commission,” he added. At the end of the awareness session the MCMC officers repetitive Ali Haider Shah presented appreciation shield to the outgoing Information Commissioner saying that such laws are need of the hour which empowers citizens and strengthen their trust on government institutions.
RTI implemented in KP to accountable govt