ISLAMABAD: Center for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has urged the Balochistan government to replace freedom of information Act 2005 with an effective and robust right to information law.
Out of four provinces, Balochistan has the weakest right to information law. “Like provincial governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh, federal government repealed freedom of information ordinance 2002 and replaced it with a comparatively progressive Right of Access to Information Act 2017 in recent times.
The Government of Balochistan should now also follow suit and start legislation of an effective right to information law to bring transparency and promote public participation in government affairs “Executive Director, CPDI, Amer Ejaz, said in a statement on Monday.
Ejaz said that the Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005 is not effective and does not provide fullest possible access to the information held by public bodies.
The law has many flaws like restricted access to information retained by government departments and the process of filing information request is also problematic and extensive.
To advocate the enactment of a progressive RTI law, CPDI has penned several letters to Chief Minister, Speaker Assembly and many other legislators of Balochistan.