ONE-DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS at A.W.K.U. MARDAN
The workshop was arranged with the purpose to enhance awareness level of the designated PIOs of line departments of district Mardan and Swabi about their roles and responsibilities under KP RTI Act, 2013 and to sensitize them to be prepared to shoulder the envisage responsibilities to fulfill under the RTI law.
In his opening remarks and introduction to RTI law, Maj (R) Sahibzada Muhammad Khaild said that, “the RTI law has empowered common masses in the province and they can ask for information under the law related to various government department affairs”. He said that in this given backdrop wherein citizen has been empowered by the law to seek information, government officers has a critical and crucial time ahead regarding fulfilling of responsibilities under the law.
Mr. Abdul Mateen, information Commissioner KP RTI Commission regarding implementation of RTI law informed the participants fo the workshop about government officials liabilities under the KP RTI Act, 2013. He informed them about the process of sharing information with the requester seeking information under the law and asked PIOs to exactly understand their roles and responsibilities in this regard. He informed the participants as to how to facilitate a requester and the time during which they are bond to furnish the information to those who seek it.
In his address as a chief guest Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ali Vice Chancellor A.W.K.U. Mardan while appreciating the government for implementation of RTI law said that under the law RTI Commission would check negative practices and will improve performance of government departments.
Earlier Mr. Atif yousafzai, Communication Specialist, GSP-PCNA welcomed the participants and highlighted informed the participants about various sessions of training and the vision for which the workshop was conducted.