Kohat Workshop - April 15, 2014

ONE-DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS at Kohat University of Science and Technology

RTI LAW TERMED A REVOLUTIONARY STEP

Chief Information Commissioner, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission, Maj. (R) Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid has said that statuesque has been broken and new era of disclosure of information to the public has been initiated under the Right To Information Act, 2013.

He was addressing One-Day training workshop for Public Information Officers (PIOs) at Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) Kohat on April 15, 2014 which besides other was attended by Mr. Abdul Matin and Mr. Kalimullah, Information Commissioners, KP RTI commission respectively, Vice Chancellor KUST University Professor Dr Nasir Jamal Khattak, and PIOs of various government departments from Kohat, Karak and Hangu districts.

The Chief Information Commissioner KP RTI Commission while terming the law a revolutionary step said that, “now under RTI law record will have to be placed on websites of concerned government departments”, adding that PIOs will receive requests about various kinds of information by the public and if PIOs understand their roles and responsibilities under the law, the latter will be able to help requester in the desired way and according to the law.

In his speech regarding implementation of the RTI law, Abdul Matin, information Commissioner, KP RTI Commission informed the participants about the background, history of RTI, and the need felt for RTI and power and role of Commission under RTI law.

He said that the KP RTI law has all the best features equipping public to get the desired information which they want to get. “RTI law is there to bridge the gulf between rulers and the ruled”, he concluded.

Kalimullah, Information Commissioner RTI Commission KP, shared with the participants of the workshop information about certain exempted information areas under the law and briefed in detail about the nature due to which why certain information has been put under exempted list in the law. He however said that, “RTI law was the need of the time and that is why it has been implemented in the province to bring in transparency and fair system in the region through access to information by common man”.

He urged the PIOs to study the law in detail and thereby get the clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities under the law so that the intended agenda of good governance is realised.

KP RTI Commission authorities on the occasion answered questions of the participants pertaining to various aspects of the law.

Earlier welcoming the participants of the workshop, Atif Yusufzai, Communication Specialist, Governing Support Program/ PCNA informed about the objectives of holding the workshop and the way the RTI Commission intend to create awareness among PIOs concerned so that the law could be effectively carried out for implementation and the spirit of the law could be maintain for which it is visualized.

Professor Dr Nasir Jamal Khattak, Vice Chancellor KUST Kohat present the concluding remarks of the workshop and termed the law of vital importance for setting up society that could really move toward development with the basis of transparency.