Parliamentarians urged to reject ‘regressive’ amendment to information act

ISLAMABAD: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has written letters to speaker of the National Assembly, chairmen of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and other senators, urging them to play a positive role in ensuring that the regressive amendment in the Right of Access to Information (RAI) Act 2017 be rejected and that the act is further strengthened to facilitate easy access of citizens to maximum information.

The centre has expressed concern about the proposed amendment which is currently under review by the Senate Standing Committee on Information.

The letters, signed by CPDI Executive Director Mukhtar Ahmad Ali, have been sent to NA Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Information Faisal Javed Khan and other senators.

CPDI maintains that citizens’ access to maximum information must be strengthened

“CPDI has also submitted an analysis of the RAI Act 2017, including recommendations for its improvement based on regional and international best practices. It has requested that its recommendations are duly considered by the government and the Parliament in order to ensure that the Act meets the recognised standards like maximum disclosure, obligation to publish, minimal exceptions and cost-effective access to information,” the letter stated.