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Federal Departments Directed To Make Their Websites Accessible For People With Disabilities

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Information Commission has directed the federal public bodies to make their websites accessible for persons with disabilities.

Government departments are directed to make sure their websites accessible for all citizens, including the blind, low-vision, physically disabled, speech and hearing impaired and people with other disabilities.

The commission has sent notices to more than one hundred federal public bodies and sought compliance report within fifteen days to this effect using ‘Web accessibility checklist’ available on the website of the commission.

In exercise of the powers vested in the commission under Section 20 (1) (a) and (e) of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017, Pakistan Information Commission is empowered to collect data/information about the implementation status of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.

PIC also directed the federal public bodies to make sure the availability of categories of information mentioned in section 5 of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017 through their web site.

The commission has also shared a template for the Compliance Report-Proactive Disclosure of Information under Section 5 of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.

It is pertinent to mention that under Section 20 (1) (a) and (e) of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017, Pakistan Information Commission is empowered to collect data/information about the implementation status of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.


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In compliance to the notice of the commission, Directorate General, Immigration and Passports has directed its Director (Database) to upload SOP for issuance of Emergency Travel Documents (ETD), SOP for issuance of passport, list of passport offices, Passport Act, Passport Rules, Naturalization Act 1926, Naturalization Rules, Pakistan Citizenship Act and other essential information on the official website.

Moreover, the Ministry of Privatisation, Cabinet Division, Wafaqi Mohtasib (Ombudsman)’s Secretariat, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Federal Investigation Agency, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation and fifteen others have responded to the commission.

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