Right to Information

Information Chiefs Join Forces to Strengthen Access to Information

National Forum of Information Commissioners Convenes in Lahore to Strengthen RTI Implementation

Lahore: Information Commissioners from across the nation convened at a landmark conference organized by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission (KPIC) in collaboration with non-governmental organizations CPDI and GIZ. The gathering, held at a local hotel in Lahore, marked the initiation of the National Forum of Information Commissioners (NFIC), aiming to bolster transparency in public entities by enhancing the implementation of Right to Information (RTI) laws.

Distinguished attendees included the Federal Information Commissioner and Chief Information Commissioners representing Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In a show of solidarity, all commissioners pledged to forge collaborative efforts to overcome challenges hindering the effective execution of RTI laws nationwide.

A core focus of the conference was to render RTI laws more accessible and user-friendly, ensuring seamless access to information for citizens in matters of public interest. Commissioners underscored the importance of transparency in public service delivery and committed to fostering an environment devoid of intimidation or fear for individuals seeking information.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission
Mrs. Farah Hamid Khan, Chief Information Commissioner of KPIC, addresses participants at the inaugural session of the National Forum of Information Commissioners (NFIC) conference in Lahore

Women’s empowerment and their increased participation in the public sector through enhanced access to information emerged as a central theme. Mrs. Farah Hamid Khan, Chief Information Commissioner of KPIC, championed the establishment of Women Facilitation Centers (Khwateen Saholat Markaz) within Deputy Commissioner offices. Highlighting ongoing collaborative efforts between KPIC and GIZ in four targeted districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mrs. Khan expressed optimism for significant strides towards transparency and inclusivity.

The conference concluded with a resounding commitment from Information Commissioners to uphold the principles of transparency and accountability, thereby fortifying the fabric of democratic governance in Pakistan. As the nation collectively strides toward a more transparent future, the collaboration and dedication exhibited by Information Commissioners stand as a beacon of hope for citizens seeking a more open and accountable government.

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