Right to Information

Public bodies failed to publish all the required information on their websites

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), which has statutory obligation to “improve standards of information, education, and entertainment”, appears to be the least performing regulatory body having only 43% of the required information on its website.

A report published by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) states that 75% of the regulatory bodies managed to have 50% compliance of section 5 of the Right of Access to Information Act, 2017.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which is responsible to, among other functions, “promote the availability of a wide range of high quality, efficient, cost effective and competitive telecommunication services throughout Pakistan”, has put 50% required information on its website.

The compliance by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is slightly higher than 50%.

As per the assessment, the website of Capital Development Authority (CDA) carried 53% of information required under section 5 of the Act.

However, the webpage of the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) provided only 04 out of 30 (13%) sub-indicators categories of the required information.

The data shows that only one (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) of the selectedfive federal ministries has put 16 out of 30 (53%) sub-categories of information or subindicators – as required under the provisions of section 5 of the Act – on its website.

Proactive disclosure of information by rest of the selected websites – of federal ministries– remained below 50%. Ministry of Housing and Works, nonetheless, has least number (only 08 out of 30 or 26%) of sub-indicators of required information.

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