Knowledge is power: Sherry introduces Right to Information Bill

Sherry Rahman has introduced a bill to remove secrecy in both government and private offices

Express October 12, 2011


MNA Sherry Rahman has introduced a bill to remove secrecy in both government and private offices and ensure easy access to information for the media and the general public.

Rehman’s Right to Information Bill 2011 is aimed at addressing a 2002 ordinance which she called a bitter remnant of the dictatorship of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Rehman later told The Express Tribune that she has wanted to introduce the bill for more than two years and expressed hope it would safeguard the public’s right to certain information.

The bill is intended to recognise access to information as a fundamental constitutional right and to make information available to the public in order to promote transparent governance. The bill would also, at least theoretically, lead to greater transparency, accountability and empowerment of citizens.

The draft bill, according to Rehman, would not only be applicable to government departments but also to the private sector, including manufacturers who produce goods for public consumption. Officials and private sector employees who leak information would be protected under a whistle-blower protection clause, Rehman added.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2011.



Ashish | 10 years ago | Reply

Excellent move .. Bringing Trancperency in Govt/Private bodies operating mechanisum is the only way to curb corruption specially in countris like Inda/Pak were politician as sucking the blood of normal people..............Every one should support and welcome this bill.

Waseem Hashmi | 10 years ago | Reply

Well done Sherry. It needs lot of guts to move such kind of people friendly bills in the 'Elitist' house. I hope the bill proposes: a. A mechanism to implement the law. b. Assigns ownership, as Cabinet Division and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting are trying to shift the responsibility. c. Lays down guidelines for advocacy, awareness campaign and capacity building of all stakeholders. d. A system of accountability/ monitoring of public bodies on implementation of the Act. If these aspects are covered, we are praying for passage of the Bill and success of this noble cause. If it is to the contrary, this would be another piece of legislation, not-for-implementation. God bless you.

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