Transparency International Pakistan organized a webinar on Sindh
Transparency and Right to Information Act on July 23, 2020. The webinar was attended by 21 participants including female participants representing civil society organisations from across the Sindh province.
In the beginning, Mr. Ashfaque Ahmed, Project Coordinator TI Pakistan highlighted the importance of Sindh RTI law, its mechanism and challenges in its implementation.
He was followed by Mr. Taufique Wasan, Provincial Coordinator Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) who shared his experience of lack of awareness about RTI laws and highlighted the issues pertaining to the functioning of Sindh Information Commission.
Mr. Kashif Ali, Program Manager TI Pakistan highlighted the crucial importance of access to information during the COVID19 and the efforts of TI Pakistan to ensure that the citizens have information available to strengthen public accountability in Pakistan. He shared that due to the efforts of TI Pakistan, the provincial government of Sindh has now made it mandatory for government departments to ensure that all emergency procurement contract related information is available to the public on the authority’s website. He also highlighted the implementation challenges around RTI law in Sindh and urged the members to collectively work to enhance the demand side for effective RTI in Sindh.
Towards the end, the forum was opened for discussion where participants from civil society, Local Govt Sindh, and media regretted the poor implementation of RTI law in Sindh province. They were of the view that the laws are made but their implementation is the real challenge. There is a need to have a collaborative efforts to raise awareness about the laws among the citizens and to urge the government to ensure effective implementation of RTI in Sindh.