Visit of KP Information Punjab Commission Punjab
A delegation of KPK Information Commission visited the Punjab Information Commission on 30th August 2019 along-with GIZ Team Leader (SCD) Mr. Marcel Haessler, Deputy Team Leader Mr. Muhammad Atif and Advisor GIZ Mr. Iftikhar Khan. They were welcomed by Mr. Mahboob Qadir Shah Chief Information Commissioner, Mr. Saeed Akhter Ansari Information Commissioner and Mr. Hassan Iqbal Information Commissioner. The delegation visited all wings of PIC and showed great interest in the overall working particularly the first ever RTI Court of Pakistan established by Punjab Information Commission. They got all information about the working of CMC (Complaint Management Cell).
2. They were apprised of a landmark achievement of disposing of all 1600 complaints (appeals) filed during the year 2018/19. It was briefed that said performance was possible due to the disposal of cases in a judicial manner by the RTI Court of PIC. It has been established by one year’s experience that the directions of commissioners while sitting in their own offices have only persuasive value but orders passed by RTI Court were promptly followed by senior government functionaries upto the level of Secretaries, DIG, DCs, Additional & Deputy secretaries, DGs, SEs and XENs etc taking mandatory directions for them. It was further apprised that the limited staff of CMC (only 4 daily wages boys working in CMC) are coping with huge work-load by working day and night.
3. The delegation was given a detailed briefing and they appreciated the performance of Punjab Information Commission.