KARACHI, June4,2022- Finally the Sindh government has established Sindh Information Commission and but appointed a jailer as its chief.
Two other members of information commission have also been appointed.
This commission is set up under Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Act 2016. The Act was passed by the Sindh Assembly in 2017. But since then the commission was not set up.
According to notification issued by Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Nusrat Hussain Mangan a retired Prison officer has been appointed Chief Information Commissioner, while Ms Saima Agha and Shahid Abbas Jatoi are appointed information commissioners.
This act was passed for providing transparency and freedom of information to the citizens of Province Sindh and to ensure that the citizens of this province have improved access to public records and for the purpose to make the Provincial Government more accountable to its citizen, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The government was supposed to constitute the Sindh Information commission within three months after passage of the Act. As it was not done in the stipulated time, a citizen filed a petition in the Sindh High Court.
In the first week of last April, the Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) held a meeting in Karachi that was attended by Centre for Peace & Development Initiatives Executive Director Mukhtar Ahmed Ali, RTI activist Dr Raza Ali Gardezi, the Pakistan Press Foundation’s Owais Aslam, Bolo Bhi’s Shumaila Shahani, the Peace Education Foundation’s Junaid Khan and others demanded at a meeting for early constitution of the commission.