Saying that the ‘Right to Information’ act (RTI) is in full swing may be an overstatement. Since it was first introduced, a decade ago in Baluchistan, RTI has yet to gain due popularity among the common citizens. Nonetheless, its importance cannot be ignored and for that adequate measures must be taken to ensure its implementation remains on course. After all, information pertaining to government activities must be open for public in a way that makes sense. The RTI is a strong step towards curbing corrupt practices of our rulers and holding them accountable. Initiatives have been taken in the past and KPK, being the prime example, but that too remains a long way from bringing all necessary data, statistic and material to the general public. It’s time that real objective of the RTI be made clear which is to establish transparency, accountability and democracy.


Lahore, June 3.