In Pakistan, implementing the Right to Information Act remains a challenge. We could learn a thing or two from international experience where these bills are firmly in place. Take for instance the example of Canada; the North American nation has designated a minister level position just for the purpose of ensuring that the implementation of the law is in full flow. The major work of the minister revolves around proper maintenance of public records. This is further revised on an annual basis and guidelines are prepared and distributed for greater clarity on the act. In our region, Information Commission has been assigned with handling all requests, from record management to applicants query, but due to various resource constraints it becomes difficult to maintain proper records. It is time that we learn from the other international bodies and make the law free from any biases.


Lahore, June 5.