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>RTI law drafted, public opinion sought

>ALL organisations registered under the law of the land will be bound to provide citizens with information on matters of public interest once the right to information act, now in its draft form, comes into force. (Read my story)
The individuals aggrieved for not getting information or for being supplied with incorrect information can first appeal with heads of the organisations and, if not satisfied, can go to the proposed information commission that will be based in the capital.
Draft of the act, to be titled Right to Information Ordinance, 2008, has already been sent to the chief adviser for his opinion, said sources.
The government has organised a roundtable discussion at LGED Bhaban in the capital on March 11 to have opinions and suggestions from representatives of the civil society, NGOs, intellectuals, jouralists, businessmen and professionalists. Those will be incorporated in the final draft before sending it for the cabinet’s approval.
The government has also put the draft on website (www.moi.gov.bd) and sought people’s opinion on it. People can email their opinion and suggestions to moisecretary@yahoo.com, addsecmoi@yahoo.com, jsamd_moi@yahoo.com, jsdev_moi@yahoo.com and jsbmoi@yahoo.com till March 23.
Following Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed’s commitment to enacting the law, an eight-member committee headed by the Information ministry’s Joint Secretary (development) Kamal Uddin Ahmed was commissioned to draft the law.
Besides the right to information laws of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the committee analysed the drafts made by the Law Commission and Manusher Jonno Foundation, an NGO working to promote human rights and good governance.
The committee comprising experts from different fields has included in the draft a number of provisions similar to those in the Indian act since socio-economic circumstances of these two countries match closely.
Under the proposed act, every organisation will have an officer designated to provide information sought by the people.
“Not only the government offices, those including NGOs, trusts and corporate houses like Asia Energy who are registered under any law of the country will have to provide people the information they need,” a member of the committee told The Daily Star in return for anonymity.
Asked if the political parties too would be brought within the ambit of the law, he said, “We cannot do that at this moment since they are not registered under any law.”
But once the political organisations are registered they will have to do the same, he added.

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