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>THE cabinet yesterday approved in principle the Right to Information Ordinance 2008 to ensure free flow of information to the people. (Read full report)
The cabinet sent back the draft of the Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance, suggesting a few changes in its wording, rewriting a few clauses and merging some sections, said sources.
After making the changes, the information ministry, which initiated the move, will have to get the draft vetted by the law ministry before placing it before the cabinet for final approval, the sources added.
A few of the existing 38 sections in the draft may be merged together, said sources.
The eight-member ordinance drafting committee of the information ministry had proposed a five-member information commission, which the cabinet decided to have three members.
“Of the three, one will be a female member,” chief adviser’s Press Secretary Syed Fahim Munaim told reporters after a cabinet meeting at the chief adviser’s office yesterday.
As part of its institutional reforms, the caretaker government took the initiative to formulate the law with an aim to “empower people as well as ensure transparency, accountability and establish good governance”.


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