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RTI Request – KP Information Department RTI Amendments Details

The details of the RTI request are as follows:

Code:

MMfD / RTI / 02 / 2018 / 54

Region:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Agency/Dept:

Information and Public Relations Department

Question(s):

1. The amendments to the RTI Act originally proposed by the RTI Commission between 2014 and 2016.
2. The amendments to the RTI Act proposed by the RTI Commission after Chief Minister’s direction issued in January 2017.

Submission Date:

31 Jan 2018

Date of Receipt:

8 Feb 2018

Status:

Denied

Response from Agency/Department

Date of Response:

14 Feb 2018

Text of Response:

“Information fall (sic) under Section 18 of the RTI Act, 2013, wherein any matter which is under deliberative process, cannot be disclosed. The same can however be shared after completion of the process.”

Complaint to Appellate Body

Complaint Filed (Y/N):

N

Date of Complaint:

N/A

MMfD Comments:

The information department used Section 18 of the RTI law to deny the information request. Section 18 states that a public body may refuse information if its disclosure would cause “serious prejudice to the deliberative process in a public body by inhibiting the free and frank provision of advice or exchange of views, or cause serious prejudice to the success of a policy through premature disclosure of that policy.” We did not think the disclosure could cause serious issues in the policy formulation process because the cabinet had already approved the draft of amendments in January. We were about to go in appeal against the information non-provision but the government introduced the amendments to the assembly making them public so there was no need to get the information from the department anymore.

Documents

Copy of Request:

Copy of Response:

Copy of Complaint:

N/A

For more RTI requests filed by MMfD under its Media for Transparency project, please visit the RTI requests section.

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