Under the Right of Access to Information Act 2017 enacted under Article 19-A of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, you can ask any federal government department for information regarding the use of funds and the progress of development projects.
It is pertinent to mention that the Act was passed in PML-N’s tenure. As per the law, the public sector departments and institutions are bound to share the requested information within 10 working days, otherwise, citizens can file a complaint with the Pakistan Information Commission.
Citizens can submit a free application that can even be written on a plain sheet of paper, requesting desired information, with the concerned department, said Mohammad Azam, the chief information commissioner during a media talk in Karachi.
The Pakistan Information Commission was formed in 2018 by the PTI government, the official told, terming it as one of its achievements under the 100 days program.
The commission comprising of Fawad Malik and Zahid Abdullah was notified in November 2018 and it has received 240 appeals, addressing over 100 by providing the requested information.
Access to information is a fundamental right of the citizens, however, the lack of awareness and unprofessional behavior of the government officials often stands in the way when it comes to questioning the government’s performance.