Under Article 19-A of the Constitution, RTI (Right to information) is a fundamental right of every citizen of Pakistan to have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restriction imposed by law. A citizen in addition to a government department can also have access to information of a private body which is substantially financed by the government. RTI is based upon the principle that citizens being tax payers are owners of public information. RTI boosts transparency, accountability, elimination of corruption and improvement of public service delivery.
The information got through RTI enables citizens to hold public officials accountable for their actions, to comment upon their performance, to conduct survey on the basis of data received through RTI and to indicate gaps and weaknesses of public bodies.
The government also benefits from RTI by becoming aware of gaps and weaknesses of public bodies. RTI also helps public officials by making it easier for them to carry out their duties more efficiently.
Irrigation Department Punjab considers that enlightenment of citizens to hold public officers/officials accountable is legal and ethical right and for this very reason and keeping all the efforts done by RTI Commission to maintain transparency, Irrigation Department has taken following immediate actions to join hands in hands with RTI Commission Punjab
"Dear citizen, please enclose your complete documents u/rule/10 (2) of PT&RTIA, 2013 and rule-5(4) under duties of PIO, mainly includes,
so that your application may be entertained as per law. Please send your application by post / by email/ submit by hand to relevant office. You are informed that you can request to obtain desired information for 1 year only u/ rule rule 10(c)."
Public are also advised to visit RTI Punjab Commission website and fill the online application form to directly submit the application to Commission.