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Draft ordinance of ‘Right to Information’, few comments & a short note April 2, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE.
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Draft ordinance of the ‘Right to Information’ as it is placed in the site of Information Ministry


Daily Star in ‘by the numbers’ on Right to Information ordinance


Real test will be in implementation of the law


Commendable moves but do with the impediments


Exemption to be specific to stop misuse


Shorten exemption list


Few words at the last moment (Prothom Alo)


A short note on the ordinance:

The Government has floated draft ordinance of the “Right to Information’ in the website of the mininstry of information.

To be informed about the government and non-governmental activities is a right of the citizens of a country. In Bangladesh also people are also eager to have an act/ordinance which will provide them with the power to get the information.

None of the past government took any initiative in this regard though they never ciontradict with the need of such an act.

To get the information, the information must be preserved and it will need to be disclosed.

The draft ordinance described the details of the ways to preserve the information.

But to get the information, any individual, organisation and institution or authority will have to pay the required fees. The government may also require information from the non-governmental agencies.

Some areas are defined to be exepted from the right which are related with national security, soveriegnity, foreign relations, against the public interest etc.

An information commision of 3 members will be formed, one chief commissioner and 2 memebers , pne of whom will be women. The members will be appointed by the President with the recommendation of a committee comprising a judge from the appellate division nominated by the chief justice, Chairman PSC, Cabinet Secretary and Chairman UGC.

The commission will work more like an autonomous body. The commissaioners will not be connected with any political party. They willbe appointed for 4 years or upto the age of 65 years. They may resigned or be terminated if fail to do their responsibility. They will get the salary equivalent to the judge of the supreme court. They could recruit the staffs. Commission will accept the commplain, made enquiries and resolve the cases. Commission could varify documents of any office.

The offender may appeal to the commission. Accuser in person or through lawyer can plead to the commission. On the merit of the allegation, the commission may fine or take measures according to the service rule.

No court will interfere with thw proceedings of the commission.

Commission will mak eits own budget and be appoved by the parliament.

Commission will publish its annual report.

Th egovernment reserve the right to introduce rules and regulations through gazette notification with the aim to fulfill the objective of the regulation.

The ordinance is drafted on the basis of the regulations in different ccountries including India.

An ordinary citizen



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