Community say in budget making process stressed

Peshawar—Participants at a training workshop have underscored the need for enactment of right to information to bring transparency and improvement in the existing governance system, called for involvement of local community in budget making process. The training workshop titled: “Budget Advocacy and Accountability” organized by Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) here at local hotel on Thursday.

A large number of representatives from different media organizations, students, members of civil society organizations attended the event. On the occasion, the CGPA Programme coordinator, Abid Hussain and Azra Nafees, Executive coordinator, briefed the participants about key objective of the advocacy meeting.

He highlighted the issues and problems being faced by people for attainment of budgeting documents and other relevant information due to lacking of promulgation of RTI in the province. Though, he said the enforcement of RTI had become mandatory for Pakistan by funding from international donors agencies that how the allocated funds for different sectors is being utilized but unfortunately the former government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa failed in enactment of the freedom of information Act, despite conditional funding from donors states. In this regard, he said his organization was carried out a consultative process by taking relevant stakeholders, including civil society organizations, members of legal fraternity, public representatives.