Right to Information Awareness Seminar was organized by Information Commission Punjab (RTI) in collaboration with the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) at Ghulam Muhammad Ghotvi Hall Abbaisa Campus.
Raja Jahangir Anwar Commissioner Bahawalpur Division was Chief Guest while Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan District and Sessions Judge Bahawalpur and Engr Prof Dr Athar Mahboob were the guests of honour. Chief Information Commissioner Mehboob Qadir Shah delivered a detailed talk on the Right to Information Act on the invitation of the VC IUB. This program is part of the regular lecture series held at the IUB to educate civil society, teachers and students about human rights and rule of law.
Chief Information Commissioner Mehboob Qadir Shah while speaking on the topic of Right to Information is inevitable for good governance said that in a prosperous and ideal state citizens have full access to information and Punjab Information Commission is working diligently for this purpose. Access to information is a fundamental right of citizens to provide them with guidance on government institutions and their decisions, especially on the use of funds. Its aim is to establish a system based on transparency. Its second objective is to bring the performance of these institutions before the public eye by providing access to information.
On this occasion, Commissioner Bahawalpur Raja Jahangir Anwar said that under the leadership of Chief Information Commissioner Mehboob Qadir Shah, Punjab Information Commission is playing the role of a bridge between common people and public sector organizations, which is a welcome development. Seminar organized by Punjab Information Commission in Bahawalpur is a great step for teachers and students. District and Sessions Judge Bahawalpur Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan said that they are working to digitalize the judicial system. This process is also a part of the central idea of public access to government institutions and transparency, rule of law and Justice can be provided.
Vice-Chancellor IUB Engr Prof Dr Athar Mahboob said that as a higher education institution, the Islamia University has played an important role in the access, provision and transmission of information. The Islamia University of Bahawalpur came into existence in 1925 under the vision of Nawab of Bahawalpur. Currently, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur has become the largest university in the country in terms of the number of students in which the number of male and female students has reached 65 thousand.
The Public Information Office in the University is cooperating with the Punjab Information Commission to provide information rapidly and the arrival of Chief Information Commissioner Mehboob Qadir Shah at the IUB is encouraging for us. A large number of senior government officials, lawyers, deans, faculty members, officers and students participated in the seminar.