PESHAWAR: The first Chief Information Commissioner of Kyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission (RTIC) Sahibzada Muhammd khalid retires after the completion of his tenure here on Wednesday at the RTI Commission Secretariat.
He was the first Chief Information Commissioner to be appointed after the enactment of the RTI Act 2013 passed by the Provincial Assembly.
In this regard a farewell ceremony was hosted by the RTIC staff in his honor and for the recognition of his services during his tenure at this office.
In his farewell address, the outgoing chief stressed on the implementation of RTI Act in public bodies saying that, “when i assumed charge as chief information commissioner, there was a culture of secrecy in public bodies where it was almost next to impossible to obtain any sort of information from government officials, “he said while highlighting the importance of rti law in ensuring transparency. He added that “within three years time we have achieved a milestone in changing the mindset of government officials who throughout history were not found of sharing information with general public.”
The commission provided information to thousands of complainants who were at first denied information at pubic bodies which is itself recognition of the fundamental human right of access to information, he said while refereeing to PILDAT RTI scorecard in the country saying that we have achieved and maintained first position since the inception of this Commission.
He urged to maintain honesty and devotion to hard work and advised the employees to fully devote themselves for the service of the public by facilitating them at the fullest and earliest in acquiring their right to information.
On this occasion, the RTIC Information Commissioners, Professor Kaleemullah and Mr. Abdul Mateen Khan stated that the services of Mr. Sahibzada with regard to RTIC will always be remembered in golden words. They added that the outgoing chief always raised his voice for the cause of the RTI to maintain merit and transparency especially in public dealing offices.
The outgoing chief had a vast experience of more than 38 years as Commissioned Army Officer, Administrative secretary to various Provincial Departments, Secretary to Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Political Agent to various Tribal Agencies besides serving as Chairman Pakistan Tobacco Board and Member Public Service Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Chief Information Commissioner of RTI given rousing farewell