NIC Commissioner Baskota urges government to ensure people's right to seek information (with video)

Published On: January 8, 2020 11:55 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

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KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Chief Information Commissioner of National Information Commission Krishna Hari Baskota has suggested government to ensure people's right to seek information at a program organized to mark the end of his 5-year tenure ship at the NIC here in Kathmandu today.

He maintained that the provision of Right to Information in the Constitution of Nepal itself is not sufficient and accused the government of drafting the laws without focusing on the fundamental rights of people. "The provision of the right to information in Article 27 of the Constitution of Nepal itself is controversial. It is not clear whether Nepali people can enjoy the right to privacy", he added.

Similarly, commissioner Baskota also urged ministers to establish their daily administration transparent.

Furthermore, he accused Legislative and Executive of being unable to discuss annual report submitted by NIC.

According to Baskota "The commission has submitted 11 reports, published 700 books but not a single minister or parliament member expressed interests to read those reports and books."

Likewise, Baskota also complained on system of government and their policies not being federalism friendly despite Nepal being a Federal Republic Democratic country. He stressed the need to establish Information Commission in all 7 provinces.

National Information Commission had also published reports on the progress made during 5 year tenure ship of commissioner Baskota.

During his term in NIC, the Baskota-led team had made 5,709 decisions on various topics and areas.

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