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Establishment Division directed to share details of the action taken against officers who are not submitting assets declaration regularly with citizen.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Information Commission has directed the Establishment Division to share the details of the action taken against officers who are not submitting their assets declaration regularly within ten working days with a citizen.
In pursuance of an appeal filed by a citizen Nadeem Umer – a local resident – the commission has issued a detailed verdict and directed to share the list of the officers who have not submitted their assets declaration during their whole service.
According to the verdict of the commission, the appellant in December last year requested the establishment division to provide the list of the officers whose promotion is halted due to non-submission of their assets declaration, list of the officers who have not submitted their assets declaration during their whole service.
The Establishment Division was also requested to provide the details of about the inquiries conducted regarding the increase in assets of the officers.
The Order of PIC states that this commission provided ample opportunities to the Respondent, through duly sent notices to respond to the duly filed request for information of the citizen, but the Respondent has failed to submit its response as to why the requested information cannot be provided to the citizen, this commission is left with no option but to determine whether or not the requested information can be disclosed by juxtaposing it with the provisions of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.
The requested information cannot be denied even on the ground of personal privacy as mentioned in Section 7 (g) of the Act. In any case, on the balance, public interest outweighs any harm to personal privacy of civil servants who fail to fulfil their obligation of submitting details of their assets, Commission observed.
PIC order further states that tt is only through the disclosure of the requested information that citizens of Pakistan, who pay taxes for, inter alia, the salaries of civil servants, will be able to know the names, designations and number of officers who are not fulfilling their obligation of submitting their assets declaration; Frequency and duration of the failure on the part of officers in submitting assets declaration; and action taken, if any, by the Establishment Division against officers who failed to submit their assets declaration.
The commission has directed the Establishment Division to share the requested information with the citizen within ten working days and with intimation to PIC commission.

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