Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan was directed to provide certified copies of audit paras if included in the audit reports laid by the Auditor General of Pakistan before Public Accounts Committee for Financial Year 2016-17, Financial Year 2017-18 and Financial Year 2018-19.
The Respondent was also directed to take immediate steps to proactively share through the web site all categories of information mentioned in Section 5 of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017 and submit the compliance report to the commission by 03/03/2020.
The commission observed that the elected representatives in their collective wisdom have included Section 5 in the Act so that maximum information is proactively provided to the citizens of Pakistan by ensuring its proactive disclosure through web sites of public bodies. Since Section 5 of the Act includes audit reports, the Auditor General of Pakistan should immediately place on its web site each audit report once it is laid in the Public Accounts Committee. Similarly, each federal public body should proactively publish through its web site audit paras if included in the audit report of a given year.