Strengthen Anti-corruption Legislation – First coalition meeting in District Vehari, Punjab

Transparency International Pakistan is working to strengthen anti-corruption legislation to improve laws and have good governance in the country. To attain this goal, one important step is to make a unified voice from the platform of TI Pakistan and propose recommendations to the respective governments of the provinces. These recommendations will address where improvements are required in the existing legislations. Under the platform of TI Pakistan, Strengthen Anti-Corruption Legislation-Punjab Coalition was the first meeting of the coalition held in district Vehari on March 29, 2017 in which participants from the following organization were participated:

1. Sudhar Development Org, District Vehari
2. HERA Foundation, District Jhang
3. Haqooq ul Ebad, District Gujrat
4. Social Welfare Society, District Toba Tek Singh
5. Women's Welfare Society, District Mianwali
6. Alfalah Society, District Khushab
7. Help Foundation, District Kasur
8. Anjman Mazareen Punjab, District Okara
9. Mishal Tarqiyati Tanzeem, District Sahiwal
10. Anjman-e-Tameer-e -Millat, District Muzaffargarh
11. Pakistan Rural Workers Social Welfare, District Bahawalpur
12. Social Welfare and Community Development Society, Tehsil Burewala
13. Patient Welfare Society, District Bhakkar

TI Pakistan’s representative participated in the meeting as a facilitator/host with Ms. Saima Batool, president Sudhar Development Organization. After the introduction of the participants and TI Pakistan work in recent years, TI Pakistan’s representative defined the objective of the coalition. As per the agenda, RTI and Local Government laws were the focal areas of the discussion, however, participants also highlighted corruption challenges in Education, Police and Health sector. In the second half of the meeting, these participants were divided into five groups who gave presentations on Police, Local Government, RTI, Health, and Education. It was also decided that only two issues (i.e. RTI and Local Government Laws and procedure) will be taken to the task to propose legislative recommendations. The participants agreed to coordinate and further strengthen the network. They further agreed to forward their recommendations within two month time. TI Pakistan and SDO president thanked participants in the end.

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TI Pakistan achieved an important landmark by establishing a coalition of 13 NGOs from 13 different districts of Punjab. The objective of this coalition is to improve anti-corruption legislation such as Right to Information laws in the province. The first session of the coalition was organized in District Vehari on 29th March 2017.