Why so much reluctance in giving information about government projects?

Why so much reluctance in giving information about government projects?

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As long as there is transparency and accountability in public functions, there should be no problem for officials to disclose information. If a government official or officer delays providing information, there is usually some mystery that remains.

The government passed the Right to Information Act in 2009 to ensure the right of citizens to access information. According to this act, government organisations are bound to provide citizens with information that does not pose any threat to the security and sovereignty of the country.

But our government officials always try to hide any information from the public. A report published in Prothom Alo on May 20 shows that government officials are reluctant to provide information related to projects and funds. According to the Information Commission's 2023 annual report submitted to the National Parliament, people lodged a total of 686 complaints with the commission about not getting information from the concerned government officials. The commission took cognizance of 324 complaints. The highest number of complaints, a total of 52, were made after not getting information related to projects. Of these, 29 complaints were made after not getting information related to funds, 17 were related to tenders and 12 were related to recruitment.

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