Right to information bill tabled in Parliament for approval

srilanka_parliament-8The Right To Information (RTI) bill was tabled in Parliament by Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake today.

The bill, if approved, will provide for the right of access to information, specify grounds on which access may be denied, establish the right to information commission, appoint information officers, set out the procedure and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The RTI bill has already been approved by all Provincial Councils (PCs).

President Maithripala Sirisena informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday that a few PCs have sought amendments to the bill.

The President submitted the proposed amendments to Parliament.

The RTI Bill was to be tabled in Parliament on March 8 bit it was delayed as the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) was yet to give its backing to the Bill.

The President informed the Speaker yesterday that the NPC has now approved the bill with some amendments. (Colombo Gazette)

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