Parliament debates amended Right to Information bill

srilanka_parliament-8Parliament today began debating the amended Right to Information (RTI) bill .

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the amended bill was submitted to Parliament after extensive discussions with several political parties and civil society.

He recalled that since 2004 several attempts were made to bring the RTI bill to Parliament but those attempts were unsuccessful.

The Prime Minister said that right to information is a right of the public and so the current Government took the initiative to push for it.

“The failure to access information led to several issues over the past 10 years,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that if access to information on public institutions was available to the public in the past then some public institutions could have been saved from suffering losses.

Wickremesinghe urged the opposition to support the bill when the vote is taken despite differences of opinion.

Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said that President Maithripala Sirisena had given an assurance when he took office last year that the RTI bill will be brought to Parliament.

He said the presentation of the bill in Parliament is a historic occasion for Sri Lanka and the region.

The Government said the RTI bill is expected to make changes in a moderate way to uphold good governance and the state functions.

The Government also affirmed the bill will allow the public to get information on public officials and will be an important feature for the Government to be responsible at a higher level.

A vote will be taken on the bill tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. Information Bill is too hurry by UNP leader Ranil W….it become empty phrase in the case without a special analysis of current conditions is different from year 2004.
    Until 2009 May we have been faced with miserable despicable of LTTE Tamil Eellamist or separatists, at that time an opposition forces who are with TNA politics.
    The enemies of Sri Lankan Eellamist or separatist war by 30 years of TNA back political idiots have been still remembered how they supressed free of information by GUN Rule politics.

    We are too early to decided information bill .
    I hereby request Bill should be postpone couple of months after citizens must give enough room the deliberation by UNP -Primer.
    The UNP majority is not that every thing to be decided Bill of information.
    Why so hurry to passed Bill within 24 hours! By UNP Primer?
    Well, good governance want more useful and beneficial one, that to the public of majority citizens of an Island.

    If you are so interest put into fast track that will be disobedience to order to be destroy norms of democracy; will be running away ,the chaos that the result be ineptitude, helplessness and slovenliness of principle of Parliamentary democracy had been exist last 68 years.

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