President Maithripala Sirisena said that the public will feel empowered only if the right to access information is assured.
He said that by ensuring right to information, all government sectors will be able to carry out their operations more effectively.
The President was speaking at the opening of Sri Lanka’s first ever international conference on ‘Right to Information’ which began in Colombo with the participation of nearly 300 foreign and local participants.
The two day international conference is organized parallel to the International Right to Information Day, by the Department of Government Information in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media.
The conference is focusing its attention on the right to information, media regulation, and the current situation of mass media.
In June this year Parliament unanimously passed the Right To Information (RTI) Bill.
The Government said the RTI bill is expected to make changes in a moderate way to uphold good governance and 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. (Colombo Gazette)