Right to Information Act comes into force in Sri Lanka

Posted on:04 Feb 2017 09:23:01
Right to Information Act comes into force in Sri Lanka
04 February 2017 Current Affairs: Right to Information (RTI) Act has come into effect in Sri Lanka from February 3, 2017. RTI was one of the major announcements made by the present Sri Lankan government ahead of the 2015 election.

RTI Commission which comprises of 5 persons namely Mahinda Gammanpila, KishaliPinto-Jayawardena, S. G Punchihewa, Judge A. W. A. Salam and Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran , is vested with a variety of powers and is responsible for ensuring people can utilize the Right to Information effectively.

The public authorities under which the RTI request falls are liable to respond to these requests within the specified timelines, subject to a maximum of 28 days.

Sankhitha Gunaratne, RTI Manager of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) informed that public can now start filing RTI request. This RTI law overrides all other written laws in this respect and all information can be revealed if the greater public interest is served by disclosing the information.

 

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