Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is very happy that Right to Information (RTI) act became a reality during his tenure which will greatly help to maintain accuracy and accountability.
The inauguration ceremony to launch the Right to Information Act was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Temple Trees today (17).
Addressing the official ceremony the President said the RTI is all about transparency. "We passed the RTI act as we want every act of the government to be transparent and accurate," the President said.
Minister of Parliamentary reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka said the discussion about RTI was first started by late Minister Dharmasiri Senanayake. Minister said that rather than criticizing the RTI act it would be better if shortcomings can be pointed out to strengthen the act.
Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Karunaratna Paranavithana requested people not to spread wrong ideas about RTI but use it for the benefit of the people.
During the ceremony, the President launched the website of the Right to Information (www.rti.gov.lk).
Director General Department of Government Information Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya said that we need proactive disclosure of information and added that they are planning to select the best website and award prizes.
The public can audit the officers of the state with the RTI. The hand book for information officers will be issued end of March said the Advisor to the Minister on the RTI act Piyatissa Ranasinghe.
Sri Lanka's RTI Act has been ranked as the third best in the RTI global ranking. The RTI Act went in to effect from 03 February 2017.