Jan 15, Colombo: The cabinet has given approval to introduce a new ‘National Intelligence Act’ to regulate and empower all intelligence services, covering all intelligence fields giving priority for national security, co-cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena announced.
During the media briefing held today (15) to announce Cabinet decisions, Co-cabinet spokesman said the proposal for the new National Intelligence Act was made by State Minister of Defense Chamal Rajapaksa. It is expected to advise the Legal Draftsman to prepare the relevant Bill.
Sri Lanka's intelligence agencies play a significant role in predicting activities that affect national security, and taking actions to mitigate them and make recommendations.
The intelligence agencies have been instrumental in maintaining national security by preventing terrorism and other activities based on the threats and information uncovered by these agencies.
The Cabinet paper states that some intelligence activities have been restricted due to the lack of adequate legal provisions to regulate the activities of the intelligence services and to assist the intelligence agencies in their operations. The objective of introducing the National Intelligence Act is to prevent these shortcomings.