The much awaited Right to Information Bill was presented to Parliament this morning for its first reading, by Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka.
The Right to Information Bill provides for the establishment of the right to Information Commission, setting out the procedures for obtaining information and for matters connected, in an effort to uphold the people’s right to know.
The Bill, as per constitutional requirements was submitted to the nine Provincial Councils, which have approved the Bill. The Western, North Western, Central, Southern, Eastern, and Uva Provinces agreed with the contents of the Bill, while Sabaragamuwa, North Central, and Northern Provincial Councils, agreed to the Bill subject to certain amendments, which led to the delay in presenting it to Parliament.
The Bill which is one of the main pledges as part of President Sirisena’s 100 day work programme, received Cabinet approval in December last year.