23 September, 2020

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RTI Commission Of Sri Lanka Launches Its Trilingual Website

The RTI Commission announces the launch of its trilingual website on Monday 19th June 2017 . The Commission’s logo, as unveiled, consists of Sri Lanka centered in the black pupil of an eye commonly symbolizing information, held aloft by a hand.

The website features Draft Guidances on Pro-active Disclosure applicable to all Ministries under the globally acclaimed RTI Act No 12 of 2016. Pro-active disclosure duties specified under the Act refer to information released by Ministers in advance of the initiation of projects and also in general, in regard to the functioning of ministries. These relate to specific details requested to be provided on procurement processes and disbursements under budgets in regard to local and foreign expenses. These duties arise automatically in terms of the law and do not depend on a citizen filing an information request against a particular Public Authority.

The Guidances are due to be finalized shortly and the Commission has invited public feedback on the same. The Commission has announced on its website that it hopes to hold consultations in this regard with Public Authorities and citizens.

Meanwhile, the Commission has heard several appeals against Public Authorities which, as disclosed on the website, includes the Road Development Authority (RDA) and the Panadura Urban Council.

The Commission is the primary appellate body under the Act. It is also mandated to ensure that state, corporate and non-governmental perform in compliance with the law. Failure to abide can result in the prosecution of offenders by the Commission, which is a power not in the hands of many other similar bodies excluding the Bribery and Corruption Commission.

Among pending matters are RTI appeals filed regarding the assets declarations of the President and the Prime Minister, appeals from the North on requesting the foreign travel expenses of Provincial Ministers and reports of inquiries held by the Provincial authorities, and appeals on details of school admissions from the Southern Province. (Press Notification issued by the RTI Commission of Sri Lanka)  

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    RTI is a serious threat to national security. We,BBS , are involved in campaign to clean up the island. The end justifies the mean. People are going to use RTI to portray us as bad people. But they will realise in 10 years what we are doing is for greater good of the country

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      Jimbo:
      Came out of the closet, did you? The next thing we know you’ll crawl out from under that rock (or is it Gnanasara’s siyura?) to reveal your given name!
      Piece of advice: stay under that piece of granite because someone might be tempted to do something that is long overdue: trample you into the dirt where you belong.

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        Who is under the rock now ? Our hero maha Gnanasara is released on 1 hour bail and Muslim rugby player is rotting under the rock. We don’t go under. Never in the history. Everybody who fought is including Terrorist prsbakaran is under the rock

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        Emil van der Poorten ———–This Jim Softy is not the original dimwit but an impostor who is struggling to impersonate the original one. Please note the differences in the content and style between the two.

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