Right to Information Act Comes into Force in Sri Lanka (Download PDF)

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As India, The Right to Information (RTI) Act came into force in Sri Lanka too. Legislation aimed at restoring transparency and good governance in country that has been plagued by corruption and misrule. Act marks culmination of a movement of over 20 years to ensure transparency in governance and easy availability of information.

Sri Lanka right to information act

Sri Lanka Right to Information Act

Sri Lanka right to information act

Highlights

  • Historic Right to Information (RTI) Act has come into force in Sri Lank years to ensure transparency in governance and easy availability of information.
  • Sri Lankan Government has gazettes almost all categories of public authorities that fall within purview of RTI.
  • As per the act, public authorities are liable to share information within the specified timelines, subject to a maximum of 28 days.
  • The Government also had introduced 19th Amendment to Constitution that recognizes Right to Information as a fundamental right.

RTI Act will be enforced in relation to following public authorities

  • A Ministry of the Government
  • A Government Department
  • A public corporation
  • A local authority
  • A company incorporated under the Companies Act
  • Anybody or office created or established by or under the Constitution
  • Private educational institutions including institutions offering vocational or technical education
  • All courts, tribunals and institutions created and established for the administration of justice

About Sri Lanka

Location of Sri Lanka

Location of Sri Lanka

Location of Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean.
  • Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches.
  • The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital has many ruins dating back more than 2, 000 years.
  • Prime minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe
  • President: Maithripala Sirisena
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English
  • Largest city: Colombo
  • Sri Lanka is a republic and a unitary state governed by a semi-presidential system.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 17, 2017

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