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14 working days since RTI launch: current and future challenges

Information Officers must affirm or deny RTI requests within 14 days of making the application. Transparency International Sri Lanka made a request for a declaration of the President’s Assets on February 3rd, the day RTI was launched. They should have received notice by yesterday about whether their request would be fulfilled or denied. Instead, TISL

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10 days of RTI in Sri Lanka

Week 1 of RTI in Sri Lanka: 5 cases When we asked the public what information they would seek through RTI, almost a third of them referenced some form of corruption by public servants; for example asset declarations, irregularities in tenders, salaries and perks for ministers. Since February 3rd, some high profile RTI requests have

All Police Stations must accept RTI applications

RTI requests can be lodged at any police station, says BKS Ravindra, additional secretary to Minister for Media. Police stations must accept RTI applications made to them. However, the Police are still in the process of appointing Information Officers. This should be complete within the next few weeks. The Information Officers will be the District

How many bar permits do members of Parliament have?

This was one of the many questions filed under the Right to Information Act by Ranjan Ramanayake, deputy Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare. Mr. Ramanayake filed his requests on February 3rd, the very first day that RTI was launched. His RTI application inquired how many bar permits, sand permits, and petrol sheds were owned

Details of RTI Info Officers out soon

Details of all RTI Information Officers will soon be listed on the Ministry of Mass Media website, says BKS Ravindra, additional secretary to the Ministry for Mass Media. The Ministry of Mass Media intends to launch a page on their main website dedicated to information about the Right to Information, including details of the Information

Application to receive Information

RTI 01 Note that completion of this Form is not a compulsory requirement to make a request for information and that any written letter, e-mail or a verbal request with the essential information to identify the requested information is sufficient.   Application to receive Information Information Officer,   Name of Requestor – ……………………………………………….. Address –

Impact of RTI on research carried out by NGOs

  In a recent article, we confirmed that RTI is applicable to any non-governmental organization that uses government funding, whether from the government of Sri Lanka or a foreign government. Considering the vast number of such organizations, we inquired about the impact this holds for researchers, as their work would be subject to RTI. Professor

What will affect RTI implementation?

Right to Information – What you need to know

 What is Right to Information? A right of any citizen of Sri Lanka to access any recorded information from any public authority   What are public authorities? Any government body or and private institution that is providing a public service Examples: Municipal Councils Government-funded education institutions such as universities or schools Ministries and departments Private