Public, heirs of the Right to Information (RTI) Act

Public officers should provide the required information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act without any delay to the public who are the real heirs of the Act, Additional Secretary to the Finance and Mass Media Ministry Thilaka Jayasundara said.She was the chief guest at the RTI Mobile Service programme organised by the Ministry yesterday at Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna.

About 700 beneficiaries of the Act including children, youths, and elders from all the five districts of the Northern Province facing various difficulties and social issues participated in this mobile camp yesterdayJayasundara said the RTI Act introduced to the country by the coalition government under the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister could be used to secure the people’s rights and democracy in the country and also build a fair, equal, and just society.

The UN has proclaimed September 28 as International RTI Day and Sri Lanka plans to celebrate that day on a grand scale this year, for the second time. The week from September 21 – 28 has been declared as RTI Week and many programmes have been launched to empower the public, she said.

All these programmes are being implemented on the instructions of Minister Mangala Samaraweera, State Minister Eran Wickramaratne, and Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna under the guidance of Treasury Secretary R.H.S. Samaratunga.

Government Information Director General Sudarshana Gunawardhana, attorney-at-law Jagath Liyanarachchi, Nalaka Gunwardhane and several others participated in the mobile service as resource persons