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WHAT IS RIGHT TO INFORMATION?

Public Authorities have a lot of information that is held in trust for the citizens of the country. As citizens, you now have a fundamental right to access this information. The Right to Information Act No. 12 of 2016, passed on 4th August 2016, sets out the process that citizens can use to access information. It’s is a simple process of lodging a request at the relevant Public Authority. With the normal process, you should get the information within a maximum of 28 days (if the information is a lot, or has to be obtained from a different location, it can take upto 21 days more). See more on that here.

KADATHURA HERA

The first Sri Lankan film on the Right to Information showing how RTI is used through the narrative of three citizens. It will only take 30 minutes to watch this short film.

SUCCESS STORIES

More requests for road repairs

The substandard culverts in the Matara-Godgama road were repaired subsequent to an RTI requesting information on the matter from the Road Development Authority in Matara.   Image – not related to the story
Queries were posed through RTI to the Matara Water Board regarding a sustained disconnection of water supply. The information requested was received and the residents were subsequently given access to a reconnected water supply.
The person in question was a victim of the 2017 floods. Although he attempted to find out how much money he would receive through the flood relief fund, he was unable to get the correct information. After filing an Information Request, he obtained information that he had been allocated Rs. 282,432 from the fund. He
The issue was regarding the development and reconstruction of the Galpoththagoda road. In this case, although there was a delay in the payment of the requisite fee for obtaining the information (Rs. 28.00), the information was given to the requestor even without the due payment.   image: not related to the story

OUR EVENTS

A small community meeting was held in Jinthupitiya, Colombo on 29th July 2018. The group is facing many issues. One lady has been trying to locate the whereabouts of his son, who was abducted in Wattala years ago. Having written to over 10 government institutions to no avail, she is now turning to RTI to

Training for IO’s and DO’s

RTI Training at Maharagama for the IO’s and DO’s of the DS Offices in Colombo

Discussion with Venkatesh

TISL RTI team had valuable discussion with RTI expert Mr. Venkatesh Nayak on 12th July.

20RTIs facilitated

Another meeting was held at Point Pedro on 8th July, with more than 20RTIs facilitated, for WDS members.

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