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The below correction sent by the RTI Commission of Sri Lanka as a Right of Reply was carried in the Sunday Leader of 2nd July 2017.

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Dear Editor,

RTI COMMISSION RESPONDS TO INCORRECT REFERENCE IN SUNDAY LEADER ARTICLE (Right of Reply)

I am instructed by the RTI Commission of Sri Lanka to respond to an article appearing in your newspaper of June 25th, 2017 titled 'Departments Under Law And Order Ministry Ignore Request Under RTI' by Ms. Nirmala Kannangara.

This article incorrectly states that the RTI Commission had not responded to Ms Kannangara's email query sent to the Commission on the same. Please note that in direct contradiction to this claim, I responded to the email sent by Ms Kannangara (dated 28th April 2017) on 25th May 2017 (see annexure below). Your journalist was informed that that an information officer had been appointed by the Department of Police and further apprised that the Commission has been intervening with the nodal agency, the Ministry of Mass Media to ensure compliance by Public Authorities with the RTI Act, No 12 of 2016.

Furthermore, Ms. Kannangara was informed that her email cannot be accepted as an 'appeal.' The Commission is bound by Rule 13 (2) of the RTI Rules (Fees and Appeal Procedure) ( Gazette No. 2004/66, 03.02.2017) issued in terms of Section 42 of the RTI which states that appeals to the Commission may be made only through the medium of registered post or in person. This requirement has been clearly stated by the Commission in its Public Statements and clarified on its website: www.rticommission.lk.

Ms Kannangara was asked to resubmit her appeal in accordance with the Rules on Appeals as provided for. She was also informed that, if she wishes, any further clarification could be sought from the Commission through email or by phone. It is therefore surprising that her article referred to above contains no mention of this fact.

The RTI Commission expects that as a responsible newspaper bound by the Code of Ethics issued by the Sri Lanka Press Institute, (of which the Editors Guild of Sri Lanka is a constituent member and a co-founder), your newspaper will carry this Right of Reply with the same prominence given to the earlier incorrect article. The Commission is therefore copying this letter to the SLPI, also for the reason that the SLPI is engaged in carrying out trainings for journalists on Sri Lanka's RTI Act.

I am instructed also to state that the Commission notes that it is encouraging to see that many Public Authorities are complying with the RTI Act. However please note that if any Public Authority is found culpable of wilfully disregarding the Act, the Commission will be acting directly in pursuance of its statutory powers and to the fullest extent of its authority,

Kind regards.
Mr A D E Bernard
Administrative Officer / Coordinating Secretary
Right to Information Commission

For and on behalf of the RTI Commission

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Public Authority: Peoples Bank

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Appellant: Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union

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Appellant: D.N. Liyanage

Public Authority: University of Wayamba

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Date of Appeal Hearing: 03.03.2018, 15.05.2018, 03.07.2018, 07.08.2018, 09.10.2018

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H. V. E. U. Siriwardene v. Divisional [...]

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/268/2018

 

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Appellant: H.A.P.N. Jayathilake

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Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.04.2018, 05.06.2018, 28.06.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/138/2018

 

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Appellant: H.B.S. Perera

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gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/44/2018

 

H.L Karunasena v Human Rights Commission of Sri [...]

Appellant: H.L Karunasena

Public Authority: Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 04.12.2018; 16.01.2018

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H.L. Fernando v Sri Lanka Broadcasting [...]

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gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/112/2018

 

J. K. M. D. Jayasundera v Anula Vidyalaya, [...]

Appellant: J. K. M. D. Jayasundera

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gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/241/2018

 

J. Wickremasinghe v. Chief Secretary, Central [...]

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J. Wickremasinghe v. Chief Secretary, Central [...]

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gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/119/2018

 

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Appellant: L.D. Abeywardena

Public Authority: Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/230/2018

 

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Appellant: M. Hemapala

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/229/2017

 

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Appellant: M. M. Viraj Manamperi

Public Authority: Zonal Education Office, Rathnapura

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/421/2018

 

M.D.S.K. Kulatunga v. Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha [...]

Appellant: M.D.S.K. Kulatunga

Public Authority: Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha

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Order:

 

M.G. Hemapala v. Peoples Bank - [...]

Appellant: M.G. Hemapala

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Appeal Considered On: 26.06.201, 03.07.2018, 04.09.2018, 23.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/239/2018

 

M.H. Sumith Priyanga v. Zonal Education Office [...]

Appellant: M.H. Sumith Priyanga

Public Authority: Zonal Education Office Ratnapura and R/Hikgaswaththa Primary School

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 10.07.2018, 28.08.2018, 22.11.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/263/2018

 

M.I. Shamila v. Urban Development Authority [...]

Appellant: M.I. Shamila

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gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/273/2018

 

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/019/2018

 

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gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/547/2018

 

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/050/2018

 

N. Munasinghe v. People’s Bank - [...]

Appellant: N. Munasinghe

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/50/2018

 

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Public Authority: UDA

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/565/2018

 

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Appellant: P.K.Perera

Public Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs

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Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/023/2018

 

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Appellant: R. Wijesinghe

Public Authority: UC Panadura

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 26.06.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/201/2018

 

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Appellant: R.H.M.N. Rajakaruna

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Order:

 

R.S. Wijesiri v. Chief Ministry and Education [...]

Appellant: R.S. Wijesiri

Public Authority: Chief Ministry and Education Ministry Central Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 22.05.2018; 05.07.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTI Appeal/174/2018

 

Railway Managers Association v. Sri Lanka [...]

Appellant: Railway Managers Association

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Railways

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 24th 2018

Order:

 

S. Pratheeban v Road Development Authority - [...]

Appellant: S. Pratheeban

Public Authority: Road Development Authority

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.03.2019, 02.07.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/648/2018

 

S.A.S.S. Perera v. Divisional Secretariat, [...]

Appellant: S.A.S.S. Perera

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat, Padukka

Date of Appeal Hearing: November 23rd, 2017

Order: 

Shermal Hemaka Jayasuriya v National Selection [...]

Appellant: Shermal Hemaka Jayasuriya

Public Authority: National Selection Committee, Ministry of Provincial Councils, Local Government and Sports

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.02.2019; 23.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/745/2018

 

Shreen Saroor v. Prime Minister’s Office - [...]

Appellant: Shreen Saroor

Public Authority: Prime Minister’s Office

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 15.05.2018, 10.07.2018, 04.09.2018, 30.10.2018, 11.12.2018, 02.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/01/2018 | gazet rti 2002 42 E janSri Lanka's Reparations Bill

 

Sri Lanka Red Cross Society v. Ministry of Home [...]

Appellant: Sri Lanka Red Cross Society

Public Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.04.2018, 05.06.2018, 31.07.2018, 18.09.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/113/2018

 

Suren D. Perera v. Vidyartha College, Kandy - [...]

Appellant: Suren D. Perera

Public Authority: Vidyartha College, Kandy

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 12.11.2018; 17.12.2018; 21.01.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/040/2018

 

T. Sureshkumar v. Judicial Service Commission - [...]

Appellant: T. Sureshkumar

Public Authority: Judicial Service Commission

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.07.2017

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/224/2017

 

T.D.H. Karunarathna v. Urban Development [...]

Appellant: T.D.H. Karunarathna

Public Authority: Urban Development Authority

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 24.07.2018, 11.09.2018, 16.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/289/2018

 

T.R. Silva v. Sri Lanka Police Headquarters - [...]

Appellant: T.R. Silva

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Police Headquarters

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.07.2018, 09.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/342/2018

 

U. G. Kalansuriya v. National Police Commission - [...]

Appellant: U. G. Kalansuriya

Public Authority: National Police Commission

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.09.2018; 12.11.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/027/2018

 

V. Sabaratnam v. Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation [...]

Appellant: V. Sabaratnam

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 09.05.2018, 26.06.2018, 17.07.2018, 21.08.2018, 28.08.2018

Documents:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/117/2018 - Order

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/117/2018 - Proceedings

 

W. D. Ajith Kumara v. Chief Ministry, North [...]

Appellant: W. D. Ajith Kumara

Public Authority: Chief Ministry, North Central Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 23.08.2018; 17.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/214/2018

 

W. P. M. Fernando v. Ministry of Public [...]

Appellant: W. P. M. Fernando

Public Authority: Ministry of Public Administration & Management

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 12.07.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/259/2018

 

W.A.P. Dilrukshi v. Sri Lanka Army - [...]

Appellant: W.A.P. Dilrukshi

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Army

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 20th 2018

Order:

 

W.R.M. Abeysekara v. Peoples Bank - [...]

Appellant: W.R.M. Abeysekara

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 26.06.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/230/2017