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It is encouraging to see that despite being severely cash-strapped due to the absence of an independent allocation in the 2017 National Budget, the RTI Commission of Sri Lanka has begun hearing appeals and concluded several hearings under the globally acclaimed RTI Act No:12 of 2016.

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This is no doubt due to the perseverance of Commission members despite the Commission operating out of temporary premises and with skeletal staff.

It was reported that the appellants were recording their appreciation of the fact that this was a law which gave ‘ordinary people’ the right to ask questions from the establishment. This included even public servants who have no recourse to questioning the establishment when they themselves became the victims of injustice. Parents of children who had been denied admission to schools without giving reasons and journalists attempting to expose corruption in the Provincial Council machinery have stated that they have gone before the Commission.

No doubt, all this is an important part of the RTI regime. RTI is a weapon that acts as a leveler against privilege. Whether it is the politically, socially or financially privileged makes no difference. Any citizen can file an RTI request and cannot be questioned as to why it is being filed. If it falls within the reach of the RTI Act, it will be granted. If not, then those refusing must explain why and will be held responsible before the Commission.

However citizens including journalists who file appeals to the Commission must be aware of the legal processes even though they have been relaxed to a great extent. The RTI Act and the Regulations allow initial information requests to be filed electronically (through email). But appeals to the Commission must be by registered post or person. To our mind, this safeguard must be to prevent fraud at the appeal stage. This is necessary.

The Commission sits on appeal against a decision of a Designated Officer (DO) in a Public Authority in response to a rejection of an information request by an Information Officer. A citizen cannot simply ignore an appointed DO and come directly to the Commission saying that it is ‘of no use’ to appeal. The steps laid down in the law must be followed. An appeal will lie directly to the Commission only when a DO is not in place, as we understand it.

The Commission has announced in a recent media statement that it is pleased with the public’s use of RTI. Considerable numbers of citizens and public officers have reached out to the Commission in these early months. Its Draft Rules on the duties of Ministers to publish certain categories of pro-active information in advance will soon be available for public feedback on its eagerly awaited website.

It is a special feature of our RTI Act that Ministers are required to publish information regarding future projects above a particular monetary value, including information on procurement and tender processes. These are areas where the most corruption has been evidenced. In addition and under other provisions of the Act, Ministers are also required to publish disbursements under allocated budgets. This would involve, among others, costs incurred for junkets abroad.

In a further development, regulations are pending before Parliament to enable public access to the declarations of assets and liabilities of parliamentarians who are elected to office and are thus directly covered by RTI. This is a praiseworthy development and would, no doubt, further strengthen the steadily growing RTI regime in Sri Lanka.

What we see taking place today is a quiet and gradual change in the culture of not asking questions which Sri Lankans have been used to for decades. Despite all the criticisms levelled against this Government, it is to its credit that it brought RTI to the citizens. Its benefits will come in the years ahead if the RTI process is supported and encouraged rather than sabotaged.

Courtesy, the Daily Mirror, 16/06/2017 Read Full Article

மேன்முறையீடுகள் தொடர்பில் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்ட அண்மைய தீர்மானங்கள்

 

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Ongoing In-Person Hearings

A.Mariathas v. Divisional Secretariat – [...]

Appellant: A.Mariathas

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat – Maritimepattu

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 19th 2018

Order:

 

A.Mariathas v. Divisional Secretariat – [...]

Appellant: A.Mariathas

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat – Maritimepattu

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 19th 2018

Order:

 

Airline Pilots’ Guild v. Sri Lankan Airlines - [...]

Appellant: The Airline Pilots’of Sri Lanka

Public Authority: Sri Lankan Airlines

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 13.11.2017, 08.01.2018, 06.02.2018, 23.03.2018, 24.04.2018 and 09.05.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/99/2017 - Airline Pilots’ Guild v. Sri Lankan Airlines

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/99/2017 - Jurisdiction

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/99/2017 - Final Order

B. Chamali v. Divisional Secretariat - Panadura - [...]

Appellant: B. Chamali

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat - Panadura

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 20th 2018

Order:

 

B.G. Piyaseeli v. Municipal Council Dehiwela- [...]

Appellant: B.G. Piyaseeli

Public Authority: Municipal Council Dehiwela

Dates of Appeal Hearing: February 6th 2018 & April 20th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/79/2018

 

Bhadrani Jayawardena v. Municipal Council - [...]

Appellant: Bhadrani Jayawardena

Public Authority: Municipal Council - Colombo

Dates of Appeal Hearing: May 9th 2018

Order:

 

C. Amerasinghe v. Pradesha Sabha – Ja Ela - [...]

Appellant: C. Amerasinghe

Public Authority: Pradesha Sabha – Ja Ela

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 28th 2018

Order:

 

Capt. de Soyza Siriwardena v. Sri Lanka Army - [...]

Appellant: Capt. de Soyza Siriwardena

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Army

Date of Appeal Hearing: November 6th 2017, November 27th 2017, January 30th 2018, February 23rd 2018, March 16th 2018, April 3rd 2018, May 30th 2018 and July 17th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/89/2017

Ceylon Bank Employees Union (Regional Development [...]

Appellant: Ceylon Bank Employees Union (Regional Development Bank Branch)

Public Authority: Regional Development Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: January 30th 2018 & March 27th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTI Appeal/160/2017

Ceylon Bank Employees Union v. Peoples Bank – [...]

Appellant: Ceylon Bank Employees Union

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: January 30th 2018, March 27th 2018 and May 22nd 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/58/2018

 

Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union v. Peoples Bank - [...]

Appellant: Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 20th 2018

Order:

 

D.N. Liyanage v. University of Wayamba - [...]

Appellant: D.N. Liyanage

Public Authority: University of Wayamba

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 26th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/125/2018

 

D.N. Liyanage v. University of Wayamba - [...]

Appellant: D.N. Liyanage

Public Authority: University of Wayamba

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 26th 2018

Order:

 

Dileep Amuthan v. Ministry of Defence – [...]

Appellant: Dileep Amuthan

Public Authority: Ministry of Defence

Date of Appeal Hearing: March 3rd 2018, May 15th 2018 and July 3rd 2018

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/70/2018

 

Dileep Amuthan v. Presidential Secretariat - [...]

Appellant: Dileep Amuthan

Public Authority: Presidential Secretariat

Date of Appeal Hearing: April 3rd 2018, May 15th 2018 and July 3rd 2018

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/114/2017

 

Dushyanthi Suriapperuma v. Sri Lanka Medical [...]

Appellant: Dushyanthi Suriapperuma

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Medical Council

Date of Appeal Hearing: November 20th 2017, January 16th 2018, March 16th 2018, April 24th 2018, 22nd May 2018 & 05th June 2018

Order: 

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/036/2017

G.D.R.U.U. Abeyrathna v. Department of [...]

Appellant: G.D.R.U.U. Abeyrathna and Nishantha Hettiarachchi

Public Authority: Department of Examinations

Dates of Appeal Hearing: January 30th 2018, February 23rd 2018 and April 24th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/182 & 183/2017

 

H. M. C. A. Jayasiri v. Sri Lanka Police/ [...]

Appellant: H. M. C. A. Jayasiri

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Police/ Assistant Superintendent of Police’s Office Awissawella

Dates of Appeal Hearing: January 8th 2018, March 23rd 2018 and May 15th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/154/2017

 

H.A.P.N. Jayathilake v. Department of Agrarian [...]

Appellant: H.A.P.N. Jayathilake

Public Authority: Department of Agrarian Services Development

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 20th 2018

Order:

 

H.B.S. Perera v Irrigation Department - [...]

Appellant: H.B.S. Perera

Public Authority: Irrigation Department

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 30th May 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/44/2018

 

H.P.D.K Perera v. Urban Council Panadura- [...]

Appellant: H.P.D.K Perera

Public Authority: Urban Council Panadura

Dates of Appeal Hearing: July 5th 2018

Order:

 

I.G.L. Jayaweera v. Department of Internal Audit, [...]

Appellant: I.G.L. Jayaweera

Public Authority: Department of Internal Audit, Southern Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: October 30th, 2017 & December 4th, 2017

Order: 

gazet rti 2002 42 E janI.G.L. Jayaweera v. Department of Internal Audit, Southern Province (RTICAppeal/84/2017)

Independent Coast Conservation Union v. Coast [...]

Appellant: Independent Coast Conservation Union

Public Authority: Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management Department

Dates of Appeal Hearing: March 27th 2018 and May 15th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/84/2018

 

Independent Employees Union v. Ceylon Fisheries [...]

Appellant: Independent Employees Union

Public Authority: Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 20th 2018 and June 5th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/112/2018

 

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

Appellant: J. Wickremasinghe

Public Authority: Chief Secretary, Central Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 12th 2018

Order:

 

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

Appellant: J. Wickremasinghe

Public Authority: Chief Secretary, Central Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 12th 2018

Order:

 

K.D.C. P. Siriwardena v. Ministry of Home Affairs [...]

Appellant: K.D.C. P. Siriwardena

Public Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs

Dates of Appeal Hearing: July 5th 2018

Order:

 

K.G. Paranagama v. Teaching Hospital Karapitiya - [...]

Appellant: K.G. Paranagama

Public Authority: Teaching Hospital Karapitiya

Dates of Appeal Hearing: March 27th 2018 & April 20th 2018

Order:

 

K.G.S. Rathnasekera v. National Gem & Jewellery [...]

Appellant: K.G.S. Rathnasekera

Public Authority: National Gem & Jewellery Authority

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 20th 2018

Order:

K.K. Dharmasena v. Ministry of Health- [...]

Appellant: K.K. Dharmasena

Public Authority: Ministry of Health

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 28th 2018

Order:

 

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

Appellant: KMDSK Kulatunga

Public Authority: Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha

Date of Appeal Hearing: November 17th, 2017

Order: 

K.M.G. Kodikara v. District Secretariat - Matale [...]

Appellant: K.M.G. Kodikara

Public Authority: District Secretariat - Matale

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 24th 2018

Order:

 

K.S.T. Jayasinghe v. Cooperative Development [...]

Appellant: K.S.T. Jayasinghe

Public Authority: Cooperative Development Department

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.04.2018, 05.06.2018, 14.08.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/119/2018

 

L. N. Dissanayake v. The Institute of Chartered [...]

Appellant: L. N. Dissanayake

Public Authority: The Institute of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka (ICASL)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 30th May 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/189/2018

 

L.D. Abeywardena v. Central Bank of Sri Lanka [...]

Appellant: L.D. Abeywardena

Public Authority: Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: July 3rd 2018

Order:

 

M.A.D. Wijesinghe v. Commission to Investigate [...]

Appellant: M.A.D. Wijesinghe

Public Authority: Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption

Dates of Appeal Hearing: May 30th 2018 and July 17th 2018

Order: 

RTICAppeal/195/2018

 

M.D.S.A. Perera v. Divisional Secretariat [...]

Appellant: M.D.S.A. Perera

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat Seethwaka- Hanwella

Dates of Appeal Hearing: February 14th 2018, May 15th 2018 and July 10th 2018

Order: 

RTICAppeal/164/2017

 

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

Appellant: M.D.S.K. Kulatunga

Public Authority: Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha

Dates of Appeal Hearing: November 17th 2017 & April 20th 2018

Order:

 

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

Appellant: M.G. Hemapala

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Appeal Considered On: 26.06.201, 03.07.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/239/2018

 

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

Appellant: N. Munasinghe

Public Authority: People’s Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.06.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/50/2018

 

N.M. Wijesena v. Divisional Secretariat - Mahawa [...]

Appellant: N. M. Wijesena

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat - Mahawa

Dates of Appeal Hearing: December 22nd 2017 (Documentary), March 02nd 2018 (Documentary) & April 24th 2018

Order:

 

P.D.M. Upashantha v. University of Sri [...]

Appellant: P.D.M. Upashantha

Public Authority: University of Sri Jayawaradenapura

Date of Appeal Hearing: December 4th, 2017

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/124/2017 - P.D.M. Upashantha v. University of Sri Jayawaradenapura

R. M. Rathnayake v. Auditor General’s [...]

Appellant: R. M. Rathnayake

Public Authority: Auditor General’s Department

Dates of Appeal Hearing: May 9th 2018

Order:

 

R.H.M.N. Rajakaruna v. Provincial Public Service [...]

Appellant: R.H.M.N. Rajakaruna

Public Authority: Provincial Public Service Commission- North Western Province

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 24th 2018

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: May 22nd 2018 and July 5th 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:

 

RTICAppeal/39/2017 - ராஜேந்திர [...]

மேன்முறையீட்டாளர்:திருராஜேந்திர விஜேயசிங்க
பகிரங்கஅதிகாரசபை: அபிவிருத்தி மாவட்ட அலுவலகம், களுத்தறை
மேன்முறையீடு விசாரணைக்கு எடுத்துக்கொள்ளப்பட்ட திகதி: ஆவணி 29, 2017
ஆணை:

Rajendra Wijesinghe v. Agrarian Development [...]

Appellant: Rajendra Wijesinghe

Public Authority: Agrarian Development District Office, Kalutara

Dates of Appeal Hearing: August 29th, 2017

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTI Appeal/61/2017

S. Dharshanan v. University of Jaffna - [...]

Appellant: S. Dharshanan

Public Authority: University of Jaffna

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 12th 2018

Order:

 

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: 

Sabra Zahid v. Judicial Services Commission - [...]

Appellant: Sabra Zahid

Public Authority: Judicial Services Commission

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 19.06.2018, 07.08.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/237/2018

 

Sabra Zahid v. Registrar General’s Department - [...]

Appellant: Sabra Zahid

Public Authority: Registrar General’s Department

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 19th 2018

Order:

 

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

Appellant: Shreen Saroor

Public Authority: Prime Minister’s Office

Dates of Appeal Hearing: May 15th 2018 and July 10th 2018

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: April 20th 2018 and June 5th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/113/2018

 

T. Edirithilaka v. National Authority on Tobacco [...]

Appellant: T. Edirithilaka

Public Authority: National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol

Dates of Appeal Hearing: May 9th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/143/2018

 

T. Gohilarajah v. Department of Examinations - [...]

Appellant: T. Gohilarajah

Public Authority: Department of Examinations

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 26th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/120/2018

 

RTICAppeal/06/2017 - [...]

மேன்முறையீட்டாளர்: ட்ரான்ஸ்பெரன்ஸி இண்டர்நஷனல்
பகிரங்க அதிகாரசபை: ஜனாதிபதி செயலகம்
மேன்முறையீடு விசாரணைக்கு எடுத்துக்கொள்ளப்பட்ட திகதிகள்: ஆனி 12, 2017. ஆவணி 8, 2017 மற்றும் புரட்டாதி 25, 2017
ஆணை:

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

Appellant: V. Sabaratnam

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation

Dates of Appeal Hearing: May 9th 2018 and June 26th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/117/2018

 

Verite Research (Pvt. ) Ltd. v. Central Bank of [...]

Appellant: Verite Research (Pvt.) Ltd.

Public Authority: Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Dates of Appeal Hearing: March 16th 2018, May 9th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/25 & 26/2018

 

Voice Against Corruption v. Ceylon Electricity [...]

Appellant: Voice Against Corruption

Public Authority: Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB)

Appeal Considered On: 19.06.2018, 07.08.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/242/2018

 

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.M.S. Ruwan Kumara v. Divisional Secretariat, [...]

Appellant: W.M.S. Ruwan Kumara

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat, Habaraduwa

Date of Appeal Hearing: November 17th, 2017

Order: 

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

Appellant: W.R.M. Abeysekara

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: June 26th 2018

Order: