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இயங்காத நட்சத்திரம்இயங்காத நட்சத்திரம்இயங்காத நட்சத்திரம்இயங்காத நட்சத்திரம்இயங்காத நட்சத்திரம்
 

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

 

uafi rti

Ongoing In-Person Hearings

A.E.M.J. Fernando v. People’s Bank - [...]

Appellant: A.E.M.J. Fernando

Public Authority: People’s Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.07.2018, 04.09.2018, 23.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTIC Appeal/292/2018

 

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: 2018.04.20; 2018.06.14; 2018.08.07

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/198/2017

 

B.A. Ruwan Pathirana v People’s Bank - [...]

Appellant: B.A. Ruwan Pathirana

Public Authority: People’s Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 06.08.2018; 11.09.2018; 27.11.2018; 11.12.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/303/2018

 

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:

 

Capital Alliance (Pvt) Ltd. v Department of [...]

Appellant: Capital Alliance (Pvt) Ltd.

Public Authority: Department of Census and Statistics

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 11.12.2018; 05.03.2019; 02.07.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/745/2018

 

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

Appellant: Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.04.2018, 05.06.2018, 17.07.2018, 04.09.2018, 23.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/139/2018

 

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

Appellant: Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union

Public Authority: Peoples Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.06.2018, 17.07.2018, 04.09.2018, 23.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/301/2018

 

Chamara Sampath v Parliament of Sri Lanka - [...]

Appellant: Chamara Sampath

Public Authority: Parliament of Sri Lanka

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 12.02.2018; 21.05.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/719/2018

 

D M L de Silva v. National Insurance Trust Fund  [...]

Appellant: D M L de Silva

Public Authority: National Insurance Trust Fund

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 14.08.2018; 16.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/305/2018

 

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

Appellant: D.N. Liyanage

Public Authority: University of Wayamba

Dates of Appeal Hearing: April 26th 2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/125/2018

 

Devarajan Gajan v CBSL - RTICAppeal/640/2018

Appellant: Devarajan Gajan

Public Authority: CBSL

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 22.01.2019; 02.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/640/2018

 

ஜி. திலீப் அமுதன் [...]

மேன்முறையீட்டாளர்: ஜி. திலீப் அமுதன்

பகிரங்க அதிகார சபை: இலங்கை இராணுவம்

மேன்முறையீட்டு விளக்கம் கேட்கப்பட்ட திகதிகள்: 23.03.2018, 15.05.2018, 03.07.2018 & 07.08.2018

ஆணை:
gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/70/2018

 

Dr. Issadeen v. Ministry of Health, Nutrition [...]

Appellant: Dr. Issadeen

Public Authority: Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.12.2018; 08.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/394/2018

 

Gamini Kinigama v People’s Insurance PLC - [...]

Appellant: Gamini Kinigama

Public Authority: People’s Insurance PLC

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.02.2019; 12.03.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/680/2018

 

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

Appellant: H. V. E. U. Siriwardene

Public Authority: Divisional Secretariat, Homagama

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 29.10.2018; 07.01.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/268/2018

 

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: 20.04.2018, 05.06.2018, 28.06.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/138/2018

 

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

Appellant: H.B.S. Perera

Public Authority: Irrigation Department

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 30.05.2018; 19.06.2018; 07.08.2018; 01.10.2018; 19.11.2018

Order:

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

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/530/2018

 

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

Appellant: H.L. Fernando

Public Authority: Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 28.08.2018, 16.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTIC Appeal/261/2018 

 

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 Employees Union v. Ceylon Fisheries [...]

Appellant: Independent Employees Union

Public Authority: Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 20.04.2018, 05.06.2018, 19.06.2018, 14.08.2018, 18.09.2018, 08.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/112/2018

 

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

Appellant: J. K. M. D. Jayasundera

Public Authority: Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 21.08.2018; 11.09.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/241/2018

 

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:

 

J.H.M.R.B. Jayapathma v Ministry of Education - [...]

Appellant: J.H.M.R.B. Jayapathma

Public Authority: Ministry of Education

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 29.01.2019; 09.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/655/2018

 

K. U. Pushapakumara v Human Rights Commission of [...]

Appellant: K. U. Pushapakumara

Public Authority: Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 14.08.2018, 16.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/170/2018

 

K. Wijayagunawardena v. Central Bank of Sri Lanka [...]

Appellant: K. Wijayagunawardena

Public Authority:Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 03.07.2018, 21.08.2018, 02.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/245/2018

 

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

Appellant: L.D. Abeywardena

Public Authority: Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 03.07.2018, 21.08.2018, 02.10.2018, 21.11.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/230/2018

 

M. Hemapala v Department of Inland Revenue - [...]

Appellant: M. Hemapala

Public Authority: Department of Inland Revenue

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 15.05.2018, 14.08.2018, 18.09.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/229/2017

 

M. M. Viraj Manamperi v. Zonal Education Office, [...]

Appellant: M. M. Viraj Manamperi

Public Authority: Zonal Education Office, Rathnapura

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 29.10.2018; 14.10.2018

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

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, 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

Public Authority: Urban Development Authority (Sub-Office, Kalmunai)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.07.2018, 04.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/273/2018

 

M.K.P. SUDATH JUDE PERERA [...]

Appellant: M.K.P. SUDATH JUDE PERERA

Public Authority: SRI LANKA HANDICRAFTS BOARD - LAKSALA

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 12.11.2018; 17.12.2018; 08.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/019/2018

 

Malithi Alahapperuma v National Medicines [...]

Appellant: Malithi Alahapperuma

Public Authority: National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA)

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 04.12.2018; 19.01.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/547/2018

 

N. Munasinghe v People's Bank - [...]

Appellant: N. Munasinghe

Public Authority: People's Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 11.12.2018, 05.03.2019, 02.07.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/050/2018

 

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

Appellant: N. Munasinghe

Public Authority: People’s Bank

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 05.06.2018, 17.07.2018, 28.08.2018, 23.10.2018, 13.11.2018, 11.12.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/50/2018

 

Namini Wijedasa v UDA - RTICAppeal/565/2018

Appellant: Namini Wijedasa

Public Authority: UDA

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 11.12.2018; 29.01.2019; 09.04.2019

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/565/2018

 

P.K.Perera v. Ministry of Home Affairs - [...]

Appellant: P.K.Perera

Public Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 17.09.2018; 29.10.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/023/2018

 

R. Wijesinghe v. UC Panadura - RTICAppeal/201/2018

Appellant: R. Wijesinghe

Public Authority: UC Panadura

Dates of Appeal Hearing: 26.06.2018

Order:

gazet rti 2002 42 E janRTICAppeal/201/2018

 

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: 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

 

ஸ்க்ரீன் சரூர் [...]

மேன்முறையீட்டாளர்: ஸ்க்ரீன் சரூர்

பகிரங்க அதிகார சபை: பிரதமர் காரியாலயம்

மேன்முறையீட்டு விளக்கம் கேட்கப்பட்ட திகதி: 15.05.2018

ஆணை:

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