RTI Act will not affect privacy - Govt.

... meant to establish responsible government free of corruption

by Zacki Jabbar

The Right to Information Bill introduced by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution did not provide for obtaining information about peoples private lives or on national security, says Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

He told the media in Colombo on Thursday that the Right to Information Bill (RTI), which had been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday, would, as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had said, be discussed at provincial level before being presented to Parliament.

The Bill once approved by the legislature would, in keeping with the principles of democracy and good governance ensure the right of citizens to obtain information on government and state institutions but not to gather private information on individuals or that which could harm the State, Senaratne noted. "The objective is to establish responsible government free of corruption."

He said that the procedure to be followed in obtaining official information would be determined by an Information Commission to be established consequent to the enactment of the RTI Act.

The Commission would also decide on matters such as recruitment of staff etc., the Minister added.

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