Written by Staff Writer
16 May, 2016 | 11:20 pm
An interactive dialogue on the Right to Information Bill for Members of Parliament of Sri Lanka was held in Colombo in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reform and Mass Media and the USAID – Funded Sri Lanka Parliament Project.
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Athul Keshap, stated that it will be an important step in shining citizens right to information in legislation. Such legislation will give Sri Lankans tools to make it a better place in order to prevent any return to an era of secrecy and a lack of accountability, he said.
Minister of Higher Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella stated that when taking into consideration Lee Kuan Yew’s words, where is Sri Lanka compared to Singapore. Explaining further he added that the party leaders have learned from their mistakes and their aim is to lay foundation so that future generations cannot change the new constitution.
He added that bills like the Right to Information one will be sustained for the benefit of the future generations. With the passage of the bill, the opposition will be given a grand opportunity to put the government in the dock. Therefore when the bill comes into parliament they’ll gladly support them, the minister said.
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