The people will have easy access to information after the Right
to Information Act is gazetted. This was mentioned by Minister Gayantha Karunatilake at a media conference held at the Parliamentary Complex. Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana who also joined at this news briefing pointed out that this would pave the way to build an information culture.
The Media Minister said that a gazette notification regarding the functioning of the Right to Information Act will be issued on 3rd February. He pointed out that all the necessary initiatives have already been taken by his Ministry to implement the act by the due date. The Act has clearly clarified as to what information the public can receive. However, the Minister said that some information prejudicial to the national security and the national economy would have restrictions. There is also no possibility of giving personal information.
Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana said that what they expect is to create an information culture. He said that public authorities are being encouraged for the promotion of the open Government concept. A special feature of this concept is the release of some information to the communications field, whether it is or not sought by the people. Therefore, institutions such as the state departments using their websites, can release their information in time.