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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) alleged today, that the Government had restricted peoples’ right to obtain information on certain subjects, including information released by the Central Bank and information related to International Trade Agreements, under the new Right to Information Bill while accepting the access to information as a right.

JVP MP Vijitha Herath said it was mentioned in the Bill that releasing certain information was a punishable offence, which was unacceptable.

“We can accept restrictions in obtaining information related to national security. But people have the right to obtain information related to International Trade Agreements and information of the Central Bank,” he said.

Mr. Herath said people had a right to know information about International Trade Agreements such as ECTA and what impact they could make on the country, people and the future.

He said information released by the Central Bank should be available to people according to world accepted accords and added that even the World Bank had given access to its information through its website.

Mr. Herath said it was a serious matter where it was mentioned in the Bill that providing certain information could subjected to Rs. 5,000 fine or two-year imprisonment.

He said even though ensuring people’s Right To Information was a commendable move by the Government, the matters which hinder the Right To Information, should also be scrapped in the Bill. ( Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Ryan Thursday, 07 April 2016 03:10 PM

    First in history and world, these guys are protesting against their own government, you better go and tell this privately, no point telling people

    Anton Thursday, 07 April 2016 05:52 PM

    Why JVP is silent on major issues on these days for eg. removal of jogging tract and the continuous lying of the minister John Amarathunga. We need at least JVP to voice on these issues.

    Weeping Thursday, 07 April 2016 06:53 PM

    What a show by the government, JVP is right on this matter


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