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Joint Opposition leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena today rejected Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka’s statement that the Speaker had placed his signature on the Right to Information (RTI) Bill allowing it to become the law.

Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka at the Cabinet news briefing on Tuesday said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had signed the RTI Bill.

However, MP Gunawardena said today he called up relevant authorities on Wednesday morning twice and received confirmation that the Speaker had not placed his signature on the Bill.

“This is a false statement. The Speaker didn’t sign the Bill yet. We, the Joint Opposition submitted two amendments to the Bill and the Government too accepted that the proposed amendments should be included in the Bill. The Attorney General’s Department, Legal Draftsman’s Department and the Parliament Secretary General are still going through the amendments,” he said.

He said the amendments were submitted over a month ago, but no outcome had been generated so far.

The Bill was passed in Parliament on June 24 unanimously.

Parliament Secretary General earlier said they had faced difficulties in the wording of the amendments into legal format, resulting in the delays. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

 

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  • Ilika Thursday, 04 August 2016 02:58 PM

    His incompetence is apparent now for all the country to see which some knew all along. His lies and the stage play has to stop somewhere. Yes his life is a lie...

    Observer Thursday, 04 August 2016 03:19 PM

    What does the Speaker say on this via DM Android App

    Gayan Wednesday, 03 August 2016 05:45 PM

    They're fooling and misleading the public by satisfying the westerners

    NARAYANA Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:23 PM

    This bunch servive on lies

    dappan Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:26 PM

    lie come from MPs via DM Android App

    malij Thursday, 04 August 2016 10:55 AM

    Making a mountain out of a mole hill.


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