International Day for Universal Access to Information is marked today.
The Day for Universal Access to Information is marked in order to create awareness of citizens’ right to information.
The day was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015, following the adoption of the 38 C/Resolution 57 declaring 28 September as International Day for Universal Access to Information.
The Right to Information Act was passed in Parliament on the 4th of August 2016.
Former Parliamentarian Karu Paranawithana said the Commission is however at great risk as its tenure is nearing completion on the 30th of September while a Director General is yet to be appointed after the resignation of the previous Director.
Speaking to media Paranawithana said the term of the current Commission is due to expire on the 30th of September.
Paranawithana said a major database scandal has been reported at a time when the International Day for Universal Access to Information is being commemorated.
Paranawithana questioned what steps have been taken by the government into the vitak data that is missing at the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.
He said if the NMRA disregarded its duties, a complaint can be filed with the Right to Information Commission, where the Commission will investigate incidents and refer the matter to Court.