The Draft Right to Information Bill (RTI) which was supposed to have been submitted to Cabinet yesterday (7) was not done so as the draft was still with the Attorney General’s Department, it was revealed today.
Replying to a question posed at the weekly Cabinet press briefing today, Joint Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Gayantha Karunatileka said while he had told the media two weeks ago that he hoped to present the draft bill to the Cabinet meeting on October 7, he could not do so as the bill was still to be approved by the Attorney General’s Department. The draft had been sent to the AG’s Department on October 5.
Minister Karunatileka said he hoped to present the draft bill to Cabinet at next week’s Cabinet meeting. Thereafter, the bill will be gazetted and after a period of two weeks, it can be presented to Parliament, he elaborated. “Everything is ready with the final draft. However, we cannot give a specific date at present on when the bill will be presented as it has to be decided by the party leaders. They will have to take into account the agenda on the budget debate as well before deciding on a date,” he added.