The much awaited Right to Information (RTI) Bill will be tabled in Parliament on March 8 for the first reading, Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Ministry announced.

Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana had said that the delay in tabling the Bill as they had been waiting for the consent of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC).

“All other provincial councils studied and had given their consent, except for the NPC. They took some time and now they have approved it,” the Deputy Minister said.

The Bill will be available for the members of Parliament on March 08 allowing them to make changes or amendments. Further, any concerned individual or party will also get the opportunity to challenge the Bill before the Supreme Court once it is presented to Parliament. Dates for the debate have not yet been decided.

The introduction of the Right to Information Act was a key pledge in the 100-day work program of the new regime and the Cabinet approved it on December 2, 2015.