The basic function of the Right to Information Act is to ensure informed citizens, vital to the functioning of a democratic society.
This website will help Sri Lankan citizens to file RTI requests to public organizations available in this system online and obtain such information online. Citizens can use this system to file RTI applications and First appeals according to the Right to Information Act, No. 12 of 2016
Do research before you request
Before making a request, first see if the information is already publicly available. You can find a lot of useful information on individual agency websites and you can also search across the government for information. If the information you want is not publicly available, you can submit a RTI request.
Identify the right agency
It’s important that you identify the correct public organization for your request. Currently this system is being piloted with Central Environmental Authority, Sri Lanka and can be used to submit RTI requests only to CEA.
Submit RTI request
The public organization will typically first search for the records and then review them to determine what can be disclosed. While the Right to Information Act, No. 12 of 2016 allows for many records to be released, there are also exemptions that protect certain types of information, such as personal privacy, national interests and security etc. You will receive an acknowledgement from the Information Officer of the relevant public organization within 14 working days of the date of submission. The length of time to respond to your request will vary depending on its complexity and any backlog of requests.