Friday, March 24, 2017

ICTA CEO’s salary particulars – private information? What can be done when the RTI Act does not suffice?

Newsfirst‎‎‎: Sri Lanka: Friday, March 24, 2017.
News1st has not received an adequate response to a request made under the Right to Information Act on the salary particulars of the CEO of ICTA.
The matter was taken up in Parliament today, March 23.
In response to our query, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure noted that the salary particulars of the CEO is pursuant to a contract which is private and confidential to the person with whom the contract has been signed.
UPFA Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila:
“Sonali Wanigabaduge from Sirasa has requested information on the CEO of ICTA. In response, they have said it is private and confidential. Matters pertaining to his wife or children can be considered private, but this information must be provided and they cannot refuse it”.
Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa (Attorney-at-Law):
“Salaries cannot be hidden now. If information on the salary is not provided then you can lodge an appeal. These are state resources. Provisions are made through the budget. The people have a right to know this information”.
While information must be provided under the RTI Act, what resource is available when such requests are refused?