Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) recently launched the report of the Child Activity Survey 2016 conducted in assistance with the International Labor Organization (ILO). The previous such surveys were conducted in 1999 and 2008/09.
Political issues prevailing in the country for over 30 -40 years due to the difference in religion and nationality cannot be resolved over night and the progress of discussions recently initiated in this regard is visible at present, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe.
Department of Census and Statistics, on 17 November 2016 conducted the Census of Public and Semi Government Sector Employment 2016 which is the eighth in a series of censuses conducted by the Department (DCS).
Army Headquarters has noted with dismay a recent statement, alleged to have been made by the head of an ethnic reconciliation body on sexual exploitation and abuses of Tamil women by the Army in the post war scenario. The Army categorically denies the same as a baseless allegation.
President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the officials to provide an allowance of Rs.10,000 per month for all agricultural family who are affected by the prevailing dry weather condition over the island.
President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is very happy that RTI became a reality during his tenure and said that this will greatly help to maintain accuracy and accountability.
He made these comments today (17Th Feb) at the official ceremony granting the Right to Information to the public. President said that RTI is all about transparency and we passed the RTI act as we want every act of the government to be transparent and accurate.
Minister of Parliamentary reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the discussion about RTI was first started by late Minister Dharmasiri Senanayaka. Minister said that rather than criticizing the RTI act it would be better if shortcomings can be shown to strengthen the act.
Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Karunarathna Paranavithana requested people not to spread wrong ideas about RTI but use it for the betterment of the people.
Director General Department of Government Information Dr.Ranga Kalansooriya said that we need proactive disclosure of information and added that they are planning to select the best website and award prizes.
The public can audit the officers of the state with the RTI. The hand book for information officers will be issued end of March said the Advisor to the Minister on the RTI act PiyatissaRanasinghe.