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Three pillars hold workshop on Right to Information Bill

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint poses for the photo together with attendees at the workshop in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Pe Myint poses for the photo together with attendees at the workshop in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

Representatives from three estates— legislative, the administrative and the judiciary— organized a workshop at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Information yesterday to discuss the draft law of Right to Information.
In his opening remark, Dr Pe Myint, Union Minister for Information, said that people have sounded a clarion call for the emergence of Right to Information Law as they have felt that it is necessity in a democratic state.
Out of nearly 200 countries in the world, over 100 states have enacted this law despite some differences in practicing it.
The Union Minister also remarked the essence of democracy is concerned with public participation, while the administration need to take responsibility and accountability for transparency; in this regard, the undertakings of respective pillars should be informed to the public.
He also noted people are dispersing the acquired information by taking advantages of modern technology and social media, although the freedom of speech was related just with media persons in the past.
“All the state departments will require a certain division or a focal person to release information for public after the Right to Information Law has been enacted,” the Union Minister said.
“Types of information are to be classified either for general public or for a specific department.”
The Union Minister also concluded the law could help the government gain public trust as an administration with democratic practices, transparency, responsibility and accountability.
Then, U Ye Naing, Director-General of Information and Public Relations Department, updated Myanmar media development and the draft of Right to Information Law.
The representatives from the three estates discussed the bill, regarding its advantages, disadvantages and provisions for amendment, followed by the suggestions from Union Minister Dr Pe Myint, Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun, Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Myint Lwin, Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Aung Thein, Director U Zaw Min Aung from the Supreme Court of the Union, Deputy Director Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun from the Directorate of Public Relations and Psychological Welfare under the Office of Commander in Chief (Army).
Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun made the conclusion remark of the workshop.— MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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