Awareness building on anti-corruption at Polpithigama

Awareness building on anti-corruption at Polpithigama

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) held an awareness building programme on anti –corruption initiatives at local level at Polpithigama in the Kurunegala district recently.

This awareness programme was held on a request made by the Public Security Committee (PSC) of Polpithigama police area. Over 40 members of the PSC representing civil society and the police participated in the programme which was presided over by the officer- in- charge of the Polpithigama police station.

It was highlighted in the programme that lack of space for civil society in Sri Lanka has curtailed the liberties of the civil society to challenge themalpractices in the post-war period. Civil society memberswere told to be more vigilant on corruption and malpractices happening at local level.

‘PuravesiAthwela’, the Citizen’s Handbook published by TISL was also introduced to the participants.

They were told that the publication provides instructions in Sinhala for thegeneral public on how they could conveniently obtain services from the Divisional Secretariats.

While commending TISL work towards minimizing corruption in Sri Lanka, OIC – Polpithigama police station requested TISL to do more awareness programmes in theirdivision to promote integrity in local level.

TISL’s Shan Wijethunge and Ananda Jayasekara took part in the programme.

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