Why secrecy on this commission report?
Posted on June 5th, 2018

TISSA DEVENDRA Courtesy The Island

Having served as Secretary of one Presidential Commission [Sansoni Commission] and Chairman of another [Salaries Commission] I am, to put it mildly, shocked by the unseemly haste in which the Presidential Secretariat buried the Bond Commission Report in the National Archives – where it will moulder for the next 30 long years – by which time the name Arjun/a will only mean a Hindu deity, and Aloysius a school in Galle.


The two Reports, with which I was involved, were given wide publicity in the media before being consigned to the Archives. I understand this has been the unvarying practice that every Presidential Commission has followed. Tradition and precedence in the Public Service did not require an RTI Act or NGO whistle blowers, such as Transparency International or CAFFE.

“Those were the days, my friend / I thought they would never end.” -but they did!



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