The Chief Minister of the Northern Province Justice C.V.Wigneswaran, together with TNA National List MP M.A.Sumanthiran met the President, on the President’s invitation today afternoon, at 12.30 p.m. at Temple Trees. The Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, the Secretary to the Cabinet Sumith Abeysinghe and the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr. P.B. Jayasundara also attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister raised several urgent issues which are impediments to the effective functioning of the Northern Provincial Council, namely, the appointment of key officials, the provision of required finances and enabling the Provincial Council to exercise the powers currently devolved under the Constitution and moving beyond to make devolution meaningful.
It was decided at the meeting to take immediate action on several overdue urgent issues to enable the Northern Provincial Council to commence functioning smoothly to address the needs of the war affected people of the North and especially of its war widows, the displaced, the war orphans, the long term PTA detainees, women headed households and other vulnerable sections of the Northern society.