24 September, 2018

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New Constitution: Centre-Periphery Relations Sub-Committee Report – Full Texts In Three Languages

The Report of the sub-committee on Centre-Periphery Relations has been submitted to the Constitutional Assembly for its consideration with the other five sub-committees reports.

According to the Prime Minister’s office sources, six sub-committees were appointed by the Constitutional Assembly to make recommendations on the areas of Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Finance, Law & Order, Public Service and Centre-Periphery Relations. The Reports have not, as yet, been considered by the Steering Committee. The Reports of the sub-committees are submitted for the consideration of the Constitutional Assembly.

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Committee Chairman Sithadthan

“While there have been many similar recommendations in respect of several important areas, as is inevitable, the Reports of the sub-committees contain overlapping proposals as well as differing proposals on certain aspects. The Steering Committee will consider the sub-committee reports and the views expressed thereon, in preparing its Final Report.” the Prime Minister’s office sources said.

According to the Chairman-Sub Committee on Centre‐Periphery Relations, D. Sithadthan, consequent to the appointment of the sub-Committee consisting of 11 members, including the Chairman, the sub-Committee met seven times on 27th May 2016, 9th June 2016, 23rd June 2016, 8th July 2016, 21st July 2016, 11th August 2016 and 24th August 2016.

He said: “The sub-Committee at its first meeting decided to appoint Mr. N. Selvakkumaran, Mr. S. Thavarajah, Mr. Palitha Abeyarathna and Mr. S. Vijesandiran as experts to assist the Committee, subject to approval by the Steering Committee. The sub‐ committee also decided to invite Governors, Chief Ministers, Leaders of Opposition of the Provincial Councils and other selected invitees to make their submissions. Subsequently the Steering Committee assigned Mr. N. Selvakkumaran, Prof. Navaratne Bandara, Ms. Chamindry Saparamadu, Mr. Asoka Gunawardane, Mr. Winston Pathiraj, Mr. Lal Wijenayake and Mr. Suren Fernando also as experts, to assist the sub-Committee.

At the second meeting held on 23rd June 2016, Hon. (Dr.) Jayampathy Wickramaratne, MP inter-alia explained the scope of the sub-Committee. He explained that the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly recommended that a subcommittee on Centre-Periphery Relations to deal with the relationship between National Government as well as the Provincial Councils and Local Government Authorities.

The sub‐Committee initially decided the following subject areas for its consideration:

1. Local Authorities: Powers and Functions and Grama Rajya Concepts.

2. Provincial Executive / Executive Committee System.

3. Powers of the Governor and his/යැර role in Legislation.

4. Independent Public Service Commission / Administrative structures of the provinces.

5. Role of the District Secretariat and the Divisional Secretariats vis-a-vis the Provincial Councils / Implementation of Parliamentary Laws on Specified Subjects by the Provincial Councils and Local Authorities / Manner of Implementation of policy

6. Revenue collection and the Formulae for Division of Revenue / Dual Reporting in terms of Revenue Accountability / Policy Making -National, Provincial, District, Local Authorities.

However, after receiving submissions, it was decided that the sub-committee should also consider the following areas:

  1. Concurrent List / Reserved List
  2. Law and Order and Police Powers
  3. Land
  4. Constitutional Court

The names of the sub-committee members and experts and invitees, who were present during sittings of the sub-committee are given in the Annexure to this report.”

“Members of the Committee Hon. Mr. Vidura Wickramanayaka M.P and Mr. Sanath Nishantha Perera, M.P. informed the Committee that written submission was made to the Steering Committee by group of MPs that represent them also, and they wanted two weeks time to respond to the draft report of the Committee circulated to the members on 11.08.2016. However since we have to submit this report before the 30th of August, we could not wait for their response. We suggested them to make their observation through their representatives direct to the Steering Committee.

“Mr. Bimal Rathnayake, M.P., and Committee member also informed that his party, the JVP, would be submitting a report to the Steering Committee. However, a divergent view expressed by him with regard to one recommendation in the report is given as an alternate view in that section. (Recommendation 12 under Independent Public Service Commission / Administrative Structures of the Provinces in Page 18.).

“Subject to the above, there is general consensus amongst the Committee members on the recommendations given under various subject headings in the succeeding chapters. Opinion of Expert Members are given along with some recommendations in italic, which is only an ‘Expert Opinion’ and can’t be considered as part of the recommendations of the Committee.

“The reporting format followed in the report is that under each subject area headings we have first tried to elucidate the subject beside the views expressed by the members, experts and invitees who made oral and written submissions and thereafter our recommendations are constructed based on the rationale of the merits of the facts. We have also taken serious note of the “Report of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform” in arriving at our recommendations and wherever necessary cross reference is given.

“We have rushed through this report due to time constraints, and any omissions and typographical errors are regretted.” the committee chairman said in the preface.

To read the report of the Sub-Committee on Centre-Periphery Relations click here

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    At last, it’s seems to be good that all are involved in this process. And it’s a healthy sign for the country’s future.

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      Committee Chairman Sithadthan

      RE: New Constitution: Centre-Periphery Relations Sub-Committee Report – Full Texts In Three Languages

      Thank you for your work and effort of all in the committee..

      Very good start, in all 3 Languages, so that everybody can read it.

      Their comprehension, understanding and acceptance is a different story, and it has to be sold for the common good and Law and Order as a Nation.

      Are there sufficient checks and balances?

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    Wastage of time and money.

    No doubt the Constitution will fail when it goes for referendum. Sampanthan is too old and will die before next Deepavali but TNA will win with sympathy votes in the bye election. Foolish Tamils will remain cheated eternally.

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    This Report does not recommend anything which can deal with minority aspirations.

    The recommendations tinker around the edges of the existing constitutional structures and fails to introduce original and effective structures that can be applied to the entire country.

    From the lists attached to the report,participants and contributors towards the recommendations of the Committee are mainstream politicians and few other unknowns.

    It appears the New Constitution is going to confirm the existing (ineffective and expensive) political structures. The struggle will be over the proposed voting methods which each Sinhala majority party will attempt to tailor benefit to them.

    Fundamentally, the Constitution should (1) abolish the executive presidency (2) abolish the Provincial Councils (3) strengthen Local Govt and District Councils (4) introduce the NEAR (North Eastern Autonomous Region) and (5) voting system based on 65% first past the post and 35% proportional.

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    new constitution democratic will survive even now democracy but ill treating the miniorty ,tamil in prision political prison but treated as terror ,mr Rajapaska will be created with help of budhhist monks ,comunal is the political main subject too win election ,prime minister helping the criminal mr Rajapaska mr mahadran his brother in law . most immoral prime minister,, justice minister Ruling the judges ,president is Spain less person .promise in election nothing has done, fineraly cheated by monks,

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    Sensible proposals that address current poltical issues and the needs of the people.

    I hope they will come out intact through parliament and will be approved at the referendum.

    However, would anything change in this country for the better, if our politicians, politics, corruption levels and public service remain the same? The new constitution should ensure the legislators are delinked from the public services and the public services are depoliticized. These are the major factors that hinder develpment and progress in this country and are the root of all evil. The public service should be trimmed of it fat and toned up for service. The parliamentarians and other political office holders should be shown their place. Both shoiuld learn and remember that they are servants and not masters.

    This government carry out a war against the above elements without fear or favour. I am sure if they do so the people will back them overwhelmingly .

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    There is nowhere it is telling a system of the North East police can arrest a rowdy army or Ayatullah where Central or centrally appointed Governor cannot interfere. If the thief is a sinhalese, they can not arrest that one without the approval of the Central. Their trick is prop up the locals government where the Indian-Pakistani Panchayat can be allowed to practice wherever Centrl like to promote. The result will be caste based rulings in North and Sharia rulings in East.

    This is only a constitutional change to defeat UNHRC’s war crime investigation and newly added objects of to keep Trump administration protecting their Chinese earned commissions. There is no need to see the rest of the comedy.

    We need a clean self determination, with Federal structure where the Country’s defense only at Central. We don’t want Sinhala crocodiles borrow commissions under Chinese loans and Tamils pay for that. The miracle Modayas land’s CEB engineers proving that cannot work even like Chinese prisoners. Why we need these burdens with us after suffering for 70 years?

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