23 September, 2020

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Standing Orders To Be Amended To Strengthen The Parliament

The Standing Order Committee had assembled last week to pave way for the implementation of one of the first commitments of the manifesto and several decisions had been made in a bid to strengthen the parliament.

State Minister for Higher Education, Professor Rajiva Wijesingha states the meeting was very successful but notes the absence of Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga who was due to represent the UNP at the meeting.

 Rajiva Wijesinha - Sate Minister Higher Education

Rajiva Wijesinha – Sate Minister Higher Education

According to Professor Wijesingha, the following decisions had been agreed upon to strengthen the Parliament:

– To ensure answers to parliamentary questions

– Ensure more discussion about bills including urgent bills that can only be taken up ‘two days from the date on which it was presented’

A decision has also been taken for no bills to be taken up for consideration unless any text is available to members in all three languages and for every bill to be accompanied by a statement of legal effect

– Ensuring a date for standing and select committees to report on matters assigned to them

– Vitally ensuring a judicial inquiry in the case of impeachments for the judiciary and other officials whose independence must be guarded

– Ensuring that finance oversight committee are chaired by the Opposition and that the executive branch either caries out their recommendations or gives reasons why they are unable carry execute them while also suggesting alternatives to resolve any issues

A suggestion had also been made for more teeth to be given to public petitions committee and a decision had also been taken with regard to the Committee on High Posts that examinations must he held within a month of the nomination and before any assumption of duties.

TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran, UPFA MP Dinesh Gunawardena and FSP MP Ajith Kumara had attended the meeting.

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    Prof:Rajiva!

    You would do well to direct your attention to the present mess in the University system rather than standing committees and sitting committees of Parliament!

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    This is another hack of the previous govt. I cannot understand why he was given a minister post even if he jumped ship seeing the writing on the wall.
    This is another racist that will throw all kind of road blocks on the reconciliation file too.

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    Lets cut of the red tape. We have a lot to do. Corruption should be rooted out. But their are many who want to profit from being a representative. The former President Mahinda concentrated decisions in the few during his second innings. This dissatisfaction lead to his defeat. Yet many are opposing measures to solve our problems and create delays. Prime minister is forced to maneuver to pass legislature.
    Do not be a stumbling block. It is necessary that priority is in increasing profitability and training our officers and workers both in government and private sector. Inflation can be checked only by this. Investment will follow. Stability should also be ensured. Division will make foreign investment to avoid us. The falling oil prices is having a deflationary affect in world markets. Increase in production is normally slow for increasing capacity and skills. We must negotiate refunding and loans for repayment of loans. Senseless talk will be a disaster. .

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