Monday, 07 September 2015 - 19:49
Mahinda Rajapaksa also qualified for Kurunegala Development Committee Chair ; the new mechanism to Cabinet
Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake says a new mechanism would be introduced in appointing chairmen to District Development Committees.
He stated the preparation of a draft bill with regard to this process is now in its final stage.
He further stated that the final draft would be presented to cabinet within next two weeks.
It has also been decided to appoint non-cabinet ministers as District Development Chairmen in the future.
Another significant move is that such positions would be given to an MP whose party has won their respective district in the last general election.
UNP would be entitled to 11 District Development Chairman posts as it won 11 districts in the last general election.
At the same time, UPFA would obtain 8 posts as it won 8 districts.
In addition, TNA would obtain Chairman posts in Jaffna, Vanni and Batticaloa districts.
District Development chairs of Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Matale, Kegalle, Badulla, Puttalam, Polonnaruwa, Digamadulla and Trincomalee would go to UNP while UPFA would claim the district chairs of Hambantota, Matara, Galle, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Anuradhapura and Moneragala.
UPFA MPs Dayasiri Jayasekera and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, who won seats from Kurunegala district, have already accepted cabinet portfolios.
Therefore, Mahinda Rajapaksa or Johnston Fernando, who topped the preferential list respectively, may secure the chair of the Kurunegala District Development Committee.
The Secretary to the Prime Minster further stated that it has not come to a decision yet about the authority and other benefits that are entitled to the District Development Chairmen.
However, he said that the new mechanism would be introduced in order to get the involvement of all elected parliamentarians in the new system of governance.