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Friday, 23 December 2016 - 18:57
North, North Central and Uva Provinces reject Development Special Provisions Bill- Prime Minister agrees for amendments
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The resolution presented in connection with the Development Special Provisions Draft Bill was defeated by the North CentralProvincial Council today.

19 councilors voted against the resolution while 10 voted in favour.

Chief Minister Peshala Jayarathna together with UPFA councillors voted against the draft bill while UNP councilors voted for the resolution.

The JVP member was absent during the vote taking.

Speaking to our news team, chief minister Peshala Jayarathna said the resolution was defeated for the technical faults of the Draft Bill.

Meanwhile, the Northern Provincial Council also passed a resolution against the proposed Development Special Provisions Act. 

Northern Provincial Councilor M.K. Sivajilingam said the resolution against the proposed Act was passed unanimously.

The councilors have decided to reject the Bill even without taking if for debate.

At the same time, the Uva Provincial Council defeated a resolution presented over the Development special provisions Bill yesterday by 4 votes.

13 councilors voted against the resolution while 9 voted in favour.

11 UPFA councilors along with 2 JVP councilors voted against the resolution.

However 9 UNP councilors with Agricultural Minister Upali Samaraweera voted for the resolution.

In addition, it is significant that Uva Provincial Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake abstained from voting.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has agreed to make amendments to the proposed Bill during a meeting he had with the Provincial Chief Ministers this afternoon.

Chief Ministers of the Western, Southern, Eastern and Uva provinces participated in the discussion while their counterparts from 5 provinces were absent.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Southern chief minister Shan Vijayalal de Silva said that the Premier agreed to present the draft bill again after amending the matters that affect Provincial councils.

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