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Sunday, 16 December 2012 - 13:11
Divinaguma bill to be presented before parliament again
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Informed sources state that the revised Divinaguma bill would be presented before parliament on the 8th of January for cabinet’s approval.

It is being stated that several revisions have been executed on the bill, as per the recommendations set forth by the Supreme Court.

The debate regarding the revised Divinaguma bill was taken up before parliament on the 06th of November where Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa defended the bill.

The Supreme Court issuing its recommendations on the bill noted that several clauses contained in the bill should be consented by parliament based on a special majority.

Moreover it was noted that Minister's proposal regarding the demarcation of administrative zones should be approved through a referendum, failing which cabinet should execute the revisions with regards to appointing administrative officials for each respective administrative zone.

14 petitions have been filed at the Supreme Courts challenging the Divinaguma bill subsequent to which courts recommendations were issued.

Meanwhile Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkodi expressing his views to our news team made further clarifications in this regard.

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