Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the government coalitions are given a week time to enable them to submit their opinion on the decision to change two clauses of the 13th Amendment.
Addressing the media briefing to inform the Cabinet decisions held at the Information Department Colombo today Minister Rambukwella said that the government will be able to take a final decision on the matter at the Cabinet meeting next week.
When the special Cabinet Paper was presented this morning, leaders of the government coalitions Ministers Rauf Hakeem, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, and Douglas Devananda requested the President to give more time for them to study the content of the special Cabinet Paper.
Minister Douglas Devananda told our news team that the President granted time in response to their request.
A decision was taken to amend two clauses of the 13th Amendment during the government party meeting held last Tuesday.
The first clause states that ‘when a Provincial Council wants to get a matter passed by the Central Government, it should seek the approval of all Provincial Councils.
In this clause, ‘the approval of all Provincial Councils has been changed into ‘the approval of the majority Provincial Councils.
The government also decided to change the clause which gives Provincial Councils powers to merge two or three Provincial Councils into one Provincial Council.
Minister Rambukwella elaborated the reasons to take such a decision during the press briefing.
However the JHU stated that the clause which gives provisions to Provincial Councils to enjoy land and police powers should also be annulled.
The National Sangha Convention and the Patriotic National Movement also opined views similar to that of the JHU.
JHU President Minister Patalee Champika Ranawaka, Patriotic National Movement General Secretary Wasantha Bandara and National Snagha Convention Secretary Dombegoda Sarananda Thera expressed their views at different press briefings held in Colombo today.