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Thursday, 27 June 2013 - 19:24
Government faced with 13 issues instead of 13th amendment



The United National Party today questioned the government regarding its stance on the 13th amendment to the constitution.


General Secretary of the UNP MP Thissa Aththanayeke speaking in this regard noted that the government had until present-failed to declare its stance before parliament.


The Parliamentary Group of the Sri Lankan Freedom Party convened at Temple Trees last evening under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.


However the group had failed to reach a consensus with regards to the 13th amendment to the constitution.


Speaking here President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that party members should refrain from commenting on the 13th amendment to the constitution since the party would make its stance public during the days to follow.


However General Secretary of the UNP MP Thissa Aththanayke commenting further in this regard noted that government had made a myriad of statements with concern to the 13th amendment to the constitution on multiple occasions.



Moreover addressing a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday Deputy Minister of Economic Development S.M. Cndrasena noted that endowing provincial councils with police & land powers may result in creating further divisions.



Meanwhile Co-Convener of the Janatha Paura Organisation Attorney-at-law Sunil Handunneththi who was present during a media briefing which was held today stated that although the government had come forth with various topics on the devolution of power, the people of the North were faced with 13 dire concerns.



Meanwhile consent was granted today at the Uwa & North Central provincial councils with regards to 2 amendments which were introduced by the government with concern to the 13th amendment to the constitution.


When these amendments were presented before the Uwa provincial council

today by leader of the house Wimal Galagama.


At this juncture the UNP councilors had been absent in the house while the only JVP councilor of the Uwa provincial council Sudath Balagalle had abstained from voting.


19 government party councilors who had been present during the vote at the Uwa provincial council had cast their votes in favor, enabling the amendments to be passed.


Meanwhile in the North Central provincial Council these amendments were passed with a majority of 8 votes.


19 votes were cast in favor while 11 were cast against.


The 11 UNP members over at the North Central provincial council had cast their votes against the amendment while the North Central Provincial Councils JVP member Wasantha Smarasinghe had been absent.


Moreover Former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayeke who represents the government was also absent during today’s session at the provincial council since he had obtained 3 months leave a few days ago.


Under the governments recent modifications to the 13th amendment it would not be possible to amalgamate two or more provincial councils while the consensus of all provincial councils would be required to enact a single decision instead of the approval of a single local government institution.


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