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Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Dinesh Gunewardena has sought proposals from political parties for setting up extra oversight committees in parliament and a ‘National Council’ at a meeting with political parties.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed oversight committees in the style of an earlier Executive Committee system to get more members of parliament including the opposition, involved in governance.

Prime Minister Gunewardena has asked for proposals to be submitted by August 31 for new oversight committees and also a ‘National Council’.

The National Council was originally mooted by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

The moves came as the opposition called for the Committee on Public Enterprises and Committee on Public Accounts to be given to the opposition.

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The administration of Gotabaya Rajapaksa suspended standing orders to appoint a ruling party member as chairman of the Committee on Public Finance.

The position has now been given to opposition member Harsha de Silva in line with the standing orders.

Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya led by leader Sajith Premadasa questioned whether Kabir Hashim and Eran Wickremeratne would be given the chair of the two committees as agreed at a meeting with Speaker Mahinda Abeywardena in June.

Sri Lanka Podujana Party had opposed the move, they said.

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