Sri lanka News – A resolution to constitute Sri Lanka parliament’s ‘National Council’ committee has been added to the legislature’s order book to be taken up on September 20, parliament said.
The National Council will comprise the Speaker as the Chair, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition, the Chief Government Whip, and no more than 35 members of parliament as determined by party leaders, a statement from the parliament said on Wednesday September 14.
According to the statement, the National Council shall have jurisdiction over and responsibility to:
- Determine the general priorities of parliament to guide the formulation of short, medium, and long-term national policies
- Agree on short and medium-term common minimum programmes in respect of the stabilisation of the economy
- Arrange special meetings with the ministers of the cabinet, the National Council, the chairpersons of the special committees, and youth observers of youth organizations
The National Council shall have powers to request reports from sectoral oversight committees, the Committee on Public Finance, the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA), the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, the Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on Economic Stabilisation, and any committee controlling public finance. (Colombo/Sep14/2022)