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Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe has told Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena that parliament has been slow in implementing proposals for far reaching systemic changes.

The president’s media division (PMD) said in a statement that President Wickremesinghe in a letter written to the Speaker on Thursday November 03 that although the formation of the National Assembly has been concluded, satisfactory progress has not been made with regard to other proposals.

The establishment of a National Assembly and the appointment of three committees related to public finance and banking were proposed under far-reaching systematic changes, the statement said.

It was also proposed to appoint a Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Economic Stabilisation Committee and a Committee on Ways and Means related to banking affairs. Five youth representatives were also to be selected for the Sectoral committees. A Parliamentary Budget Office was proposed as well.

Though 17 Parliamentary Sectoral committees should be established as indicated by these proposals,  chairpersons have not been designated for them and the criteria for selecting the youth representatives to be appointed for this purpose has yet to be prepared, the president wrote.

These proposals can be implemented when next year’s budget is implemented and consequently the systemic change expected by the government will be achieved immediately, he has aid.

The drafted bill for the Parliamentary Budget Office has also been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and the President has informed Speaker Abeywardena that he intends to present it to parliament after consultation with the party leaders and certification by the Attorney General, the letter added. (Colombo/Nov03/2022)

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