committee to stem growing violence
Plans are afoot to set up a Parliamentary Steering Committee
comprising representatives from all the political parties to
curtail the growing incidence of violence in the country.
The plan is a sequel to repeated appeals by several members of
the civil society to stem violence and bring the perpetrators to
A delegation led by National Peace Council (NPC) last week met
Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa at Temple Trees and
requested that a Parliamentary Steering Committee be set up.
NPC general secretary and Peopleís Alliance for Free and Fair
Election (PAFFREL) chief Kingsly Rodrigo who led the delegation
said the request was honoured by the Presidentís advisor and
added deputy defence secretary Willie Gamage has already been
instructed to facilitate this process.
The Steering Committee according to Rodrigo will have powers to
question the police and the armed forces regarding any offence.
Rodrigo said this exercise was mainly to reduce the surge in
violence in the country and especially to completely put an end
to the abductions and killings.