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Parliament Select Committee

Parties requested to name reps

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya

A motion to appoint a parliamentary select committee to recommend political and constitutional measures to empower people to live as one nation was moved in parliament last week.
All political parties have been requested to name representatives to the PSC which would comprise with 19 ruling party members and 12 opposition members. The committee, which will have quasi-judicial powers, will recommend steps to unify people and empower them with equitable socio-economic, political and cultural development. The PSC is to recommend them to the parliament within six months.
The Speaker is vested with powers to appoint the committee and its chairman and PSC is empowered to determine its quorum, summon any persons and documents as it deems necessary, obtain services from specialists and experts in relevant fields to assist the Committee as well as submit interim reports from time to time.
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Prof Tissa Vitharana, Basil Rajapaksa, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Douglas Devananda, Rauf Hakeem, Arumugam Thondaman, T.B. Ekanayake and several other parliamentarians have signed the motion.