|Parliament Select Committee
Parties requested to name reps
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.