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* Sri Lankan government ally calls for devolution of police and land powers
Mon, Aug 8, 2011, 07:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 08, Colombo: An ally of the Sri Lanka's governing United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), has called for the devolution of land and police powers to the provinces.

The ACMC, previously known as All Ceylon Muslim Congress, is led by Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen.

ACMC General Secretary Y.L.S. Hameed has told the media that the Muslim community was concerned over the central government handling all these subjects. The party was supportive of a joint commission to handle land and police powers, he has said.

Hameed has added that a proposal would be handed over to the government's proposed parliamentary select committee (PSC) to find a solution to the ethnic issue.

However, Hameed has observed that the PSC should ensure equal representation of the Muslim community.



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