Oct 25, Jaffna: Sri Lanka's first ever elected Northern Provincial Council met today for the first time Friday in a new building just opened at Kaithady in Jaffna for the Council.
Governor of the Province Major General G.A. Chandrasiri and the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council C.V. Vigneswaran this morning declared open the new building that will house the Council.
The event commenced with the hoisting of the national and provincial flags followed by unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan and MP M.A. Sumanthiran also participated in the ceremony.
At the first meeting councilor Kandaiah Sivagnanam was elected as the chairman of the Council and councilor Anton Jeganadan was elected as the Deputy Chairman.
Speaking at the inaugural session the Governor said President Mahinda Rajapaksa has established peace in the North and achieved a rapid development for the wellbeing of the people in the Province.
He expressed confidence that the new Provincial Council will work in accordance with the country's Constitution.
The Governor will submit the policy statement to the Council at the next session of the Northern Provincial Council decided to be held on the 11th of November. The Chief Minister will submit the financial declaration.
At the first meeting 50 people who applied for assistance from the Governor's Trust Fund received the checks from the Governor and the Chief Minister.
The partially completed new three-story building opened today is being constructed at a cost of 450 million rupees. The ground floor of the building completed at a cost of Rs. 100 million was opened today for the Council to function.
When completed, the complex will house all ministries, departments and administrative offices of the Council to make it easier for the public to get all their services from one location.
The 38-member Northern Provincial Council has a majority of 30 councilors from the major Tamil coalition party Tamil National Alliance while seven ruling party councilors and one Sri Lanka Muslim Congress councilor in the opposition.