Dec 23, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today met with the chief ministers of several provinces to enlighten them on the provisions in the Development (Special Provisions) Bill which is opposed by all nine provincial councils in the country.
During a discussion with Chief Ministers of the Southern, Western, Eastern and the Uva Provincial Councils at the Temple Trees today the Prime Minister explained that the Development (Special Provisions) Bill will not take subjects of Provincial Councils under the Central Government but actively involve Provincial Councils in the government's development program.
The Chief Ministers present at the meeting have commended the Prime Minister's initiative to involve the Provincial Councils in development initiatives and informed the Premier that they will discuss the issue with all Chief Ministers in order to formulate a proposal.
Following discussions the Premier has agreed to amend the draft Development (Special Provisions) Bill considering the chief ministers' proposals, Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva has said.
The Prime Minister has said that the proposals can be tabled during the Parliamentary sessions.
Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Devapriya said seven provincial councils led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would not agree to the Development (Special Provisions) Bill.
The Uva Provincial Council yesterday rejected the proposed Development (Special Provisions) Bill with a majority of 4 votes while the Northern Provincial Council today unanimously rejected the draft Bill. Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V.K. Sivagnanam said the Bill violates the constitution.
North Central Provincial Council also voted against the Draft Bill with a majority of 9 votes.