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* Sri Lanka PM says those who spread false rumors on proposed constitution attempt to destabilize the country
Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 10:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says those who spread false rumors about the proposed constitution aim to destabilize the country when no draft constitution has been prepared yet.

He said the Members of Parliament were issuing statements and comments about the new Constitution without knowing exact details while the Constitutional Council in Parliament is still discussing about it.

He said the responses of political parties were included in the interim report for the MPs to study them before coming for the debate.

The Premier also blamed the media, especially print media saying that media is trying to damage the ethnic harmony in the country and sabotage the Constitution making process.

He asked the media and others to discuss about the new constitution when it is there. "It is useless attacking when there is no such thing at present," he said.

The Premier made these remarks presiding over a function held at the Temple Tree today to hand over compensation to 17000 families who were affected by flooding last year in 40 Grama Seva Divisions of Kolonnawa.

Under the first phase each affected family was given Rs. 10,000 as compensation. In addition, the National Insurance Trust also estimated the damage and provided compensation of Rs. 80,000 per family.

The government has allocated Rs. 2 billion for the entire compensation. The compensation process was expedited under the guidance of the Prime Minister.

Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister said that a background would be created where the people could live better. He said a program would be implemented to minimize the time needed to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters and to pay compensation speedily.

He said it is the responsibility of the government to provide as much relief as possible to those affected and the Provincial Secretariats, District Secretariats and relevant Ministries need to ascertain the damage caused through disasters in order to fully compensate those affected.

Public representatives including Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena were present on the occasion.


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