Apr 13, Colombo: The government expects to commence the new session of the parliament with fresh hopes and go forward victoriously after a new cabinet is sworn in, State Minister of Prison Reforms Rehabilitation and Drug Prevention Ajith P Perera said.
He said the United National Party (UNP) has requested the Ministry of Samurdhi Authority when appointing the new cabinet to provide a permanent solution to the poverty of the country.
The State Minister said that the UNP receiving the Ministry of Samurdhi will be the drive and strength required for the majority party to take the country forward.
Samurdhi Ministry was assigned to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the subject minister S. B. Dissanayake, who voted for the no -confidence motion against the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from his post on April 11 after the UNP demanded the resignation of SLFP ministers who voted against the Premier.
Speaking of the prorogation of the parliament by the President, State Minister Perera said there was no loss due to the end of the Parliamentary session.
He said that only one session of parliament was scheduled on April 19 and two bills were to be taken up on that day. The bills will be presented as soon as the new parliament session commences on May 8th.
The State Minister said with the prorogation of the parliament all the existing parliament committees will be lapsed and new members have to be appointed to the committees when the parliament is reconvened. There is no change in the other posts, he added.
By a Gazette notification, with effect from midnight on Thursday 12th April 2018, in accordance with Article 70 of the Constitution the President Maithripala Sirisena has exercised his constitutional right to prorogue the Parliament.
The next Parliament session will commence on 8th May 2018. During this time, no motions or questions can be tabled in Parliament and any prior actions by Parliament remain valid. The prorogation of Parliament has no impact on the functioning and operation of Government, Government Information Department said.