Nov 23, Colombo: The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said in Parliament Tuesday (23) that the new draft constitution will be presented to the parliament and discussed.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa made this observation while participating in the committee stage budget debate on the Expenditure Heads of the President’s, the Prime Minister’s Office and other institutions.
The Prime Minister pointed out that a new draft constitution is being prepared and that there was nothing going on in secret.
“We talked about the constitution and we are now preparing a draft. I remind you that it will be presented to the Members of Parliament and it will be discussed. Therefore, I would like to remind you that we will not do anything in secret about this,” he said.
Speaking during the debate, the Premier said in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the government took the initiative to protect the people.
“We need to remind you that as a government, we have taken all necessary decisions for the safety of the people in a timely manner. I say this to remind you of the role that the Prime Minister’s Office played in managing those affairs.”
“At the outset of the Covid epidemic, our Government appointed a Presidential Task Force for essential services. The Presidential Task Force worked under our supervision from the Prime Minister’s Office,” the Premier said reminding that the Prime Minister’s Office worked 24 hours a day to provide essential services to the people and to solve the problems of the people.
“We also exchanged views with party leaders. We have always intervened to provide essential services and health facilities to the people. The doctors and the security forces did their duty.”
The Prime Minister said the recession caused by the Covid pandemic has severely affected the country. Most businesses have collapsed and the government is now planning to rebuild the economy.
“Accordingly, the Minister of Finance presented a budget this time including short term and long term plans. The country needs the economic and social development of the people. Our hope is to build an economy where they can thrive in this difficult time,” he added.
The Prime Minister said the government is ready to listen to the positive views of the Opposition. “We listen to the positive views of the Opposition. At this time we must collectively make decisions for the future of the country. All Members of this Supreme Parliament have the ability to fulfill that duty on behalf of the people.”
He further told the House that the government will not charge any registration fee for entrepreneurs registering new businesses for the year 2022 and invited the youth of our country to join hands to build the economic development of the country with new business ideas and also contribute to bring foreign exchange to the country.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said fulfilling the promises given to the people, the government is working to resolve the teacher-principal salary anomaly that has not been resolved for nearly 25 years in this budget. This time the highest amount of money has been allocated for education in this budget.
“We are doing all this for the future of the country. We hope that all of you will support our efforts to rebuild the country in the face of challenges,” the Premier claimed.