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Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 05.34 GMT

Govt to amend Divi Neguma bill

 

The government has decided to amend the Divi Neguma Bill.

The General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Minister Susil Premajayantha said that amendments would be introduced to the Bill at committee stage of the debate on the Bill in parliament.

"We will follow the instructions given in the second ruling by the Supreme Court on the Divi Neguma Bill and will introduce amendments so as to make the Bill consistent with the Constitution," the Minister told the media.

The Supreme Court in its second ruling had determined that the Divi Neguma Bill would require a special two-thirds majority to be enacted into law and 12 clauses of the bill were inconsistent with the Constitution.

The Minister said Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa will move for the appointment of a Parliamentary Select Committee made up of members from the government and the opposition to amend the legislation.

The Divi Neguma Bill aimed at alleviation of poverty in the country with the community participation proposes the establishment of a new Divineguma Department by amalgamating the Samurdhi Authority, Southern Development Authority and the Udarata Development Authority to better achieve the grassroots economic development.

 





 

 
 
   
   
   
 
   
   

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