The government has decided to present an amendment to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to Parliament on Tuesday as an urgent Bill, to repeal all Constitutional provisions to merge two or more Provinces.
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella addressing the Cabinet press briefing yesterday, said the Presidentís right to proclaim the merger of Provincial Councils under the 13th Amendment will be repealed making it impossible to merge the Northern and Eastern provinces.
He said this decision was taken with the consensus of the Cabinet of Ministers. The minister said the Cabinet also decided to appoint a fresh Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to extensively discuss the other revisions pertaining to the 13th Amendment such as the Constitutional clause that requires the consent of all Provincial Councils to pass nationally important Bills, police and land powers, etc.
He said the members and PSC session schedules will be decided at the Party Leadersí Meeting with Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa on Tuesday adding that the PSC will commence work from Wednesday.
The minister observed that the freshly constituted PSC would be a valuable opportunity for all parties to come to a settlement on the national issues of the country.
He noted the Cabinet extensively discussed the matters pertaining to the 13th Amendment yesterday and favourable, neutral and opposing views on it were expressed during the meeting.