Parliament on Thursday through a motion moved in the House gave approval to extend the time limit granted to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to formulate a political solution to the country's ethnic issue.
Chief Government Whip, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, on behalf of the Chairman of the PSC and the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told parliament that the term of the PSC will be extended by another six months .
Accordingly, the term of the PSC, which was earlier set to conclude on 21 December 2014, has been extended to 12 May 2015.
The PSC will continue meetings to recommend and report on political and constitutional measures to address the country's national problem as the work could not be completed in the given time.
"In terms of Standing Order No.96, this Parliament grants the Select Committee of Parliament, to recommend and report on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka, to live as one nation, appointed by the Speaker, on 21st June 2013, a further extension of time till May 12, 2015 as the Committee is unable to report its findings to Parliament within the time limit granted by the motion agreed to by the Parliament on 19th June 2014," the motion moved by Minister Gunawardena said,
The parliament in November 2011 approved the setting up of the PSC to recommend and report on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka to live as one nation and Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa appointed the PSC on 21 June 2013.
The PSC headed by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, comprises 19 government members and is expected to comprise 12 opposition members.
However, the opposition parties UNP, TNA, JVP and ruling party ally JHU have boycotted the committee and therefore, no representations have been made from the opposition.