Don’t reduce our funds, governors say

Provincial governors have sought an early date to meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga to raise matters pertaining to the peace process and also to appeal to her not to curtail finances to the provincial councils. Allocations, had been reduced by 25% to 30% despite enhanced expenditure and this is an obstacle to carry out development work, spokesman for the governors, said yesterday.

A decision to this effect was taken when the governors met for their second consecutive AGM presided over by Governor of the Uva Province, M. S. Amarasiri, at Bandarawela last week.

The governors have also sought meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Provincial Councils Alick Aluvihare in this connection.

Among the issues discussed were ongoing administrative matters and the need for more co-ordination among the governors, the Sunday Island learns.

They decided to appeal to authorities concerned not to slash allocations to PCs and to at least maintain the quantum allocated during last year, the spokesman said.

The governors also decided to meet once in three months to discuss and coordinate important matters.

The governors present were Alavi Mowlana, (Western Province) Saliya C. Mathew, (Sabaragamuwa), Kingsley T. Wickremaratne, (Southern) Maj. General Asoka Jayawardene (North-East) G. M. S. Samaraweera (North Central) and Siripala Jayaweera (North Western). Governors K. B. Ratnayake and P. B. Ekanayake were absent. (FRS)