Local Government Acts to be amended

By Pabodha Hettige

Secretary to the Ministry of Local government and Provincial Councils Nihal Jayathilaka said that Acts covering Provincial councils, Municipal Councils and Urban councils would be amended in the near future.

"These acts have not been amended for a long time and when amending certain new clauses would be added according to timely needs," he said.

Currently, a special board of representatives is engaged in drafting necessary amendments and the ministry would forward the proposed suggestions to the Attorney General for approval within one month.

Jayathilake said that he could not reveal the proposed amendments without the approval of the Attorney General’s Department. He also refused to disclose when the amendments would come into force since it would have to go through a lengthy procedure to get Parliamentary approval.

He said that the amendments would be carried out in a way that would not burden the public, while ensuring a better service.

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