UNP’s call for PSC, Speaker agrees

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday told Parliament that the appointment of a parliamentary select committee to look into the Advanced Level results mess up could be done if the House saw a need for that.

If there was a need for that the matter could be brought up at the party leaders’ meeting and a decision could be taken there, he said. Once the decision was intimated to him, he would take action to appoint members of the PSC, he said.

Speaker Rajapaksa informed Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that if a debate on the issue was necessary, a request to that effect could be made to the Chair for consideration. Accordingly Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunge requested a debate on the results mess-up. Speaker informed the House that his request would be considered.

Members of both sides attempted to express their views on the issue soon after Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe made a special statement accusing the government of adopting a lackadaisical attitude towards an important matter that would affect the future generations of the country.

DNA MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, UNP MPs Ravi Karunanayake, Sajith Premadasa and Palitha Range Bandara too attempted to express views raising points of order but the Speaker stopped them saying that Standing Orders had no provision for all the members to express their views on a special statement, which could be made under the Section 23/2 of the Standing Orders with the relevant ministers providing answers, the Speaker said.

Thereafter, with the permission of Chair, Chief Government Whip John Amaratunga moved a motion seeking approval for the appointment of a parliamentary select committee to probe the Advanced Level examination results controversy. (SI)

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