Northern Governor gives nod for Divi Neguma

Northern Province Governor Maj. Gen. (retd) G. A. Chandrasiri has given his consent to the Divi Neguma Bill, while the newly constituted Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) is expected to take it up shortly.

The Information Department statement yesterday quoted Director General of the Samurdhi Authority attorney-at-law Bandula Tillekasiri as having said that the Uva Provincial Council yesterday voted for the Bill, with 23 members throwing their weight behind it, while six opposed.

The government decided to seek the approval of PCs after the Supreme Court declared that the implementation of the Bill should be subjected to passage in PCs.

The Information Department said that both Western and North Western PCs on Sept. 25 and 26, respectively, voted for the conversion of the Samurdhi Authority to a Department.

Sabaragamuwa (Oct 2), Southern and North Central (Oct 3) Provinces will decide on the controversial Bill.

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