PSC on national problem given six months more


by Saman Indrajith

The term of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), appointed to recommend and report on political and constitutional measures to address the country’s national problem, was extended for another six months yesterday.

The committee was appointed in June this year.

As the work could not be completed, the PSC’s term was extended till June, 2014 through a motion moved in Parliament yesterday morning by leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva.

The PSC, headed by Minister De Silva, comprises 19 government members including Prof. G. L. Peiris, Maithripala Sirisena, W. D. J. Seneviratne, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Dinesh Gunawardena, Douglas Devananda, Susil Premajayantha, A. L. M. Athaulla, DEW Gunasekera, Rishad Bathiudeen, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Wimal Weerawansa, Basil Rajapaksa, Lakshman Seneviratne, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Muthu Sivalingam, Dr. Sudrashini Fernandopulle and Janaka Bandara.

The UNP, TNA, JVP and JHU have boycotted the committee.

The motion moved by Minister De Silva said, "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, an extension of time till 21st June 2014 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 23rd November 2011"

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