Minister Ramesh Pathirana says changes were made to the institutional and legal framework of 10 Cabinet and State ministries in order to make them more efficient.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Minister Pathirana said there has been no official announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle thus far.
When inquired by media regarding why the term of 24 Municipal Councils, 41 Urban Councils and 275 Pradeshiya Sabhas was extended by a year, the Minister noted the term of local authorities was extended by a year, due to the prevailing situation in the country and as two years of the tenure of the relevant institutions were spent under the former government and they weren’t able to carry out their duties.
He added the COVID-19 pandemic also affected activities of the relevant institutions.
Minister Pathirana said therefore the local authorities were given a suitable time to carry out their duties.
He noted the Provincial Council Election was delayed as the relevant Act was amended under the former government.
He noted steps will be taken to amend certain clauses in the bill to facilitate the conduct of the election this year.