The government today claimed that functions of committees of Parliament have not been suspended.
Leader of the House Minister Dinesh Gunawardena speaking during day three of the adjournment debate on the government’s policy statement in Parliament today responded to charges levelled by Chief Opposition Whip Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella.
MP Kiriella said members to steering committee’s as mentioned in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, have not been appointed for the past two years.
The MP said it was unjust to the public as the 20th Amendment to the Constitution could have been discussed in detail, if the committee was appointed.
MP Kiriella questioned the government’s haste in presenting a new Amendment without prior checking by the steering committee.
MP Lakshman Kiriella said it was important that a steering committee be appointed to discuss the Constitution in detail, as opposed to Electoral Advisory Committees that do not hold broad dialogues on the matter.
He charged that the appointments have been delayed by two years. Responding, Minister Gunawardena said a Parliamentary Advisory Committee was reinstated due to failures of the former government.
He noted it was also discussed at the Electoral Advisory Committee meeting that the government is prepared to work together with the opposition on beneficial ideas.
Minister Gunawardena added activities of Parliamentary committees were not suspended by the government.
The Minister said all Parliamentary proceedings are fulfilled under Standing Orders.