President Ranil Wickremesinghe says although the formation of the National Assembly has been completed to bring far-reaching systematic changes, satisfactory progress has not been made with regard to other proposals.
The President expressed his views in a letter to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today (3).
The President’s Media Division said the establishment of a National Assembly and the appointment of three committees related to public finance and banking were proposed under far-reaching systematic changes.
In addition, it was also proposed to appoint the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Economic Stabilisation Committee and the Committee on Ways and Means related to banking affairs, as well as to delegate five youth representatives for the sectoral committees and to establish the Parliamentary Budget Office.
President Wickremesinghe has stated that although 17 Parliamentary sectoral committees should be established as indicated by these proposals; the chairpersons have not been designated for them and the criteria for selecting youth representatives to be appointed for this purpose has yet to be prepared.
The President in the letter further noted that these proposals can be implemented when next year’s Budget is implemented and consequently the systemic change expected by the government will be achieved immediately.
The drafted Bill for the Parliamentary Budget Office has also been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and the President has informed the Speaker that he intends on presenting it to Parliament after consultation with the party leaders and certification by the Attorney General.