Focus on Govt. Policy decisions: President, PM to head new committee

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In the wake of President Maithripala Sirisena’s outburst against the purported politicization of police, a committee headed by him and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to be set up to take policy decisions of the government regarding matters such as the war crimes probe, budgetary provisions and constitutional reforms, it is learnt.

In consequence to the latest political development, the President met the Prime Minister and Law Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake on Thursday evening.

It is learnt that the President is incensed over, among others, the failure on the part of the police to adhere to some guidelines issued by him. According to sources close to the President, the President was resentful of the manner in which the police acted in handling certain cases.

Against this backdrop, a top level committee comprising members from both the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be appointed to decide on policy matters. Sources said a similar committee had been appointed even at the moment, but the desired purpose had not been served because the President and the Prime Minister were not involved in the process.
As a result, the new committee will be formed to take decisions in addition to the Cabinet.

The proposed committee will pay special attention to the next budget as the budget for the current year had flopped.

“The 2016 budget was a total failure. No revenue proposal was implemented satisfactorily. It affected both private and government investments, “a source said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Madiya Saturday, 15 October 2016 09:21 AM

    This is good news. No free hand now for the Finance Minister to rip the poor masses off and help his wheeler dealers.

    Abdul Saturday, 15 October 2016 09:55 AM

    But do not meddle with work of independent commissions for God's sake.

    Abdul Saturday, 15 October 2016 09:59 AM

    But do not meddle with the work of independent commissions for God's sake.

    suendrini Sunday, 16 October 2016 06:14 AM

    This is the beginning of the end of the so called national Govt.

    chux Saturday, 15 October 2016 10:49 AM

    Too many committees will jepordise everything and also Sri Lankan investors have been ill treated at many government institutions

    ranil Saturday, 15 October 2016 11:15 AM

    Too many meetings, committees and talk and hardly any action. The country is going backwards.

    Lima Saturday, 15 October 2016 11:18 AM

    WE WANTED THE EX-REGIME ROBBERS / MURDERERS PUNISHED WITH DEATH OR LIFE TERM

    WISE DONKEY Sunday, 16 October 2016 10:57 AM

    Focus on Daham taken off!

    Cricy Saturday, 15 October 2016 12:43 PM

    Committees committees and more committees. Typical of ranil.


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