Debate on Senior Ministers

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A debate would be conducted in Parliament next Friday on the subjects assigned to the Senior Ministers and their role in governance, the UNP said today. The House will meet tomorrow for the first time for the year 2011.

Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga told Daily Mirror that his party asked for a debate in this regard.  Mr. Amaratunga said that the debate on the extension of the state of emergency would be taken up on Wednesday.

“The Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill will be debated on Tuesday. However, the government is not going to hold the election under the new system. Therefore, we are going to ask the government to postpone the Bill,” he said.

During the budget debate, the opposition MPs argued that the government had sidelined the senior members. Also, they said that these seniors now idle even without a proper place to work in. However, the government noted that these members had been assigned to co-ordinate the work of other Cabinet ministers as announced in the gazette notification too.

Already, the Ministries of Education, Youth Affairs, Higher Education and Sports have started working under the guidance of Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 7

  • Wasantha Monday, 03 January 2011 01:05 PM

    Without Ratnasiri Wickramanayake what are you going to debate?. Eternal truth has already been revealed by the Ratnasiri W and nothing to debate.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 04 January 2011 04:47 AM

    Trying to resolve before his arrival after the foreign trip. Same method could be used for others as well. DEW anyway speaks sense.

    bash Monday, 03 January 2011 09:47 AM

    So many supervisors, no workers... how can the country prosper

    Konde bendapu china Monday, 03 January 2011 10:12 AM

    why are you worry about Jolly Seeya and others when UNP come to power you also have big cabinet definitely

    bigsam Monday, 03 January 2011 10:19 AM

    I'm no fan of this pompous government but really can't the UNP find something better to do? If not to benefit the country - at least to get back into power.

    I Hussein Monday, 03 January 2011 10:15 AM

    Whats the point? Debate with who? If there is NM or Colvin or SA yes its worth while.
    The best way to show your displeasure is to just sit and keep smiling.

    Chandra Monday, 03 January 2011 10:29 AM

    Why only on senior ministers, what about senior leader of the oposition?


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