Five sub committees to assist Cabinet

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The Government will appoint five cabinet sub-committees to make suitable recommendations pertaining to specific areas or issues to facilitate the decision-making process of the Cabinet in its endeavour to promote good governance, transparency, productivity and efficiency in the state sector.

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on this matter.

The cabinet sub-committee on national policy will advise the Cabinet on matters pertaining to the Government’s National Policy to formulate a coordinating mechanism to ensure that Provincial Councils fall in line with the National Policy in exercising their powers and to ensure that the proposals submitted to the Cabinet are in compliance with the National Policy and are made in accordance with the priorities identified in the development programme of the Government.

This Sub-Committee chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena also comprises the Prime Minister and Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Power and Energy, Highways and Higher Education, Health and Investment Promotion, Justice and Labour Relations.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee will identify a team of officials from among the Senior Advisors to the President, Prime Minister and Secretaries to Ministries.
The Sub-Committee on Economic Affairs is required to examine matters referred to in Cabinet Memoranda relating to economic affairs, monetary and fiscal policy and financial affairs and submit recommendations to the Cabinet.

It will also provide guidance in the preparation of the National Investment and Public Investment Programme, facilitation of Private Sector investment, submit recommendations to the Cabinet on proposals having economic and financial implications and oversee the implementation of various legislation which have a direct bearing on the investment or economic development of the country.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on establishments will make recommendations on all policy matters including appointments, promotions, transfers, disciplinary control and dismissal of Public Officers in terms of the provisions of the Constitution, the appointment, promotion, transfer, disciplinary control and dismissal of Heads of Department and matters of State Corporations, Statutory Boards and Government owned Companies, salaries, allowances and other facilities of Public Officers.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on legislation is required to examine the concept papers, based on which Bills are to be drafted, submitted for the approval of the Cabinet and to ascertain the relevance and appropriateness thereof.

It will also mandated to study policy and legal implications of the provisions of proposed draft Bills for which Cabinet approval is sought, to examine the relevance and appropriateness of the objects, duties, functions and other matters referred to in the Private Members’ Bills

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Procurement will ensure that decisions on tenders will adhere to best practices in public finance management and in a transparent manner so that needless expenditure is avoided and public confidence restored on the Government Procurement Process.(Sadun A Jayasekara)

  Comments - 12

  • Lanka Watch Sunday, 22 February 2015 03:50 AM

    This is a very good move by the present govt..,thus reducing the workload of the ministers., It also paves the way for making correct decisions and unlike the previous regime, where the ministers took unilateral decisions and at times, these decisions were over ruled by the then, President and this lead to corruptions in many govt. undertakings. I hope the opposition will allow the President to do a job of work

    Waco Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:57 PM

    Feeling too old for the Job? Messrs. Sajith Premadada and Arjuna Ranatunga are readily available.

    SriLankanKing Sunday, 22 February 2015 09:44 AM

    This is the perfect way to do things, get the intellectuals and experts support on crucial decisions. Since our cabinet of ministers are less qualified. This move will be benificial for both the Cabinet and for the Country. Way to Go SL..

    Kosala Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:22 PM

    Too many Cook s .Crook will Come via DM Android App

    Azee Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:25 PM

    Whatever Committees or Sub-Committees you appoint pl. expedite and show some tangible results.We are losing patience and are worried about the prospects of the former regime returning to power after the forthcoming elections . via DM Android App

    Waco Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:49 AM

    Unproductive expenditure. Best way for the cabinet to avoid taking responsibility. Why should we have a cabinet?

    Waco Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:50 AM

    Unproductive expenditure. Best way for the cabinet to avoid taking responsibility. Why should we have a cabinet?

    s kalpage Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:58 AM

    why a Cabinet Sub-Committee on legislation. There are so many agencies for that unnecessary expenditure to make way for over aged lawyers Secretaries ?

    Waco Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:14 AM

    It is not necessary to have permanent sub-committees. When there is a project, that requires expert advice have a committee consisting of qualified personals to submitt a feseability report.

    kamal Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:47 AM

    As Previous government had messed-up all these areas, need to start from zero, I think this is a good approach, we have to establish proper systems to all the crucial areas as mentioned. Good move Sirs!

    Hiran Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:50 AM

    The cabinet and the relevant ministries must be able to assess and make decisions on costs and benefits of each projects. If they fail to properly analyse, they will be responsible for the failure. Appointing these committees, is Wasting time and resources

    Dewdath Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:54 PM

    Then, appoint 5 - member sub-committees to each of them, and a Piramid scheme until each of the thier kiths and kins can enjoy life with poor people money. Hee hee

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