State Minister of Finance, Laklshman Yapa Abeywarda today blamed the UNP for not discussing the Development (Special Provisions) Bill with the nine chief ministers and said the Bill would be redrafted and presented to the Provincial Councils before tabling it in Parliament.
He told journalists that the government should have updated the chief ministers and obtained their views before presenting the Bill to the PCs.
“If that was done, the Bill would not have been rejected by the Provincial Councils and the Government would not have been embarrassed with what happened,” he added.
The state minister said the SLFP supported the setting up of a mechanism to expedite investment, industrial development and tourism and has a help to investors to make their investments without the hassles of red tape and bureaucratize bungling.
Responding to a journalist, he said the SLFP was opposed to the the concentration of power in a single minister as it is against the concept of good governance.
He said there was a 'super minister' in the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime but ultimately the people rejected the super minister and the then government.
The minister said the government would act speedily on the bond scam soon after the COPE report was debated in Parliament next year.
"I admit to a delay in dealing with the bond scam but until Speaker Karu Jayasuriya sends the report to the Attorney General for necessary action after a debate we cannot do anything about it. We in the SLFP take the responsibility to accelerate the legal process on the bond scam," he said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
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Comments - 6
usaguy Thursday, 29 December 2016 10:05 AM
now you are blaming the UNP. what were you doing in the govt when these were being discussed you guys are sitting on the horn and eating the ears. via DM Android App
Mevan Thursday, 29 December 2016 01:49 AM
When there is no democracy within the UNP thanks to the leader we cannot expect democracy outside the party.
Nilame Thursday, 29 December 2016 05:53 AM
Here we go around the mulberry bush again !
Thanos Thursday, 29 December 2016 07:39 AM
And the finger pointing begins!
Joseph Thursday, 29 December 2016 08:33 AM
Why only the UNP? I though the SLFP is also a partner of the government. Since this is a government sponsored bill the government should take the possibility of passing it.
bindu Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:54 AM
When most of the steps taken by this Govt.fails President,PM or Speaker or ministers say"we should have done this or that ".What a shame on the Govt.We see everything in a big mess. No coordination no cooperation among all the governing bodies. Very sorry situation.
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