Sec­toral Com­mit­tee to meet on Fri­day

To dis­cuss pro­pos­als on Na­tional Se­cu­rity

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY SANDUN A. JAYASEKERA

The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­toral Com­mit­tee on Na­tional Se­cu­rity will meet once again on Fri­day (24) to dis­cuss the set of pro­pos­als pre­sented by the SLFP to en­sure na­tional se­cu­rity, elim­i­nate new ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism by strength­en­ing friend­ship among races and re­li­gions, for­mer Deputy Min­is­ter Las­an­tha Alagiyawan­na said yes­ter­day.

He told the me­dia at the SLFP head of­fice that of­fi­cials who participat­ed at last Fri­day’s de­lib­er­a­tions rep­re­sent­ing gov­ern­ment min­istries were tasked to sub­mit a re­port from each min­istry on its in­volve­ment in draft­ing the leg­is­la­tions out­lined in the SLFP pro­pos­als.

“The pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted to the chair­man of the sec­toral com­mit­tee, Par­lia­men­tar­ian Malith Jay­ati­laka af­fects a num­ber of state in­sti­tu­tions. There­fore, we ex­pect to work with those state es­tab­lish­ments to ex­pe­dite the process to en­act these pro­pos­als as early as pos­si­ble,” Mr. Alagiyawan­na said.

He added that not a sin­gle po­lit­i­cal party has ex­pressed op­po­si­tion to the pro­pos­als and the po­lit­i­cal par­ties were free to make amend­ments or pro­pose new leg­is­la­tions to be con­sid­ered and in­cor­po­rate in the fi­nal Bill.

Mr. Alagiyawan­na pointed out that the SLFP’S tar­get was to pass these leg­is­la­tion in two months and opined that the best thing the gov­ern­ment could do was to amal­ga­mate the much crit­i­cized Counter Ter­ror­ism Bill (CTB) with these pro­pos­als af­ter re­mov­ing the laws detri­men­tal to the na­tional se­cu­rity, me­dia and Trade unions.

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