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PARLIAMENTARY SELECT COMMITTEE (PSC)
THE ISLAND 07.11.2011 - THE ARTICLE "Titled
" PSC on Constitutional Reforms: Addressing national Question "
By Sumanasiri Liyanage.
EXCERPT - A
A motion to this effect signed by 16 members of Parliament was submitted on August 16, 2011. It was resubmitted with amended ToR on October 10, 2011 with the signatures of 14 MPs. It is interesting to note that all signatories are parliamentarians belonging to constituent parties of the ruling coalition. Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s name does not appear as a signatory although the name of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka does. The object of the proposed PSC is stated in the motion as follows:
"Whereas it is now necessary to devise a constitutional framework in such a manner as to ensure that all Peoples will preserve and promote their respective identities and live with dignity and security as one nation."
The PSC will consist of not more than 31 members and its chairperson will be appointed by the Speaker. The PSC should submit its report within six months. One may, of course, raise arguments about the word ‘one nation’ in the ToR, but my objective of this article is quite different from those hair-splitting theoretical issues.
EXCERPT - B
The advantage of agreeing upon these conditions is that prior to the
commencement of PSC process, people would get some idea about the PSC process. If the government is not ready to agree on these demands, the TNA and all parties representing numerically small nations and ethnic groups (including the SLMC) should, I propose, boycott the PSC process.
other developments this week - 00.00.2012
enough has widened the chasm. On the one hand, the Jathika Hela Urumaya
(National Heritage Party), which was earlier believed to be opposed to the
implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, said this week that it
was in favour of discussing the matter. Udaya Gammanpila, Assistant Secretary of
the JHU and Western Provincial Minister, told the Sunday Times: "The view
of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) is that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will
have to present a document to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) about the
grievances of the Tamils, as it is the TNA which claims that the aspirations of
the Tamils have not been met. In the absence of such a document from the TNA,
the JHU will take up the position that the 13th Amendment should be the basis
for the discussions.
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