Divi Negum bill needs approval of Provincial Councils

Divi Negum bill needs approval of Provincial Councils

September 18, 2012   03:47 pm

The Supreme Court has informed that the ‘Divi Neguma’ Draft Bill should receive the approval of all Provincial Councils as it comes within the scope of the Provincial Councils, the Speaker of Parliament said.

Therefore steps will be taken to forward the draft bill to the country’s provincial councils in order to obtain approval, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa told Parliament today.

The government is looking to set up a Divi Neguma Department under the bill, which will take over the existing Samurdhi Authority, the Southern Development Authority and the Upcountry Development Authority.

The Bill will also set up a Divi Neguma Community Based Organisation, Divi Neguma Community Based Banks and Banking Societies.

However a petition was filed challenging the bill, claiming it was harmful to the country, and the Supreme Court had informed its verdict to the Speaker.

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