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State Land (Special Provisions) Bill

Second reading deferred

The State Land (Special Provisions) Bill will not be moved in Parliament for the second reading on Friday as it has been legally challenged before the Supreme Court, Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri said.

He told the Daily News that this was agreed at the Party Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya held at the Parliament complex yesterday.

Instead, Parliament will take up a full-day adjournment debate on the “current situation in the country.” UPFA MP Dinesh Gunawardena told the Daily News that the UPFA would move this adjournment motion on Friday. The debate will be held from 11.30am to 6.30pm.

The Party Leaders also agreed to go ahead with the No-Confidence Motion on the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Government on Wednesday and Thursday as previously scheduled. The vote will be held at around 6.30pm on Thursday.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella and MPs Rauff Hakeem, Douglas Devananda, Dinesh Gunawardena, Dullas Alahapperuma, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mahinda Samarasinghe and Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri attended the meeting.

President Maithripala Sirisena also recently expressed his objections to some of the provisions in the State Land (Special Provisions) Bill.

The Bill presented to Parliament on June 28 for the first reading is to grant absolute title to state lands held by citizens who are holders of grants or instruments of disposition. Those holding different types of land grants and permits for more than 10 years will be benefited by the legislation.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at a ceremony on Sunday to distribute land deeds to the landless in Ampara, expressed his determination to push the Bill through with the support of the people. 

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