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COPE open to news media coverage

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday informed the House that a decision has been taken to open the sessions of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) to media.

Reading out his announcements yesterday, the Speaker said that Committee Room Number 05 had been upgraded with a camera system enabling transmission of the sessions of COPE. “I like to mention this move as another step towards strengthening the parliamentary democratic system,” the Speaker said.

He also stressed that he expected the news media to behave responsibly when reporting the committees.

The COPE is scheduled to meet at 2.30 p.m. today.

In response to the decision, UNP National List MP Professor Ashu Marasinghe welcomed the decision to open the COPE sessions to media and requested that action should be taken to open the sessions of the Sectoral Oversight Committees to media so that the country would be better informed of those sessions.

Speaker Jayasuriya in reply said that the attention has already been drawn to open those sessions to media.

The new COPE was appointed on January 11, as the previous committee stood dissolved following the prorogation of Parliament on October 27, 2018 by the President. JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti is the current chairman of the COPE. The other members of the COPE include Rauff Hakeem, Sujeewa Senasinghe, Dr Harsha de Silva, Ajith P Perera, Wasantha Aluvihare, Ranjan Ramanayake, Ashoka Abeysinghe, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Lakshman Seneviratne, Chandrasiri Gajadheera, Mahindananada Aluthgamage, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Ravindra Samaraweera, Mavai Senathiraja, and Jayantha Samaraweera.

The COPE was established on July 21, 1979 with the intention of ensuring the compliance of financial discipline in Public Corporations and other Semi Governmental bodies in which the government has a financial stake.

“Permission has also been granted to release the inquiries and findings of the COPE committee to the media in the future. The decision had been taken in this regard following the relevant amendment carried out under the Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act,” a Parliament source said.


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