Ruhunu Development Corporation Bill not in order - Supreme Court | Daily News


 

‘Bill requires Provincial Council approval’

Ruhunu Development Corporation Bill not in order - Supreme Court

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament yesterday that the Supreme Court had determined that the manner in which the draft bill to set up a corporation to develop Hambantota, Moneragala, Galle and Matara was presented to Parliament was not in accordance with proper parliamentary procedure.

The draft bill in question is titled Ruhunu Economic Development Corporation of Sri Lanka and was included in the Order Paper.

The Supreme Court had determined that two sections, namely Section 16 and Section 17, of the draft bill were about subjects which came under the purview of the Provincial Councils.Those two sections should have been produced before the provincial councils for their approval before seeking Parliament approval.That procedure had not been followed.

“Therefore the Supreme Court has decided that the bill did not follow the proper procedure,” the Speaker told Parliament.The draft bill proposes vesting in the Prime Minister the powers of declaring any extent of lands in the districts of Moneragala, Hambantota, Matara and Galle as economic development zones through a gazette notification.

Thereafter, the Ruhunu Economic Development Corporation of Sri Lanka would have powers to lease or rent those lands to any other person or company for economic development projects.


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