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Leader of the House presents Final  Report of Select Committee on Elections

Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena today presented the Final Report of the Select Committee on Elections and identify the rules and regulations reform in the electoral structure and to make necessary amendments in this regard. It contains a number of recommendations, including the introduction of a mixed voting system.

Dinesh Gunawardena commenting on this report said there have been proposals for a mixed voting system. Proposals have also been made to strengthen women-youth representation, to reduce pre-voting, electronic voting, reduce election time, prevent misuse of State resources for electioneering, and including new proposals to accept new political parties.

He said 25 observations regarding Local Government, Provincial Council and Parliamentary Elections in this country are included in this report including 15 recommendations.

It also includes a number of recommendations, including the introduction of an electronic voting system/simplification of the nomination system.

 

Dullas calls for Special Committee  to resolve educational issues

Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma moved an Adjournment Motion in Parliament on Wednesday to appoint a Special Committee representing all parties in Parliament to resolve the educational issues of children.

Alahapperuma said the House was of the view that the education of Sri Lankan children was severely affected in the long run as a result of the socio-political catastrophe faced by Sri Lankans from 2019 onwards from issues such as the Easter Sunday attacks, the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis.

He said it was the responsibility of adults to find a more sensitive solution for school children as well as university students who were frustrated and stressed by the loss of education as well as the loss of time, adding that even pre-school children had become victims of the crisis.

 

Drugs shortage will be overcome by August - Keheliya

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella emphasized that there will be no need to discuss a shortage of drugs in the country from August.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, the Minister said that there is a possibility of obtaining alternative medicines for certain essential medicines which are in short supply.

“The task of controlling the stray dog population has been somewhat abandoned these days. However, we have received all 14 vital drugs that are required. I state with responsibility that there is no shortage of these drugs. There are also 668 essential medicines and by yesterday there are 48 drugs short but every hospital has been given the opportunity to obtain alternative drugs according to the Bibile policy. We had a shortage of drugs during the past 4-5 months but I believe that after August we would not have to talk about any drug shortage,” Minister Rambukwella said.

Meanwhile, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella also expressed his views regarding the fuel for doctors and health staff. “We have discussed with the Energy Minister and certain fuel stations have been allocated for the health sector staff to obtain their fuel from every Friday. There are around 150,000 health sector employees and as far as I can remember there are around 77 filling stations allocated throughout the country to issue fuel to the health sector every Friday. There is an allocated quota of 40-50 liters for SUVs and cars, 20 liters for three wheelers and 15 liters for motorcycles. There are a large number of employees who report to work in three wheelers and motorcycles. However, we cannot expect everything to run smoothly from next Friday itself,” he added.

August and December school vacations to be shortened - Susil

The August and December school holidays will be shortened to manage the time lost to school children due to fuel crisis, the Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha stated in Parliament yesterday (22).

The Minister said that a number of special programmes have been planned for Primary, Secondary and Advanced Level students to strengthen their education during this trying time.

Minister Susil Premajayantha made this observation while answering several questions raised by Parliamentarians Samanpriya Herath, Weerasumana Weerasinghe and Priyamanath C. Dolawatta.

The Minister also recalled that children lost considerable time for in-class education in 2020 and 2021 due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although a number of urban schools were not held this week due to the fuel crisis, a large number of rural schools were able to be maintained,” he noted. Minister Premajayantha said he believed schools would be able to continue from next week.

Minister Premajayantha also stated that 9,567 schools were held islandwide last week.

Sixty-seven percent of teacher attendance has been reported from these schools and after studying the data, a decision would be made by next week on whether to conduct schools next week.

 

 

 


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