‘Reginald Cooray a progressive man’
TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan welcomed the move by President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint Reginald Cooray as the Northern Province Governor.
Hailing Cooray as a progressive man, Sampanthan said he is in agreement with the appointment.
“Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran is also in agreement with the choice,” he said. TNA spokesman M. A. Sumanthiran too hailed the new comer.
Speaking at a special media conference in Jaffna yesterday, he highlighted that Cooray has always recommended enhancing powers of the Provincial Councils.
Cooray also spoke against attempts by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to do away with land and police powers of Provincial Councils afforded by the 13th amendment, Sumanthiran stressed adding that he has openly campaigned for more powers for Provincial Councils.
Speaking of the new appointee’s experience, Sumanthiran highlighted that Cooray too started as a provincial level politician and went on to work as a national level leader.
Cooray was appointed as Governor following the retirement of H.M.G.S. Pallihakkarara.
Meanwhile, Northern Provincial Council Opposition Leader S.Thawarasa said Cooray was an excellent choice for the Governor’s post.
“While being a veteran politician who always respected democratic values, Cooray is also fluent in all three languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English, an ability which will come in good stead when performing duties,” he added.
However, Thawarasa went on to sound a note of caution claiming that Cooray may have a difficult task ahead in coexisting with the Northern PC members due to the hardline attitude held by some of the NPC members.
While identifying outgoing Governor H.M.G.S. Palihakkara as a diplomat and a highly competent civil servant, Thawarasa said he too had difficulties when working together with the current NPC members.
PM to meet NP Councillors today
Hot on the heels of the new Governor’s appointment to the Northern Province, Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran and two more ministers of the Northern Provincial Council are scheduled
to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today for a special discussion on the development drive for the province.
The Northern politicians are to make proposals on the development needs of the province and make suggestions on what areas to be focused on, Daily News learns. The provincial ministers have already made their proposals to Wigneshwaran.
Rehabilitation and Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan explained that the region needs special focus in driving the development and the meeting will focus on the proposed development projects and funding opportunities.
A number of fund raising drives focused solely on the Northern and Eastern Provinces are scheduled to take place in the coming months, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting earlier this month.
Reginald new NP Governor
Former Minister Reginald Cooray was sworn in as the Northern Province Governor before President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday. Cooray took oaths at the President’s House in Colombo.
Cooray will assume duties tomorrow, the President’s Media Division stated. Cooray is a veteran politician representing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party from the Kalutara district.
He was Minor Export Crop Promotion Minister in the former regime.
He was Western Province Chief Minister from November 2000 to June 2005 and again between July 3, 2005 to May 4, 2009.