Vickramabahu seeks greater autonomy to provinces

VICKRAMABAHU_KARUN_2521703fThe new government in Sri Lanka should take up, as its immediate priority, the full implementation of the 13 Constitutional Amendment and recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, Vickramabahu Karunarathne, general secretary of the Nava Sama Samaj Party, has said.

Apart from these measures, he favoured the setting up of a credible domestic investigation mechanism to probe alleged war crimes by adhering to principles acceptable to the international community. “We have enough resources, enough people to carry out this task.” These steps would mark the beginning of the process of resolving the Tamil question.

In an interview with The Hindu at his party office on Sunday, Mr. Karunarathne, known as a strong critic of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said “when you say the 13 Amendment should be implemented, this also means the devolution of powers on police and land to the administration of the provincial council.”

Asked whether the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces was possible, the Left leader shot back “why not?” Pointing out that history and commonality demanded the merger, Dr. Karunarathne, one of the candidates against Mr. Rajapaksa in the 2010 presidential polls, referred to the example of Greater Colombo, which encompasses several local bodies such as Dehiwala and Kollonnawa apart from Colombo. “When this can be done, citing commonality as the reason, why not the merger of the East and the North?”

He also suggested that each plantation area should be converted into a municipal body. His suggestion assumes significance as a large number of Tamils live and work in the plantations.

On the question of federalism, the Left leader cited the example of India, which, he said, had granted more powers to States despite retaining the unitary character.

“Give greater autonomy to provinces. This can be done under the framework of a unitary state,” he added.

3 COMMENTS

  1. 1. What mandate did the people give you and your party to speak on behalf of ALL sri Lankans?

    2. (Eastern provinces Merger) Did you see the results in Trinco???? They Rejected the TNA and it’s proposal for merger’s and Voted for UNP. In the 50’s to 70’s the Federal Party wanted Trinco to Be it’s capital and not Jaffna. So you talk about democracy yet ignore the people’s voice in Trinco. Eastern Province Like the North Must be Independent and left to make it’s own decision’s.. It clearly shows you cant GO BACK IN TIME with old outdated methods which did not wrok then and will not today.

  2. Let us all hope the members elected learn by the past mistakes of dome of them still there but mostly seems a new faces we hope with fresh ideas full of wisdom moral courage to improve the social fabric of the country which by itself bring economic prosperity by right action right thoughts

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