Northern Chief Minister rejects interim report on new Constitution

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has rejected the interim report on the new Constitution.

He said the interim report has deceived the Tamils and fails to meet their expectations.

Wigneswaran also noted that the report has failed to accommodate the requests of the Tamil community.

The interim report of the steering committee on the new Constitution was submitted to the Constitutional Assembly last week.

The Constitutional Assembly established by Parliamentary Resolution of 09th March 2016 unanimously appointed a Steering Committee at its first sitting on 05th April 2016.

The Steering Committee identified 12 main subject areas and assigned six of those subjects to Sub-Committees appointed by the Constitutional Assembly on 05th May 2016.

The Reports of the said six Sub Committees and another report by an ad-hoc Committee appointed by the Steering Committee were tabled before the Constitutional Assembly on 19th November and 10th December 2016 respectively.

The Interim Report of the Steering Committee deals with the remaining six subjects that were not assigned to any Sub-Committee and contains principles and formulations that reflect the deliberations of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly that met 73 times between April 2016 and September 2017.

Included in the Interim Report are observations and comments by Members of the Steering Committee on the principles and formulations contained in the Report. (Colombo Gazette)

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