New Constitution Steering Committee to submit final report soon

Published : 12:02 am  September 18, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (124) reads | 

Life-2-1By Sandun A Jayasekera

The Steering Committee set up to draft a new Constitution has completed its task and will submit its report to the Constitutional Assembly (CA) shortly, Steering Committee and MP Jayampathi Wickramaratne said.   

 

He told Daily Mirror the CA will take it up for discussion suggest amendments if any.   


“The proposed constitutional reforms have not in any way weakened the unitary character of the State nor has it paved the way for a federal system nor has it diluted the foremost status given to Buddhism in the 1978 Constitution as suggested by some monks and disgruntled groups. They have failed to correctly absorb the contents of the Interim Report,” Dr. Wickramaratne said.   


He said the recommendations of the Interim Report had not only further strengthened the unitary character of the State but included clear cut provisions to prevent division, declare unilateral independence or linking with another province.   


“The proposals in the steering committee report that contained the dominant view of the six committees would be considered for the final draft of the Constitution and is not carved on stone. These proposals will be subject to debate and change and the final draft would represent the hopes, aspirations and objectives of all Sri Lankans, political parties and ethnic groups of the country,” Dr. Wickramaratne said.   

The proposed constitutional reforms have not in any way weakened the unitary character of the State nor has it diluted the foremost status given to Buddhism