Dec 21, 2016

Nothing wrong in taking up ‘super minister draft Act’ - SB Featured

Minister S.B. Dissanayake says he sees nothing wrong in a further dialogue in the cabinet about the creation of a ministerial position with extraordinary powers through the proposed development (special provisions) act.

Dissanayake made the remark during a speech at the opening a Samurdhi fair at Wanatamulla in Borella today (21).

He said there were no plans to grant the executive’s powers to a minister, adding the cabinet had not passed the related proposal, as it should have to be discussed with the provincial councils first.

It proposed the establishment of a separate institution that will be brought under a particular minister to enable the implementation of development projects speedily by getting departmental and other institutional work done within a week or so said Dissanayake.

He went onto say that it took around a year, and sometimes bribes had to be given, when foreign investors wanted to get permission for their projects.

China found a solution by establishing a one stop shop, which grants all such permission within a week.

He added that delays in obtaining environmental reports and those from the UDA should be avoided.

Draft act to parliament in February

malik 670PxMeanwhile, minister Malik Samarawickrama told the media today that the development (special provisions) draft bill would be tabled in parliament in February next year.

Yesterday, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the proposed act would bring about accelerated development to the country.

The government does not need to keep powers of the provincial councils, but this Act will be implemented with the support of the PCs, he went onto say.

The aims of the government are to bring about political stability within the first year in office, control the debt burden in the second and to achieve development in the next few years, said the PM.

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