The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PRCCR) appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion for the proposed new constitutional is complete its first round of sittings by end of this month.
The committee has so far conducted sessions in all districts except Badulla, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Monaragala, Ampara and Ratnapura. Sources that the committee would conduct sessions in the above mentioned districts during the remaining period of this month.
Sources also said that even though the public hearings would end by February, the committee would continue to receive written submissions up till March 10.
The committee also runs a website; yourconstitution.lk and concerned citizens are invited to upload their suggestions online on 20 different topics such as, nature of State, form of the government, supremacy of Parliament/ legislature, and separation of powers.
The government recently convened a briefing on the subject. Parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne said that there was a need for reforms due to the flaws in the present constitution.
Dr. Wickramarane said that the foundation of the present constitution was breached with the introduction of the 13th Amendment in 1987. “Two forms of governments were introduced by the 13th Amendment, namely the Central Government and the Provincial Councils. There were issues that cropped up because of the 13th Amendment. However, the Central Government managed to move forward by controlling those issues,” he said.