The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PRCCR) noted that the main grievances of the people were the abuse of power by politicians, aversion to the political culture and the failure to protect the people from the abuse of power. The PRCCR also added the other main grievances included the failure of the administrative machinery to reach the people and the destruction of the environment.

Chairman of the PRCCR, Lal Wijenayake said it was the Committee’s experience that while people came out with their problems which on the surface seemed to be personal problems yet when looked at deeply had something to do with the basic laws of the country including the Constitution.   The present Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to bring a new Constitution for Sri Lanka, he explained, adding that there was valid reason and an urgent necessity to do so as during the last few years Sri Lanka had witnessed the complete breakdown of the rule of law.