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The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms says that public forums for discussing constitutional reforms with the civil society would take place at a later date as selected General Certificate of Education Advanced Level students are being consulted in this regard.

The Committee previously submitted its report to the Constitutional Assembly.

Chairman of the Committee, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake explained that students from the Districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara were met on January 4 and students from the districts of Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya were received on January 5. Selected students from all districts from all schools will be represented at these forums. They will be summoned to a central location within the given district. This move is organized by the Ministry of Education.

Why are constitutional reforms necessary and what should be included in a newly reformed Constitution are some of the aspects discussed with the students.

Drafting of the proposed new Constitution is yet to commence.
“The six sub-committee reports (fundamental rights, the judiciary, law and order, public finance, public service, centre-periphery relations) are to be discussed by Parliament on January 9, 10 and 11. There has been a suggestion that the discussion be postponed as the steering committee has not completed their discussion on the said six reports. However, the discussion will be held. The steering committee reports are to be given to the Constitutional Assembly. Public discussions towards obtaining a collective view regarding the new Constitution will be conducted later,” Wijenayake further explained.

(RLJ)