Several political parties, primarily the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Tamil National Alliance had requested further time to submit additional proposals to the steering committee of the constitutional assembly in relation to the constitutional reforms process.
Chairperson of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake said that August 31 had been given as the deadline to the said parties for the submission of additional views, as per their request.
The report prepared by the steering committee of the constitutional assembly is almost ready and the final report is scheduled to be submitted to the constitutional assembly, according to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe within the course of the month of September.
On the question of the Police and land powers under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and the devolution of power being proposed as a solution to the national question, Wijenayake added that while land would be owned by the State, decisions regarding their use would be granted to the Provinces through the Commissioner General of Land and in the case of Police powers, the Provincial Police would come under the Inspector General of Police and the National Police Commission, with the Central Government possessing the power to intervene where and when deemed necessary as such.
“This is the proposed compromise. No one can oppose it,” he pointed out.