The Mahanayakes of the Nikayas/Sects whilst agreeing for power to be devolved without resorting to separatism, however pointed out that land and Police powers should be kept with the Centre and not devolved to the periphery. The Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Sect also reiterated that the Articles in the Constitution pertaining to the unitary nature of the State and religion should be kept intact as is presently worded in the Constitution. Chief Secretary of the Chapter, Dr. Medagama Dhammananda said that there were problems in the interim report submitted to the Parliament by the steering committee of the constitutional assembly, particularly in relation to the alternate wordings proposed, adding that existing clauses and provisions should, to avoid trouble, be kept as is. What the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is actually saying when they state that the Executive Presidency should remain in charge of the portfolio and subject of defence and national security, and continue to be the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, is that Police power under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution should remain with the Executive President and the Central Government, he elaborated. Dr. Dhammananda also said that any legal provision which would limit ownership of land and property within an area solely to those residing within the said area (such as a Province) was problematic. He added that such a law could be abused by fraudulent and corrupt politicians in the South for their own advantage as was taking place at present. He explained that there should be an open, transparent discussion with the relevant stakeholders with regard to the 13th Amendment and the question of the proposed abolition of the concurrent list. He was of the view that matters of national importance such as aspects concerning archaeology should be looked at when considering such. “Presidential powers have been curtailed to a degree through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Now, a second chamber such as a senate is also being proposed with a majority membership of Provincial Councilors and a fewer number of persons from outside. For certain matters, to get approval in Parliament, a two thirds majority is required. There must be an authority vested with the power. Vesting it with a group would make the decision making process difficult. The people’s representatives actually represent the views of the political party they are affiliated to. They are influenced by benefits. All of this can be seen through their behaviour and conduct. The President and the Central Government must keep the power. The same must be the case with regard to the land powers,” he explained further.