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Extensive dialogue should be held on Provincial Council system – Minister Vidura

Generating jobs for a section of society should not be the main object of the Provincial Councils (PCs), and if those are a financial burden to the country, maintaining them further is unnecessary, National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion State Minister Vidura Wickramnayake said.

He was inspecting the Fort World Heritage Site to promote it as a tourism hub.

The Minister had a discussion with Galle Archeological Department Fort Conservation Project, Galle Heritage Foundation (GHF) and Galle Municipal Council Officials at the GHF Office after the inspection.

“We have to analyse what the PCs have been contributing to the country since their inception. The system was introduced as a solution to the North and East ethnic issue. We have to assess whether the people of those provinces are satisfied with the regional governance. Has the conflict been solved? Could the PCs resolve social, economic and political issues in those provinces? Are the PCs a waste of public money or a boon for the country? We should have an extensive dialogue over the issue before we make a decision, the Minister said.

“The PCs should have the authority to formulate and introduce laws. Only Parliament has that power now. The PCs have been given only certain powers. The Centre can withdraw any power from the councils. Therefore, the PC system is controversial, the Minister said.

The Minister said that the health authorities have determined if COVID-19 victims should be cremated or buried.

“We have to respect the dead while protecting the living. We are not dictating terms and conditions because we are not health experts. They have decided the correct method. We all have to abide by their decision,” the Minister said.

Fertiliser Production and Supply and Regulation of Chemical Fertiliser and Insecticide Use State Minister Mohan P. De Silva, Galle MP Chandima Weerakkodi, Mayor Priyantha Sahabandu, Heritage Foundation Chairman Parakrama Dahanayake and DIG Nuwan Wedasinghe were present.