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Upgrading LG Bodies in WP President to appoint committee to define criteria

President Ranil Wickremesinghe will appoint a committee to look into the possibility and define the criteria for the upgrade of selected Local Government institutions in the Western Province to the next level of authority.

Considering the latest developments in the population density and the limited service providing capacity of these institutions, it has been planned to upgrade several Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Western Province as Urban Councils while several other Urban Councils in the province as Municipal Councils.

According to Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Media Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawaradane, the President has given instructions in this regard to Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardane during the weekly Cabinet meeting held on Monday.

PM Gunawardane had presented a Cabinet paper relating to the upgrade of three Pradeshiya Sabhas and seven Urban Councils in several districts to the next level on Monday and it was approved by the Cabinet.

The President has ordered this committee to be appointed with immediate effect. The Western Province has one third of the country’s population and these changes are expected to be made in all the three districts in the province, namely Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha.

Once these changes are made to the Local Government institutions, 10 main cities in all the 25 administrative districts will be governed either by an Urban Council or a Municipal Council.


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