The Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker took the Chair.
Presentation of Papers
Annual Reports of the;
(i) Postgraduate Institute of Medicine for the year 2014
(ii) National Institute of Library and Information Sciences - University of Colombo for the year 2014
(iii) University of Colombo Institute for Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences for the year 2014
(iv) Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education for the year 2014
(v) Postgraduate Institute of Science - University of Peradeniya for the years 2013 and 2014
(vi) National Institute of Fundamental Studies for the year 2014
(vii) Institute of Post Harvest Technology for the year 2014
(viii) Sri Lanka Cashew Corporation for the year 2014
Presentation of Petitions
(i) Hon. K. K. Piyadasa
(ii) Hon. Namal Rajapaksa
(Petitions stands referred to the Committee on Public Petitions)
Questions under Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament
The Hon. Anura Dissanayaka
The problematic situation arisen with the emergency of a risk of losing supervision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka over the system of National Payment Platform
Hon. (Dr.) Harsha De Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs replied to the above Question.
Hon. S. B. Dissanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage replied to the Question raised by the Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena under Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament on 10.08.2017 regarding the Curtailing of Samurdhi benefits for low income families by the Government.
Main Business of the House for Today
The following Motions (appearing as Item Nos. 1 and 5 of today’s Order Paper) were moved by the House and Passed:-
(i) Setting up of an efficient system to make acting appointments on Grama Niladari Posts that fall vacant
That this Parliament resolves that a post of Grama Niladari’s be set up in each divisional secretariat office with a view to appointing Grama Niladari’s from that pool to Grama Niladari Divisions that fall vacant, since appointing the Grama Niladari of the adjoining division on acting basis on a meagre allowance when vacancy occurs in a Grama Niladari Division leads to the breakdown of efficiency in both divisions and also to provide for the Grama Niladari’s of that pool to be deployed in any productive field or duty assigned to them by the Divisional Secretary. [P.9/’15]
(ii) Recruitment of graduates as counseling officers to schools
That this Parliament resolves that an action plan to employ officers to guide the primary, secondary and advanced level students in parallel to their academic activities in all schools island-wide, whose functions are similar to that of counseling officers currently attached to the Divisional Secretariats to be implemented in order to eradicate the abuse of women and children, taking place island-wide by way of absorbing the graduates as the officer mentioned above to each and every school by means of providing them with special appointments which shall effect from 2016 and which would also generate employment opportunities to the graduates. [P.182/’16]
Motion at the Adjournment Time
Motion at the Adjournment Time on “Grievances of the Principals appointed under supernumerary basis and the Principals serving on acting basis” was proposed by the Hon. S. Shritharan.
The Parliament was, thereafter adjourned at 1459 Hrs. until 1300 Hrs. on Tuesday 22nd August 2017.
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