The Hon. Selvam Adaikkalanathan, the Deputy Chairman of Committees took the Chair.
Presentation of Papers by the Speaker
• The Third Instalment – Part V of the Report of the Auditor–General for the Financial Year 2009;
• The Third Instalment – Part VI of the Report of the Auditor–General for the Financial Year 2010;
• The Third Instalment – Part VI of the Report of the Auditor–General for the Financial Year 2011;
• The Third Instalment – Part IX of the Report of the Auditor–General for the Financial Year 2012;
• The Second Instalment – Part XXII and Third Instalment – Part VIII of the Report of the Auditor–General for the Financial Year 2014; and
• The Second Instalment – Part XIX of the Report of the Auditor–General for the Financial Year 2015;
in terms of Article 154(6) of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Parliament granted approval to print the Reports.
Presentation of Papers
(i) Annual Report of the Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka for the year 2015
(ii) Performance Report of the Rubber Development Department for the year 2015
Presentation of Petitions
(i) Hon. Susantha Punchinilame
(ii) Hon. Ashok Abeysinghe
(iii) Hon. Jayantha Samaraweera
(Petitions stands referred to the Committee on Public Petitions)
Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister and Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs made a Ministerial Statement regarding the misleading News report telecast by “Sirasa TV” News channel on construction of Central Expressway.
Main Business of the House for Today
The following Motions (appearing as Item Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 7 of today’s Order Paper) were moved by the House and Passed:-
(i) Granting official recognition to prevailing Civil Defence Committees
That this Parliament resolves that a Parliamentary Act to be enacted to enable official recognition be granted to Civil Defence Committees operational at present and to make it more convenient for those committees comprising of the Chief Incumbent, Priest of the religious institutions, the Principal, Grama Niladhari, Samurdhi Development Officer, Agriculture Research Assistant, Janasabha Secretaries, an officer representing the Police Station of the area, representatives from the voluntary organizations, public and private sector employees who are residents of the Grama Niladhari Division, be set up and to facilitate proper co-ordination with the relevant authorities against criminal acts, vices and various illegal activities taking place in the Grama Niladhari Division. [P.10/’15]
(ii) Minimizing traffic congestion in the Kandy town
That this Parliament resolves that an immediate solution shall be offered to minimize the traffic congestion in Kandy, since Kandy which is the second largest city in Sri Lanka is a tourist centre of local and foreign visitors and since the large number of people visiting Kandy daily are immensely inconvenienced by the heavy traffic congestion on the roads in and around Kandy. [P.156/’15]
(iii) Priority to be given to the youths in the Northern and the Eastern Provinces, when the implementation of one million employments project
That this Parliament resolves that during the implementation of one million employments project, the priority should be given to the youths between the age of thirty five to forty years live in the Northern and the Eastern provinces, and to take necessary steps to offer permanent status to those who dropped out from schools at primary, secondary and senior secondary levels and have been employed as volunteer teachers at schools for more than twenty years with the G.C.E. (O/L) qualifications, without considering higher educational qualifications. [P.183/’16]
(iv) Building a Memorial for the people who lost their lives due to the war and declaring a common day to commemorate them
That this Parliament resolves that an appropriate day should be declared to commemorate the people of all religions and nationalities that speak all languages who lost their lives due to war and take measures to celebrate that day annually, and a Memorial should be built in order to honour their dedication, in the name of the motherland, in an appropriate place in Omanthei of Northern Province, commemorating as Sri Lankans, the people of all religions, social levels and all nationalities that speak all languages who were killed due to the war and due to the anomalous conditions that prevailed during the recent past, since the people are ushering in peace overcoming the war like situation that prevailed in the Northern Province for number of decades. [P.195/’17]
Motion at the Adjournment Time
Motion at the Adjournment Time on “Environmental destruction etc. due to sugar cane industry project in Monaragala” was proposed by the Hon. Padma Udhayashantha Gunasekera.
The Parliament was, thereafter adjourned at 1545 Hrs. until 1300 Hrs. on Tuesday 19th September 2017.
* This is an unedited version. For the official record of this day's proceedings, please refer the Hansard.