Eastern PC wants police, land powers

By Chris Kamalendran

The Eastern Provincial Council led by Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan has unanimously passed a resolution demanding land and police powers for the council. A copy of the resolution has been sent to the Presidential Secretariat, a council spokesman said yesterday.

The resolution says that failure to devolve land powers to the province will mean that the council will have powers only to maintain houses without powers over land. The resolution points out that most of the lands in the Eastern Province come under the Railway Department, the Security Forces, the Forest Conservation Department, the Tourist Board and the Mahaweli Authority.

The resolution says that fertile land is being acquired by a gazette notification for various tourism projects, leaving the council without powers. The resolution also says Police powers should be given to the Provincial Council.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chandrakanthan, soon after returning from his current visit to Switzerland, will seek a meeting with TNA Parliamentary group leader R. Sampanthan to discuss the demand for police and land powers.“We are willing to work jointly with the TNA in winning these demands,” the council spokesman said.

Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Other News Articles
Oil imports: Lanka in major diplomatic dilemma
Islamic missionaries told to declare nature of their visit
Eastern PC wants police, land powers
Balance US$ 800 ml. IMF loan poses problem for Govt.
Spot fines, jail terms for mosquito breeders
We were scared we would be eaten by fellow prisoners: Trawler skipper
Military parade, religious ceremonies, Deyata Kirula herald Independence Day at Anuradhapura
Right of lawyers to represent clients in Police custody to be Gazetted
Motorcyclist involved in fatal accident has conviction, 10-month RI overturned
CEB employees threaten aftershocks against higher pay hike for management
Armed pro-Govt groups hijack Black January protest with ‘Police protection’
News in brief
3 to 5 children raped daily
Peradeniya fresher allegedly stripped, hung from a beam and sexually abused
Maldivian govt., opposition at loggerheads, seek UN, C’wealth intervention
Clinical trials on safety of drugs with animals and humans as ‘guinea pigs’
Major credit card scam busted
Prison clash fuelled by guards, probe reveals
Real estate buyers landed with bogus deeds, fraudulent transactions
UNP: State land goes willy nilly sans tenders and transparency
Fiery death for four mourners
Navy nabs 4 ex-Sea Tigers swimming to Mannar
When and why high-profile investigations fail
Clouds of dust


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 1996 - 2012 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved | Site best viewed in IE ver 8.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution