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Capacity building workshop for the Partners and leaders

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 9:37 AM

Capacity building workshop conducted for the Partners and leaders at NEP Training center on 21st and 22 nd February
NAFSO Convener Herman Kumara  

Sampath Jayawardene and Abdul Razak conducted a session on tenure rights on land, fisheries and forests at the VGGT Learning program conducted .
Sampath Jayawardene and Abdul Razak

This was conducted as a ToT program which we aimed Cadre formation on VGGT. Program continue with the other activists too assessing their presentations under following areas;
* Contents or the subject areas,
* Presentation of the subjects
* Pre preparation

We discussed about the Climate Change & Natural Disasters
Dinesh Suranjan of all ceylon fisherfolk trade union presented Climate Change and Natural Disasters session in VGGT. 
Dinesh Suranjan of all ceylon fisherfolk trade union

The session was satusfactorily success as he had a good PPPand the methodology used. 
At the end of the session, the 3 group discussions helped to emerged the role of govt and CSOs.
How do the Fisher People face the effects of climate change?
The group came from north and east mostly the Tamil speaking group find ways to face challenges of climate change and natural disasters based on VGGT guidelines.
group discussion  

Our trainers presenting their cases on land issues!
Benedict Cross of Mannar presented fishers report.
Benedict Cross of Mannar

Pathmanathan presented Trans boarder issue
Pathmanathan presented various issues including Indian trawler issue, Sethu Samudram, N/W oil exploration in the Trans boarder issue, Chinese trawlers in Sri Lankan waters and fish export ban in European union.
However people engaged to voice out this issues against those interventions.
He had presented very interesting 
Power point presentation at the ToT program on VGGT

Lets build up to protect the rights

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Monday, February 16, 2015 | 11:11 PM

NAFSO Secretariat    team discussed with Trincomalee staff and volunteers to strengthen the district activities.

Uthayam women committee met at Trincomalee

District Women headed family federation meeting conducted on 16 of February   at Trincomalee . 26 Women participated to the meeting.
They discussed the progress of their self employment program.
Vijekumari from Viranagar ,
She said that she has started selling the stream hoppers daily.she is producing 1000 for every day.So she said she can earn more than Rs.700 daily.

In the same time they prepare a plan of actions  for the 2015.Women day event is the  first event that they organized.It will be 12 th of March at 2015 .They plan to celebrate the program  with 200 women in Trincomalee district .
President of the WHF welcome the team 

Vejekumari with red hand bag 

National women coordinator- 

NAFSO Convener 

District community meeting

Trincomalee district fisheries solidarity movement conducted comity meeting at Thulasipura HRD center in 16 th of February with the participation of fisher leaders, women leadership, members of citizen forum leadership.
The group discussed in detail how we address the issues related to;
* Fisheries issues
* Women's issues
* Issues related to women headed families and Resettlement process of the new government specially Sampur issue .
They decided to prepare situation report on fisher activities,To meet fisher minister,Conduct the women day  on 12 March at Trincomalee with the participation of 200 women from 12 villages. 

.In the same time they prepared plan of action for the 2015 but decided to finalize the actions on 28 of February.

District coordinator address the meeting 

NAFSO Convener Hreman Kumara  


Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 11:29 PM

Please  see this Video 

Great Victory in Panama and palay in Jaffna

Yesterday Cabinet has decided to release the land in the Palay and Paanama to its owners. This is a great victory to the struggle of the Paanama people and so many other civil society players. As, NAFSO ,Praja Abilashi and  PARL we can be really happy about this victory.

Somasiri called today morning and wanted to thank everyone who supported their campaign. “this is a great victory of our struggle which was supported by many groups. We are gratitude to all engaged and strengthened our people’s struggle. It is a collective effort and it is truly a people's struggle we launched amidst life threats. But we all had the courage and commitment."

 Antony Jesudasan of NAFSO says "it is very good news to all of us. People were waiting long period after war to lift those bans and let people go back to their own lands. It increased our our hope for future."
Begining from east and extend this good move to northern province people is people's wish added Jesudasan.

Decisions taken at the Cabinet Meeting held on 11th February, 2015

16.          Release of lands and properties coming under High Security Zones

A large extent of land from the 11,639 acres which were under the control of the security forces during the war period has been already released and 6,152 acres in Palay area is being maintained by the Sri Lanka Army and the Sri Lanka Air Force as High Security Zones. The Cabinet of Ministries approved the proposal made by the President and the Minister of Defense to release another 1,0000 acres from this land area in different staged as a first step of the measure release 220 acres in J 284 Valalai Grama Niladhari Division of the Valikamam East Divisional Secretariat Division to establish a Pilot Village for the resettlement of 1,022 families displaced by the War. Under this project each family will get 20 perches of land, financial assistance to construct a house. It is also proposed to establish a school, a pre school, a hospital, religious places of worship, community centres and build another infrastructure activities. The remaining 780 acres of land will also be used in the future to resettle the people displaced by the war.

Meanwhile, it was also decided to release the lands under the control of the Air Force in the Paanama area in the Eastern Province to landless people in the except the land in an extent of 25 acres in which buildings are now being constructed. It was further decided to release the buildings presently under the control of the Security Services in the High Security Zone near the President’s House in Colombo and buildings around the Temple trees.

Great Victory of Panama , people get back their land

 Good News
 After election of Maithree government as we got the news from G. Somasiri, the national organizer of Panampattuwa Protection Organization.
Somasiri informed  about the release of 340/ 365 acres land in Raigamwela in Panama in Ampara district in the eastern province. Decisions have been taken by the authorities and announced to release of 340 acre land which belong to Raigamwela people.
There is a negotiations going on according to Somasiri, to release the remaining 25 acre land as there is some constructions going on in the area which is worth of 2500 millions.

Somasiri says, "this is a great victory of our struggle which was supported by many groups. We are gratitude to all engaged and strengthened our people's struggle. It is a collective effort and it is truly a people's struggle we launched midst life threats. But we all had the courage and commitment."
last 03 years people of panama ,Civil society organizations ,Human right organizations ,National and international NGOs,Religious sectors  and  Some political leaders, campaign together against land grabbing in panama .So We should thanks new government that they given back to the land to the people
Campaign leader Somasiri 


We have to continue our campaign

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Sunday, February 8, 2015 | 11:00 PM

We have conducted Praja abilashe steering comity meeting at NAFSO training center on 6 th of February 2015.Discussed and plan put the 03 month action plan for the campaign for get back people land .Mainly focused on Panama ,Sampur, Mullikulam,Valikamam north, Monaragala, Erudeniyaya issues on land grabbing .

නව ව්‍යවස්ථා ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ

නව ව්‍යවස්ථා ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ සඳහා වන සාකච්ඡා පත්‍රිකාව 
* ජනාධිපතිවරයා රාජ්‍යයේ නායකයා ය. විධායකයේ ප්‍රධානියා ය. සියළු හමුදාවල සේනාධිනායකයා ය. අගමැතිවරයා පත් කිරීමේදී හෝ ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව ඉල්ලා සිටින අවශ්‍යතාවයන් පරිදි හැරුණු කොට ජනාධිපතිවරයා ක්‍රියා කළ යුත්තේ අගමැතිවරයාගේ හෝ අගමැතිවරයා විසින් බලය පවරනු ලබන වෙනත් ඇමැතිවරයෙකුගේ උපදේශය යටතේය.
* දැනට පවතින ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 33 වැනි වගන්තියේ කාර්යයන් හැරුණු කොට ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් ජාතික සමගිය සහ ඒකාග්‍රතාව ප්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීම, ජනවාර්ගික සහ ආගමික සමගිය තහවුරු කිරීම, ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාව සහ ස්වාධීන කොමිෂන් සභා වල නිසි ක්‍රියාකාරිත්වය පවත්වා ගැනීම යන කාර්යයන් ජනාධිතිපතිවරයා ගේ වගකීමට යටත්ය.
* ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ රාජකාරිමය අඩු පාඩු හෝ ඔහුගේ ක්‍රියාවන් කිසිවක් සඳහා ජනාධිපතිවරයාට මුක්තිය හිමි නොවේ. එවැනි අවස්ථාවකදී පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ කතානායක වරයාට හෝ රාජ්‍ය සභාවේ සභාපතිවරයාට ජනාධිපති වෙනුවට රාජකාරි කළ හැකිය. (රාජ්‍ය සභාවේ සභාපතිවරයා පිලිබඳ විග්‍රහය පසුව දැක්වේ)
* ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ නිල කාලය වසර 5 කි. ඊළඟ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව දක්වා ජනාධිපතිවරයා තෝරා පත් කර ගැනීමේ ක්‍රියාවලියේ වෙනසක් සිදු නොවේ. ජනාධිපතිවරයා බලයෙන් පහ කිරීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ තුනෙන් දෙකක ඡන්දයක් පමණි. වර්තමාන දෝෂාභියෝග ක්‍රියාවලිය අහෝසි කෙරේ.

අග්‍රමාත්‍යවරයා සහ කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය

* අගමැතිවරයා ආණ්ඩුවේ නායකයා ය. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් අතරින් වැඩි දෙනෙකුගේ කැමැත්ත ඇති බව පෙනෙන මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙකු ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් අගමැතිවරයා ලෙස නම් කරනු ලැබිය යුතුය. අගමැතිවරයාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් නියෝජ්‍ය අගමැතිවරයෙක් පත් කරනු ලැබේ.
* කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය ඇමැති වරු 30 ක් ඉක්මවිය නොහැකිය. නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමැතිවරු සහ රාජ්‍ය ඇමැතිවරු සංඛ්‍යාව 40 ඉක්මවිය නොහැකිය. පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ආසන වැඩිම ගණනක් නියෝජනය කරනු ලබන පක්ෂය සහ ඊලඟට ආසන වැඩිම ගණනක් නියෝජනය කරනු ලබන පක්ෂය අතර ජාතික ආණ්ඩුවක් ගොඩ නැගෙන අවස්ථාවකදී එම සංඛ්‍යාවන් 45 සහ 55 ලෙස නොඉක්මවනු ලැබේ.  මෙය විධි විධානය පවත්වන්නේ මීලඟ පාර්ලිමේන්තුව සඳහා පමණි.

වර්තමාන ජනාධිපතිවරයා විෂයෙහි පමණක් බලපවත්වන විශේෂ විධි විධාන
* වර්තමාන ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ නිල කාලය තුල ඔහු ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව, මහවැලි සංවර්ධන සහ පරිසර විෂයන් හි වගකීම උසුලනු ඇත.

* පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ නිල කාලය වසර 5 කි. මුල් වසර 4 යි මාස 6 ක කාලය තුල පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හරින්නේ නම් ඒ සඳහා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ 2/3 ක යෝජනා සම්මතයක් අවශ්‍ය ය.

ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාව සහ ස්වාධීන කොමිෂන් සභා
* ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාව පස් දෙනෙකි. ඔවුන්ගෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ බහුත්වවාදී ස්වරූපය නිරූපනය විය යුතුය. ජනාධිපති විසින් පත් කළද ඔවුන් නම් කළ යුත්තේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දේශපාලන පක්ෂ සහ ස්වාධීන කණ්ඩායම් වල නායකයන්ගේ උපදෙස් මත අගමැතිවරයාගේ සහ විපක්ෂනායක වරයාගේ සාමූහික අනුමැතියෙනි.
*යෝජනා කළ යුතු පුද්ගලයන්ගේ වෘත්තීය නිපුණතාවය සහ සමාජ විවිධත්වය යන කරුණු සැලකිල්ලට ගත යුතුය.
* ස්වාධීන කොමිෂන් සභාවන්ට අලුතින් දෙකක් එකතු වේ. ඒවා නම් විගණන සේවා කොමිසම සහ ජාතික ප්‍රසම්පාදන කොමිසම ලෙසය.
* ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයේ සහ  අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ විනිසුරුවන් පත් කරන්නේ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාව විසිනි. එහිදී එම සභාව අගවිනිසුරු, අධිකරණ අැමැති, නීතිපති සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා නීතිඥ සංගමයේ සභාපතිවරයාගේ අදහස් විමසා බැලිය යුත්තේ ය.
* ජාතික පොලිස් කොමිසම - පොලිස්පතිවරයා සම්බන්ධයෙන් කෙරෙන සාකච්ඡාවන්හිදී හැර අන් සියලු අවස්ථා වලදී පොලිස්පතිවරයා ජාතික පොලිස් කොමිසමට සහභාගී වීය යුත්තේය.

රාජ්‍ය සභාව
* ආණ්ඩුවේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනයේ සඳහන් කරුණු යහපාලනයේ මූලධර්ම මත පිහිටුවා ආණ්ඩුවේ ආයතන පද්ධතිය ඔස්සේ ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම පිලිබඳව ජනාධිපතිවරයාට සහ කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයට නිර්දේශ කිරීම මෙම සභාවේ කාර්ය භාරයයි.
* ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේ සහ ප්‍රධාන අමාත්‍යවරුන්ගේ අනුමැතියෙන් 35 දෙනෙකුගෙන් සමන්විත මෙම මණ්ඩලය අගමැතිවරයා විසින් සහ විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා විසින් පත් කරනු ලැබේ. ඉන් 20 දෙනෙකු පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ නියෝජනය වන අනුපාතයට දේශපාලන පක්ෂ සහ ස්වාධීන කණ්ඩායම් විසින් නියෝජනය විය යුතු අතර පාර්ලිමේන්තු නියෝජනයක් නොමැති පක්ෂ වලට ඉතිරි ආසන 15 බෙදී යනු ඇත.

* මේ සඳහා පත් කරනු ලබන සියළුම පුද්ගලයන් ගෞරවනීය පුද්ගලයන් විය යුතු සේම තම වෘත්තීයන්හි උසස් ජයග්‍රහණ ලබා ගත්තවුන් විය යුතුය. එහි සභාපති වරයා සහ නියෝජ්‍ය සභාපති වරයා ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පත් කරනු ලැබිය යුත්තේය.

පාර්ලිමේන්තු කමිටු
* සෑම අමාත්‍යාංශයක් සඳහාම පාර්ලිමේන්තු උපදේශක කාරක සභාවක් තිබිය යුතුය.
* තේරීම් කාරක සභා, උපදේශක කාරක සභා, පොදු ගිණුම් කාරක සභාව, පොදු ව්‍යාපාර කාරක සභාව සහ මහජන පෙත්සම් කාරක සභාව ආදී මේ සියල්ල පොදු ජනතාවට විවෘත විය යුතුය.
* පොදු ගිණුම් කාරක සභාවේ සහ පොදු ව්‍යාපාර කාරක සභාවේ සභාපතිත්වය දරණ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරයා අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම විපක්ෂ නායකවරයා විසින් නම් කළ යුත්තේය.

* හදිසි පණත් හැරුණු කොට අන් සියළු පණත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ඉදිරිපත් කරන දිනට දින 14 කට පෙර ගැසට් පත්‍රය මගින් ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කළ යුත්තේය. සෑම පණතක්ම ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් සහතික කරනු ලැබිය යුතුය.

විගණකාධිපතිවරයා සහ විගණන සේවා කොමිසම
* විගණන සේවා කොමිසම සමන්විත වන්නේ විගණකාධිපතිවරයානියෝජ්‍ය විගණකාධිපතිවරයා හෝ ඊට ඉහල තනතුරු දැරූ විශ්‍රාමික විගණන නිලධාරීන් දෙදෙනෙක් සහ විගණනය ගණකාධිකරණය නීතිය ආර්ථික විද්‍යාව හෝ රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනය යන ක්ෂේත්‍රයන්හි අනභිබවනීය සේවයක් ඉටු කරන ලද සහ රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලන සේවයේ ජ්‍යේෂඨ විධායක තනතුරක වසර 15 කට වඩා වැඩි සේවා ඉතිහාසයක් හිමි විශ්‍රාමික නිලධාරීන් දෙදෙනෙක් ඇතුලු 5 කගෙන් සමන්විත වේ. ඒ අය ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේ රෙකමාදාරුව සහිතව ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පත් කළ යුතුය.

ජාතික ප්‍රසම්පාදන කොමිසම
* ප්‍රසම්පාදනය, ගණකාධිකරණය නීතිය හෝ රාජ්‍ය පරිපාලනය යන ක්ෂේත්‍රයන්හි අත්දැකීම් බහුල අවම වශයෙන් සාමාජිකයන් 03 කගෙන් සමන්විත වන පරිදි සාමාජිකයන් 05 දෙනෙකුගෙන් මෙම කොමිසම සමන්විත විය යුතු වන අතර ඒ සඳහා ව්‍යාවස්ථාදායක සභාවේ නිර්දේශ මත ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පත් කළ යුතුය.
* රජයේ කටයුතු සඳහා මිලදී ගනු ලබන භාණ්ඩ හෝ සේවාවන් අපක්ෂපාතී සාධාරණ විනිවිද භාවයෙන් යුත් තරඟකාරී සහ ලාබදායී ලෙස මිලදී ගැනීමට ක්‍රියා පිලිවෙත් සැකසීම සහ මග පෙන්වීම මෙම කොමිසමේ කාර්ය භාරයයි.

* රජයේ ඕනෑම මිලදී ගැනීමකදී මෙකී කොමිසම විසින් සොයා බලනු ලබන පිරිවිතරයන් 5 ක් තිබේ.

තොරතුරු දැන ගැනීමට ඇති අයිතිය
* තොරතුරු දැන ගැනීමට ඇති අයිතිය මූලික අයිතිවාසිකමක් ලෙස සලකණු ලැබේ.
* නීතිය විසින් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී සමාජයක පැවැත්ම සඳහා බලපාන්නා වු ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව, භෞමික අඛණ්ඩතාව, මහජන ආරක්ෂාව, අපරාධ මර්දනය, සෞඛ්‍ය හෝ ගුණධර්ම ආරක්ෂාව, අන් අයගේ පිලිගැනීම හෝ අයිතිය ආරක්ෂා කිරීම, පෞද්ගලිකත්වය ආරක්ෂා කිරීම, රහසිගතව ලබා ගන්නා තොරතුරු හෙලිදරව් කිරීමෙන් වලක්වා ගැනීම, අධිකරණයේ ස්වාධීනත්වය ආරක්ෂා කිරීම, ආදිය හැරුණු කොට අනෙක් සියළු තොරතුරු දැනගැනීමට ජනතාවට අයිතිය ඇත්තේය.
මෙකී 19 වෙනි සංශෝධනය අප්‍රේල් 22 දා වන විට නීතිගත වී තිබිය යුතුය. 17 වන සශෝධනයේ සඳහන් අනෙකුත් කොමිෂන් සභාවන්ද ස්වාධීන කොමිෂන් සභා ලෙස ඒ වන විට බලාත්මක කර නීතිගත විය යුතුය. 22 දායින් පසුව ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පත් කර ගැනීමට නිදහස් හා සාධාරණ මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වන ලෙස මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් වරයාට බලය දිය යුතුය.

Constitutional reform

The main proposals for constitutional reform under discussion.

The President will be the Head of State, the Head of the Executive and the Commander in Chief of the armed forces. The President shall always, except in the case of the appointment of the Prime Minister or as otherwise required by the Constitution, act on the advice of the Prime Minister or of such other Minister as has been authorized by the Prime Minister. The President may require the Prime Minister and such Minister to reconsider advice given to him and may require Parliament to reconsider a Bill presented to him for assent. He shall act on advice given after reconsideration and shall give assent to a Bill passed after reconsideration.

In addition to the powers and duties presently exercised under Article 33, the President shall promote national reconciliation and integration, ensure and facilitate the preservation of religious and ethnic harmony and ensure and facilitate the proper functioning of the Constitutional Council and the independent Commissions.

Presidential immunity does not extend to acts or omissions of the President in his official capacity. The Speaker/Chair of the Council of State shall act for the President.

The term of office of the President shall be 5 years. Mode of election of the President will not be changed. This will be a matter for the next Parliament. The President may be removed by passing a no-confidence motion with a 2/3 majority. Present impeachment provisions will be deleted.

Prime Minister and Cabinet of Ministers
The Prime Minister will be the Head of the Government. The President shall appoint as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament, who, in his opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament. The President may also appoint a Deputy Prime Minister on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The number of Ministers shall not exceed 30. The total number of Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers shall not exceed 40. Where the parties with the highest and second highest number of seats agree to take part in a Government of National Unity, Parliament may be resolution increase the above mentioned numbers to not more than 45 and 55 respectively for the duration of the Government of National Unity. This will be applicable to the next Parliament only.

Special provisions relating to the present President
During the term of office of the present President, the subjects of defence, Mahaweli development and environment shall be assigned to him. (Provisions similar to present Article 44 (2)). In arriving at any decision or policy pertaining to the subjects and functions assigned to himself, the President may summon meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers and preside at such meetings.

The term of Parliament shall be 05 years. Parliament may be dissolved during the first 4 years and 6 months only upon a resolution to that effect being passed by a 2/3 majority.

Constitutional Council and Independent Commissions
Provisions relating to the Constitutional Council (CC) and independent institutions, repealed by the 18th Amendment, will be reinstated subject to certain changes. The composition of the CC is unchanged except that the 05 persons to be nominated by the PM and Leader of Opposition after consulting leaders of political parties and independent groups shall reflect the pluralist character of Sri Lanka, including professional and social diversity, and that the professional expertise of the nominees will be taken into consideration. Changes will be made to overcome difficulties experienced in the past - members deemed to be appointed if President does not appoint following nominations, quorum, CC may function despite vacancies etc.

The Audit Service Commission and the National Procurement Commission are added to the list of independent institutions. The CC shall obtain the views of the Chief Justice, the Minister of Justice, the Attorney-General and the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka when considering appointments to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

National Police Commission: IGP shall be entitled to be present at and participate in meetings except at any meeting where any matter pertaining to him is discussed. Where the Commission has delegated its powers to any Police Officer, the IGP may appeal to the Commission against any order made by such Police officer in the exercise of such delegated powers.

Council of State
The functions of the Council shall be to make recommendations to the President and the Cabinet of Ministers on the implementation of matters contained in the Statement of Government Policy, the adherence to the principles of good governance by all organs of government, Bills immediately upon their publication in the Gazette, proposals for legislation as may be referred by the Cabinet of Ministers and   matters of public importance referred to it by the President. 

Composition: 35 members appointed jointly by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition with the approval of the Constitutional Council and Chief Ministers. 20 seats shall be apportioned amongst the recognized political parties and independent groups represented in Parliament, in proportion to their representation in Parliament. A political party or independent group not being represented shall be entitled 01 seat. The leaders of the recognized political parties or independent groups to which seats are so apportioned shall be entitled to appoint members to fill such seats. All appointees shall be persons of integrity who have achieved distinction in their respective professions or vocations.
Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be appointed by the President.

Parliamentary Committees
There shall be a Consultative Committee for every Ministry. The meetings of the following Committees shall be open to the public: Select Committees, Consultative Committees, Public Accounts Committee, Committee on Public Enterprises and Committee on Public Petitions. The Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee and of the Committee on Public Enterprises shall be an MP nominated by the Leader of the Opposition.

Bills shall be published in the Gazette 14 days before the first reading. Bills will be certified by the President. There will be no urgent Bills.

Auditor General and Audit Service Commission
The Audit Service Commission shall consist of the Auditor General, two senior retired audit officers who were served in the post of Deputy Auditor General or above and two retired officers who have distinguished themselves in the fields of auditing, accountancy, law, economics or public administration and who have had over fifteen years experience in a senior executive post in the public service, appointed by the President, on the recommendations of the Constitutional Council. 

The functions of the Commission shall be to:
approve rules pertaining to schemes of recruitment, or of the appointment, remuneration payable, transfer, dismissal or disciplinary control of the members belonging to the Sri Lanka State Audit Service;

prepare annual estimates of the National Audit Office and submit to the Speaker to be reviewed by Parliament; and

discharge such other duties and functions as may be provided for by law.

The Auditor General shall audit all Ministries and Government Department; Offices,  institutions and Commissions receiving appropriations made by Parliament; Provincial Councils, Local Authorities and Public Corporations; business or other undertakings vested in the Government by or under any written law; any body or authority established by or under any written law with public resources provided wholly or partly and whether directly or indirectly, by the Government; companies in which any  such body or authority is holding not less than forty per centum of the shares of share capital; and companies in which any such body or authority is holding not less than forty per centum of the share capital.

“Audit” includes technical audits, environmental and value for money audits.

National Procurement Commission
The Commission shall consist of five members appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council, of whom at least three members shall be  persons who have had proven experience in procurement, accountancy, law or public administration.

It shall be the function of the Commission to formulate fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective procedures and guidelines for the procurement of goods and services by all government institutions. The Commission shall also- (a)  report on whether all procurement of goods and services by government institutions are  based on procurement plans prepared in accordance with previously approved action plans; (b) report on whether all qualified bidders for the provision of goods and services to government institutions  are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in the bidding process for the provision of those goods and services; (c) ensure that the procedures for the  selection of contractors, and the awarding of contracts, for the provision of goods and services to government institutions are fair and transparent; (d) report on whether members of procurement Committees and Technical Evaluation Committees relating to high value procurements by government institutions are suitably qualified; and (e)  investigate reports of procurements made by government institutions outside established procedures, and to report the officers responsible for such procurements to the relevant authorities for necessary action.

Right to Information
The right to information will be included as a fundamental right. This right will be subject to such restrictions prescribed by law as are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or the rights of others, privacy, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary. Parliament shall, by law, make provision to give effect to this right.

Date/s of operation
Provisions relating to the President and Cabinet of Ministers will come into force on April 22, 2015.  All other provisions come into force on the date on which the 19th Amendment becomes law.

Transitional provisions: The members of the Public Service Commission, National Police Commission, Human Rights Commission, Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption and Finance Commission, shall cease to hold office on the date on which the 19th Amendment becomes law.
Special provisions relating to the period 22 April 2015 to the conclusion of the next General Election

The President shall preside over meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers. The President may, with the concurrence of the Prime Minister, assign to himself or herself any subject or function and may, with like concurrence, determine the Ministries to be in his or her charge. The President shall, on the advice of the Election Commission, ensure the creation of proper conditions for the conduct of a free and fair General Election of Members of Parliament.

District comity meeting at Batticoloa

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Thursday, February 5, 2015 | 3:44 AM

District comity meeting was conducted at Batticoloa last 27 of January in Kapaweli community hall
They discussed and evaluated their last year activities .Then they have some opportunity to strengthen their actions due to the government change . How ever they decided to continue their right based action until they win


Find out the New Strategies for the campaign

We have conducted program to prepare report on present situation of the campaign issues in Sampur,Panama,Mullikulam,Valikamam north,and Pasikuda  at NAFSO training center in 29 of January .PARL members also joint that program  

Leadership program for the North ,East and South leaders

Conducted Leadership training workshop for campaign leaders at NAFSO training centre on 29 th and 30 th January 2015.Mannar,Jaffna,Trincomalee,Batticoloa,Ampara,Monaragala,Matara,Galle,Gampaha,Polonnaruwa,Baadulla, and Puttlam district 35 leaders participated.
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