Tamil Diplomat

New government out to scrap Provincial Councils

Swearing in of ministers yesterday for provinces and the proposed district councils for development headed by the MP who won the most votes in the district is a clear sign the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government has started dismantling provincial councils, says senior journalist cum political analyst Kusal Perera.

These ministers appointed to oversee provincial development will be in charge of these district councils in their province. With that at least 03 provincial councils, the Southern, Western and Wayamba, will become redundant, he told SriLankaMirror. With decentralised budget allocations given to MPs also increased, the role provincial councils could play will be seriously undermined said Kusal Perera adding that decentralised budget allocations to MPs for district development is a total failure and a waste of tax payers’ money that led to massive corruption at local level during the past 25 years.

“It is also totally wrong to allow legislators to handle money. The person who enacts law if allowed to handle money there is inevitable corruption” said Perera.

Speaking about the novel Ministry for Megapolis, he said is a replication of everything that is to be brought into the Colombo Port City, in the Western coastal area from Negambo to Bentota annexing the whole Western Province too. This negates the very existence of the Western Province he added.

“Watch out. The biggest victim will be the environment.” warned Kusal Perera