The Northern Provincial Council unanimously rejected the central government’s proposal to centralize decision-making regarding national economic policy through the Sustainable Development Strategies Bill.
The NPC believes that the bill infringes on the provinces’ rights – as it limits the powers under the 13th Amendment of the constitution.
The bill will establish a Sustainable Development Council, which will consist of eight members – three of whom will represent the nine provinces. It is alleged that the minister of the Council is likely to be Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The bill would allow for the Minster to allocate land for purposes of economic growth such as for manufacturing, tourism, science and technology.
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