Written by Bella Dalima
05 Jul, 2014 | 8:33 pm
Governor of the Uva Province, Nanda Mathew says that he has not been yet to be informed in writing about the Uva Provincial Council being dissolved.
When inquired, he noted that the consent of the Chief Minister of the province is required to dissolve the council. The tenure of the Uva Provincial Council is due to conclude in September.
Governor Nanda Mathew stated that although speculation has been circulating about the Uva Provincial Council Election, he is yet to receive an official request to call for an election.
The Badulla and Monaragala districts make up the Uva province, thirty two (32) members are elected to the provincial council from these two districts.
Twenty one (21) members are elected from Badulla while eleven are elected from the Monaragala district.
The opposition charges that attempts are being made to reduce the number of members elected from Badulla and increase the equivalent value in the number of seats allocated for the Monaragala district.
Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya shared these views;
[quote]Both political parties and media institutions are inquiring as to how the thirty two seats will be distributed among the two districts. As the Elections Secretariat we have not decided the exact number of seats to be allocated for each district. The allocation of seats will be done in accordance with Local Government Elections Act No. 2 of 2008 and the amendments made to it in 2004. We will announce the allocation when we call for nominations.[/quote]
Even though a large number of public representatives represent Monaragala both at provincial level and at national level, the district continues to face numerous shortcomings.
According to the official district poverty lines calculated by the Department of Census and Statistics, the Monaragala district has constantly fallen below the national average over the past 12 years.
The official poverty line at national level for June this year stands at 3,886 rupees which is the minimum expenditure per person per month to full basic needs, however the minimum expenditure for residents of the Monaragala district stands at Rs.3,785.
Even districts such as Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa have surpassed the national level. The district of Monaragala is home to 435,000 individuals belonging to 118,018 families. 49,366 families in the Monaragala district are Samurdhi beneficiaries.
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