SLMC’s demand for new administrative district taken up for debate in Parliament

SLMC’s demand for new administrative district taken up for debate in Parliament

Written by News 1st

08 Nov, 2014 | 9:41 pm

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress’ demand for a new administrative district in the East, was discussed in Parliament on Friday.

MP H.M.M. Haris of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress:

[quote]In truth, this is not a proposal that was put forward by the Muslim Congress. The Moragoda Commission, appointed in 1978, by then President J.R. Jayewardene, made this recommendation. Two years ago, during discussions on establishing the Eastern Provincial Council, five senior Ministers in this government, promised us that they would give us this administrative district.[/quote]

JVP Leader, MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake:

[quote]All decisions that we take must be in the direction of fostering unity between the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities. If we accept a Muslim administrative district in another province, then we will have to accept Sinhala administrative districts in all the other provinces.[/quote]

MP H.M.M. Haris of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress:

[quote]I reiterate that it was not us, but the Moragoda commission that recommended this.[/quote]

Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, W.D.J. Seneviratne:

[quote]Practically, there are inconveniences that are being faced by Muslims living in areas of Ampara in the Eastern province. This is because they have to come to Ampara to conduct their affairs. I too am of the opinion that there should be an administrative decision here, to enable them to conduct affairs in the Tamil language.[/quote]

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