Speaker calls for stringent measures to uphold discipline in parliament

Speaker calls for stringent measures to uphold discipline in parliament

Speaker calls for stringent measures to uphold discipline in parliament

Written by Tharushan Fernando

10 Jun, 2016 | 8:34 pm

The Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has recommended that there is no basis on which an impeachment motion could be brought against the Secretary General of Parliament.

The speaker announced the recommendations of the committee to the house on Friday.

A four-man committee was appointed to look into the issues that arose during the vote on the Rs.55 million supplementary estimate that was presented before parliament on May 5.

The committee comprised of opposition leader R. Sampanthan, former speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and Ministers Rauff Hakeem and Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha. The committee report was presented before parliament by the speaker.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya charged that the committee on the view that during last few months the conduct of some members have been unruly, aggressive and hostile and if there is a continuation of this kind of conduct there will be an erosion of public confidence reposed in the parliament and the democratic system of governance.

He added that stringent measures should be taken to uphold the discipline and to maintain the decorum of the parliament and that the existing standing orders maybe revised appropriately to meet the above mentioned requirements.

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