Written by Tharushan Fernando
21 Jul, 2016 | 9:26 pm
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Colombo on Thursday between the Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance and the Kerala Institute of Local Administration in India.
The MoU was signed and exchanged between the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha and Director of the Kerala Institute of Local Administration, Dr. P. P. Balan .
The objective of the MoU is to further strengthen and exchange experiences between the local governing bodies of Sri Lanka and India.
Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, Faizer Mustapha stated that the president and the prime minister are working hard towards cleansing local bodies.
He added that with regard to income generation of local bodies 30 to 40% of the revenue of bonus have not been collected and they are totally dependent on the central government. But that dependence has to reduce. With regard to women participation and leadership with regard to local bodies, there is less than 2% of women today in the political arena. He further stated that unfortunately, they do not have a due place. However, the platform and atmosphere must be created alongside the change in mindset of officials of the public and elected representatives.
Director of Kerala Institute of Local Administration Dr. P.P Balan stated that the the service of the retired people is being used now and they are in the technical service group of the Panchayth (Mediation Board) and are helping the ‘Panchayath’ and to implement the plan. And in addition to the officials the NGOs are also helping
“Nobody is left out in the system of local governance. We are involving everybody”, he said adding that political party leaders are also being trained. However, unless political parties are supporting this system, this local governing system will not work.
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