Power sharing from grass roots
Dec 2, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
UK Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox who called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa in London on December 1 discussed aspects of the wider sharing of power in Sri Lanka, and development assistance from the UK.
In discussions on the Government’s proposals for sharing power among all communities, President Rajapaksa explained that he saw the necessity for the local government authorities to be more strengthened, to ensure that the people in the different provinces would be able to have a greater say in the management of their own affairs.
He told Fox there were shortcomings in the implementation of the devolution sought by the 13th Amendment through the Provincial Councils, which necessitated action to make the Provincial Councils contribute more to the progress of the local government authorities.
He told the Secretary of State for Defence that he envisaged the strengthening of local administration at the grass roots level through village councils, in keeping with the necessity to have policies for power sharing coming from the people at the grass roots level.