Parliament News | Sri Lanka: Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today (04) requested that all Members of Parliament strictly follow the Health Guidelines issued by the health authorities in light of the country’s current COVID -19 situation.
The Speaker urged all Members of Parliament to adhere to the health guidelines even when working outside of Parliament. The following is the announcement:
“Special attention was given to the current COVID 19 situations within the country at the Committee on Parliamentary Business held on the 30th of April. Accordingly, I request all Members of Parliament to support and adhere to the Health Guidelines issued by the Health Authorities, inclusive of wearing masks, washing and sanitizing of hands, and maintaining social distance when attending and being present in Parliament as well as when acting outside Parliament.
I strongly emphasize the need for all those who come to Parliament, including the staff of Parliament, other affiliated staff, Parliament journalists, and security personnel, to adhere to these health guidelines when visiting and while being present within the premises of Parliament.”
Port City Economic Commission Bill Debate Postponed
Port City Economic Commission Bill will not be taken up for debate tomorrow (05) as scheduled, the Parliament Communication Department announced.
The Committee on Parliamentary Business chaired by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today (04) decided not to hold the debate on the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill tomorrow (05).
Instead, the adjournment debate on the current situation of the country in the face of the Covid 19 will be held tomorrow (05) from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm without lunch break, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said.
Mr. Dasanayake said that the decision not to hold the debate was taken as Parliament had not yet received the determination of the Supreme Court with regard to the petitions filed on the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill.
After receiving the determination from the Supreme Court, party leaders will have to make a decision on when the debate should be held, secretary general said.