BASL presents 13 proposals to Prelates


In a bid to restore political and economic stability, 13 proposals, including the repeal of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, were presented to Chief Prelates of the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters, Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera and the Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera respectively by the representatives of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and the YMBA yesterday (3).

The proposals include the abolition of the Executive Presidency, the formation of a government of national unity, with a Prime Minister able to create a consensus among the political parties, a 15-member Cabinet of Ministers, a 15- member Advisory Council and the adoption of a Common Minimum Programme.

President of the BASL President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris, Chairman of the CCC Vish Govindasamy as well as, Deputy President BASL, Anura Meddegoda PC, Vice Chairman – CCC Duminda Hulangamuwa, Former Chairman -CCC Suresh Shah, Secretary of BASL Isuru Balapatabendi  and Treasurer BASL Rajindh Perera , Prasantha Abeykoon and Danuka Samarasinghe from the Board of Management of the Colombo YMBA were present.

Last week the BASL was invited by Govindasamy to present the proposals to representatives of the Joint Chambers of Commerce, the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA), the Sri Lanka Medical Association and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

The Proposals drafted by a Sub-Committee of the Executive Committee of the BASL were unanimously approved at a Special Meeting of the Bar Council on 22 April.

Representative of CCC, International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL), the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL), Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka (CCISL), Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce Sri Lanka, Exporters Association of Sri Lanka and the American Chamber of Commerce attended the discussion. In addition, Representatives from OPA, the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and several Past Presidents of the CCC were invited to the discussion.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan